QuickScore-Review: THE FORBIDDEN FERRARA by Sarah Morgan

A Ferrara should never share a bed with a Baracchi-however high the stakes!
Dark-hearted Santino Ferrara has always remembered how long-legged, hot-tempered Fia Baracchi felt in his arms-much to his frustration. Then a million-dollar business deal throws them together, and keeping his distance is no longer an option.

But Fia is living a lie. If it’s ever discovered that her precious little son is Santino’s heir, she’ll be disowned-their families’ feud is legendary! But her real fear? That she can’t forget the scorching memories of her one night with the enemy-and that she still craves more….

Title: THE FORBIDDEN FERRARA
Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: Ferrara Family Duet, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
Year of release: 2012, May 22
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Received a copy from the author for review

First line:
There was a shocked silence round the boardroom table.

Last line:
Smiling, she wrapped her arms around his neck. “once a Ferrara wife…”
“…always a Ferrara wife,” and he lowered his head to kiss her.

Memorable Scenes:
– the first morning when Fia walks in on Santo having breakfast with Luca > lumps in my throat scene, very moving
– the argument Fia starts after the wall sex, floor sex and shower sex > though there was no real reason for it, I loved how angry Fia was and how matter-of-fact Santo was.

QuickScore-Verdict:
THE FORBIDDEN FERRARA is a family-feud, star-crossed lovers and secret baby type of Harlequin Presents. It’s been quite a while since I read one of those and since I really enjoyed the first Ferrara book with its marriage-in-trouble trope I was looking forward to reading this one.

Loved that this book was steamier than the other Sarah Morgan books I’ve read so far. Next to the typical HP elements of dominant, bossy alpha tycoon hero, a stubborn heroine jumping to conclusions and sort of a secret baby plot, I found the more explicit sensuality very enjoyable.

There’s less angst in THE FORBIDDEN FERRARA than in the first Ferrara book but I utterly enjoyed the battle of wills between the fiery and hot-tempered Fia and the bossy, dominant and stubborn Santo.

I must mention little Luca. I’m such a sucker for babies and young children in romance novels and Luca stole my heart from the moment he appeared on the page.

Sarah Morgan’s writing never fails to pull me in and keep me reading till I’ve finished the entire book. THE FORBIDDEN FERRARA was no exception to this.

Favorite Quotes:

They hadn’t discussed feelings, he thought. They hadn’t discussed anything at all. Not even when they’d ripped each other’s clothes off, when his body had screamed for hers and hers for his, not once in the whole wild, erotic, out of control experience had they exchanged a single word.

The searing look he sent her from under those dense, inky lashes reminded her that once they hadn’t just dined; they’d hungered and they’d feasted. They’d devoured each other and taken until there was nothing left to take. And she could still remember the taste of him; feel the rippling power of his body against hers as they’d indulged in dark, forbidden pleasure, the memory of which had never left her.

Desire was an elemental savage rush of fire. It poured through her veins, heated her skin and weakened her limbs. It blasted all thought from her head until her most basic instincts were screaming.

From his polished handmade shoes to his beautifully cut suit, everything about him shrieked of spectacular success. But it wasn’t the intimidating businessman that made her shiver, it was the raw sex appeal that lurked under the veneer of smooth sophistication.

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