Former soap star Flick Burrows’ life is at a crossroads. After a tragic childhood she’s clawed her way to success and a kind of happiness. But at 38, she’s been jilted at the altar and is out of work. To cap it all, she’s being hounded by the paparazzi. A theatre tour around Italy seems to be the answer to her problems.
The director’s youngest son, Orlando Locatelli, a successful businessman and model, is introduced after the opening night. Devastatingly handsome, clever and driven, he is entranced and, despite a 15-year age gap is determined to have her. The attraction is mutual but Flick knows it’s a bad idea to get involved. He’s too young, too beautiful, too complex. But Orlando is impossible to resist, and he persuades Flick that there’s no harm in a casual affair.
Flick’s outward appearance belies her painful, damaged past. And Orlando hides a dark, disturbing secret. Recognising kindred spirits, their fling transforms into an all-consuming passion that neither can control, threatening to strip Flick’s carefully constructed life bare, revealing her deepest fear and desire.
Motionless for some minutes, panting from the chase, I felt my eyes adjusting to the gloom. ‘I’ll take you to the kitchen. You can have a drink, calm down, wait a while. Then I’ll show you another exit. You will be safe then.’ Ah, that voice; I virtually melted on the spot. He took me by the hand again and led me down a narrow flight of stairs. ‘What a bunch of animals. Scum.’ We were in what appeared to be a rabbit warren.
I was still shaking from the revelations that my total schmuck of an ex-fiancé had not only found another lover and married her in what was by anyone’s standards unseemly haste, he had gone and got her pregnant too. And it had been alleged that he was seeing her while we were still playing love’s young dream. Acting out the real-life fairy tale of our onscreen characters. Except, it seemed, that bloody Rafe Turner had been performing in real life too. Pretending to love me, when all the time he was shagging the producer’s daughter.
When he left me standing at the altar, clutching a posy of yellow roses, I’d been upset. Devastated. When he married someone else within five months – wearing the same morning suit – I’d been crushed, all over again. But I was also a teeny-weeny bit angry. And when he sold the honeymoon pictures to Hi There! magazine I’d been livid. While he posed on the white beaches of the Maldives, looking tanned and happy (and a bit tubby round the middle), photographs taken of me in the days and weeks following my jilting were plastered all over the tabloids again. Needless to say, I looked a total and utter mess; the headlines might as well have said No Wonder Ravishing Rafe Left This Old Slapper.
L. C. Wilkinson
Laura grew up in north Wales and now lives by the sea in Brighton with three fellas (her ginger sons and her husband) and a cat called Sheila. After many years working as a journalist, copywriter and editor of hagsharlotsheroines.com, she writes fiction and works part-time as an editor for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. All of Me is her first romance for Xcite. She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!
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7th September 2013 12:45AM
I really enjoyed this book. I am not really one for reading stories about older women/younger men, but this book just had me by the heart and wouldn't let me go. This book goes so much deeper than just an erotic love story. Two people trying to over-come many obstacles to find themselves and to let go and have an honest relationship
R Connor on
2nd October 2013 3:10PM
Casting round for something entertaining to read while on holiday, this book caught my eye - largely because of its (partly) Italian setting. From the beginning, Flick - the main protagonist - is an engaging character. She's got plenty of spark as well as some vulnerabilities, so feels more rounded than some of the female characters you get in the commercial genre. The story has brilliant narrative drive, with enough questions, secrets and plot twists to keep the reader guessing. And the raunchy sex scenes? They're breathless good fun! This is a real page turner, with a strong romance element. But it isn't just escapist idealism...it's also a well crafted story about careers and ambition, about friendship and loyalty and about courage. I recommend it highly as a great holiday read.