The Rebel Son Returns, by Janette Kenny
There’s a deliciously dangerous threat that pulses on the pages when the rebellious son comes home. This is the man whose views were way outside the box. The man who refused to conform. The one who snubbed his nose to tradition in favor of a better way—his way.
His only chance to succeed was to escape his constraints. That was the only way he could flourish. And oh, how this hero can prosper when left to his own devises! Give the rebel clout and a reason he must return home and he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. When he takes over the family or rival business, it will put everyone on edge.
I love it when the rebel leaves the life he was born into under less that hospitable circumstances, for this type pain is what fuels the inner drive in him that knows no bounds. He’s made his own fortune through dint of will, superb business instincts and courage. He has proven his naysayers wrong, and he likely strikes fear and/or awe in his detractors.
His stellar achievements force others to look up to him simply because he’s the type of man who commands respect. He likely has an ax to grind, with any number of people, or the situation, he’s trust into. Sparks really fly when he’s opposed to the heroine!
Stefano Marinetti, the hero in my June Presents, Innocent in the Italian’s Possession, is that rebel. He was the second son, the one who took a backseat to everything in the family, including their shipbuilding business. His innovative ideas for improving sea worthy vessels was immediately met with opposition.
So Stefano had no choice but leave the family fold, because he refused to play second fiddle to his elder brother. Because he believed there was a better way.
Now the estranged son has been begged to take over the family business in the wake of tragedy. Stefano doesn’t want to be there. Doesn’t have the heart to build up the business that his father has nearly destroyed, which Stefano is sure, in part, is due to his father lavishly romancing his sexy, young secretary.
But he won’t turn his back on his father either. His Italian blood boils with vengeance for he perceives Gemma Cardone is a heartless mercenary. There is only one solution in Stefano’s mind – revenge!
Gemma is caught in an untenable situation, honor bound to hold the secret that would tear apart Stefano’s fragile family. There’s only way she can prove her innocence without divulging the truth–surrender herself to Stefano. That’s a prospect that becomes oh, too tempting!
I’m thrilled to announce that Innocent in the Italian’s Possession was a top-ten romance, and it marked my debut appearance on the USA Today Bestseller list!
I hope you enjoy Stefano’s and Gemma’s journey to love as much as I enjoyed writing it! Do you have a favorite second son, or rebel hero story? What is it about Italian men that makes them so sexy?