A Novella – by: Carolee Croft
Genre: Paranormal Adventure Romance – Adult
Julia Rossi finds herself in romantic Sorrento, Italy, with an amazing cup of espresso in one hand, and a Greyhound in the other.
Julia is a vibrant young career woman working in California’s wine industry. She has traveled to Sorrento, from L.A. to take care of the estate her uncle Paulo has left her. Turns out uncle Paulo has also left a host of adventure for Julia, in the form of magic and his beloved Greyhound, Desi.
There’s good reason Julia was meant to have uncle Paulo’s estate, and good reason Desi was meant to be with Julia. You see, the estate enshrouds mystic secrets, and Desi is a shifter.
Desi is a Greyhound by night, and a sexy Italian restauranteur named Desiderio by day. Desi has a partner in the restaurant business, his brother, Alessandro. Alessandro is also a Greyhound shifter.
Cousin Lili is an art student who is ten years younger than Julia. Raised in Italy, Lili is more of a sister and less of a cousin. Lili arrives in Sorrento, to help Julia with the settling of the estate. With that a spellbinding adventure, and unraveling of a family curse begins.
Although previously unknown to Julia, she has inherited her family’s entrancing power. She will be key to the magic needed to rescue Alessandro, in Greyhound form, from Arrigo and his thugs.
Arrigo is a descendant of the evil witch, Giana. Giana had cursed the Gaspari family that Desi and Alessandro are descended from. Since then, all in this blissful place have known about the Greyhounds of Sorrento. Arrigo is dedicated to assuming the evil power of his family’s past, and reviving the vendetta with the Gaspari.
Yet, when it comes to the mystic, count on the fact that things may not be what they seem. Magic has as many twists and turns, as does reality.
Magic can be found in love, and love found in magic. Both sides of the coin are found in Sorrento.
Carolee’s writing excels in her descriptions of Sorrento life, and daily experiences of Julia’s Italian experience there-in. I will add here that I could taste the coffee, pizza and coronets. Carolee’s sense of humor flirts about.
From her other books I’ve read, the graphic descriptions of love making is toned way down, but the fervor is preserved.
If you’re looking for different, this is it! I’m always on the hunt for something off side, that I like. I won’t spill the beans. However, Carolee’s tale that has roots in centuries old magic, where-in an ancient curse has kept the men of the Gaspari family (and possibly others?) as Greyhounds ever since, is piquing.
Carolee’s thoughts are to make a collection of novellas into one book, telling the adventures of the Greyhounds of Sorrento.
It is at this point that I find a novella difficult to rate. To begin with, I am not a fan of star ratings. Second, it’s the entire collection that should be rated, rated in “Crystal Wands”. However, I think 5 1/2 “Rainbow Wands” is fitting for the first tale.
Desi is currently available in EBook format.
She has written 7 novels and one novella that are in her own words “I hope not too naughty for your audience”. I find that a tad endearing coming from an admitted fan of Spongebob.