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Mary Lyons - The Italian Seduction

Mary Lyons - The Italian Seduction

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MARYLYONSTheItalianSeduction
TheLatinlover
WealthyLorenzoFoscarihadreceivedthreatsagainsthislife.Buthewasoutragedwhenhisinsurancecompanyassignedhimabodyguard—especiallysincethey'dsenthimthesexiestwomanhe'severseen!AntoniaSimpsonknewitwouldbeatoughassignment,butthercalchallengewasresistingLorenzo'sseductiveItaliancharm.Because,oncehe'dkissedher,LorenzoseemedquitehappytoletAntoniaguardhisbody-dayandnight....Contents:12345678910
CHAPTERONE
‘LORENZO—youreally
must 
besensible!Youcouldbeingravedanger.’‘Nonsense!’
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Standingbehindhislargedesk,LorenzoFoscarigaveabrief,slightlyirritatedshrugofhisbroadshouldersashecontinuedtotossfilesandpapersintoanopenbriefcase.‘Quitefrankly,Matteo,Iconsiderthatyou,andtheotherdirectorsofthiscompany,aretakingthesefoolishthreatsfartooseriously.’MatteoBaroccigaveaheavysigh,beforeonceagaintryingtopersuadetheyoungermantoseesense.Unfortunately,itclearlywasn’tgoingtobeaneasytask.Whichwashardlysurprising.Afterall,nomanofthirty-eight—letaloneagood-looking,wealthybachelorwithahostofglamorousgirlfriends-waslikelytowelcomehavinghisprivatelifeseriouslycurtailed.However,asadirectorofalargeindustrialcorporation—ofwhichLorenzowaschairmanandmanagingdirector—Matteocouldonlyagreewiththefirm’sinsurancecompanywhenthey’dinsistedthatactionmustbetakenimmediately.‘IntheeventofanythinghappeningtoSignorFoscari,wewouldbecalledupontopayoutahugesumofmoneytoyourcompany.Whichiswhywecannotaffordtotakeanyrisks,andareinsistingthathehascloseprotection,atalltimes,untilthereisnolongeranythreattohislife.’Butitwasonethingfortheinsurancecompanytolaydownthelaw,Matteotoldhimselfwithanother,heavysighandquiteanothertopersuadeLorenzotoacceptmeasuresdesignedtoprotecthim.Allthesame...hehadnochoicebuttotry.‘Now,Lorenzo—youmustlistentoreason,’hepleaded.‘Because,however“foolish”itmayseemtoyou,oncesomeonehaswrittenlettersthreateningyourlife,itwouldbetheheightoffollytotakenonoticeofsuchawarning.
Si,d’accordo
...Iagree.YouarequiterighttoinsistthatItakesensibleprecautions,’Lorenzosaid, placinghispassportinthecase,beforefirmlyclosingthelid.‘Andthat’spreciselywhatIintendtodo.‘So,you’llagreetohaveabodyguard,and...‘Absolutelynot.’Lorenzoshookhisdarkheadashepresseddowntheintercom,askinghissecretarytonotifythechauffeurthathewasabouttoleavethebuilding.‘WhileIamquitepreparedtobecareful,IrefusetobelievethatIaminanyimmediatedanger.Certainlynotenoughtowarranttheappointmentofa bodyguard!’‘Butourinsurersandtheotherdirectorsofthecompanyareinsistingthat...’‘Damnit,Matteo!’Lorenzograted,hisblueeyesglintingwithangerandfrustration.‘Webothknowthatthemanwasnothingbutathief.Aloathsomelittlemanwho,inhisroleofchiefaccountant,betrayedoutrustbystealingtensofmillionsoflirefromthiscompany,beforeIsackedhim.Right?‘Quiteright.But...‘Yes...Yes,Iknowthathe’sapparentlymadethreatsagainstmylife,’Lorenzoaddedimpatiently.‘ButIfailtounderstandwhyeveryoneseemstobetakinghimseriously.’‘I’vealreadyexplainedthat...‘Oh,comeon!Giovannimayhavebeenacrooked,greedyman,whohadnoscruplesaboutrobbing
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thiscompany.Buttheideathathe’ssuddenlybecomeadangerousassassinistotallyabsurd!Continuingtoignoretheolderman’sprotests,hepickeduphisbriefcasefromthedesk,movingswiftlyacrossthethickcarpettowardsthedoorofhislarge,spaciousoffice.‘Forinstance,IverymuchdoubtifGiovanniwouldevenrecogniseagunwhenhesawone—letaloneknowhowtofireit.WhichiswhytheideathatInowneedabodyguard—toprotectmefromsucha puny,insignificantlittleman—isutternonsense!’‘But...buttheinsurancecompanyisinsistingthatyou...you
must 
takeprecautions,’Matteoprotested breathlessly,almosthavingtoruntokeepupwiththeotherman’stall,slimfigureasLorenzolefthisoffice,andbeganstridingquicklydownthemarble-flooredcorridor,towardshispersonalelevator.‘ForhowlongwouldIbeexpectedtoputupwiththisbodyguard?Onemonth?Sixmonths?Ayear?’‘Well...er...Ireallydon’tknow,’Matteomutteredhelplessly.‘Itcouldbeforsometime,Isuppose.‘ThatispreciselytheconclusionI’dcometo,’Lorenzosnappedastheelevatordoorsopenedandheenteredthesteelcage,closelyfollowedbyhiscolleague.SoasfarasI’mconcernedyoucanforgetit!BecauseI’mdamnedifI’llputupwithbeingforcedtolive---forwhoknowswhatlengthoftime?—withsomeempty-brained,muscle-boundgorilla!’Itwasnowfartoolate,ofcourse,Lorenzotoldhimselfgrimly,hislipstighteningwithexasperationasthelifthurtleddown,towardsthegroundfloorofthelargeofficebuilding.Itwas
 far 
toolatetoregretnotcallinginthepolicewhenhe’dfirstbeeninformedbytheauditorsofaseriousprobleminthecompany’sfinancialdepartment.Promptandswiftaction,atthatpoint,wouldundoubtedlyhavesavedeveryoneaconsiderableamountoftimeandtrouble.Unfortunately,insteadofbeingsensible,he’dallowedhiscompassiontoovercomehisbetterjudgement.Aftercallingthechiefaccountant,GiovanniParini,intohisofficeandtearinghimoffastrip,Lorenzohad beendisconcertedandembarrassedwhenthemanhadbrokendown—notonlyadmittinghisguilt,butweepingwithdistressaboutthefuturewelfareofhiswifeandmanysmallchildren.Whichwaswhy,verystupidly,LorenzohadmerelycalledSecuritytohavethemanimmediatelyescortedfromthebuilding.Whatanidiothe’dbeen!Becauseithadsoonbecomeevidentthattherewasnowifeanddefinitelynosmallchildren.Infact,Giovanni,who’dbeenlivingalonewithhiscomfortablyoff,elderlymother,hadnowdisappearedandwasontherun.Butnotbeforeleavingbehindhimaletter,threateningtokillLorenzo—theonepersonwho’dbeenfoolishenoughtoshowhimsomeclemency.Whichonlyservesyouright,forbeingsuchasofttouch!Lorenzotoldhimselfgrimly.However...ifhenowhadtheopportunitytogethishandsaroundthethin,scrawnyneckofthecompany’slateandentirelyunlamentedchiefaccountant,he’dhave
 great 
pleasureincheerfullysqueezingthelifefromthewretchedman!‘Youreallycannotcontinueignoringthedemandsofourinsurancecompany.‘Hmm...?,Preoccupiedincursinghimselfforhavingbeensolenient,Lorenzorealisedthathe’dmissedpartof whathiscompanionhadbeensaying.
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