The Dante Legacy

The Dante family is the #1 fan favorite of romance series. For a Dante, it only takes one heated touch — the legendary burn of The Inferno — to find his or her soul mate. From that first tender meeting of hands, the spark ignites and grows into an intensely romantic inferno. There’s no escaping it. And who would want to? Discover some of Day Leclaire’s most endearing and engaging characters in these reader-favorite novels. This is one inferno you’ll never want to escape!

Can’t keep all those delicious Dantes straight? Click here to see the The Dante Family Tree, sent to me by a reader. Thanks, Myra!!


A special Dante Surprise!

Dante’s Dilemma, a novella

Dante's Dilemma, digital version

Dante’s Dilemma
Primo and Nonna’s Story!
by Day Leclaire
Available Now!

Many readers of The Dante Legacy have written to tell me how much they love the Dantes and the various secondary characters featured along the way, particularly the family patriarch and matriarch.  So, I thought I’d offer a surprise treat—the romance of Romero Dante and Julietta Bianchi, known to readers as Primo and Nonna.

This 30,000 word novella takes place in the small, fictitious village of Santa Lucia located among the grapevines of Tuscany, Italy.  Though events unfold in the mid-50s out of necessity—after all, Primo and Nonna are in their late 70s when they appear in the Dante saga—this tale is the type of timeless love story that could happen in any decade.

So, meet Romero Dante, a man destined to become an internationally famous jeweler, and owner of the only mines in the world to possess fire diamonds.  And meet Julietta, the woman who sparks The Inferno, that all-consuming, once-in-a-lifetime passion that occurs when Dante soul mates first join hands.  Their road to happily-ever-after isn’t an easy one.  Not when Julietta is engaged to Romero’s best friend.  And not when Romero is the town bastard, the bad boy who good girls should avoid at all costs…

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Forever Dante

This project is temporarily on hold!

Forever Dante, website

Forever Dante ~ Lucia’s Story
The Dante Legacy, Book #10
by Day Leclaire
Available December 2014

The Inferno…  One touch forges a sizzling bond between soul mates.  It’s the love affair of a lifetime.

All lovechild Lucia Moretti has ever wanted is to share her father’s name.  To be a Dante, like him.  To belong.  To feel the burn of The Inferno when she first joins hands with her soul mate.  Unfortunately, she no longer believes in fairy tales.  Or so she thinks until a protective stranger touches her and The Inferno strikes.  Too bad he doesn’t feel it, too.

Ty Masterson is hired to guard the millions of dollars’ worth of Dante gems Lucia is modeling at a premier celebration to debut the New Beginnings jewelry line.  But he finds himself more interested in guarding her body.  After a night of passion, it’s discovered the jewelry is fake—switched at some point under his watch—and Ty is torn between duty and his growing attraction for Lucia.

Then matters take a more serious turn when Lucia suspects she’s pregnant…with Ty’s baby.  Will history repeat itself, or will her own lovechild escape the stigma of illegitimacy that Lucia spent a lifetime living?

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Note from Day:

I would like to apologize to my readers for the delay in publishing this book.  I was writing it when my mother died and I haven’t had the heart to return to it.  I’m currently turning my attention to other projects and plan to return to The Dante Legacy as soon as possible.  I am truly sorry! 


Dante’s Blackmailed Bride

Dante's Blackmailed Bride by Day LeclaireBook One: Sev and Francesca

Severo Dante and his brothers had always dismissed rumors of the Infero–an explosive desire that overtakes Dante men when they first touch their soul mates.

Then Sev met jewelry designer Francesca Sommers and was astonished by their raw, urgent, mutual attraction.

A rising star at a rival company, Francesca has crafted a dazzling new collection that could ruin Severo’s plans to rebuild the Dante empire.

His solution? Blackmail her into becoming his employee–and his fiancee–until their smoldering affair runs it course. But some fires, once lit, can never be extinguished.

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February 2008, Silhouette Desire #1852, ISBN: 978-0-373-76852-3

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Dante’s Stolen Wife

Dante's Stolen Wife by Day LeclaireBook Two: Marco and Caitlyn

They called it The Inferno–the all-consuming desire that scorched a man just once in a lifetime.

Millionaire Marco Dante felt its flames the moment he set eyes on Caitlyn Vaughn. Nothing could keep him from having her–not even her engagement to his twin brother!

So he posed as her true fiance, stealing her away for a rushed wedding and a breathtaking honeymoon.

But then he had to face his new bride when she discovered his masquerade–and somehow find a way to turn her blazing fury back into a white-hot passion…

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March 2008, Silhouette Desire #1870, ISBN: 978-0-373-76870-7

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Dante’s Wedding Deception

Dante's Wedding Deception by Day LeclaireBook Three: Nicolo and Kiley

Nothing could keep Nicolo Dante from uncovering the truth about Kiley O’Dell.

He knew she had to be a liar, but the moment he set eyes on the beauty, his soul was scorched by the once-in-a-lifetime heat of The Dante Inferno.

Then a sudden accident stole her memory, and he seized the chance to learn all her deepest secrets–by pretending to be her husband.

But the longer he kept up the dangerous masquerade, the clearer it became that whoever this woman was–whatever she was–he couldn’t rest until he made her truly his own…

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July 2008, Silhouette Desire #1880, ISBN: 978-0-373-76880-6

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Dante’s Contract Marriage

Dante's Contract Marriage by Day LeclaireBook Four: Lazz and Ariana

Wealthy businessman Lazzaro Dante was far too sophisticated to believe in the legend of The Dante Inferno.

So he was certain that a marriage of convenience, to protect his family’s claim to a priceless diamond, would leave his heart untouched.

But from the first moment he met Ariana Romano, his very soul was seared by a desire unlike any he had ever known.

And despite their secret agreement to make theirs a marriage in name only, he knew the passion that blazed between them could not be kept hidden for long….

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October 2008, Silhouette Desire #1899, ISBN: 978-0-373-76899-8

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Dante’s Ultimate Gamble

Dante's Ultimate Gamble by Day LeclaireBook Five: Luc and Tea

MAN OF THE MONTH!
Mr. June: Luc Dante, take-no-prisoners bachelor
His vow: Avoid The Dante Inferno…at all costs
His Destiny: Watching over the one woman who can make him burn

Only family obligation could have forced Luc to play babysitter to heiress Tea de Luca. But when Luc felt the heat of The Dante Inferno, undeniable passion quickly propelled them into bed.

It was supposed to be for just six weeks…until their families found out. Dante duty had Luc agreeing to a wedding–but would he ever accept Tea as his destined love?

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June 2010, Silhouette Desire #2017, ISBN: 978-0-373-73030-8

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Dante’s Temporary Fiancee

Dante's Temporary Fiancee by Day LeclaireBook Six: Rafe and Larkin

Succumb to The Inferno? Never!

One woman who was meant only for him? Rafe Dante denied The Inferno–that passionate knowing that made the palms of destined lovers itch. But his family wasn’t so easily convinced and paraded women in front of him. Until a brainstorm struck…

He would choose a bride, proclaim her his soul mate, and when she left, he’d be “brokenhearted” and his family wouldn’t dare interfere again. So Rafe hired sweet, beautiful Larkin Thatcher to be his temporary fiancee.

But Larkin had secrets–and then Rafe felt the infernal heat rising…

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September 2010, Silhouette Desire #2037, ISBN: 978-0-373-73050-6

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Dante’s Marriage Pact

Dante's Marriage Pact by Day LeclaireBook Seven: Draco and Shayla

Bound by Marriage…or Fate?

The Inferno struck without warning, but Draco Dante had no complaints. For his family’s legacy drew him to Shayla Charleston, a mysterious beauty who ignited his blood. Soon he had her in his bed…and just as quickly she was gone.

After months of searching, Draco finally found the woman who was his destiny…the woman who was about to bear his child.

But secrets began to rise, and Draco was torn between past strife with their families, and a future with his wife and son. Could Draco trust she shared their Inferno bond? Or had Shayla agreed to their marriage pact for an entirely different reason?

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December 2010, Silhouette Desire #2057, ISBN: 978-0-373-73070-4

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Dante’s Honor-Bound Husband

Dante's Honor-Bound Husband by Day LeclaireBook Eight: Constantine and Gianna

Once the Dante Inferno strikes, it’s passionate possession…at any price!

In the Dante family, one touch was all it took. The heat shared between Constantine Romano and Gianna Dante would not be ignored–even though Constantine left town nearly two years ago! But now he was back and Gianna was about to teach him that a Dante was not to be ignored….

The Italian businessman didn’t anticipate this lovely Dante getting under his skin–but he wouldn’t let anyone else have her, either! Whether or not he believed in the legend of the Inferno, Constantine knew that Gianna was going to be his by whatever means possible. And his brand of persuasion would be oh-so-passionate!

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May 2011, Silhouette Desire #2087, ISBN: 978-0-373-73100-8

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Becoming Dante

Becoming Dante by Day LeclaireBook Nine: Gabe and Kat

This book is a RITA-nominated book, Day’s 11th career nomination!

All his life, Gabe Moretti has denied his Dante heritage–but when he meets Kat Malloy, his late wife’s cousin, the Dante Inferno cannot be ignored.

He tells himself it’s only business–her hand in exchange for a necklace his mother created. But when one touch leads to another–and a kiss leads to more– Gabe realizes he’s in over his head. Because Kat has secrets he needs to uncover. And now he’ll have to do the one thing he’s sworn never to do–go to his Dante relatives to find out the truth about this powerful passion….

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December 2012, Silhouette Desire #2200, ISBN: 978-0-373-73213-5

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