THE DANTE INFERNO: The Dante Dynasty Series
Some blazes, once ignited, can’t be extinguished.
Just one burning touch connects a Dante with his soul mate.
The Inferno … curse or blessing?
Meet this amazing, sexy Italian-American family who can find their soul mates with a single
touch. Not that the path to true love is an easy one! But the Dantes always find a way,
whether it requires a bit of blackmail, stealing their bride, faking an engagement,
or even a marriage of convenience. When it comes to the Dantes, love always finds a way!
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BOOK #1: SEV'S BLACKMAILED BRIDE
One scorching touch...
...connects Sev Dante with lovely jewelry designer, Francesca Sommers. One passionate night together changes their lives forever. One painful secret will tear them apart and destroy both their lives.
As the powerful, take-charge CEO of Dantes jewelry empire, Sev never believed in The Inferno until it sweeps through him like wildfire. According to family legend, to ignore The Inferno guarantees disaster. To succumb, a life of bliss. But what happens when the woman The Inferno chooses works for his competitor and creates a stunning jewelry collection that threatens to destroy his plans to rebuild his family’s empire? The only option available: blackmail her to work for him and become his bride.
Francesca Sommers has her dream job, working for her father, even if he’s unaware of her existence. Her life is almost perfect … until Sev changes her with a single touch. She can’t resist him or his relentless seduction. Has no choice but to surrender to his raw passion. To give him everything and anything he demands. Even to be forced into marriage.
But surrendering to Sev means losing both her budding relationship with her father and her career. And when Sev discovers what she did to even the scales and protect her father’s business from his hostile takeover, she will lose him, too.
Will The Inferno be enough to save them? Or will its relentless fire consume them both?
BOOK #2: MARCO'S STOLEN WIFE
A fierce contest between twins...
One scorching touch between sexy international businessman Marco Dante and gorgeous Dantes CFO, Caitlyn Vaughn and The Inferno explodes. Until Marco’s twin brother, Lazz, parts them, planning to make Caitlyn his own. But he hasn’t counted on The Inferno or Marco’s determination to win his Inferno mate, no matter what.
Posing as his brother, Marco switches identities and sweeps Caitlyn off for a romantic weekend, seducing her first into becoming his wife and then into his bed for a night of passion unlike any other. The weekend is perfect … until a fatal mistake on Marco’s part reveals the truth.
She married the wrong man.
Or did she? Marco claims it’s some bizarre family myth called The Inferno, where soul mates connect with a single touch. But she couldn’t possibly love a man she only met one time, for all of five minutes. How can the lust she feels for a relative stranger far outstrip the chaste relationship she had with his brother? And yet, that’s exactly what’s happened.
Now Caitlyn finds herself married to Marco for better or worse. The better, she finds in his arms and bed. The worse occurs when their marital mix-up is leaked to the press.
Can she find a way to prove both the existence of The Inferno … and that Marco is the only man for her? Or is their relationship doomed if The Inferno is demonstrated to be nothing more than a myth?
BOOK #3: NICOLÒ’S WEDDING DECEPTION
A liar and a thief … or his Inferno mate?
When Kiley O’Dell claims to own half the mines that contain Dantes legendary fire diamonds, the family sends the most ruthless and cynical of the brothers, Nicolò Dante, the family troubleshooter, to negotiate with her. Neither expect the legendary Inferno to strike, sending both up in flames.
Nicolò suspects Kiley’s claim is a con. And he’ll do whatever necessary to get to the truth, even chase a panicked and fleeing Kiley. To his horror, she darts into traffic and is hit by a cab before he can save her. After she wakes, she insists she has amnesia. Now he’s certain she’s conning him, and he has a way to prove it.
Turning the tables on Kiley, Nicolò claims she’s his wife. What he doesn’t expect is for The Inferno to tumble them into a fierce love affair. Which is the real Kiley? The sweet, passionate woman in his bed, someone he’d do anything to keep, or the crafty con artist he first met?
And what will happen when she discovers they’re not married at all, that far from being her loving husband, Nicolò is out for vengeance?
Lover or liar? Devious or delectable? Only The Inferno can determine which.
BOOK #4: LAZZ'S CONTRACT MARRIAGE
A marriage of convenience … or inconvenience?
They met at the altar...
in order to satisfy a contract created by his late father and claim a priceless heirloom fire diamond, Lazz Dante must marry a complete stranger: Ariana Romano. He and his beautiful Italian bride intend to make it a temporary marriage, just long enough to satisfy the terms of the contract before parting ways. It’s a dispassionate and logical solution to an ill-conceived situation.
What they don’t count on is The Inferno striking when they share their first kiss as husband and wife. Nor do they count on being sent off on a secluded, romantic honeymoon where desire rules the day and passion the night. Most of all they don’t count on the fact that the heirloom fire diamond is missing or that it’s Ariana’s father who’s responsible.
Will their marriage end in disaster and disillusionment? Or will The Inferno provide them with the ultimate prize: a forever love?
BOOK #5: LUC'S UNWILLING WIFE
Her Inferno Bodyguard…
Dantes’ security chief, Luc Dante is coerced into six weeks of protection duty for heiress Téa de Luca—just until she reaches her twenty-fifth birthday and can claim her inheritance. The job should be a snap for the powerful, former Special Forces tough guy, despite a wound that never properly healed. After all, who would want to harm such a brilliant, family-oriented woman? Only two things stand in his way…
First, Téa is the most adorable, gorgeous, sexy—annoyingly oblivious—person he’s ever met, ready and blithely willing to tumble headlong into any and all disasters that appear in front of her. Not that she sees them.
And second, there’s the small matter of The Inferno, which strikes the second they touch. Of course, that one touch leads to another. And then another and another until they find themselves tumbling into a disaster to end all disasters … the nearest bed. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if they hadn’t been caught in the act. Bound by an unbreakable Dante code of honor, their next disastrous step is to the altar.
What neither realizes is there’s a very good reason Téa needs a bodyguard. And if they don’t see what’s happening right in front of them, even The Inferno won’t be enough to save them.
BOOK #6: RAFE'S TEMPORARY FIANCÉE
His fake fiancée…
It’s time for lone wolf Rafe Dante to feel the fiery power of The Inferno. After a disastrous first marriage to his non-Inferno wife, he’s done with happily-ever-after. To satisfy his matrimonial-minded family, he hires a woman to fake an engagement, claiming they’ve experienced the burning itch of The Inferno. His plan is to pay his fiancée to leave him at the altar, and since Dante legend alleges The Inferno only ever strikes once, he’ll finally be free to return to his lone wolf ways, problem solved.
Only one slight glitch…
The minute he and his temporary fiancée touch, The Inferno strikes—for real.
Sweet, innocent Larkin Thatcher longs for a family of her own. Unfortunately, it isn’t likely to happen, not considering the secrets she hides. When Rafe hires her to be his pretend fiancée and offers a place to stay, it’s a godsend for both Larkin and her “dog,” a lovely Husky who looks suspiciously like a wolf. But falling in love with his family while lying to them isn’t part of the plan. Nor is the overwhelming desire that sparks between the two, one that threatens their plan to go their separate ways.
If she must leave, she will, even if it means she’ll be homeless again, but not without an antique bracelet in Rafe’s possession that will identify her father. It’s all she wants from her soon-to-be-ex fiancé. All Rafe wants from her is, well … her. At least, for now. But The Inferno has a funny way of turning “now” into forever.
What will happen when Rafe learns her true identity? Will “now” turn to never? Or will The Inferno find a way to mate these two lone wolves?
BOOK #7: DRACO'S MARRIAGE PACT
A one night stand… A secret baby…
When Draco Dante experiences The Inferno with Dante family rival, Shayla Charleston, he isn’t the least opposed. In fact, he sweeps her off her feet and straight into his bed. What he doesn’t expect is for her to disappear after their one night of passion. Unwilling to let her go and with The Inferno burning in his veins, he spends months searching for her … only to discover Shayla is expecting his baby. Like, now!
On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Shayla Charleston has three goals. 1. Make sure her grandmother is taken care of. 2. Take off for Europe with her new boss. 3. Experience a one-night stand. Instead, she ends up in bed with the one man she should avoid at all costs … a Dante, her grandmother’s nemesis.
Now nine months pregnant, Shayla is torn between families—her husband’s and hers. Even though Draco is reluctant to trap Shayla in an unwanted marriage, he’s determined his son will bear the Dante name. So they come to an agreement. She’ll marry him and, unwillingly, he’ll let her go.
Can The Inferno resolve old rivalries? And more important, can it prove that love and family trumps everything, even a marriage pact?
BOOK #8: GIANNA'S HONOR-BOUND HUSBAND
The Inferno hides a dark secret … and Gianna knows it.
Gianna Dante wasn’t sure she could actually feel The Inferno. But the instant she touches her true love she discovers that not only can she … she does!
Constantine Romano has a will unlike any other and refuses to take Gianna as his until he rebuilds his decimated finances. After all, he might have no choice but to submit to The Inferno’s passion, but he still has his honor. Now, nineteen months, five days, eight hours and a handful of minutes later, he has returned to claim his mate, only to discover she’s moved on. While The Inferno overwhelms him with flames of desire, Gianna has apparently found a cure for its burn.
And she has. It’s a secret she learned as a child and even though it threatens to break her heart, she can’t force Constantine to love her against his will. While family pressure forces them to the altar, Gianna has a heartbreaking decision to make. Tell her family the truth—that The Inferno isn’t real, just a sweet family fairy tale that can easily be broken. Or keep her silence and marry the only man she’ll ever love, even if he doesn’t want to marry her.
Has The Inferno finally burned out? Or will its flame catch fire for Gianna and her honor-bound husband before it’s too late?
BOOK #9: BECOMING DANTE: GABE
Forced to become a Dante …
Gabe Moretti despises his connection to the Dantes ever since they rejected his mother and sister. He wants nothing to do with them … until he meets Kat Malloy. The instant they touch, a bizarre, passionate reaction overwhelms him. Despite that, he’s determined to keep their relationship a business one. Only, The Inferno has other ideas.
Kat Malloy wants just one thing, a fiancé to help repair her relationship with her dying grandmother. And Gabe Moretti is the perfect man for the job. Not only does her grandmother adore him, but he has the ability to restore her shredded reputation, primarily because he’s the man who shredded it. In exchange, she’ll give him Heart’s Desire, the gorgeous diamond necklace his mother designed and that he’s spent years attempting to purchase.
She’s utterly shocked when he insists that in addition to giving him the necklace, she share his bed, or that she finds herself not just willing, but eager. What she doesn’t anticipate is their passion flaming out of control and the unexpected results which lead them to a marriage neither expect or want. Or do they…?
Will The Inferno help the two learn to overcome their past and find love? And will Gabe finally be able to accept that with Kat’s help he’s finally Becoming Dante.
BOOK #10: DANTE'S DILEMMA: ROMERO
Romero Dante: The town bad boy. The man all good girls should avoid.
Julietta Bianchi: Sweet and virginal. The woman who’d do anything to save her family. And engaged to Rom’s best friend.
Rom Dante had always been warned about the danger of The Inferno. After all, it creates an all-consuming, love-at-first-touch lust, which led to his mother’s ruin … and Rom’s birth. Now it strikes again with the one woman Rom can’t have—Julietta Bianchi, the fiancée of his best friend.
Julietta will do whatever necessary to save her family from financial disaster, even marry a man she doesn’t love. But days before her wedding is to take place, her heart is stolen—with a single touch. Now the two lovers must choose between honor … and each other.
But Romero’s grandfather warns that to ignore The Inferno will turn love from a blessing to a curse. And Rom can’t allow that, even if it means stealing his bride and forcing her to the altar.
BOOK #11: FOREVER DANTE: LUCIA
Her one dream... To be a Dante.
All love child Lucia Moretti has ever wanted is to share her father’s name. To be a Dante, like her dad. 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?
So explain this Inferno business? Right?!? Wouldn’t it make life so much simpler—and <i>so</i> much more complicated—if we could identify our soul mates with a single touch? I loved the concept and it was the springboard for the entire series. I always try to incorporate just a touch of fantasy in all my books. To my delight, readers seem to identify with the idea, so thanks to all of you who fell in love with both the Dantes and The Inferno!
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Sev's Blackmailed Bride? Sure! I guess the most significant detail I incorporated in this story is Primo Dante, the family patriarch. You see, I grew up without grandfathers. Sadly, they both died before I was born. So I never knew the joy or love of a grandfather. Since I couldn’t have one in real life, I infused all of my love and longing in Primo and invented someone I consider the perfect patriarch. I hope readers will let me know if they agree. Just email me at: Day@DayLeclaire.com. I try and respond personally to every email.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Marco's Stolen Wife? Switching identities! I love creating twins for my various series. In fact, when I was little I would pretend I was a twin. I knew twins growing up and was always fascinated by the similarities and differences between them. The funniest times of all were when they would pretend to be each other. Those memories sparked the concept for this story.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Nicolò’s Wedding Deception? I am a huge dog (and cat) lover and I will often incorporate animals into my books. As a teenager our family owned a St. Bernard named Brutus. He was well over 150 pounds, and even though he was a total klutz, he was our klutz. Brutus has made an appearance in a number of my books. It’s just a (not so) small Easter egg that shows up periodically in memory of a wonderful dog. I’m always delighted when readers catch on and email me. I think they enjoy Brutus’s guest appearance as much as I do.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Lazz's Contract Marriage? My favorite Star Trek character is Mr. Spock and I have to admit, there might be just a hint of Spock’s logic lurking in Lazz. On the other hand, Ariana is pure passion. The idea of combining two such disparate personalities is so much fun. And seeing how Mr. Logical handles The Inferno, something he 100% doesn’t believe in, was even more fun!
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Luc's Unwilling Wife? I was really excited to introduce a new character, Juice. He continues to make appearances throughout the series and is such a fun guy, I had to be careful he didn’t take over the story. Maybe I’ll come up the right story for him down the road!
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Rafe’s Temporary Fiancée? I’ve both fostered and rescued dogs and have a true soft spot for those sweet, desperate animals that only want love and a forever home. That’s the basis for this book and a real hot button for me. Not only are the dogs in this book looking for a forever home, but so is the heroine.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Draco's Marriage Pact? There’s a book I wrote a while back that is one of my favorites, Her Secret Santa. It featured a children’s artist, Jacqueline Randell, who used the pseudonym Jack Rabbitt. What I loved so much about that book was how Jacq would surreptitiously paint mythical creatures (mostly my favorite—dragons) on the hero’s desk. Jacq makes a guest appearance in this book and I absolutely loved having that little Easter egg crossover from another series.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Gianna's Honor-Bound Husband? When I was a child I believed everything I was told. We don’t learn to question that until we’re older and a bit more jaded. So I absolutely believed that babies grew in cabbage patches under the full moon, you had to be nice to a car or it wouldn’t start, white skin tasted like vanilla and black tasted like chocolate (I was sadly disabused of this the first time I kissed a boy). And dragonflies grew up to be dragons. Okay, that last one is true. But you know what I mean, right?!? Those memories inspired a big part of this story.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Becoming Dante: Gabe? One of the aspects I loved about writing this book was Gabe’s reaction to The Inferno. Can you imagine experiencing The Inferno and having no idea what it is, along with his absolute frustration over his bizarre reaction to the heroine, Kat Malloy? I loved his reluctance to approach the grandfather he’d never met in order to get to the truth and ultimately discovering the man he expected to hate is actually someone he comes to respect … and eventually love.
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Dante's Dilemma: Romero? Dante’s Dilemma: Romero is the story that sparked three generations of Inferno love affairs, featuring fan favorites, Primo and Nonna! 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!
Can you tell us one interesting detail about Forever Dante: Lucia? I'm sorry to say this tidbit is a sad one. When I was in the middle of this book, my mom died. She was always a huge supporter of my writing and read each and every book before publication to check it for errors. Even when her eyesight made it difficult, she insisted on reading the books and I'd print them out in the largest font possible. So, it took me years to return to this story and for that I truly apologize to all the many fans of the Dante series. But at long last, the book is completed and I am delighted to share it with you!
Can you tell me what order to read the books? Absolutely! Here you go:
Book #1: Sev’s Blackmailed Bride
Book #2: Marco’s Stolen Wife
Book #3: Nicolò’s Wedding Deception
Book #4: Lazz’s Contract Marriage
Book #5: Luc’s Unwilling Wife
Book #6: Rafe’s Temporary Fiancée
Book #7: Draco’s Marriage Pact
Book #8: Gianna’s Honor-Bound Husband
Book #9: Becoming Dante: Gabe
Book #10: Dante’s Dilemma: Romero
Book #11: Forever Dante: Lucia