I’ll admit it… I totally judge books by their covers. When a stunning cover catches my eye, I can’t help but stop and take a deeper look. And this cover grabbed my attention immediately! I’ve been meaning to check out L.A. Cotton’s work for a while now, and this duet seems like the perfect place to start. It’s a dark, New Adult, forbidden mafia romance and the writing style is pretty compelling.
Take a peek at the excerpt below to get a feel for the series, and then be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY offered by the author! The first half of the duet releases June 2nd, so it will be here before you know it.
Title: Prince of Hearts
Series: Verona Legacy #1
Author: L.A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Arianna Capizola is her father’s daughter.
Humble. Hardworking. Honest.
She’d rather spend her days helping at the local shelter than brushing shoulders with her vain and entitled classmates.
Niccolò Marchetti is his father’s son.
Dark. Dangerous. Deceitful.
He’d rather spend his days getting bloody in the ring than attending class and keeping up pretences.
When their paths cross at Montague University neither of them are willing to drop the walls they’ve spent so long building. But he can’t resist the girl with stars in her eyes, and she can’t forget the guy who saved her that night.
Nicco isn’t Arianne’s knight-in-shining armor, he’s the son of her father’s greatest enemy.
And their families are at war.
**Prince of Hearts is the first book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+
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“You look good on my bike,” I said.
And that I fucking meant.
“Thanks for the ride.”
I tucked the helmet into my chest and gave her a small nod. “You should go inside.” My
eyes flicked beyond her to the door.
“I think I’ll have to go around front.”
“Your key operates both doors.”
“Oh, okay.” Lina rocked on her kitten heeled boots. I couldn’t resist letting my eyes sweep down her body again. She was everything I could never have.
Everything I’d never wanted.
I swallowed, lifting my gaze to hers. “Go on.”
“Goodnight, Nicco.” Lina smiled.
She didn’t move. Her eyes didn’t leave me even for a second. Slowly, she walked over to me and slid her hand against my face. “Thank you, for coming to my rescue again.”
There was a playful lilt in her voice.
“Anytime, Bambolina.” I smirked but it was wiped away when Lina leaned in, her lips
brushing my cheek. She hesitated just for a second, but it was enough for me to
turn my head and let my lips slide against hers.
Rookie. Fucking. Mistake.
The moment I tasted her, everything shifted. All I could think about now was pulling her down on my bike and devouring her. She tasted too good. Too tempting.
She tasted like my fucking downfall.
“Nicco.” My name was a whisper against my lips as I ran my tongue against the seam of her mouth. My hand slid into Lina’s hair, anchoring her to me as I kissed her deeper, harder. Her body shuddered, a soft sigh getting lost between us. I wanted to paint her skin with my lips, brand every inch of her. This wasn’t even a real kiss. It was fleeting and cautious. But I already knew I wanted more.
I wanted everything this girl—this stranger—had to give.
“What are you doing?” she whispered when I paused, my lips hovering over the corner of her mouth. “Nicco, what are—”
I jerked back as if I’d been struck by lightning. “You should go, Lina. I’ll wait until
“I see.” Her lips thinned as she stepped back, putting a thousand miles between us, the
invisible tether between us almost snapping. “Well, I guess I’ll be going then.” She didn’t hesitate this time. Lina walked away from me with her head held high, without so much as a backward glance.
It was no less than I deserved, but it hurt all the same.
I wanted her.
I wanted Lina the way I’d never wanted another girl before. But I couldn’t be that guy.
I couldn’t give her hearts and flowers and romance.
I couldn’t be the prince she deserved, because my life wasn’t a fairytale.
It was the stuff nightmares were made of.
Also Coming Soon
Releasing September 2020
Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult
novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive
stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.
Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being
a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her
spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most
likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.