Blood may be thicker than water … but is love stronger than vengeance?
Imani Youngblood is in trouble. Defying the example of the crime-lord father who abandoned her, she’s walked a straight and narrow path.
Now, however, her college debts are beyond her ability to pay, endangering the future she’s worked so hard to secure.
Her only choice is to accept the startling offer from a handsome Italian stranger:
he’ll pay off her debts and subsidize the rest of her college education if she’ll act as surrogate mother to his child.
Don Carlo Lanza wants to expand his Bay Area territory into Oakland.
Standing in his way is Eric Youngblood, who has consolidated all the Black gangs in the East Bay under his banner and has no intention of sharing power.
When the Don learns about the daughter Youngblood still watches over -- and lays eyes on the beautiful, financially desperate Imani -- he instantly hatches a plan to tie their families together forever.
Imani is shocked when the Don suggests going about things the old-fashioned way, but their formal arrangement quickly becomes a passionate affair.
Unfortunately, Lanza has underestimated Youngblood’s ruthlessness … and his fury.
When the crime lord learns that Imani is carrying his rival’s child, he sends his most brutal lieutenant to forcibly end his daughter’s pregnancy
Can the lovers save their child -- and Imani’s life -- or will their future be cut tragically short?
**** This is a standalone Novel with a touch of steam and HEA. ****