Book 3 of The Princess Brides Series

Classic Romance

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Princess Joelle Ducasse must marry the man who has been chosen for her. Joelle knows her marriage will be one of duty, not love. So in an act of defiance she decides to spend one hot, steamy night with a gorgeous stranger. But unbeknownst to Joelle that stranger is actually Prince Leo Borgarde–her future husband! Leo is furious that his future wife could behave in such a reckless way. He demands that Joelle must be punished, and he knows just the right way… by marriage!

Classic Romance

The Italian’s Virgin Princess

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Princess Joelle Ducasse must marry the man who has been chosen for her. Joelle knows her marriage will be one of duty, not love. So in an act of defiance she decides to spend one hot, steamy night with a gorgeous stranger. But unbeknownst to Joelle that stranger is actually Prince Leo Borgarde–her future husband! Leo is furious that his future wife could behave in such a reckless way. He demands that Joelle must be punished, and he knows just the right way… by marriage!

The Italian’s Virgin Princess

Book 3 of The Princess Brides Series

Classic Romance

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Chapter One

New Orleans

“A drink, Miss d’Ville?”

The question, asked by a distinctly male voice, a very deep, very quiet voice, sent a ripple of unease through Joelle. Voices like that only came from years of power.

Positions of authority, the kind of authority she’d left behind in Europe. Joelle turned reluctantly, more than reluctantly, knowing by his voice that it was him.

Him.

The one who’d sat in the front row tonight, just left of stage center.

The one who’d distracted her all night with his intense gaze, a gaze that never seemed to leave her.

Twice she’d lost her place in the middle of a song. Twice she’d stood there on stage in the purple and blue gel lights utterly blank-losing all thought, all memory, all words. She’d never forgotten lyrics like that. She’d never stared out at a dark sea of audience and wondered what she was doing with a microphone before.

But it hadn’t been an entirely dark sea. She’d seen one face, one man the entire time, and his intense focus had trapped her, called her, just as he did now.

Up close, barely a foot away, he made her feel bare, exposed. She’d never minded dressing sexy on stage but somehow with his dark gaze scrutinizing her, a slow inspection from head to toe, she knew he disapproved.

His censure was nearly as heavy as her guitar case hanging from her shoulder.

“A drink?” she repeated, trying to force her brain to function despite the rather mad thought that if she ever belonged to a man, it wouldn’t be to someone like this, someone so overwhelmingly male, so fiercely controlled.

She wanted ease. Charm. She wanted comfortable.

He wasn’t comfortable.

“As in a beverage,” he answered almost gently, smiling a little and yet the smile remained at his lips, failed to warm his eyes. Instead his dark eyes burned, his dark eyes owned her, possessed her, a hard sexual possession that had nothing to do with civilized behavior and everything to do with bodies. Skin.

Her skin.

She felt a cool silvery shiver shoot down her spine, and her body reacted-hair at her nape lifting, goose bumps prickling her arms, even her breasts firmed, nipples peaking.

Joelle pressed her guitar case closer to her hip, making it the latest in body armor. “I understand the concept. We have beverages in America, too,” she said, letting him know she understood he was foreign, and yet he couldn’t intimidate her.

But she was wary. Not because he posed a physical threat, but because he was different, and she’d always been intrigued by that which was unusual. Intriguing. And he was certainly intriguing.

Tall, darkly handsome and probably very Italian. His accent sounded Italian.

“Then you’ll join me,” he said, indicating his table.

His stunning confidence dazzled her. “I…I’ve…plans.” Laundry. And packing. She needed to get ready to return home.

“Change them.”

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The Italian’s Virgin Princess is available in the following formats:

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ISBN: 0373124309

November 1, 2004

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  • The Italian’s Virgin Princess is a superb conclusion to the Princess Brides trilogy. Fans of alpha heroes will adore Leo and will want to slap him a time or two as he displays such overly alpha behavior as spanking Joelle, locking her in her room, and putting a global tacking device on her wrist, but then they’ll want to be the first in line to comfort him when the reasons for such behavior are revealed. BTW, Leo redeems himself wonderfully and becomes one of Ms. Porter’s finest and complex heroes. The Italian’s Virgin Princess stands alone, but you’ll definitely want to read the two earlier entries in trilogy. When you want a hot, emotionally intense reading experience, you’ll never go wrong with a Jane Porter Presents. Highly recommended! 4 1/2 stars. “

    — Debora Hosey, The Romance Readers Connection

  • “A young Princess looking for freedom, a handsome Italian Prince searching for his betrothed, a sexual chemistry that can’t be denied and secrets a plenty — all of this is found in The Italian’s Virgin Princess…Ms. Porter shows that even though the physical chemistry is there, it’s not always smooth sailing to find the trust and love that Leo and Joelle are searching for…

    The Italian’s Virgin Princess, book three of The Princess Brides Trilogy can stand-alone as the author shares a bit of back-history as well that readers would have read in book one and two. But this beautifully created trilogy is the most amazing reading if enjoyed all together. Travel from New Orleans to the beauty of the islands in Europe as this Prince and Princess try to find their own happily ever after as only Jane Porter can write it…with beauty, eloquence and heart-warming romance.”

    — Tracey West, The Road to Romance

  • “This third story of the Ducasse princesses was a pleasure to read. Ms. Porter is an excellent storyteller, who definitely leaves the reader demanding, “More, please!”

    — The Best Reviews

  • “A wonderful Modern Romance from Jane Porter that features everything you want from this line: a sexy hero, an independent heroine and a dose of sexual chemistry all with a backdrop of New Orleans and two beautiful European islands.

    “This is very much a fairytale story with a Prince, a Princess, a magical kingdom and a love story. However, Ms. Porter has portrayed the emotions and suffering of both characters to prove that true love never does run smooth. I especially enjoyed the glimpses of the hero’s past and reading about how he overcame it. The Italian’s Virgin Princess by Jane Porter is a great stand-alone read but I would thoroughly recommend the whole trilogy to all!” (awarded 4.5 stars!)

    — Katie Stalham, CataRomance