Forbidden is what we are…
I was 10. You were 19.
You wanted to be a chef. My mom made you a star.
I’m 24. You’re 33.
You hold the record for the Sexiest Man Alive.
I’m still the lost, rejected, damaged girl who can’t find herself anywhere but in your protective arms.

I loved you when I was 10. I love you now.
You call me your best friend, and you still see me as a kid.
I’m 25 with a man on one knee in front of me.
You’re watching through the glass. One word from you is all I need.
But you hold a secret that can destroy us both.

I’ve known you my whole life. Loved you my whole life.
Never thought when I die, it will be because of you.

This is NOT a Mafia novel. The Italian Heartthrob is a forbidden friends to lovers standalone. The dark themes may set you in tears.

Get it now because you have to


About NJ Adel

N. J. Adel, the author of All the Teacher’s Pets, Seratis, Her Royal Harem, The Italian Heartthrob and The Night Minutes series, is a cross genre author. From chocolate to books and book boyfriends, she likes it DARK and SPICY.
From dark women’s fiction and romance to sci-fi and fantasy. Bikers, rock stars, dirty Hollywood heartthrobs, smexy guards and men who serve. From steamy sexy short stories to full-length books with all the feels, heavy plots and twists and turns. She loves it all.
She used to teach by day and write fun smut by night with her German Shepherd, Leo.
Now she quit her day job and only writes the hot stuff.
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Published so far:

Contemporary Standalone:
1) The Italian Heartthrob: Forbidden Romance
2) Dirty Beasts (Prequel)

Paranormal Reverse Harem Standalones
1) All the Teacher’s Pet Beasts
2) All the Teacher’s Bad Boys
3) All the Teacher’s Prisoners
4) All the Teacher’s Valentines (Sweeter than Chocolate Anthology novella)

Seratis the Goddess of Egypt Reverse Harem
1) Seratis Daughter of the Sun
2) Seratis War of the Gods

The Nine Minutes Trilogy; Night Skulls MC
1) Nine Minutes Later
2) Nine minutes Xtra
3) Nine Minutes Forever

Her Royal Harem
1) Her Royal Harem Erotica Box Set

Dark Standalone and collections
1) Darkness Between Us
2)I Hate You then I Love You Box Se


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