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Run To Rome, by Stacey Joy Netzel

Book two of my Italy Intrigue Series was researched during an 11 day trip back to the country with my brother. Yes, the same one who left me behind the last time. He did much better the second time around, and I got another book out of the deal. *grin*

Hope you enjoy!

Run To Rome

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Heat Level: Hot

Available at Amazon

Love him and leave him.

Nine months ago, undercover detective, Ispettore Evalina Gallo, protected her heart the only way she knew how, never expecting to see her savior-turned-one-night-stand again. When he returns to Italia—now a person of interest in an investigation of a local organized crime family—her personal connection to the rugged American gets her assigned to the case.

A second chance to make things right.

With his mother’s pleas ringing in his ears, Ben Sanders plans to retrieve a stolen bible his father shipped to Italy thirteen years ago, and then get out as fast as he can. But with the arrival of the beautiful detective, he suspects his mother’s desire to right past wrongs might not be the whole truth.

Destiny will not be denied.

Now, less than twenty-four hours after entering the country, he’s getting shot at—again. In a race from Milan to Rome to find the precious book before anyone else, time is ticking for the one-time lovers. Attraction burns hotter than molten lava, but amid secrets and half-truths, they must learn to trust each other if they have any hope of a future together.


One glance at the busy hallway between the suite and the lift and she went the opposite direction. He wasn’t too far ahead, but moving fast for the emergency stair exit.

“Ben! Stop!”

His stride didn’t slow, and she broke into a run to catch up. The heavy exit door banged against the wall as she shoved through. “Where do you think you’re going?”

She managed to grab his arm on the landing between flights, but he jerked free. A second grapple caught the strap on his overnight bag. It slid from his shoulder and hit the landing with a thump.

“Let me go, Eva.”

After his pointed use of her full name since they’d come face to face at the cafĂ©, the more familiar abbreviation was like a punch to the gut. Sucking in a deep breath, she renewed her determination to stop him. This time she was ready for his resistance and managed to get in front of him as he stooped for his bag. Short of pushing her down the stairs, he wasn’t getting past.

He straightened, strap held in his hand with the bag still on the floor as she took her stance. “Get out of my way.”

“Not until you give me some answers. Those men think you have something they want and were willing to kill you for it. And me.”

He dropped the strap to step closer. She tensed, but still wasn’t prepared for the lightning fast move that swung her around and pressed her back to the wall while he crowded her close with the length of his body.

She sucked in a breath as his eyes locked with hers, brilliantly blue in the morning light flooding the stairwell. Tension radiated from his rough grip. Experience reminded her he was unpredictable and passionate, yet despite the threatening stance, she was shocked to realize she didn’t fear physical harm at his hands.

As she stared, as they breathed together in the minuscule distance between them, a shadow of desperation darkened his eyes.

“Answers would be a good thing right about now,” he agreed, his voice low and gruff. “You first.”


“What are you investigating Fedorio for?”

The demand took her by surprise, and she stiffened. “I don’t owe you any—”

“The hell you don’t.”

Increased pressure on her arms spurred her into action. She wedged her hands between them, intending to force some space so she could break free. Quicker than before, he caught her wrists and forced her arms above her head. Her knee jerk reaction was countered by the full weight of his body pressing hers to the wall. An instant flush of sensual heat, combined with helpless fury, added fuel to her adrenalin.

“I came to Italy to pick up a book for my mother from her cousin,” he said, teeth clenched against her struggles. “Then you and Antonio show up to escort me around, and suddenly I’m getting shot at again.”

Her indignation spiked, but she was unable to gain any leverage for an effective counter-measure against his superior strength. She’d save her efforts for when he let his guard down and settled for a glare as she caught her breath.

“You think what happened up there was my fault?”

“You tell me. I was never booked at the Armani, and I never told Fedorio where I was staying. How else would anyone know where I was except through you and your partner? As I recall, he wasn’t so forthcoming with you on your last assignment, either.”

She opened her mouth to object, but realized he might be right. Antonio had called in their location, as well as ran the checks on Alisa and Nicholas Marshall. She didn’t believe Antonio was directly responsible, but had they somehow been the connection that led the two gunmen to the hotel?

“They could’ve followed you from your meeting yesterday,” she suggested, monitoring his expression for any indication he was lying.

“If that was the case, they would’ve been the ones to steal my bag, and it would’ve happened a lot sooner than the piazza.”

“How do you know it wasn’t them?”

“I suspect I’d have gotten more than just a scratch on my side. And if it had been them, they’d already have what they wanted.”

“Which is?”

Indecision flickered in those blue depths, as if he wanted to tell her, but couldn’t quite bring himself to trust her. Doing so would prove he’d lied.

Then his gaze lowered to her mouth, and she realized the demons he wrestled were entirely different, but all too familiar. As he began to lower his head, the awareness she’d been desperately trying to ignore rushed forward to steal her breath and leave her light-headed. God help her, if he kissed her right now, she wouldn’t stop him. Her eyelids grew heavy in the charged silence, and his grip on her wrists eased.

The break in his concentration registered in her mind with a distinct click. She held still one more moment, and then the second before his mouth met hers, she wrenched her arms free, bucked her body against his, and managed the space necessary to escape his physical control.

A quick spin protected her back and she faced him, ready for his next move.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Final Leg of the journey for RUN TO ROME

Villa in Tuscany (We had a rainy weekend on
our way to Rome, much like Ben and Evalina.)

Awesome restaurant along the way. I don't have
the name, but this was the very cool brick oven that
they baked our delicious pizzas in. 

Beautiful door in some city along the way from Lucca
to Rome. I pictured a door like this when Ben was
searching for the correct address in the book.
Driving around the Peninsula of Monte Argentario.

Porto Santo Stefano on Monte Argentario
...found some great sweet treats here!

Our arrival into Rome

It rained from the time we arrived in Rome, while we found
our hotel and parked, until minutes before the taxi driver
dropped us off at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
St. Peter's Basilica freshly washed by the rain.

Castel Sant'Angelo

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or "Fountain of the
Four Rivers" at the Piazza Navona in Rome.

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
Me and my brother Troy at the Trevi Fountain.
Yes, I tossed a coin in so I could come back! :)

Arco di Costantino near the Colosseum.

And finally, the Colosseum!

We walked the city for about 4 hours, carrying our
umbrellas. It didn't rain again until we were waiting at a
taxi stand to get a ride back to our hotel after 12a.m.
Look familiar? :) We couldn't use my pic for the
cover because it wasn't a high enough resolution,
but I found a stock photo online that was perfect!

Now that you've seen a bit of the route Ben and Evalina traveled, get your copy and read the book!

RUN TO ROME on Amazon, special release price $2.99! (regular $5.99)

And you might as well grab a copy of book 1 in the Italy Intrigue Series while it's on sale!

LOST IN ITALY on Amazon, special discount $0.99 (regular $5.99)

Happy reading everyone!

~ Stacey

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

More Italy trip pics for RUN TO ROME

(Going in order of the book means the dates on my pictures are out of order.) 

See the first set of Italy pictures HERE. Then come on back for these. :)

Emilio Bertoncini took me hiking one day, and though this tower isn't in the exact location where I have Ben and Evalina spend the night in the book, it did inspire those scenes.

Zoomed in on the above pic

This is a picture from when we stood at the base. Here's Evalina's explanation to Ben:

It took another half hour to reach the tower, and by then it was so dark they almost ran smack into the brush surrounding the structure. She’d been hoping for some moonlight, but the promise she glimpsed to the east had since been eclipsed by a bank of dark clouds.
She vaguely recalled rain in the forecast. Wouldn’t it be their luck.
Their bags landed at her feet with a dull thud.
“You find the door and I’ll get some wood for a fire,” Ben directed.
“There won’t be a door,” she advised before he could move away. “It’s a lookout tower, used years ago by soldiers to spot and signal villagers of enemy attack. The entrances were built high above the ground to avoid infiltration by enemy forces and were only reachable by ladder.”
His sigh sounded in the darkness. “And what are the chances we’ll find one of those laying around?”
“They used rope ladders. Which would be—”
       “Rotted away after all these years. I wasn’t really expecting an answer,” he informed her, moving out of her limited range of vision.

This is a different tower in the distance. Emilio told me it stood right on the property line of two neighbors. One wanted to tear the tower down, the other wanted to preserve it. They could not come to an agreement, so they split the structure in half and now only 1/2 of it is left standing. Crazy if you ask me.


Sillico, in the Garfagnana region of Tuscany.
No cars allowed!

I just loved this little mountain town! So beautiful.

View of the mountains from the small square in front
of the old clock. Many of the residents enjoy
this view from their homes year around. 

Coming up in the next blog post on Friday will be the final leg of my journey, and Ben and Evalina's, as they make their way to Rome!

Italy Intrigue Series


Thanks for coming by!

~ Stacey

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Whew, it's HOT in WI!

Remember when we were complaining about
the cold and snow in May???

Here's a reminder...

Happy sweating everyone! :)

~ Stacey

Monday, July 15, 2013

Italy trip pics for RUN TO ROME

Here are a few Italy trip pictures from 2011 that are connected to or inspired scenes in RUN TO ROME.  (Can't believe it was almost 2 yrs ago already!)

Castello di Torrechiara, the castle in Parma where
scenes from the movie Lady Hawke was filmed.

Driving through the Apennine Mountains in the northern Tuscany region.

Sovrintendente Capo Fabio Martinelli and me after our interview.

Great dinner, great company!
(With my brother's Italian friends and US co-workers.)

Tea after dinner was a completely foreign
idea to Davide, so he kept teasing me.

A very cool picture from our drive the first weekend
that took us from Milan to Lucca.
Pretty scenery despite the gray day.

Mmmmm....cornetto alla crema.
The espresso was Troy's--I had tea.  

Stop by Wednesday for some pictures of the tower where Ben and Evalina were forced to spend the night, and the beautiful mountain town of Sillico.

Italy Intrigue Series


Have a great day!