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In the last installment, Dante has just realized that he'd made a mistake thinking Lizzie was some temporary help sent by a friend. The fact of the matter was she was there to meet with his grandfather. Chef Massimo had agreed to mentor her...
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THE PLAYBOY OF ROME - Part 8
She stepped up to Dante, and even though she was wearing heeled boots, she still had to tilt her chin upward to look him in the eyes. “I did you a big favor tonight. The least you can do is hear me out.”
Dante let the door swing shut and led her back to the dining room, where he pulled out a chair for her before he took a seat across the table. “I’m listening.”
Lizzie wished it wasn’t so late in the evening. Dante looked wiped out, not exactly the optimal position to gain his understanding. Still, she didn’t have any other place to go.
Her elbows pressed down on the white linen tablecloth as she folded her hands together. “Chef Massimo has agreed to mentor me.”
Dante’s gaze narrowed in on her. “Why is this the first I’m hearing of it?”
“Why should you know about it? My agreement isn’t with you.”
“Massimo Bianco is my maternal grandfather. And with him away, I’m running this place.”
This man wasn’t about to give an inch, at least not easily. “When will he return so we can straighten things out?”
Dante leaned back in his chair and folded his arms. His dark eyes studied her. She’d love to know what he was thinking. Then again, maybe not. The past couple of days had been nothing but a blur. She’d rushed to wrap up her affairs in New York City before catching a transatlantic flight. The last thing she’d wanted to do was play hostess, but she figured she’d be a good sport. After all, Dante seemed to be in a really tight spot. But now she didn’t understand why he was being so closemouthed about Massimo.
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