What a Sicilian Husband Wants (Irresistible Sicilians, #1)
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What a Sicilian Husband Wants (Irresistible Sicilians #1)

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On his terms only!

Moving countries, cutting all ties and giving birth to her baby alone, Grace Holden is desperately hiding from her past. But just when she thinks she might have broken free, it catches up with her in the form of her millionaire Sicilian husband!

Grace swore her daughter wouldn't grow up among the dark power and money of his family…but no one walks away f...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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When the going gets tough the tough gets going right? Not always as in this case the going took off running and the tough does not give up until they are reunited.

But once reunited it does not mean the going is simply going to back down and let the tough handle every single aspect of life, again. The going in this read is Grace and the tough her crawl-onto-my-lap-and-I'll-show-you-just-how-much-control-I-have-over-you husband Luca.

She dared to run away from him and their semi blissful marriage,...more
Amalie Berlin
Unequivocally loved this book, from the first page. And she totally shot her husband. SHOT HIM. With a gun. Which... tickled me to death! He got over it, btw. It didn't get anywhere near his important parts. And he totally needed a good shot to wake him up. Besides, who hasn't wanted to shoot their husband at one point? :)
Fiona Marsden
Reunion romance...I am so there. Luca is the epitome of the dark Sicilian male. He's had the responsibility of his family business since he was 21 and he's made a success of it. Falling for a wacky free spirited artist wasn't in his plan. Grace is everything he didn't know he needed but after a blissful first year of marriage things aren't going to plan.

Luca's new business ventures are taking time away from his marriage he didn't expect and bringing stresses he doesn't need. Grace can see him gr...more
So,I finally finished this book after a 2 day break.I struggled to finish it,why ,because of the heroine.My goodness she was a "bitchy" thing.For the majority of the book until chapter 11,this heroine was hard! I never warmed to her and it made the read a chore.
Grace leaves Luca approx 10 months ago pregnant with his child.She can't live his lifestyle any longer with the constant security,bodyguards,and Luca's change in personality.He also seems to be embracing a mob attitude with certain deadbe...more
Rachel Lyndhurst
A jaw dropping opening chapter - I never thought the heroine would actually do what she does. Brilliant!Sicily, shady corners,scintillating sex and simmering hatred ticked all my Modern/Presents boxes. It's a goody.
Victoria Parker
Well hell, Ms Smart, what a book! And hello Luca, you delicious Sicilian you! Are you sure it's Grace you want? Really? Damn!
I LOVE a hero who can snag my attention and keep it held throughout a book and that is exactly what Luca did, in all his super sexy gangster glory. Grace was certainly chilly up front - armed and loaded with enough inner angst to set off any trigger-happy finger - but I adored her mama-bear instincts, the way she was ready to protect her daughter at all costs. What ensued...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
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Before going any further, I want to thank my good GR friend Vashti……after reading your review on book #2, I decided to start all over again with this author’s books. If not for you, I would have missed out on a great and amazing read…..so, again…THANK YOU V!!

I am a Mills & Boon addict…yes, I am. Since I discovered these “gems” many many years ago, my love for the stories has not abated. Of course, I have my favorite authors and I am always searching for new writers that can excite...more
Becky in NJ
If I could give six stars I would...my first from this author but won't be my last. I always wondered
whether any criminal aspect of a hero would be explored in an HP--really well done, Hero POV was superb...the depth of his love (notwithstanding his threats and claimed indifference) really shone through the story like a beam. LOVE his fidelity, even when he wants revenge. Also love this strong, individualistic heroine...so tired of doormats.
Feb 09, 2014 Doaa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
it is my first time to read for Michelle smart
i love this book ..looking foreword the second part of the series
with the mystery pepe
Kicks off with a bang (literally) and only gets better from there. The writing is top notch, the story fast paced, emotional and addictive. I could quite happily read it again I loved it that much. Guns and Gangsters in Presents - brilliant! More hot Sicilians please. Oh wait, the second is out next month! Can't wait!
A solid book. I thought the whole gangster thing was quite original. I haven't seen that before in a HP novel. I liked Luca almost from the beginning. He wasn't a pushover but he also wasn't cruel except when his back was to the wall. And he always relented once he cooled down. I actually respected both of the lead characters. Grace was a wonderful mother who wasn't afraid to take matters into her own hands or to speak her mind. She put Luca in his place time and time again. I also liked the fac...more
Jennifer Mcpherson
I have no idea why new writers write the heroine so heartless and stupid. Michelle Smart your heroine is cold you use words to show emotions but there is no emotion to feel and i couldn't connect with any of your characters. To get your audience involve you have to create the scene with heat , love, clarity and a sense of understanding of each of your characters. Go back and read some authors book who have been writing awhile now and you will get a sense of how to connect with your readers. We n...more
This author wrote a cheating heroine in her previous book so I was very reluctant to read this book. I enjoyed this one though. Pregnant heroine run away from her gangster husband but he tracks her down, brings her back to Sicily and he demands to know her reasons for walking away.

I liked that both hero and heroine remained celibate while they were apart and that heroine was a good mother. What I didn't like was heroine's coldness and cruelty during the first half of the book. She even shot the...more
A brilliantly, well written romance, seriously emotional, second chance, refused-to-put-down-till-I-finished-it read is how I’d sum up What A Sicilian Husband Wants by Michelle Smart.

What A Sicilian Husband Wants was a preview at the back of A Woman Sent to Tame Her by Victoria Parker and I loved the opening so much I bought it then and there (thanks Amazon) and to be honest didn’t put it down until I finished it at 1am in the morning. My eyes were drooping but I was determined to reach the happ...more
I vacillated between 2 and 3 stars, so I guess I'll split the difference and say 2.5.

I couldn't tell you why I didn't like this book more. I think I just couldn't connect with the characters. Let me tell you, normally a book where the wife escapes the husband only to be hunted down by him and, when confronted with him, shoots him in the shoulder (I'm not spoiler-tagging that because it occurs shortly after the beginning of the book) would be EXACTLY my brand of catnip. After finding out Grace ha...more
The first 2 pages were interesting but What the Sicilian Husband Wants went downhill from there due to the heroine. I found her to be quite unlikeable, cold and couldn't get past her unprovoked shooting of the hero.
I like the secret baby plot, the wealthy hero trope but a heroine engaging in unprovoked violence is just a no. Not attractive. Not what a strong woman should be. Doesn't make me giggle. Just no.
This was an okay book. I loved the beginning and it just went down hill from there. There was such potential and I read hoping for that potential and it was never realized. The beginning Luca has found his wife after several months. She ran away from her gangster husband when she found she was pregnant. Grace did not want her child raised in that atmosphere so she runs of course with no discussion with Luca. She moves from place to place and buys a gun. When she finds him in her kitchen she actu...more
This had a surprisingly tense beginning--most of the "secret baby" romances have the woman fleeing in disgrace, falsely accused of crime/infidelity, but this heroine flees because her husband's "legitimate business" ties are turning him into a thug, and it makes for a serious "woman in danger" vibe for the first half of the novel. (It also makes it more than justified that she'd want to keep their daughter far away.)
The hero is a borderline-scary Alpha jerk; the drinking and violent associates w...more
Nina Milne
I love this book and I love Luca - he is a hero after my own heart. Gorgeous, strong but flawed in a way only the heroine can heal. Grace is a wonderful heroine, feisty but with a vulnerability that touches you. These two are made for each other and I love the way they both interact with their daughter. This book is fast paced (the opening is incredible!)and has the perfect mix of heat, emotion and humour. The characters leap of the page, the setting is fantastic and the whole book flows. Unputd...more
Love, love, loved it

I loved the pace, the storyline and the characters. Clearly the heroine was feisty and had plenty of chutzpah. She loved her husband but didn't like the road he was doing down and felt the only alternative was to disappear. The hero was a good guy who really loved his wife but got sidetracked as a result of some of his choices. This was a couple to root for, once the anger and hurt feelings subsided, you saw them take personal journeys and think about what they could do to ha...more
Maday Dearmas
What a Sicilian Husband Wants: By Michelle Smart
This is the story of Grace the artist and her handsome, rich, gangster husband. It starts off by Luca finding his wife Grace and their newborn child who had been in hiding for ten months. Upon finding his wife he bullies her and she shoots him, yes you heard correctly, she shoots him! So after I stopped laughing I continued reading. This story promised to be really good as we never get to read about our heroine having that much back bone. The more...more
Toni Davids
It feels like quite a while since I read Smarts debut and while that was a bust for me, this was a highly enjoyable read. The style was more relaxed than I remember and I love Sicily so I adored the setting. The hero was a heady mix of dominating strength and passion that we all expect from an HP so all in all it was a great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. I look forward to Cara's story.
Louisa P
The title called to me on this book because I love Sicilians so I picked this one up first from this months M&B releases. I was a bit disappointed because it was somewhat lacklustre. Either I didn't connect with the characters or the plot was weaker than I like but it struggled to keep my interest. However, Michele smart can certainly write and I enjoyed the setting and mafia feel.
The heroine is too bitchy and frankly, I never warmed up to her. As for the hero, it's apparent that he loves her but doesn't like the person she's become. This is the 2nd book that I've read by this author and her story lines don't adhere to HP standards.....guess I like the tradition story lines.
It wasn't too horrible but I found it getting boring in certain part. There was just too many highs and lows and then at the end, everyone just gives in.. I wanted more emotion from the novel.
Great read!

There was just enough character building and depth to make up for the lack of physical involvement with the H and h.
V Wildeman
The fear Grace had in chapter one almost made me stop reading the book, otherwise a nice tale of misunderstandings.
Harlequin Books
"Smart's tragic transformation romance spotlights the near death of a marriage between a proud, tarnished hero and a heartbroken heroine in ultra-dramatic fashion. Set on the opulent, colorful isle of Sicily, this angst-filled story keeps the pages turning, and the love scenes scintillate". (RT Book Reviews, rated 4 1/2 stars)

Miniseries: The Irresistible Sicilians
Loved this book. Since there are already decent reviews there is not much to write :)
Harlequin Books
received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews
Miniseries: The Irresistible Sicilians
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