Prince Federico diTalora of San Rimini was all too aware of his dreaded nickname, "Prince Perfect." But when he met his sister-in-law's friend, Pia Renati, the widowed father became aware of other things. And that would never do. He had his royal duties, not to mention his two young sons, to think about.
Though Pia was in San Rimini—temporarily—to serve as a de facto midwife to her best friend, the prince with the Mediteranean good looks and unimpeachable reputation soon had another proposition for her: be nanny to his children. Pia, however, found herself wanting to shake up Federico's family life in a completely different way. But can a man so blinded by duty ever see what's in his own heart? What if the perfect prince is an imperfect man?
When Nicole was writing the the first three books in her San Rimini series (which also includes Going to the Castle, The Prince's Tutor, and The Knight's Kiss), she knew she'd eventually write a story about Federico. Though he was a secondary character in the first three books (and unhappily married in the first two), she received as many e-mails about the ultra-formal prince as she did about the main characters in the other books. Readers suspected he had a heart under all his pomp and circumstance, and they wanted to see it.
Then, when Nicole was going back and reading through e-mails she'd received asking about Pia Renati, a secondary character from Going to the Castle who distrusted the rich and famous, story ideas started spinning in her head. Perhaps opposites could attract...and Pia could end up falling for Prince Federico.
"Four stars...Devastatingly romantic."
—RomanticTimes Bookclub Magazine
Silhouette Romance, Paperback, August 2004, ISBN: 0373197322