Rogue is a Contemporary Romance about Dominico Paolo Constantine Castiglione
who is a rogue that was an assistant to Michelangelo in 1499.
Dominico was a man that was very disillusioned with life. The woman
he loved had died from lack of medical care in the summer of 1499.
His parents were dead. His friendship with Michelangelo was gone.
He became a soldier. He did things in life that he couldn't live
with and was now a wanted man who couldn't find his last remaining relative,
his brother Raphael. So, he gathered up his possessions, purchased
Brandy and went and hid in his and Michelangelo's favorite hiding place.
There he tried to drink his troubles away; as finally, so disillusioned,
he cursed God. To his shock, an angel appeared and informed him that
he was to be imprisoned (put into the form of a statue) for 500 years
for his sin. On the dawning of the new Millennium, God would give
him one chance to right the wrongs that he had done. A virgin's tears
and prayers would bring him to life again. He had until the year
2000 to find the last living descendant of his brother and help him get
his life straightened out for he would be on the same road to destruction
that Dominico was on. And that that descendant would be vital to
the fate of mankind. If he didn't succeed he would be turned back
into a statue for all eternity.
is an Assistant Curator for a Museum in Portland who has always loved the
statue of the David. She thinks it embodies the perfect man.
So on a trip to Italy when she falls through a cavern and finds a life
size statue of the David she is sure that Michelangelo was the artist behind
the statue. She gets the statue brought to Portland and is working
to prove that it is an artwork of Michelangelo's. When some of the
lab tests come back saying that the stone is not man made, she is fired
from her job. What hurts her the most is leaving the statue.
So she kneels at his feet, wraps her arms around his calves, and cries
and says like a prayer "why can't you be real?" Her virgin tears
and her prayer brings Dominico back to life. I think this is
one of the best scenes in the book. She is kneeling there holding
his legs as he comes back to life. He reaches down and caresses her
hair and says "you saved me with your tears sweet little virgin, why do
now has to find his relative; so he and Honor go to New York to trace records
through Ellis Island. Honor is wanted by the law for stealing the
statue. Dominico's last remaining descendant is Rafe Castigi, an
ex-Navy Seal who's very embittered with life and most definitely a wounded
warrior (who thankfully will have a book of his own because he is great).
Rafe and Dominico's first meeting ends up in an all out fight that gets
both of them landed in jail. I think that kind of tells you
what their relationship becomes.
has given up on life... Dominico has already been there. He is a
hero you can easily love. He wants to help Rafe; he loves Honor,
and he is a man trying to do the right thing for all the right reasons.
Even though he was a rogue in the past, he has old fashioned ideas for
our time. Dominico puts a very high value on Honor and doesn't
want to do anything to dishonor her. He is determined to make up
for his past. Honor loves Dominico and wants to help him save
Rafe. She can't bear the idea of Dominico being turned back
into a statue, even if it means that she will lose him when he returns
to his own time.
do not normally read contemporary. But I did truly enjoy this book.
I definitely like the statue theme and there were a lot of great secondary
characters like Rafe and Nick. Ms. Shannon says both will have their
own books! The fact that I want to read the books that will come
after this, even though they are contemporary, says that I definitely liked
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