The Gem of the Romano Dynasty (Romano Dynasty - Duology - Book One)

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Chapter Eighteen: The Fake Gem

“Ren,” Dom said as he watched the boy enter his office, “meet Martina, my daughter, your girlfriend.”

Ren watched the woman turn to face him. She looked a lot like Aurora, and anyone who didn’t know Aurora would think she was indeed Domenico Romano’s daughter.

“So, you will become my husband,” Martina said with a grin.

“Fake husband,” Ren said with a growl.

Martina smiled as she moved over to him. “We will see.”

Ren snorted. Like he would trade Aurora for this woman. He would never trade the real Gem for a fake one.

Not on your life, lady.

“Okay, so you two need to be seen in town together, a few times, in the next couple weeks, before we announce the engagement,” Dom said as he watched them. “Do you think you can handle it, Ren?”

Ren looked at his boss. “Yes, sir.”

“Oh, I think he can handle it, just fine,” Martina said as she placed her hand on his shoulder and walked around him.

Ren watched her as she looked him up and down. She was taller than Aurora, hell, she was taller than most women. And her accent was too thick…

“You’ll need to lose the accent,” Ren said as he watched her.

“What for? Don’t you like it?” She asked as she purred into his ear.

“Because Aurora doesn’t have one,” he said with a slight growl.

“My daughter was raised with her mother. She doesn’t have an Italian accent,” Dom said as he watched the couple. He grinned as Ren shook with disgust when the woman licked his cheek.

“And don’t do that,” Ren said as he pushed her off him. “If you’re going to portray Dom’s daughter, you will have to act more like an innocent...

“So boring,” Martina said as she stepped back. “No one has seen the real Aurora, correct?”

Ren nodded, “no one from the Trevisani has seen her and lived.”

She grinned, “then no one knows how she behaves or talks,” she said as she thickened her accent.

Ren grunted as he looked at Dom. “Boss?”

“She wouldn’t have an accent no matter what Martina. As I said, my wife raised her.”

“And she let the Romano daughter grow up without an Italian accent?” Martina asked as she turned to Dom.

“My wife isn’t Italian.”

Martina snorted, “figures. Well, I’ll see you tonight,” she said, then reached up and kissed Ren on the lips.

Ren held his lips closed tight as she licked him.

Martina chuckled as she backed away. “Don’t worry, you will be mine before this is over,” she said without her accent, then winked at him and left the room.

Ren turned and stared at the closed door. “Seriously?” He asked as he turned back to Dom.

Dom sighed, “I’m not a fan of her either, but she’s the closest anyone could find to looking like me, or Aurora.”

Ren grunted, “she will never be the real thing.”

Dom smiled as he watched Ren. Maybe there is more to it then he had noticed.



Ren turned to Aurora’s soft voice as he exited Dom’s office. Seeing her, had his heart racing and his blood pumping.

“Hey,” he said with a smile.

“Everything okay? You look like something is on your mind.”

More like, someone. Ren thought with a shake of his head.

How will he pull this off without telling Aurora everything that is going on? She’s going to have to just trust him.

“Everything is great. How was your trip to the City?”

She smiled, “I found something that I want to show you tonight.”

He grinned, “another piece of clothing for me to fantasize you in?”

She laughed. “Do you really fantasize about me?”

“All day.”

She sucked in a breath, she hadn’t expected him to answer.

“Me too,” she whispered.

He grinned. “I’ll see you tonight, then?”

She nodded, then passed him. He turned and watched her walk away. Damn, he can’t wait for tonight.


Ren turned to Martina with a scowl on his face. “None of your business.”

“Just remember that you’re mine,” she said as she walked up to him and pressed her body against him.

“Oh, I almost forgot, Sofia wants to...” Aurora stopped talking when she saw the woman pressing herself against him.

Shit. Ren thought as he shoved Martina off him. The look in Aurora’s eyes had his heart aching. Please don’t think anything of this. He begged her with his eyes.

Aurora cleared her throat. “She wants to see you,” she said, then turned and almost ran down the hall.

“That should keep her out of our way,” Martina said as she pressed herself against Ren again.

“Not now,” he said with a growl as he shoved her away from him again. “We don’t need to pretend at the house, only in public.”

“Who’s pretending?” She said as she leaned forward and kissed him on the lips.

Ren almost gagged as he pushed her away.

“You will come to your senses,” she said as she licked up his jaw and nipped at his ear.

Ren took a step back and tripped over himself and fell to the floor, Martina, on top of him.

“Hmm. I do like the way you think,” she said as she ground herself against him.

Ren grunted as he tried to move out from under her. When she felt no reaction in his crotch area, she pouted.

“Having trouble in the bed department?” She asked as she rubbed her hand against him. “I can help with that.”

Ren grunted as he pulled himself away from her and stood. When he got to his feet, he found a wide-eyed Aurora staring at them.

Aurora stared at Ren as he stared back at her. She had come back to talk to him. She had remembered what he had said the other night, about trusting him, and believing he loves her and only her. But now, to see them.

Ren quickly recovered and moved over to Aurora so fast she sucked in a shocked breath. He led her down the hall to one of the many rooms in the house. He pushed her inside, then closed and locked the door.

“Aurora,” he whispered.

She stared at him. “I see you moved on pretty fast.”

He pushed her further into the room until she felt something at her ass. She looked down to find that she was against a desk.

This must be his office. Aurora thought as she looked up at him.

“She does nothing for me, Aurora,” he said as he leaned close enough his mouth was barely inches from hers.

“Nothing?” She asked with a hitch in her voice.

He smirked, “nothing.”

“She had her hands on...” She stopped as she looked down at his crotch.

He laughed, “she was trying to get a reaction from me. But nothing happened. It only happens when I see you.” He said as he wrapped his arms around her.

“That’s stupid,” she mumbled.

He laughed. “Is it stupid to only get a hard-on for the woman I love?”

She looked up into his dark chocolate eyes. “Nothing?” She asked as she eyed him.

He laughed again. “Nothing.”

She smiled as she touched his crotch. There was definitely something there now.

“Why does it sound so corny?” She asked as she rubbed him.

He groaned as he leaned into her touch. “Because it is. I don’t know what you’ve done to me. I’ve never had trouble getting hard, until you. I have even tried watching my favorite porn…” He stopped talking and closed his eyes.

She giggled. “Favorite porn, huh?”

He smiled as he opened his eyes and looked into her beautiful blue eyes. “Only you can bring me to the depths of desire. No one has ever had this effect on me before,” he said, then kissed her.

She moaned as she leaned into him. “I love you,” she whispered.

He grinned against her lips. “I love you too, my beautiful Gem.”

She sighed as his hands roamed over her body. Soon, she was stripped of her clothes and sitting on his desk naked. He quickly removed his own clothes, then moved between her legs. She moaned when he took hold of her hips and entered her.

Ren grunted as he made love to her on his desk. He has never used his desk for a romp before, he liked it.

“Ren!” Sofia hollered as she pounded on his door.

Ren grunted when Aurora tried to pull away from him. He grabbed her hips to kept her in place.

“I’ll be out in a minute, Sofia!” He hollered back.

“Have you seen Aurora?” She asked.

Aurora giggled as she wrapped her legs around his hips and pulled him closer.

When he entered her deeper, he let out a loud groan.

“I’ll take that as a yes. I will be back in thirty minutes,” Sofia said with a laugh, then left the door.

“Naughty,” he said as he looked into her eyes.

Aurora grinned. “Do you want to punish me?”

He laughed as he took her mouth. “Maybe tonight,” he said, then grabbed hold of her hips and started moving inside her again.


“Aurora,” Sofia said as she entered Ren’s office.

“Hey, Sofia,” Aurora said with a smile.

“Mama is looking for you.”

“Okay,” Aurora said with a nod then turned to Ren. “Tonight?”

He grinned, “can’t wait.”

She quickly kissed him on the mouth before she turned and left the office.

“A bit dangerous taking a chance in your office in the main house, isn’t it?” Sofia asked as she looked at Ren.

Ren shrugged his shoulders. “She saw me with the fake Gem.”

Sofia grunted, “that’s why I wanted to see you. Dom is so desperate he didn’t take into consideration that the woman he hired to play his daughter is a gold-digging bitch.”

Ren nodded, “I figured that one out.”

“Do not let her anywhere near Aurora. Do you hear me?”

Ren nodded, “don’t worry. I don’t want her anywhere near Aurora any more then you do.”

She nodded, “good.” She turned to the door, then paused and turned back to him. “If you hurt my sister, you will regret it.”

Ren laughed. “Other than your foster father killing me?”

She snorted, “there’s a whole slew of people ready to chop your dick off before we slit your throat.”

Ren nodded, “you don’t have to worry, Sofia. I love her.”

Sofia nodded, “don’t let Dom know how you feel about his daughter or that you’re sleeping with her under his roof. Until after this fiasco.”

Ren nodded, “hadn’t planned to.”

“And whatever you do. Don’t let that bitch get her claws into you. She thinks you’re her meal ticket, and getting you to marry her will get her claws into the Gem of the Romano Dynasty.”

He snorted, “as if. Not even Jayme can get into that.”

She nodded, “only the daughter can lay claim to that title. Jayme may run the business, but Aurora will always be the Gem.”


Ren walked into his house with a sigh. Today had been a long day with papers and deception. He shook his head, his first public appearance with the fake Aurora Romano is tomorrow. He’s dreading the whole damn day. But at least tonight, he gets to spend with the real thing.

“Ren,” Aurora said in a sultry voice.

Ren looked towards the hall where Aurora stood in a new outfit just for him. His heartbeat out of his chest as he stared at her.

Aurora leaned against the wall of the hall as she watched him. He looked pleased, which made her heart beat faster.

“Are you coming to bed?” She asked with the same sultry voice.

Ren tried to swallow past the lump in his throat. “You look amazing,” he whispered as he moved towards her.

“White doesn’t suit her, though, does it.”

Ren turned to find Martina standing just inside his front door. He could swear he had locked that thing.

“Ren?” Aurora asked with wide eyes as she covered her body with her arms.

Ren turned back to Aurora. “Go to the bedroom,” he said as he moved over to her and kissed her lips, “I will meet you there.”

Aurora looked past him at the woman then up at him.

He pleaded with her with his eyes, and she nodded. He watched her walk down the hall to his room, then turned to the intruder, once his bedroom door was closed.

“What do you want, Martina?”

She smiled as she sauntered over to him. “You know what I want,” she said as she reached out and grabbed his crotch. “Oh, I see she can get a reaction from you,” she said as she squeezed his very nice cock through his pants.

Disgusted, Ren pulled her hand from him and pushed her away. “You know we are fake,” he said as he backed away from her.

“We don’t have to be,” she said with a purr.

“Yes, we do,” he said with a growl, “as you have seen, twice, I am with someone else. What you and I have, can never go beyond professional.”

She huffed. “What does she have that I don’t?”

My heart.

“Plenty,” he said as he turned her to the door, “now please leave.”

“But I wanted to discuss tomorrow,” she said with a pout as she turned back to him.

Ren grumbled, “there is nothing to go over, Martina. All we are doing is putting on a show for the public.”

She smiled. “So, how would the real Aurora Romano act?” She asked as she moved closer to him.

“Like a lady,” he said as he stared into her eyes.

She smiled, “I can handle that,” she said with a husky voice as she tried to press herself against him. “What do you say you ditch the slut, and I’ll show you just how ladylike I can be?”

Ren growled as he pushed her away from him. “It’s not happening.”

She frowned as she stared at him. Then a smile lit up her face as she moved closer to him again. “You will be mine before this is all over,” she promised, then turned and walked out the front door.

Ren grunted as he went to the door and latched both locks.

“This is just great,” he grumbled as he headed down the hall to his room.

Ren opened the door to his room and found Aurora on the bed, snoring softly.

“I know you’re not asleep,” he whispered as he closed the door.

He saw her soft smile as she pretended to moan in her sleep. He looked her over from head to toe and closed his eyes briefly to steady his heart. When he opened his eyes again, she was lying on her back, watching him.

“What did she want?”

“Your father gave us a job to do tomorrow, and she wanted to discuss it,” he said as he knelt on the bed beside her.

That was mostly true.

“Oh,” she said with a smile as she placed her hands on his head and pulled him to her. “Do you like my new clothes?”

He looked down at the white see-through lace outfit and swallowed past the lump in his throat.

“Very much,” he croaked then cleared his throat.

She laughed as she pulled his mouth down to her lips.

Ren sighed as he pulled her against him and kissed her back.

She’s more beautiful than anything he has ever seen before, and he planned to show her all night, just how special she is to him and how much he loves her.


Martina stood outside Domenico Romano’s second in command’s bedroom window and watched him screw the bimbo. So, he likes sluts, does he? Guess that’s what gets him up. Well, she can give him a sluttier slut then he’s ever seen before.

And by tomorrow night, the bitch will be out of his life.

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