Excerpt: Lyrics Heart & Soul by Anne Marie Citro

Ryder thought he was going to lose his mind.
Instead Francesca helped him find his heart & soul
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Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 4, 2016
One of America’s most reclusive rockers, Ryder Vaughn, gets an unusual sentence handed down to him. The judge, hoping to teach him the value of human life, sentences him to ten months of community service at Reach Within Centre for individuals with special needs. Ryder is convinced that, if he isn’t crazy already, he will be by the time his sentence ends. However, his only other option forfeits his band’s livelihood.
Five minutes after stepping into the centre, his entire life changes when he meets a gorgeous, little spitfire who will challenge everything he has ever believed about himself and the world around him.
Francesca's devotion has always been to her family, friends, and the job she is passionate about. Her life hasn’t been easy. She sacrifices a lot for the ones she loves and for her dream to visit Italy.
Then Francesca finds herself in a desperate situation, and the tattooed beast who is serving his debt to society must save the headstrong woman from a secret that could destroy her. In turn, Francesca teaches Ryder, if you love something enough, it’s worth fighting for.
Ryder knows he isn’t worthy of love, but this incredible beauty makes him want it.
Ryder can save Francesca from her secrets, but can she save him from his? Is Ryder strong enough to endure the kids she loves and her crazy Italian family?
Ten months can fly by or it can last an eternity.
"This beautifully written novel weaves a story of courage, independence and redemption while pulling on your emotional heart strings through music."
- Annette Cosentino, Amazon Reviewer
"What I love about Citro is she puts so many beautiful life lessons in her books. This one focused a lot on special needs children and how everyone, especially those who are the hardest, need and deserve love"
- Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

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Ryder slammed the steering wheel with so much force it should have shattered. “Fuck, Frank, you’re not listening. I hurt Francesca tonight! You should be beating the shit out of me, not trying to make me feel better. Ask her. She’ll tell you. I destroyed her tonight. She should never forgive me, but even Mason believes she will, and that’s not right.

“Save her, Frank. Show her what I truly am. She thinks she loves me, but she doesn’t know the real me. I’ll never be able to reciprocate her love the way she deserves. I’m a broken man she can’t put back together. Anyone who knew me never could love the real me. Do your job and protect your daughter; convince her it’s just hero worship. She doesn’t love me. She can’t. I won’t allow it.” Ryder lowered his face into his hands, rubbing it roughly. He needed to get through to this man, and he wasn’t listening.

Frank looked at the tortured soul beside him. “Do you love her, Ryder?”

The question deflated him. He didn’t want to reveal his crime without embarrassing and betraying Francesca’s trust.

“Yes, I’ve loved her since the day I saw her. But she can’t love me. She’ll only get hurt. I came to you for help. I need you to be there for her and protect her from me. Italian fathers are supposed to be ruthless when it comes to their daughters. Do your job! Stop the madness, Frank. Please, I’m begging you!”

“You may love my daughter, but you don’t think very highly of her.”

Ryder growled as he snapped his head towards the man, appalled and instantly pissed off by Frank’s words. Before he could rebut, though, Frank continued.

“Don’t assume she’s not smart enough to know what’s in her mind and heart. She’s a very smart girl. You can’t control someone else’s feelings, or tell them how to feel. They are her feelings, and you have no right to them.

“I’ve watched many young men bend over backwards for her attention, yet she was unaffected by them all. I knew it would have to be someone special to win her heart. You might not like yourself, but she loves you. Don’t discredit that because, if you do, you discredit everything she loves: her family, her friends, the children under her care, the paintings she creates, the food she makes. Don’t belittle her choices. Whatever happens is between you and Francesca. If she is hurting, I’ll be there to help her, but I won’t bad mouth you to my bambolina.”

Frank laid his hand on Ryder’s shoulder. “Don’t be angry at her for not seeing clearly. Maybe it’s you who isn’t seeing clearly. Look inside your heart and try to see what she does, not what you’ve been taught to see. It might surprise you.

“When Francesca chooses to love, she does it unconditionally. You of all people should know that. Go home to California and take the time to think. We all make mistakes. God knows I’ve made my fair share. In a loving relationship, you will make many mistakes, but without forgiveness, you cannot have true and lasting love. Learn to love yourself, son.”

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Other Books by Anne Marie Citro

Don't miss the other books in the Sistas series:
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Series: Sistas Book 1
Have you ever wondered why you were so lucky? Then you wake up to find every you cherished is gone. You don’t fit into your life without the people who defined it. So, you run. You run as fast and as far as you can. Then you smash into them!
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
"This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable."
- Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer
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Series: Sistas Book 3
Can Caden put aside all of the hurt he suffered because of Dakota while trying to save her life? Dakota could die but she needs answers before she goes. Can she trust the man she thought would always be hers? Fate has a way of making you see the truth.
New Release! Available now on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks


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About Anne Marie Citro

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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
Official website: http://annemariecitro.com
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