Lawyer, writer of novels and legal books, and also a voracious reader.
Sketches of LIfe
In the middle of WWII, France has surrendered to Germany, and young Lily, half French and half American, has her life turned upside down. A careless girl full of dreams, Lily must leave France and go to her father’s homeland, taking her mother with her.Lily’s mother becomes completely dependent upon her teenage daughter, and Lily is forced to grow up quickly. Trying her best to support them both, balancing work and dreams of continuing her studies, Lily meets her first love and discovers passion and betrayal on her way.
Ninon is a survivor. Alone in the world, she works as an exotic dancer in a French cabaret called Le Passioné, where she moves her hips to put food on her plate until a new and dangerous opportunity is presented to her. Although Ninon has lost faith in love and God, life will show her surprises can be found around every corner.France, the United States, Spain, Austria, and Argentina present the backdrops for an epic tale of people trying to adapt to a world in turmoil—one that’s filled with secrets and surprises.
Hidden Motives #1
Behind the door
When the beautiful architect Lara dies at Manhattan lawyer Mark’s hand during a sex game at her summer house in the Hamptons, Carl, Mark’s defense attorney, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Mark has written a detailed account of his steamy, yearlong relationship with Lara.
Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women.
From hot and unusual sex partners to an ambitious mother and interesting and hilarious psychiatric patients, from New York to Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.
Hidden Motives #2
Simone Bennet is on a long vacation, trying to heal from the trauma suffered at the hands of a serial-killer kidnapper. After looking death in the face, she tries to develop a new outlook on life–live in the moment!
Carl, the charming lawyer, is back, asking once more for Simone’s help, this time in analyzing Lara’s Journals, which were discovered by her siblings after her death. In her own words, Lara divulges all her secrets, and a dramatic world of betrayal, passion, and the most unusual sex behaviors are unveiled, exposing the beautiful architect’s troubled life.
As Simone tries to deal with the contents of Lara’s haunting diaries, one of her patients gets himself into a bit of legal trouble, forcing Simone to return early from her vacation. Although she’s happy to be back on her home turf, she finds herself surrounded by a whole new set of problems. A killer is out there, and this time, he seems to be after the people Simone cares about most. Suddenly, people around her are dying, Simone’s one-night-stand-turned-stalker keeps showing up at all the wrong times, her dear friend Edward has a new girlfriend–forcing Simone to analyze her feelings for him and her attraction to Carl.
Lara’s Journal is an emotional rollercoaster filled with old and new funny patients, sex with no boundaries, and unpredictable situations. Strap yourself in, and get ready for one heck of an exciting ride!
Hidden Motives #3
The Brilliant Game
Psychiatrist Simone Bennet feels like a pawn on a chessboard—as if some invisible, master chess player is toying with her life and the lives of the people she loves and cares for.
A series of horrific events—several murders and Simone being tortured at the hands of a serial killer—culminate in the kidnapping of her daughter and have turned Simone’s life upside down. Struggling to stay afloat in the middle of a sea of chaos, Simone continues to receive her psychiatric patients and do more work for the New York attorney, Carl, while local police, the FBI, and Edward—Simone’s boyfriend, best friend, and business partner—are working hard to locate her child.
Simone is analyzing another set of Lara’s journals, and she becomes dragged into a vortex of sex addiction, suffering, and Lara’s struggle for some kind of balance in her life, while Simone battles an inner fight against her mixed feelings for the enigmatic lawyer.
Filled with twists and turns, this final book in the Hidden Motives trilogy reveals a deranged, steamy, and disturbingly brilliant game of sex, murder, and mystery and chronicles a woman’s conflict between love and reason.
Fasten your seat belts before you embark on this roller coaster, and prepare for the most unpredictable end.
Meet the Author
My name’s Adriana Gavazzoni and I’m a lawyer and professor of law. When I’m not practicing I enjoy spending my time writing novels and legal books and am a voracious reader. I’m a very active person and love to dance, exercise and travel. My favorite countries are France, Italy and USA. I speak four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, and am currently studying Chinese. I hope to master it someday but it’s been a challenge! I absolutely adore animals and have two dogs of my own. Don’t tell them, but my love for dogs extends to all the rest!
I am so thankful for this another milestone for my book: Behind the Door! Thank you for all your trust and support.
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