Genre: Romantic Suspense
Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?
Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her. Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike in confusion and betrayal.
In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. But her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?
He began to sing a ballad that started slowly with just a whisper of her name in the high tones of his voice. When the words came in baritone, they were powerful and strong. His voice blended with the music, haunting and enchanting. Joanna was mesmerised.
The lyrics told of a young girl he had met a long time ago, a mere shadow of the woman she would become. The chorus sent a tingle down her back as he sang of his lady, such a special lady, who had forgiven him when he had mistreated her. The undertones told of how his heart had broken as he went through the door, leaving her weeping and alone, and how her eyes had haunted him. The guitar riff was mournful, and she felt tearful at the strength of his emotion.
She had never known Nike had felt like that.
The After show Party
The doorway wasn’t crowded with photographers, and Joanna was relieved. They were shown into a vast ballroom highly decorated with coloured lighting, lanterns, streamers and balloons. Waiters wandered around with trays of champagne and canapés and tables filled with a variety of food and drink.
“Oh, wow,” enthused Kim, looking around. “This is quite something. Come on, let’s mingle.” Kim helped herself to some champagne from a passing waiter.
“You two go ahead,” said Joanna. “I’m going to find Niko.”
Lee Chapman, from Colour Me Purple, came over as Niko had introduced them at the concert. He was charming, but his broad Scottish accent made him difficult to understand. He, in turn, introduced her to Gary Faith, lead singer of the Faith Brothers. His Scouse accent reminded her of Brookside, the television programme set in Liverpool.
Joanna was utterly unaware of how beautiful she looked.
Gary Jones, who had been covering the event for the BBC was a native of Manchester, too.
“You chatting up my girl, Gary?” said Niko, his arm encircling Joanna’s waist.
“Yes, a fellow Mancunian!” he waved at someone and excused himself.
Niko kissed her forehead. “Honey, you look gorgeous, and everyone’s asking who you are.”
“Really?” Joanna smiled, her arms going around his waist. “Did you tell them I was with you?”
“Sure did.” Niko was looking particularly handsome wearing a smart jacket, a white collarless shirt, and dark turn-up trousers.
As the evening progressed, Joanna knew it would be one she would remember forever. It had the glitz, the sparkle and the atmosphere that made everything just perfect.
She giggled a lot and drank plenty of champagne. Niko introduced her to his friends, his arm fixed around her waist. She loved the attention, unaware how striking she and Niko appeared standing together. Occasionally he went off to talk to somebody, while she danced, chatted, or drank.
Niko kept appearing back by her side asking if was all right and whether she was having a good time. They danced and smooched together looking adoringly into each other’s eyes. People turned to watch and raised their eyebrows. Who was this girl who had seemingly caught the heart of Niko D’Angelo?
Love can conquer all, but at what cost?
“You can only have trust in a normal relationship. Ours has been anything but normal.”
“You’re married to your career, you always were. Most people don’t want half of somebody, half a commitment.”
“It won’t always be like this,” he said.
“Maybe, maybe not. How would you feel having only half of me?”