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With a twist or two in the classic Romeo & Juliet story, Luca Palladino is a young, intelligent prince who represents the forbidden love between the famous musician and actor Vince Palladino and Princess Camila Juric, both of whom are from two entirely different neighboring cultures that have been at war with each other over land for many a century. In the wake of Camila’s death, only ten years after their split, Vince learns not only how vital Camila was in her culture, but he also learns of the ten-year-old son he never knew he had with her. Vince struggles with his Hollywood fame and already being a father of two younger boys while another child is on the way with his wife. While dealing with the loss of his first true love all over again, Vince learns that Prince Luca’s stepfather secretly abused him in more ways than one. Upon revelation of this devastating news, Vince decides to eventually give up his fame to raise Luca into a kind, respectful young king that will break down the barriers of racism and hatred of two warring nations while bringing two beautiful cultures together in peace at last.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Oh, my God! I can’t believe he’s chasing me! That son of a gun is actually chasing me down a highway at ninety mi... Read Chapter

The Past is Calling.

It was a hot summer night in the town of Malone, New York. I’d just come off a bar stage after a very well enjoyed performance I put ... Read Chapter

Some Royal Discoveries.

The drive to Point Pleasant was a lot quicker than I thought it would be, probably because my foot was heavy on the gas pedal while my ... Read Chapter

A Princess's Final Words.

It was obvious Luca was no ordinary child and that he was meant for extraordinary things, but how was I going to raise the crown Prince... Read Chapter

A Boy's Joy and a Mother's Pain.

When I was finally alone at night with Luca, who now climbed into his bed, I sat down next to him with a relaxed sigh. This kid lo... Read Chapter

An Interesting Turn of Events.

I was used to sleeping in strange places, but it was hard for me to sleep in this house. Honestly, I got no sleep whatsoever. All I cou... Read Chapter

A New Day Dawning.

Luca went upstairs to change when the sun rose, and I just got ready down here in the den. When I was finished and had all my things pa... Read Chapter

Welcome Home.

Once we landed, it was clear there were no cars here in Moscjen. Most people either had bicycles or horse-drawn carriages in various st... Read Chapter

Just the Beginning.

Since we couldn’t enter through Italy’s air space, we had to go around it and stop in Warsaw, Poland, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, befo... Read Chapter

Heart-to-Heart.

“Have you lost your tongue?” the king asked me in English. I hardly knew what to expect in this situation and didn’t know how to ... Read Chapter

Truth Behind the Bitterness.

When I was taken to the gardens, I saw the king already waited for me, but this time he had a pipe in his left hand while his cane rema... Read Chapter

A New Truth.

When I left the foyer room and entered the main hallway, I noticed that Xir Charles and my quarter guard were there and Luca and his gu... Read Chapter

To Be or Not to Be Legitimized.

When Luca and I had reached the Children’s Hospital of Moscjen, I immediately noticed four stories in height but massive in length. W... Read Chapter

Anger, Comfort, and Exhaustion, but Who's Gino?

When I had retired to my quarters after dinner, I couldn’t help but want to spend the remainder of my night standing at one of the hu... Read Chapter

Love at First Song.

“Hello? Can you hear me? Hello!” When I looked up, my eyes opened, and I saw a raven-haired girl around my age in a bikini as she... Read Chapter

A Cold, Hard, and Bitter Reality.

When I awoke from my dream, I was immediately filled with sorrow, which was more profound than I had previously felt. I enjoyed the dre... Read Chapter

An Early Rise.

When the morning came, I felt like I was hit by a truck. I had a hard time falling asleep after I turned to Ana for comfort when I awok... Read Chapter

No Coming Back.

While we bathed, Ana gave me a detailed itinerary of how things would go at the funeral. In advance, she warned me that it would be ent... Read Chapter

Mourning the Death and Celebrating the Life of a Princess.

The funeral was beautiful. I couldn’t understand a single word of it, but Ana stuck close to me and translated everything to me as qu... Read Chapter

Rheya and Abbo.

When we got back to the palace, the first thing I wanted to do was check in on Rheya, if she was allowed the company, of course. Along ... Read Chapter

Comfort and Suspicion with a Dark Secret.

Before we knew it, Luca and I were back on our plane to return stateside, and Ana was on her way back to her parents and our other boys... Read Chapter

Lindy's Keeper.


CONTENT WARNING: This chapter is not for every reader. While content in this chapter release may be brief and vague in description of certain types of abuse, content in this chapter release may
still cause adverse/counterproductive mental reactions in individuals reading this, who may have previously or recently been exposed to and/or affected by child abuse and/or sexual assault, suicide
and/or suicide ideation, and/or self-harm. It is important to note the author will resume the story in the next chapter release as normal, so for individuals who may not want to read this chapter,
they may rest assured knowing they can skip this content without missing out on the story. Also, please ignore the weird formatting of this Author Note, as the site is giving issues with proper
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Last Flight Home.

Sometimes I hated flying, especially on long flights that were more than five hours in length, because there was only so much fun one c... Read Chapter

On the Verge of Going Mad.

When we got back to Camila’s parents’ house, Luca had grabbed a couple of things, and while he did that, his guards were quick to c... Read Chapter

Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

It was apparent to both of us that I was desperate for a drink. I knew that I could never allow myself another taste of alcohol for as ... Read Chapter

The Truth - Part One

When I had arrived at my parents’ house the next day, Luca followed me to the front door, and with my house key, I unlocked the door.... Read Chapter

Precious Moments with a New Twisted Truth.

I decided it was best to approach the heavy topic of my genetic origins later. I also planned to get to the bottom of the subject of Gi... Read Chapter

Double-Edged Sword.

When I followed my mother to her room, I saw she was already at one of her windows with her back to me. I knew this was her way of tryi... Read Chapter

Gino and the Radicals.

When I headed back downstairs, I heard my father singing in the kitchen. It brought a smile to my face because I loved his singing. He ... Read Chapter

The Other Sons.

Once dinner was over and everyone was full, I figured now was the best time to bring up Gino. “That pizza was very delicious!” Lu... Read Chapter

A Father's Unconditional Love.

My mother greeted us when we returned to the house. I loved how Kris was always so excited to see her. “Nonna!” “Ciao, Picc... Read Chapter

A Sense of Peace.

For a while there, Eli had his arms wrapped around me for comfort. I was glad to know he wasn’t angry with me anymore. It was rare to... Read Chapter

A Message from Beyond the Grave.

We spent a good few hours at my parents’ house. When I saw how well everyone got along, I couldn’t help but remain quiet. There was... Read Chapter

Return to the Palace.

It was a challenge to maintain my composure, but I allowed myself to fall to my knees. I couldn’t help but bow my head in sorrow as f... Read Chapter

Gino and His Loyalties.

Ana and the boys took their time settling in, though I knew that my parents, especially my mother, would be even more unsettled than sh... Read Chapter

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