Christmas in Venice: A Short Story by Meadow Taylor
I don't tend to read romance, but I hunted down several as I was writing one of my own and came across this bright thing. The problem with many a romance is that the males are over- or under-idealized. As this is a short story that opens a novel, maybe Taylor falls into the same trap. But for this tale, she succeeds. Her character has just arrived in an airport in Venice when a handsome if rough officer grabs and wants to know about her bag. She makes what seems to be hard-headed foolish choices, which turn out to be was when she she explains herself. A nice flavor of mystery/suspense stirred in.