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Published by Atria Books on 7/28/2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Also by this author: Sins & Needles
From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.
When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . .
After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.
It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.
When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?
I have serious love for this book. You go in expecting the beginnings of a summer romance, but come out with so much more. Amber is a great character. She takes everything in stride, but still doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. It doesn’t help that she has parents that criticize her every chance they get. She falls into the roll of being an English teacher, and caretaker, of two Italian children. She doesn’t think she’s qualified, but wants to prove herself wrong. The relationship she has with the children is amazing. The way she interacts with them, and shows them that they don’t have to be buried in their emotions is beautiful. I also love her relationship with Derio. It starts off rough, but I love that they bring out the best in each other. They are able to get over their own fears with the other by their side. They are passion, lust, and love all rolled into one. Such an amazing romance. The pacing is great. The romance is a mixture of fast and slow. While the time doesn’t feel like it’s very long, you can feel the slow build up. I think that has a lot to do with this book being set in Italy. Things are carefree, and done without hurry. I think the love of Amber and Derio shows that perfectly. Like I said you get an amazing romance, but you also get a wonderful journey of self-discovery. Amber learns so much about herself while in Italy, and I think that makes her a stronger character, and person.
Grand Prize – $50 AMEX Giftcard + 1 signed copy of RACING THE SUN + 1 copy of WHERE SEA MEETS SKY.
6 Runner Up Prizes – signed copies of RACING THE SUN.
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