on July 28, 2015
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC via author
From the New York Times 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.
It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.
It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.
But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.
That quote pretty much sums up Racing the Sun. Karina Halle’s descriptive writing brought the magnificent setting of Capri, Italy to life. The people, the streets, the architecture, the beaches and sea made Racing the Sun more than just a book, but also a living, breathing entity. I could smell the scents of lemons and espresso. I could hear the sounds of the city as Amber walked its’ streets. Everything was so vivid.
From page one I was immediately captivated. I literally stayed awake half the night reading because I just could not stop. I loved it so, so much. The story was fun and adventurous, and when I was introduced to the broody Derio the story also became sexy as hell. Oh my gosh, that man! I wanted to wrap him up, slap on some postage, and mail him to my doorstep. My very own Italian Stallion! He rides a Ducati, smokes, swears, and broods for crying out loud! On top of that he can be sweet and caring.
Racing the Sun had everything I was looking for in a terrific summer romance read. The writing was really good, all the characters touched a part of me, the setting was exotic, and the story was fun, fresh, and sexy. The ending came way too soon though. I didn’t want the book to be over. I didn’t want to stop living in Amber and Derio’s world. Although I may never have the chance to visit Italy, it seemed I was actually there by reading this book. That is more than you can ever hope for when diving into a new novel.