on July 28, 2015
Published by Atria Books Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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. 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.
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Karina Halle’s Racing the Sun releases tomorrow, and it’s a must read! Below I have my review for you, as well as an awesome giveaway from Atria Indie Authors and Karina Halle <3
You know Love, in English and Love, in Spanish are my top two favorite Karina books, EVER. Racing the Sun is right behind them! From the picturesque setting of Capri, which Karina describes with stunning detail, to the slow building, tension-filled relationship between Amber and Derio, Racing the Sun made for an exciting, unputdownable read!
I loved Amber from the start; despite having 10 years on her I felt where she was coming from when she talked about not knowing what she was meant to do or where her place in the world was. She was a woman trying to find her place in this world and there were a lot of “You’re preaching to the choir, sister” moments on my part. To be honest, I felt like ninety percent of the things Amber said and thought could’ve been taken right from my own head right down to her “fu*k that noise” when she quickly debated on knocking twice on Derio’s office door. I was all, “Hey! I say that all the time!”
She had her flaws and insecurities, but she was real, and as the story played out, I loved seeing her acknowledge her flaws and insecurities and work on getting past them. I wanted to high five her seeing her own the hell out of a job that terrified her at first.
Now my Derio, at first he was a bit of an a**, but it worked with his brooding, loner tendencies. Plus, he was hot so he kind of gets a pass from me. He kept himself guarded, and understandably so, with a past like his, but it made me so happy to see him finally let Amber in and help him let go of past fears. I loved the strength she gave him.
Their relationship wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows; Karina wouldn’t make it that easy on our hearts lol!
She gave us a healthy dose of heart pounding angst and a part that completely made me yell, “OMFG, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Please God, for all that is holy NOOOOOOO!” But, thankfully, she did us a solid and all was right on the island of Capri at the end. This was hands down one of my favorite reads this year, and if the mood hits to write a little more Amber and Derio, you won’t hear me complain!