This is the perfect vacation escapism everyone needs in their life, complete with a sexy Italian artist who is both loving and demanding. I loved this hero – a single dad who isn’t afraid of being open about his feelings. He’s a little too mysterious for me in the beginning, but once the reader gets to know Claudio better, there’s no way you won’t love him. Paired with a bookish author who needs to gain some confidence, these two burn up with chemistry in the back half. I also loved the descriptions of Italy, which really make you feel like you’re on vacation right alongside our heroine. I will say that I found the first half to be a bit slow; not so much a slow burn as just kinda serious. That being said… there’s none of that in the back half. Things turn (almost too) heated, and then it’s full steam ahead – pun intended.
The story follows Grace, an author who has always worked with a writing partner. Following the death of that partner, she’s struggling with her career. When Grace’s book agent offers to let her use an Italian villa for a month, it seems like the perfect opportunity to find inspiration from the beautiful location. But two unexpected housemates – her book agent’s ex-husband and son – make the getaway a completely different experience than expected. As Grace falls for Claudio, his son, and Italy, it all seems too good to be true.
I’ve read many books by Halle and you never know quite what you’re going to get. This one is probably the lowest-angst that I’ve read from her. It’s much more focused on the man and the country; a love note to Italy and all that comes with it. I personally think Claudio is the best part of the book, though I wish we had gotten to know him sooner. I think that’s what threw me off in the first half; I liked it, but was never 100% connected. In the back half, things get downright steamy and the chemistry was definitely not an issue. I would’ve liked a few more “romantic” steamy scenes versus some of the risque/public acts because I think the book is lacking in that department, but I did enjoy it from start to finish. All in all, if you’re looking for something light and steamy with a beautiful setting, you’ll find it here. I received an ARC via Valentine PR (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy book.
A writer looking for inspiration in Tuscany.
One hot Italian single dad.
This summer is going to be a scorcher.
One Hot Italian Summer by New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author, Karina Halle is now live!
After the death of her best friend and writing partner, Grace Harper is struggling both with grief, and with her next novel, the first one she’ll have to write alone.
Fortunately, her new powerhouse agent, the formidable Jana Lee, has a solution for her. She can stay at her villa in Tuscany for a month, soak in the sunshine, relax, and find her confidence again. After all, Jana has a lot riding on Grace’s next book, and the last thing she wants is for her reputation as a “super-agent” to be tarnished.
At first the villa is a dream come true for Grace – that is until Claudio Romano shows up one day with his ten-year old son, Vanni, in tow. Turns out, this is Claudio’s house, and Claudio happens to be her agent’s ex-husband from long ago. Thanks to their annual father and son bonding trip being cancelled, Claudio and Vanni are here to stay.
So is Grace.
With the three of them sharing the same house, Grace’s writing plans are thrown out the window. But even if she’s not pounding the keyboard, she’s still finding beauty and inspiration… in none other than Claudio. He’s unlike any man Grace has met before. He’s smart, charming, and wickedly sexy, plus a great father to Vanni. He’d be the perfect summer fling – if only he wasn’t completely off-limits.
But as the hot Italian summer wears on, Grace and Claudio are destined to succumb to the heat, no matter how hard they try to resist each other. One steamy encounter with Claudio could affect Grace’s chances of starting her career over.
Or he could be exactly what she needs.
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Karina Halle is a former travel writer, music journalist & screenwriter, and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of over 55 bestselling novels, ranging from horror and suspense to contemporary romance. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette & Montlake. Her work has been translated and published in 20 languages.
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