Karina Halle always manages to write books that get people talking about them. Racing the Sun is no exception. This is the second book that I have read by her and it will not be the last. It’s a great summer romance that left me wanting more. Check out my review below and enter the giveaway at the bottom!
Publication: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
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.
Amber has been a little bit of a nomad for the past six months in an attempt to find herself. To figure out what she wants to do with her life, what her passion is. While looking for a job to make enough money to go home, she encounters an opportunity to teach twins English. It all seems like a good plan. Teach English, make some money, then go back home (though she isn’t really looking forward to going back). But when she meets the twins older brother Derio, she is immediately intrigued.
29 year old Derio was a big time motorcycle racer, who quit at the height of his career, in order to be a guardian to his younger twin siblings after their parents pass away. Derio is a swoon worthy sexy Italian man with some baggage. He may be sexy, but he is also stubborn, and opinionated. Amber is pretty stubborn herself. And she is not afraid of challenges. So it’s natural for Amber to fall for him. He frustrates her, but she is determined to find out more about this brooding Italian.
It might be expected that these two get together eventually, but what wasn’t so obvious was that I would fall in love with these characters almost from the start. Amber is very easy to connect/relate to. It isn’t easy trying to figure what in the world you want to do and I admired that fact that she traveled and tried to find that out.
I can honestly say that Racing the Sun is my top favorite romantic read of the summer. Karina Halle definitely knows how to write a good story. It was easy to get into, the writing flowed, the pace was well done, and the characters had both a depth and realistic quality to them. I loved it. My only big issue was after I finished reading it, I wanted to visit Italy and get my own Italian Stallion.
RATING: 5 out of 5.
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About the Author
Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, The Pact,Love in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.
RACING THE SUN by Karina Halle
Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | Paperback ISBN 9781476796444, $15 | eBook ISBN 9781476796482, $7.99 | 384 pages
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