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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Racing the sun by Karina Halle

Racing the sun by Karina Halle
Release date:July 28, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Buy here:Amazon BN
My rating:4.5
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From the 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.

My Thoughts:
Anyone that follows my personal twitter account knows that I raved about The Pact back when I read it and I swore that I could never love a book by Karina Halle more than that one, well, the day has arrived that The Pact no longer ranks as number one. I freaking loved Racing the Sun! It could be because I was born in Italy (and I'm partial to anything that takes place there) but I loved Amber and Derio. I even had a soft spot for the kids. Amber has a degree, but instead of using it, she decided to travel. Her latest adventure has landed her in Capri and without enough money for a plane ticket back home. Desperate to find a job to get home she takes a job teaching English to two children, who are a little bratty, but given the circumstances, I'd be bratty too. The kids are being raced by Derio, an ex-motorcycle racer, who just happens to be their brother. Derio's parents were killed when a storm capsized their boat. Derio has issues and so does Amber, but they fit perfectly. Derio can really open up to her about things he's been holding in. In all honesty, I have no idea how Karina Halle can top this one, but I can't wait to read whatever she comes up with.

Recommendations: The Pact by Karina Halle