The Italian by T.L. Swan ~ Review & Teaser (@TLSwanAuthor)

The Italian started as a sweet romance, but it wasn't long before there was a twist thrown in and the book went in a whole new direction! Enriko was a bit controlling, and he had his reasons, and Olivia was such a sweet girl.
The Italian
Title: The Italian
Author: T.L. Swan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 28th 2019

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They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life:

Dance like nobody’s watching.
Travel the world.
And fall hopelessly in love.

I aimed to do all three.

I went to Italy to find myself.
But he found me.

It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room.
He asked me if I needed help reading the menu.
We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I fell.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, and we parted ways.

Two years later, our eyes meet across a room again.
Only this time I was on a date with another man.
He went crazy in a jealous fit.

But the man I met then is different now.
He’s colder, harder, and officially one of the most powerful men in Italy.
Dare I say it, even more enticing.

But if you dance with the devil, you get burnt.

And the fires in Italy are scalding hot.

I’ve read a few of of Swans books now, and I must admit the blurb hooks me every time! With this book, I loved the idea of making a connection with someone while over seas, and I wanted to see what happened once they crossed paths again. Let’s just say it was sweet, intense and at times I was on the edge of my seat!

My favourite part of the book was how Ericko and Olivia met! It was an instant attraction from the star and I loved how they interacted. The twist broke my heart as inevitably it was going to affect both of them and drive them apart. However, there was no doubt that there connection was strong, and that Enriko was unable to forget Olivia and was willing to bring her back into his life.

There were times that Olivia annoyed me as she was so quick to overact, but over time I was able to see her grow into a better and stronger person. She still wanted to be independent, but realised how strong and determined Enriko was and listened to him when needed.

Enriko was a very dominant character, and had to learn to adapt quickly. He let Olivia go quickly, and I could see that he regretted that decision. I did like seeing him become such the big/important/domineering character that he was, who took charge to protect his family at all costs.

There were other perspectives that were introduced in this read that I felt were unnecessary. I could see that other characters were introduced, and will have their own books, but weren’t really needed in this book. There were ways to show their perspectives without giving them voice in the read.

Although this book was a good read, it had the potential to be better. I enjoyed meeting all the characters, and the direction of the storyline. Some aspects needed work in my opinion, especially as there were a few moments, particularly the ending that felt like it was rushed. There were a few things even in the Epilogue that annoyed me, despite the fractured relationship he had with one character in particular. Also, there were a few editing issues that I picked up in this book. I few I would just skip over, but there were a lot of spelling mistakes amped grammar issues that irritated me. If the book was tweaked a little, it would have the potential to be better.

I thoroughly enjoyed the courtship between Olivia and Enriko in the beginning!

“Bella?” I frown. God, he doesn’t even remember my name.
He takes my hand over the table and lifts it to his mouth. “Bella means beautiful.”
He kisses my fingertips. “And you really are very beautiful, Olivia. I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
Oh, I like him. “To be honest, I’m having a hard time staying on my side of the table. I want us to dance so I can have you in my arms,” he says softly.
Nerves dance in my stomach. “Then take me dancing, Mr. Ferrara,” I whisper.
He smiles darkly, tips his head back, and he drains his glass. “Let’s go.”

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Originally from Sydney, I now reside in a dreamy beachside town on the South Coast of Australia with my hunk of a hubby, our three children and a menagerie of spoilt pets.

I love Margaritas, Chocolate and a swoony good book with a strong storyline. With a background in Mental Health, I write characters that you want to be friends with, strong alphas to fall in love with and witty women you want to be.

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