One Hot Italian Summer by Karina Halle ~ Review & Teaser (@MetalBlonde)

If I am looking for a good read, I can always rely on Karina Halle to create a world that I can get lost in for a while. I had a lot of fun reading about Grace, Claudio and Vanni, in this sweet romance!
One Hot Italian Summer
Title: One Hot Italian Summer
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 28th 2020

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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.

After reading the description to One Hot Italian Summer, I was super excited to dive into it. It began a little slow as we got to know Grace and why she made the decision to go to Italy for a few weeks. The first meeting between Grace and Claudio was hilarious, and I just new I was going to be in for an enjoyable read.

Grace was finding it hard to create her own path after the death of her writing partner, and needed to find inspiration. Being in Italy and seeing the sights and spending time with Claudio and his son Vinni helped her find, not only herself, but her passion to write once again.

Claudio was quite surprised to find Grace in his home, but since they are both artists they quickly found a connection. Claudio came across as the broody type, but the more I got to know him, I could see the kind hearted man underneath.

I enjoyed watching the relationship between Claudio and Grace grow, and how comfortable they became with one another. The world that Karina Halle was beautiful, and I loved seeing these characters fall for one another in such an amazing part of the world. It was nice to see the characters grow throughout the story and find passion once again, both through their work and in the bedroom!

Claudio was so sweet and possessive!

“You’re mine, Grace. More than my muse, more than a lover. I’ve never felt this way before about anything or anyone, and I … I know that if you just trust me, if you give me your heart, I will carry it with me. I will be kind and gentle with it. I will always keep it tucked next to mine. So that whatever happens in the future, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have your heart and you’ll have mine.”
She turns and looks at me. Her fingers reach out and trail down the side of my face, her eyes big and gleaming as if she’s trying to really see me. “You’re a good man, Claudio Romano.”
“I’m your man,” I tell her. “That is what makes me good.”

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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