Review – One Hot Italian Summer by Karina Halle

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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Review

NO SPOILERS!

One Hot Italian Summer was a sexy, swoon-worthy, and entertaining standalone contemporary romance from Karina Halle, and I really enjoyed the storyline and characters she created!

   The storyline was great. I haven’t often read books where the heroine was an author, but it was a refreshing change of pace and I really enjoyed it. It was also unique having the hero be an artist, a sculptor in particular. Plus, being set in Italy didn’t hurt either. I don’t know if it was just me and the mood I was in, but sometimes the plot was a little slow and I didn’t always fully connect with everyone and everything, but otherwise I very much enjoyed Claudio and Grace’s story and was happy with the ending.

   The characters were wonderful. I loved Claudio and Grace, as well as Claudio’s son, Vanni. Claudio and Grace had lovable personalities and I especially enjoyed their smoking HOT chemistry together. The author definitely knows how to write sexy scenes, so the steam certainly wasn’t lacking. I loved all of Claudio and Grace’s banter and interactions with each other, and really enjoyed watching their romance unfold.

   One Hot Italian Summer was a sexy, entertaining, and swoon-worthy romance that I would definitely recommend, and I can’t wait to devour more of Karina Halle’s MUST READ love stories!

4.5 STARS

About Karina Halle

Karina-HalleKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. 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.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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