RACING THE SUN by Karina Halle
Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | Paperback ISBN 9781476796444, $15 |
eBook ISBN 9781476796482, $7.99 | 384 pages
From the New York Times and 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.
When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . .
After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.
It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.
When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?
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Whitney’s Six Star Review
Everything about Racing the Sun was a breath of fresh air for me. From the first pages, Amber’s search for freedom captivated me. She is a great heroine- fun and honest with hints of vulnerability that keep her real.
Broke and travelling alone throughout Europe, she doesn’t even have enough money to buy a plane ticket back home. She has two months left on her travel visa in Italy and realizes she needs to find a job fast. Asking her overbearing parents for more money isn’t an option.
Amber quickly realizes the ‘easy’ job teaching English to two Italian children will be anything but easy. The kids are brats but even worse… their older brother and guardian is a brooding jerk. Shutting himself off from the world and pretty much all social contact, Derio, is off limits for Amber. He’s completely sexy and completely untouchable.
More time spent at their home reveals the painful past for the entire family and Amber’s big heart can’t help but want to make their lives easier. She and Derio become closer and their attraction grows. But with a two month time limit, how much should Amber really invest in their relationship?
This book is only told from Amber’s POV but it was also easy for me to connect with Derio. We learn pretty quickly what his ‘issues’ are and then his motives, his behaviors make sense. He’s a guy with a lot of old wounds and Amber makes him feel alive again. The way their relationship grows is beautiful. They are perfect for each other in every way… at least initially. I wanted to shake the mess out of him a few times but Derio is just… whoa. Sexy with a few of those broken, bad boy qualities that make women’s panties drop.
This book might actually be my favorite of the series and it’s truly a stand alone. You don’t need to read Love, In English or Where Sea Meets Sky to understand everything and the other characters do not make appearances in this book though they are very, very briefly mentioned. Karina paints a beautiful picture of Italy. So much so that I could feel the sun shining on my face and almost hear the waters of the sea. In the previous book, some of the travelling and descriptions took over the storyline but that is not the case with Racing the Sun. The setting is important to the book and really sets the tone but in no way takes away from the emotion and development of this amazing love story.
This will be one of my top reads for the year and I encourage everyone to give it a try!
About Karina Halle
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.
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Atria Indie Authors and Karina Halle are giving away: (1) grand prize of a $50 AMEX Gift Card + 1 signed copy of RACING THE SUN and 1 copy of WHERE SEA MEETS SKY….PLUS: (6) Runner Up Prizes of 1 signed copy of RACING THE SUN. Enter to win HERE!