Italy

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Princess From the Past

I often finish an ordinary-heroine, imperious billionaire/prince/etc. Harlequin Presents title and, with a roll of my eyes, think, ‘Well, that’s never going to last.’ Caitlin Crews took this reaction and made it the starting point for her second-chance romance, Princess from the Past. Betha ...

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The Hitman

A romantic comedy with a hitman hero definitely doesn't follow the norm of mafia romances, which tend to be of the 'dark romance' variety. Yet author Katrina Jackson has done a delightful job of combining a lot of humor, sexy scenes, and yes, action too, in The Hitman, the second book in The Family ...

B+
The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage

This is the third Marguerite Kaye book I’ve read in 2019 and, once again, I am impressed by her mastery of story-telling. Ms. Kaye captivates her readers from the first few pages and keeps the spell going throughout the novel. In The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage, we begin in Florence, wit ...

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His Rags to Riches Contessa

His Rags to Riches Contessa is the third book in Marguerite Kaye’s Matches Made in Scandal series, and tells the story of an actress and card sharp who is hired to help a Venetian nobleman obtain revenge against the man who killed his father.  The four novels in the set are linked by a mysterious ...

C+
The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida's The Madonna of the Mountains is a sweeping historical saga set in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century. It's the story of one woman's desperate struggle to ensure her family's survival as the Fascist party comes to power and her country enters the Second World War. ...

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Under a Sardinian Sky

Under a Sardinian Sky offers the reader a complete immersion into the Sardinia of the 1950s. Every page makes you feel as if you’re right there experiencing everything, as there is no detail deemed too big or too small to reveal the subtlest nuances of the setting. Joy of family and familial love ...

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Private Reserve

When Olivia and Gio broke up, she never thought she's see him again. But her friends conspire to send her on a trip to Tuscany and back into the arms of her one time lover when she ends up at his family's villa. Gio let Olivia go thinking she'd not understand his sexual appetites, including his bise ...

C+
"I Do"... Take Two!

I’ve seen Merline Lovelace’s name on bestseller lists for years but never got around to reading her books. But I love contemporary romances with foreign settings and when I saw ”I Do”... Take Two! is set in Italy I jumped at the chance to review it. I found this first in the author’s Three ...

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Rake Most Likely to Seduce

There’s one thing to be said for Harlequin book titles – they’re very much WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) - so the hero of Rake Most Likely to Seduce, the third book in Bronwyn Scott’s Rakes on Tour series, is pretty much just that – a man who likes his drink, his gambling and most ...

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Playing With Fire

I love it when a book captures my interest and just doesn’t let go as this one did. I found myself reluctant to put it down and anxious to pick it up even though I was extremely busy with other things. To me that means I’ve encountered a really terrific read. In a small resale shop in Italy, ...