Racing the Sun

Posted August 11, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Racing the Sun Book Cover Racing the Sun
Where Sea Meets Sky #2
Karina Halle
Atria Books

From the New York Times 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.

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

“I need to kiss you,” he says, and it’s the smartest thing he’s said all day. “Please.” …. His lips are just out of reach. “I need to know if I can feel anything. I want to feel something.”

When I open a Karina Halle book I already know that I’m going to fall in love. I am going to fall in love with the hero and the story. What I did not know before opening this book was that I would fall in love with heroine and with the Amalfi coast of Italy. Set on the island of Capri in the heat of summer, we are not only given a beautiful love story, but just as beautiful a setting. The way the author weaves in her descriptions of the Italian coast paints a stunning picture and really adds to the romanticism of the book. You can virtually taste the ocean in the air and smell the lemons on the trees. I read this book while lying on a beautiful Lake Michigan beach, but I was more than happy to lose myself on the beaches of Italy with Amber and Derio.

Amber is such a beautiful and strong character, sure she has her insecurities and self-doubts, like we all do, but she is really just a good person deep down. She felt lost in her life in California, so she went in search of something, anything to give her direction, and figure out who she wants to be.  Her relationship with Derio is a slow build that has you aching for them to get together. Derio is a little harder to love. Yes, he is a tall beautiful Italian man, but his surface is so much harder to breakthrough. There has been lots of loss and suffering in his life and he is emotionally and mentally closed off. Things in his life have definitely not turned out the way he planned and he has decided the best way to deal with it is to just not feel anything. Amber awakens something in him that he long thought dead. As much as Amber is afraid to open up and let Derio in, he is even more afraid.

Gah! I can’t say enough how much I loved this story. Ms. Halle has a way of making you feel everything when you lose yourself in her stories. A way of making you want to pack your bags and catch the next flight to Italy. Derio’s story is so sad, yet so uplifting at the same time. Amber is really an inspiration to making you want to take a chance on yourself, and also to put your trust in someone else. I read this at an alarming pace and my only problem with the story is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait to find out what adventure Karina takes us on next.

5 Stars and some Lemon Drop shots! Enjoy!

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