Published by Atria on 7/28/15
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.”
I try and say okay but it catches in my throat. I saw this coming – a man can’t stare at a woman like that without kissing her – but it still unwinds me like a spool of thread.
He’s staring at me, his brow furrowing, casting shadows down his perfect face. His lips are just out of reach. “I need to know if I can feel anything. I want to feel something.”
There’s a quiet desperation in his voice. It makes me ache for him.
Then he leans in and kisses me.”
One of the most romantic books I’ve ever read. Racing the Sun is pure joy to experience, and the kind of book that just feels so good. With a bit of gothic romance, a completely enchanting setting, and the liveliest characters, Karina Halle captured my heart completely with this one.
I love these kinds of stories. The kind that completely sweeps you off your feet and fills you up with warmth and good feeling, hope, and of course hits all the right spots with a sexy, enchanting love story. Racing the Sun had it all, filled with style, humor, heartbreak and triumph.
“I should’ve known from the start that this man was going to give me a reason to stay.”
Karina Halle has a type of heroine. They’re usually a bit lost, smart, free-spirited, and searching for their place in the world. I love her heroines. Each has her own style, but they all have that wanderer’s core that calls to something inside me. Amber is definitely a Karina Halle heroine, with her strength and vulnerabilities, and her fearlessness. I saw a lot of myself in her, as well as a lot of traits that I wish I could emulate. I truly loved her. I could feel her desperation as she searched for that place to belong to. When she decides to take the job as a tutor, she has no idea what it’ll lead to, but she has a feeling that her life will never be the same.
“You give me life from all the death.”
Derio Larosa is a brooding, tortured, beautiful man, a classic hero who is impossible not to fall in love with. With shades of Mr. Rochester, at first he’s a beast, wounded and aggressive, but it’s not long before his beauty is shown. He sees Amber as his salvation, and he desperately falls into her light. Derio looked at Amber like she was the meaning of life, and I fell so far and so deep for him that I don’t even know where and who I am right now. I’m in Capri and I’m staying here.
“You feel everything. You make me feel everything.”
This book made me feel everything, and everything was good. It had the right amount and the right kind of angst. Derio and the twins broke my heart as they worked through their loss. Amber inspired me and made me immensely jealous as she experienced things I dream to live. They both made me melt as they learned to trust and love and build a future all their own. The writing was beautiful. I was there. I felt it, I saw it, and I loved it. Gah! Racing the Sun was everything. I’ve been chasing this feeling since Love, in English and I found it, and I’m not letting it go.