An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dione
An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!
Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…
Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.
Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…
Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.
But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?
ebook, 182 pages
Published May 29th 2014 by HarperImpulse
Source: Tour Host
Three Stars: A simple, clean romance set against the fantastic backdrop of Italy.
Carly is relieved to finally be landing. The nine hour flight seemed endless. Carly is an accomplished oboist touring Italy with an orchestra. Now that she has arrived in Italy, the only thing Carly can focus on is slogging through her emails and getting the tour over so she can return home to Boston. When Carly reaches the tour bus, she comes face to face with a tall, handsome Italian man, Michelangelo, their two guide for the next two weeks. At first Carly is irritated when he tries to take her baggage. Carly snaps at him and informs that no one touches her oboe. Later, she reconsiders her rude behavior when she notices him staring at her. Could a girl who never had time for love find it in Italy?
What I Liked:
- For those of you looking for a quick, simple, clean romance set in Italy, this is a good read. It is a pleasant read with divine scenery.
- I loved the Italian setting. I enjoyed visiting many of the famous landmarks and sites of Italy and learning some interesting facts about them along the way. I am a reader that likes to travel vicariously, and I think the author did a good job of bringing forth Italy in the pages.
- Carly is a character that takes a long time to warm up to. She comes across in the beginning as bitchy. She is rude and self centered, and she doesn't take time to appreciate Italy. Instead she is more focused on her career and her cell phone. She doesn't believe in romance and refuses to believe that she will fall in love as her life is too full for a romance. I was disgusted with the way she treated not only Michelangelo but also some of her fellow orchestra members. However, there is hope for her. During the next two weeks, she slowly opens her eyes and not only does she begin to appreciate the beauty of Italy, but also the handsome man right in front of her. By the end of the two week tour, she is a new girl, one willing to listen to her heart and someone who has a new appreciation for her fellow musicians. Even though it took most of the book for her to transform, I was pleased with her growth. She is a character who requires patience.
- Michelangelo is the type of guy every woman dreams of coming to whisk her away. He is kind, compassionate, considerate and sexy. I like how patient he was, especially with Carly. He is buried in personal problems as he is trying to save his family winery. Despite his issues, he is always willing to help the Americans in his charge. I admired his commitment to his land and his family, especially when it came to his aging mother suffering from Alzheimer's.
- Alaina is another character that I disliked at first, but changed my mind about by the end. She is the prima donna soprano who believes that everyone should acquiesce to her wishes. She is spoiled, pampered and pushy. Carly can't stand her, and she is dismayed to find they are rooming together. She too shows tremendous growth by the end of the book, and I found that I had a new appreciation for her. I especially liked the way she and Carly put aside their differences and worked together.
- I liked the focus on music, and I liked seeing how Carly's view changed regarding the music she was performing.
- For those of you who prefer very light sex scenes in your romances, this book features only one sex scene that is brief on details and fades out before getting down and dirty.
- The ending is sweet and happy. Everything you want in a light romance.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled with the romance. It felt it moved way too fast, considering it takes place over a two week period. It didn't feel realistic or believable. I think it would have been much better if the author had extended the period of time that the orchestra was touring, perhaps the entire summer? I think this bordered on insta love. There is chemistry, but I just didn't feel it.
- As much as like Michelangelo, he felt a bit too good to be true. To me he felt like a male character written by a woman as he did and say all the things women want to hear. He just didn't feel genuine. Still he was pleasant and I enjoyed his scenes.
- I was caught up in a side story regarding Ricco, someone from Michelangelo's past. This appeared to be an important part of the story, and I was eager to see it play out. Unfortunately, the story line ends up going nowhere. A disappointment considering it was one of the most interesting threads in the book.
An American Girl in Italy is a light, clean, simple romance perfect for those who enjoy a whirlwind love affair in a foreign city. If you want to spend an afternoon touring Italy and falling in love, try this book.
"I can assure you I can take care of myself. Just because I'm a classical oboist doesn't mean that I'm not a ninja in disguise."
"Music could be magical when best share with those you love."
"Music wasn't how many gigs you had, how many concertos you memorized, or how many orchestras you played with. It's who you played them with, who you played them for. Not a faceless bunch of critics, but for the people who matter in your life."
I received a copy of this book as part of the tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
About the Author:
here.Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
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