Audiobook Review: Hunting Prince Dracula


Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2

Format: Audiobook

Length: 11 hours & 58 minutes

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: 

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

FIRST OFF:

It’s taken me forever to actually write this and not make it random. Also SPOLIERS ahead because second book and I need to get this all out.

This book has the same issue as the last book where some parts dragged on. Also the names of the new characters where close sounding to each other that I sometimes forgot whose who. That however didn’t take away from how this book broke me and put me back together all the same.

Let me explain by reviewing or ramble about the book:

This leads off right after the ending of the first book where we have our two favorite characters Audrey Rose and Thomas heading for Romania. Since this book is following right behind the first book we see Audrey Rose dealing with how it ended, and she’s not doing that well. We don’t get the girl who refused to be put in a box and follow what society wants from her. Now she is deeply depressed and seeing things that are not there. It was so hard to see Audrey this way because in the first book she was so strong and though she still showed the pain was still there. Especially since she was in a another country going to a all men school, learning a profession that is for men, and knowing no one but Thomas.

And poor Thomas Cresswell. He was with Audrey Rose and knew everything that happened in London, and yet how smart he is put his foot in mouth more than once. I understand that he wants to protect Audrey Rose from being in a school that didn’t want her. However he forgets that though she is grieving she is still strongly independent. So instead being helpful he instead makes Audrey Rose mad for embarrassing her.

MYSTERY:

Again like in Stalking Jack the Ripper there is a murder spree happening that Audrey Rose and Thomas want to get involved in yet no one wants to let them. And yes the killer was a bit predictable, but the way to the reveal was interesting. Especially since there was puzzles involved and whole lot of fun detective work. Also I felt like their lives were more in danger this time around, and had me worry about my babies.

ROMANCE:

The romance was heartbreaking at times, because what do you get when put two hardheaded independent people together. Plenty of misunderstanding, and Thomas keep putting his foot into his mouth and just seemed to make things worse. Though for most what he did would seem very loving of him Thomas forgets that Audrey Rose is to independent and will not see it that way. Which caused friction between them for most of the story. However I believe they needed this, and they grew from it making them a better couple. That ending attest to that for sure and makes me more excited to see what the next book has instore with that.

THE AUDIOBOOK:

I love listening to this book because Nicola Barber does a beautiful job telling the story smoothly and helping with all the slow part seem more interesting. She did each voice very well as she did in the first and how she continues on with the third book. Even though the book was 11 hrs. and 58 mins. I read this in one sitting because Audrey Rose and Thomas remind me so much the two main characters of the show Castle.

WRAPPING THIS UP:

So as you can tell by my rambles to this book I loved it and just think it gets better as the books go. Kerri Maniscalo is doing a really good job with her historical retellings that keeps me addicted with her worlds and her characters.

KB: Confessions: Julien


Confessions Julien

Author: Ella Frank

Series: confessions#2

Rating: 5/5

Summary: People are complex.

Love a double-edged sword.

And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.

To the outside world, he has it all.

A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?

Only time will tell.

When we were first introduced to Julien in the Temptation series I didn’t really think I like him. For he seemed like another love interest for Robbie and I loved the thought of it just being Robbie and Priest. For as much as they argued in these books, their chemistry was off the charts. Then, of course, we found out that he’s married to Priest and so on. Still didn’t like love him until I started reading these books.

I love Julien and not just because he has an accent which I always swoon on. He fills in the gaps of Priest to Robbie when needed and he just loves both men so much. In his book, he is dealing with a lot especially with his newest restaurant opening up and an important Anniversary that he wants to avoid but knows he can’t. So he leans on his two men for help for he has a really hard time handling it.

Let’s talk about his men and how supportive they are. Robbie may be new to all this but he takes in strives. Robbie is really good at being able to read people and he does that with Julien and helps him deal with the past though it’s hard on Julien. And then there’s Priest who have been through this countless times with Julien and is his rock. Julien has said multiple times that Priest keeps the darkness away and makes sure everything is alright.

Also the story. Learning more about Julien and Priest past is always a treat. And learning about why Julien is suffering so hurt my heart. I love how this story wasn’t all about the sex. It was more about connecting and being there for one another. Having Priest actually joke around and tell jokes which reading the temptation series you wouldn’t believe he could. To Julien taking steps to forgiving himself for something he didn’t do. And sweet Robbie is the glue for both his broken men and slowing finding his place between them.

Until the ending which makes me want to read this book even more. Because now where getting to Priest and soon learn why he’s the way he is.

KB Review: Confessions: Robbie


Author: Ella Frank

Series: Confessions # 1

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 314

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

SIDEBAR: You don’t need to read the Temptation series however highly suggest it. For Logan and Tate’s story needs to be read because I love them. Plus we meet the characters from this story, and their beginning.

I forgot to gush about this book but just for everyone to know i 100% loved this book. To see more Robbie and fall more in love with his stubborn and sassy behavior. He knows who he is and isn’t gong to hide or stop being himself which I love most about him. Plus he’s loyal and so family based that I see why Priest and Julien want him.

PRIEST & ROBBIE CONTINUED:

Now since Priest and Robbie meet they’ve been on each others bad side, so I knew/ hopped that they would get together. But the ending of True came a surprise that 1st Priest is married and 2nd that him and his husband want to bring Robbie into a three way relationship. Color me shock but totally ready for it.

THE NEW/OLD GUY:
Julien we don’t meet until True when he meets Robbie at the Pop Cherry and they hit off but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. However we get more of him in this book and i simply love him. I already loved Priest because he’s one of those silent but don’t take crap and always tell you the truth. I love how that honest comes out of him and Robbie ask questions and tries to make sense of why Priest and Julien want to bring him in their marriage.

THE STORY:
This book has lots of funny moment but also serious ones because Priest and Julien have lots of baggage and in this first book only touch a bit of what those men has been through. Plus I have to say the touching moments between all three of them made me make awe noises in public and get weird looks. Plus the sexy parts are so hot that being at work and reading got me questioned a lot.
But I wouldn’t change a thing and I can’t wait until Julien’s story comes out later this year. Hopefully all three would be released this year because I am addicted to it.

I will be rereading the temptation series before I review them. Not because I don’t remember the stories, but because I just want the memories fresh when I review.

Also has anyone read the temptation series or this first book in this trilogy. If so please let me know because am obsessed with everything that goes on in these books. Also the second book comes out next month and so excited.

EB-REVIEW: Belonging Trilogy by A.M. Arthur


These are m/m romances of all the friends who fall in love. Each man has issues that the books deal with as they slowing form friendships that lead to romance.

Arthur(nst)

No Such Thing:

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Alessandro has come back to help his foster mother, while Jamie is finally living a life after being sick for a long time. With a bit of luck Alessandro gets hired at Jamie’s sisters shop busting tables and bringing out orders. Which leads to both men seeing each other daily. So when it comes out that Jamie is unexperienced thanks for him being sick. Alessandro strikes a  deal to help him out as long as it stays in a teaching situation. However of course it doesn’t work that way. Because Alessandro is a little bit more hard headed, and very  protective of  Jamie while also letting him experience in a safe place. Which Jamie feels he can because Alessandro is there to protect if needed. I love that they understand each other and that they grew together. Even though the outside world brings lots of drama some being from Alessandro’s foster brother and a old class mates secret. While Jamie deals with hate for being gay that works out and just bring them closer.

Arthur(mtt)

Maybe This Time:

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As a regular at Pot of Gold Ezra is known as pretty much a one stand man, and as a bartender Donner have seen and heard all about Ezra’s antics. That was until a chance meeting in the bathroom Erza has now set his eyes on Donner whose hesitant. It was supposed to be a one night thing however it doesn’t work out that way and they try to work toward something more. Something I love most about this book is how opposite Donner and Ezra is personality wise. Donner is more the quiet type who is trying to start dating after losing his partner. Then there’s Ezra whose out and proud who is also have
a huge wall up that is hard for him to let Donner in which of course cause problems. Yet slowly and with lots of love and patience.

Arthur(sby)

Stand By You:

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Romy & Brendan are everything. This is a story of Romy who is trying to come to terms to what he went through and try to get back to some what normal. Which Romy has plenty of support especially from Brendan who is a silent support. I love how the relationship of Romy & Brendan started for it was friendship for most of the book. Then grow slowly to them having more stronger feelings for each other. This is Brendan’s first real gay relationship and this is the first time Romy went into a relationship where sex isn’t a major factor. So it was really something to watch them learn how to be together since neither have before. They have lots going against them including Romy’s PSTD, crazy ex’s, and keeping each other honest. Plus the others from the belong trilogy are present and a wonderful support system for my boys.

All these books star two different boys yet has the prior couples in them being supportive and giving advice. This whole triogy I give them 4 stars and highly recommend.

 

BR: When Dimple Mets Rishi


Author: Sandhya Menon

Format: audible/hardback

Page Count: 384

Rating: 2/5

Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My thoughts: Am not much of a contemporary reader and this book is a example of why that is.

Disliked:

How fast the romance happened. It wasn’t a hate to like as I expected because I thought Dimple would put up more of a fight. Nope. Especially in the beginning where she’s like I don’t need no man and want to force on her app. And yet your holding Rishi’s hand and kissing him showed more than her actually spending on the app.

How the building of the app and how it’s done was put on the back burner for most of the book. Only being mentioned in the beginning a little in the middle and end. A unnecessary talent show had more pages then the actually reason Dimple was there.

How Dimple kept changing her mind about Rishi and him just being okay with it. Rishi is like a loyalty puppy and he just wants to make Dimple happy. But she gives and takes back and tells him constantly that they can’t be together. The hot and cold act doesn’t flow well with me especially if your hurting someone else by changing your mind so often.

Why the author makes two seemly strong girls talking about dimple and Celia who were excited for the con fall for guys so quickly. Then it’s all about how they feel for them and making them happy and I just become disappointed.

I hated Dimples reason to breaking up with Rishi. And since every contemporary has them breaking up and getting back together that isn’t a spoiler by saying that.

Things I Liked:

There are some quirky things that made me smile like Rishi’s brother is the typically little brother who likes to get under his brothers skin by not following his parents.

I also like the comic/drawing parts no again it has nothing to do with tech. However it shows Rishi’s passion and how deeply he loves what he makes. Also Celia was a cool character when she wasn’t hanging with those “friends” she made in the beginning. I enjoyed the family aspects though I would have liked them more present.

Other than that I was disappointed by this book especially how hyped it is. It’s just to romance base for me and wish there was a bit more of other elements to it.

Audiobook Review:Kage Trilogy


Titles: Kage, Kage Unleashed, Kage Unmasked

Author: Maris Black

Series: Kage 1-3

Format: audible

Narrator: J.F. Harding

Lengths: 8h 2m/7h 9m/ 5h 28m

Summary: M/M with boxing and a mafia vibe. All three books are about a chance meeting between boxing uprise and want to be reporter and how they try to be in a relationship together.

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The 1st book is my favorite for it was the start of the cat and mouse that Jamie and Kage began  playing. Especially how Jamie ended up working for Kage and the craziness that comes with it. I love the start of relationships when its slow and don’t know if this is what they really want. Also if they could be anymore different personality wise that lead to a long summer. 4 stars

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2nd book its more who isnt trying to keep them away from each other. It being Jamies family, or Kage’s uncle. Plus it didnt help that Jamie had to go back to school so they were separate. Which lead to them to trust each other and not what they see or hear. To listen to Kage getting jealous is dangerous to those who threaten I thought it was sweet. 3.5 stars

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3rd book is where the mafia elements come more pronounced. This is where we also see Kage fighting to come to terms with his dark pass and try to get out from his uncles thumb. This was my least favorite of the trilogy because though the beginning was good and the ending was rushed to the happy ending. Plus there was somethings I still needed answers to but didn’t get. 3 stars

I read these through audiobook and J.F. Harding was a good narrator he did a good job. I understood who he was talking through since it did go from both main characters. Plus the stories was quick to get through and was a fun time.

Overall I give this trilogy a 3 stars the first one is my favorite the second meh and the third was rushed. However I did enjoy it and recommend it to those who like boxing/mafia moments and m/m romance.

BR: A Little Bit Like Love// male/male second chance romance


Author: Brooke Blaine

Series: South Haven-1

Page Count: 278

Format: Kindle

Summary:

My Thoughts:

This is a duel POV of Jackson and Lucas who meet at a all boy school became friends and started feeling more. However Jackson disappear and it takes him 8 years to come back. But coming back they find out that they have changed while still being highly attracted to each other.

The Boys:

Jackson and Lucas had such a rough reunion and moments afterward. Since Jackson wants to explain unfortunate for him Lucas doesn’t want to hear it. How much work the both have to do start talking and being open. It was a roller-coaster. Which to come find out both where tricked by Jackson’s dad so that they would never see each other.

Disliked:

Lets talk about his father for a moment. There was plenty of times I yelled at my phone because he was simply a bastard. Not only did he twist the situation 8 years ago to keep them away from each other. But also the way he talked to Jackson pissed me off which is the ending was one of my favorite part.

Favorite:

On a more positive note I LOVED Shaw and Bash and simply wanted more of them. There best friends to Lucas and try to be the voice of reason type role. Shaw is the one you go to for a tattoo or a drink, but gives great advice without asking. Then there is Bash who you need for a bad day while also being a cutthroat when needed. I loved them both so much that I just want more.

Plus its based in Safe Haven which is a small southern town where everyone knows everyone and there secrets. However this small town is somewhere I really would love to visit. Or any small town would do.

So this book took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop reading it. So I just the next book come out now so I can revisit this small town with there southern charm. While following some of favorite guys fall in love.

Also reading this has completed my goodreads challenge of reading 50 books. How my reading has been of late I had to take it down from 100 to 50 and even then I wasn’t sure if I would get that. So from now until Dec 31st am set. 

Has anyone else hit there goodreads goal yet or have you changed it to go higher or lower? Let me know in the comments along with any book recommentions about small towns. m/m romance because I haven’t gotten enough yet. second chance loves.

Until next time bye 🙂

BR: Rebel of the Sands


Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: The Rebel of the Sands-1
Publisher: Viking Books-2016
Format: Hardback/Audiobook
Page Count: 314/ 9 hrs. 31mins
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Rating: 4/5

Summary: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. 

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

PRO’S:
The writing was beautiful. The way that Hamilton describe things just made me want to highlight all the passages. Especially when listening to it because Soneela Nankani has a beautiful storyteller voice that brings the images more real.

The Dev’s Valley ran like a wound deep into the skin of the desert, a shallow river exposed vein at the bottom. -189

This book gripped me from the first because I loved how tough Amani is and how hard she worked to changing her life. She wasn’t going to be like all the other girls in her small town. Amani taught herself how to shoot and raised money to get out of her uncle’s thumb and I have to give her props for that. The smart mouth on Amani and how quick she is with her comments while having a smile on her face. From the first paragraph, I could tell that Amani is going to be a straight up badass and I was right.

“I’m looking for a man.”
“Funny, most men round here are looking for a woman.”-16%

You stole it first. If you hadn’t set such a bad example, maybe I would’ve never stolen your broken compass.”-36%

The humor between Jin and Amani is so adorable. They both are quick with a comment and are sarcastic which I totally get behind.

“You’re too smart to play dumb, Bandit.”
“You’re mistaking my playing dumb for my thinking you’re an idiot for wanting a beat-up compass”-36%

“I don’t mean to worry you and all,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm, “but have you noticed that you’ve been shot?” “Ah.” Looking at him closer now, I could see he was clutching the counter to stay upright. “I’d almost forgotten about that.”-18%

I could predict Jin’s secret so when that was revealed I wasn’t surprise. Jin was supposed to be this mystery who’s that guy type of thing, but it didn’t really work on me. I loved though that he didn’t try to stop Amani from being herself.

However, when Amani twist came I was actual surprised. I probably should have seen it coming, but since I didn’t I had a bit of a shock. Plus, the tag on the cover that says she’ll always be more gunpower than girl. The desert has other plans. Is very true once you read the book.
Disliked:
Something I didn’t like about Amani is her breaking promises. She left her best friend to suffer and promises herself she won’t break another and does it anyway. Which came back to bite her as things like this usually happened. But then when she had the option to leave Jin after he is injured Amani stays with him.

Currently there is no love triangle which is a relief and how it carries onto the second book.
Which because there wasn’t a cliffhanger I can wait a bit before I pick up the next book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the ending, and that there isn’t question I need answered. I just have plenty of books to read currently first.

BR: Tell Me Three Things


Author: Julie Buxbaum

Series: N/A

Publisher: Delacorte Press-2016

Format: hardback

Page Count: 328

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved.

FIRST THOUGHTS:

a contemporary that I actually liked based in a high school who would have thought. I don’t do much contemporaries because there predictable and can be very much drama base. However this book though had the drama and predictable nature of a contemporary I couldn’t stop reading it.

For one thing to see Jessie as she struggles with all the fact that her dad remarried when she didn’t even know he was dating again. The whole move from her small town to a place like CA where you meet her new stepmom and stepbrother. To going to a new school full of rich kids have a awkward start and it not getting much better. Jessie was feeling so alone especially since her best friend Scar was back home and her dad pretty much left Jessie to fend for herself. I could feel her struggle of trying to fit in a new place and my heart went out to her.

Pros:

So I love messages between characters. Especially if its a secret one which is probably why this part kind of reminded me of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens. SN always knew who Jessie was and was trying to be helpfully by giving her the tools to survive school.

How Jessie goes all Spy Kids trying to go through the boys she meet and connect them to their online conversations. It was even more fun when her friends got involved and was going over the pros and cons with her.

The friendship being realistic Jessie makes new friends in CA while still keeping contact with Scarlet back home. I loved how Buxbaum showed the struggles of long distance friendships because it can be hard for both people. And they talked about it instead of just drifting apart and never speaking again. Then we have the two different friendships that become one.

The meaning behind title was one of my favorite parts and couldn’t help but think how cute this method is to get to know someone. To watch the romance between SN the online verison along with the in person SN was cute. How Jessie was falling for both and didn’t know it, and was thinkin it was someone else. Fun times.

How her and her stepbrother bounded from not speaking to each other to actually him having her back. Theo was a funny character and I just wanted more of him.

Love that she found a place among books to work. Do you know how much of a dream it would be if I could be surrounded by books all day and get paid.

Negative:

How I knew who the love interest was way to soon. Which is weird since I can’t predict a mystery plot very well however who the mystery love interest is I get. Which isn’t to say am disappointed in who SN is because am not. It would have been better to length it out a bit.

That there wasn’t more family moments between Jessie’s blended family. There was plenty between the stepsiblings but nothing between the parents and the kids that made it look like they’ll work it out.

The bullying I don’t know why Jessie was targeted and it went on forever. At first it was name calling and under breathe comments. But then it got physically, and nothing really happens about it. I could of done with these parts.

I didn’t like how long it took Jessie to tell her father off. I get that she wanted to make him happy by making it seem that the whole situation didn’t bother her. However I felt that she should have blown sooner.

The how it played out wasn’t my favorite for the big reveal either. I could have probably seen it coming and I actually laughed at how awkward that must have been. But it worked out and now SN & Jessie are together without the use of a secret.

Tell Me Three Things is something to pick up if your into the secret relationship along with some real things happening as well. Its cute and recommended for those contemporary lovers out there.

BR: Love & Gelato


Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Series: N/A

Genre: Ya/Contemporary

Format: hardback

Page Count: 389

Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse-2016

Summary: “I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


I REALLY WANT TO ITALY!!!! I mean I’ve always wanted to go to Italy because am a pasta lover and so it makes sense to go where it was born right. To see Italy through Lina’s eyes and hearing the stories it felt magically.

Another thing I couldn’t help but love is the characters yes there is some I hated and others I thought may not be as bad as I first thought. However Lin.a, Howard, Ren, and Sonia there is other cool characters like Ren family who are funny, and Ren’s group of friends. These are my favorite though.

Lina is our main character and she come’s to Italy after her mothers death to live her father which she’s never know about. Not only that but she lives in a WW2 cemetery that doesn’t help someone grieving. However finding her mothers journal and learning how she spent her year in Italy helped her.

Howard was one of  Lina’s mothers best friend when she came to Italy for college and is Lina’s father. He is such a small town gentleman thanks to his South Carolina roots. He is so understanding about space and enjoys telling stories about history. He also have a sense of humor that I can totally get behind.

Lorenzo or Ren as his friends call him. Ren is the first person to befriend Lina and helps her learn about her mothers past. He is half American and lives in a gingerbread house. Riding around Italy on his little scooter being overly protective of Lina thanks to being afraid of Howard. Just puts a smile on face.

Sonia to be truthful I thought she would be Howards love interest. Instead she’s a friend and there seems to be no love love between them. Which is fine because Lina needed a friend and women influence that Sonia brings to the story.

Loves other than the characters:
This book does a great way of making a person fall in love with Italy by describing the culture/food/and sites that makes people want to go.

The way Ren is afraid of Howard after just one conversation. How Howard kept at it even though he knew Ren was a good guy.

The way Howard and Lina’s relationship was a work in progress.

Dislike:
The fact that there was no easy translation for the Italian words/phases. It would have been nice if there was a back glossary or even a easy translation after it. However most of the time they just go right by it like am supposed to know what there saying. Instead I have to look it up which takes me out of my book for a bit.

Another thing is how predictably it is. The big plot twist wasn’t  a surprise for you can guess at it in the beginning. Also about it being a bit predictable is how Lina is pretty much doing what her mother did relationship wise. Which I won’t say because spoilers.

All in all read this book if you want to learn more about Italy and become very hungry with all the food. Also you learn a bit about its history and stories that make you feel like your there listening to them. This is a great summer read that everyone should try.