Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 24, 2016
Format: eARC, 274 pages
How I got it: From the author
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When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.
Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away... that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.
After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.
But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.
After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After reading the blurb for A Place in the Sun, it took me a couple minutes to remember who Georgie was. I know, I know. But in my defense, I read a lot of books and the names run together after awhile. Anyhow, when I realized she was Freddie’s little sister (from Settling the Score), I was super excited. It all started to come back to me and I was excited to read her story. And you know what? I loved it.
I adore Rachel’s books. They have this great combination of humor, heart, feels and sexy times. And sometimes there’s even a little angst thrown in for good measure. This was one of those times. I adored Georgie from the start. I loved how she was taking charge of her life and going on an adventure. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to leave everything behind and run away to have new experiences at least once or twice in their lives? I know I have. But, I digress. Her Italian getaway certainly didn’t start off how she’d planned, but being rescued by a smoking hot, broody Italian man didn’t hurt. Oh, what a meet cute!
I’m a big fan of grumpy heroes in books, so it was easy to be intrigued by Gianluca in the beginning. As I learned more about his painful history, my heart absolutely broke for him. To find a love like he had and ultimately lose it in such a painful way? Devastating. I understood why he was sheltering his heart… especially from a certain British beauty whose time in Italy came with an expiration date. Or… does it?
Georgie and Gianluca were amazing together. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t perfect in the beginning. They were both overcoming their pasts. The future was uncertain for each of them. There was an initial attraction, but it became so much more than something just physical. I loved reading along as each of them began to let down their guard and get to know each other as they worked side by side to renovate Gianluca’s old family inn. There were plenty of feels as Gianluca’s defenses were stripped away and he began to open himself to the possibility of a real future.
A Place in the Sun was the total package — and one of my favorite of Rachel’s books to date. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
“Oh my Liam Neeson. I’ve been taken!”
My crush on Gianluca reminded me of the sort I used to have in grade school. It was a quiet, volatile sort of infatuation, the kind rooted mostly in fantasy and lifelike dreams.
Our lips melted together as he kissed me. Hard. Aggressive. Impatient. If kisses could kill, ours would have. It drew the life right out of me.
Have you read any of Rachel’s books yet?
Do you have a favorite?