Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Racing the Sun by Karina Halle Blog tour Review + Giveaway

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to reallybecoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . . 

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

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

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?

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What do you do when you decide to leave home and travel around Europe but quickly find that you have blew through your savings and your parents wont help you with money? Well you find a job of course.

Amber is a girl who whisks through life not really knowing where she is headed. Traveling through Europe she finds herself in Italy, with no money she needs a job before her traveling visa expires so she can raise enough money for a ticket home. Sounds good right? Answering an ad she is hired to teach twins Annabella and Alfonso to speak English. She is an English major how hard can this be?

Well it wasn't what she expected when she walks into a sad villa and learns why it is rundown. I mean I was heartbroken for the children and as Amber could understand why they acted out at times. 

Oh and then I met Desiderio or Derio! Whooooo hot Italian Stallion gorgeous and brooding. What's his issue I thought and why does he spend so much damn time in that office? Why doesn't he spend time with his little brother and sister, what kind of family is this? 

I love going into books blind because I like not having an expectation, I love reading an falling with the characters, I love to read as the bond grows. I love to watch the drama unfold, I love feeling what they feel and this book had all of that and so much more. Romance, drama, love, and angst. Oh there was angst and I was upset at one point thinking OH MY GOD NOOOOO! 

Through it all I got to read as Amber went from unsure to confident. She flourished finding her way. Her parents irked me especially her dad, as a parent I get wanting your children to have a good future but to put your own child down ugh no. 

What captured me beside the way the words were woven together to bring out a beautiful and powerful love story was the way Derio also blossomed as a lover, friend and brother. Sure there were times I cringed but overall he came around and grasped family.

Overall the story is great and I was rooting for Amber and Derio together and apart. What? you ask? Well I mean I loved that once together they made it a mission to find their way together but they also wanted each other to find themselves apart from one another and that is what love is, wanting the other person to be happy and find their path with you right beside them.


Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets SkyThe PactLove in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.

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