Published by Atria
Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Also by this author: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 should have known from the start that this man was going to give me a reason to stay.”
I have been waiting on this book for what seems like EVER! When my blogging buddy and one of my ultimate besties, Stephanie from No BS Book Reviews and Karina Halle’s assistant, informed me that she would be accompanying her to the Amalfi Coast for research, I was insanely excited/jealous/happy/hungry/jealous etc. I mean HELLO BEST VACATION EVER!
“I’m pretty sure I’m just a person composed of nothing more than good intentions and bad habits.”
Racing The Sun is all about Amber, Gemma’s cousin from Where Sea Meets Sky, and how she finds herself nanny to two mischievous Italian brats and in the sights of their older brooding brother, Desiderio. I must admit that I have never read Jane Eyre, which RTS is said to be a modern interpretation of, but boy did I want to! I loved the dynamic between Amber and the twins. Between their pranks and obvious misbehavior there was still a very vulnerable sweetness about them. It was easy to see how and why Amber was able to feel almost a maternal instinct when it comes to them. But the dynamic between Amber and Derio stole the show! Derio is my favorite type of hero. He is brooding, a little broken, but full of so much potential. I really loved the transition between Amber and Derio, from employee/employer to lovers. The moments leading up to their surrender were chalked full of that delicious tension that I have come to crave from a Halle story!
“He felt something. I felt something. And I have no idea what any of this means.”
But the star of this book was Italy. I don’t know if I will ever make the trek to the Amalfi Coast but I still feel as if I did become part of the journey with RTS. The writing was just so descriptive and vivid. There were a few moments where it was a little too detailed and it lead to some skimming but I think most readers want to be transported to new places when we pick up a book and Karina did just that! I hope that I get over my fear of flying because I would love to experience Italy the way that Amber did; with love and lemons and a bad boy named, Derio.