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From the USA TODAY 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.


★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

For five hours I was transported to the beautiful and stunning Amalfi coast of Italy, with lemon trees and blue skies, red wine and clear seas. This is the perfect summer read that will make you feel like you are really there in the moment.

Amber McLean is an American backpacker who has arrived in Positano with no money and the bleak prospect that after months of exploring Europe, she may have to return home to San Jose, California. At 24, her overbearing parents expect her to be responsible so she decides that she won’t ask for their help, she will get a job and save for her ticket home.

When she spots an advert for help needed to teach English to two young children over on the island of Capri, she jumps at the chance.

Her two young charges turn out to be 7 year old twins Annabella and Alfonso, and her boss is their older brother, Desiderio. All three of them are grieving the death of their parents, and so are not exactly the rays of sunshine Amber was hoping for.

Derio is a gorgeous ex motorbike racer who is now a recluse. He hides away in his office during the day and only goes out in the early mornings to race around the island on his bike. Amber finds him mysterious and takes it as a challenge to find out what his story is and to try and entice him out of his self imposed prison.

Derio is a broken man with a fear of living his life to the full but when Amber comes along and helps bring light to his family, he slowly starts to feel stronger in himself and decides to pursue his dreams. The only problem is, will this be to the detriment of Ambers own dreams?

Racing the Sun was a book about finding yourself as a person, and facing your fears. If you fancy a trip to Italy this summer, then you only have to pick up this book.

This is a standalone Contemporary Romance, told in Amber’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. 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.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.


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