Thursday, July 30, 2015

Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

Karina Halle

On Sale July 28th!

From the New York Times and 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.

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, 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?

RACING THE SUN by Karina Halle

Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | Paperback ISBN 9781476796444, $15 | eBook ISBN 9781476796482, $7.99 | 384 pages

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This was the first book I have ever read by Karina Halle, and it is now safe to say that I definitely will be picking up more of her books in the future. I was immediately intrigued by this book due to the beautiful setting of Italy. Karina described all of the places in such vivid detail that I actually felt like I was in Italy. Her writing transported me to the beautiful beaches, countrysides, and cities in Italy. 

I really liked the main character, Amber. I thought she was really relatable and extremely funny! I always understood where she was coming from. I could easily put myself in her shoes. In the beginning, I thought I was not going to be able to like her character. She did multiple really dumb things in the beginning of the book that made me want to shake some sense into her. 

However, she definitely grew as a character and started to become a smarter and more mature woman. I ended up loving her by the end of the book. 
Derio was the love interest for Amber in this book, and I fell for him, hard. He was so romantic and swoon worthy! He came off as a dark and mysterious man. However, once he started opening up to Amber, we learned how damaged he really was. I wanted to hug him so many times in this book because I felt so bad for him. I enjoyed his character growth throughout the book, and I loved seeing him open up to Amber. It also didn't hurt that he was a hot Italian who looked like a male underwear model.

I thought the romance in this book was extremely well written. There was a lot of sexual tension and build up that made their first kiss oh so sweet. The romance between Amber and Derio was very passionate and emotional. They connected on a deep level and it was easy to see that throughout the book. The sex scenes were always steamy, but they were more than just sex scenes. They were super intimate and meaningful scenes for Amber and Derio. Amber and Derio helped each other grow as people, and I loved that about their relationship. Everything about the romance in this book was just great! 

“Did you feel anything?” I ask softly, hopefully.

He shakes his head ever so slightly, his forehead damp against mine. “No,” he murmurs. “I felt everything.”

There were some little things throughout the book that annoyed me, including some fights between the characters. However, as a whole, I really liked this book! This book was a funny and romantic book that took me on a great adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun summer book! I definitely will be reading more of Karina's books in the future. 

4 - 4.5 / 5 Fangs

*An ebook was give in exchange for a honest review* 


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.

Find Karina Online

Twitter: @MetalBlonde
Instagram: @AuthorHalle

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Atria Indie Authors and Karina Halle are giving away: (1) grand prize of a $50 AMEX Gift Card + 1 signed copy of RACING THE SUN and 1 copy of WHERE SEA MEETS SKY….PLUS: (6) Runner Up Prizes of 1 signed copy of RACING THE SUN. Enter to win at

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