Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist!
In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defences, giving her a new Christmas dreamringing in the New Year with wedding bells!
What does TWG think?
First of all, happy publication day to Ellie Darkins! Holiday with the Mystery Italian is available in e-book from today!
You know when you were a youngster and you’d see books that you really wanted to read, but they were classed as ‘forbidden’ reads? By forbidden I mean…books that probably wouldn’t have been suitable for a six-year-old to read. Curiosity is bound to peak, naturally. However, it only recently dawned on me that I am no longer a six year old, and that those books are no longer ‘forbidden’. Wahey!! As soon as Ellie Darkins mentioned her book, I caved. I just had to finally get my hands on one of these books!
I will describe this book in one word; FIRECRACKER. Seriously, someone turn down the heat cos I’m about to melt!
Despite Mauro’s life limitations, he just wants to enjoy his life and embrace it as much as he can. He has the opportunity to be part of a dating show for charity and he gives himself a challenge with a fusspot named Amber. The thing is, Amber doesn’t want to give into temptation so the harder she fights against it, the stronger the lust bangs on her door…
He likes her and she likes him, what’s the problem? WELL, seeing as one of the characters is like a walking check list of things she doesn’t want or like in a man, it proves rather difficult to marry Mauro and Amber off.
Yes, I spent most of the book going ‘oh come on, get it onnnnn!’, because you know, that’s totally what us adults do, ahem. They both seemed to enjoy the chase, but Amber seemed to be more set in her ways than Mauro, and took a while to warm up to the concept of embracing life.
The storyline itself was fabulous, cosy setting, sizzling attraction yet oodles of emotion. I didn’t have any idea what to expect before I read this book, but it most certainly surprised me in such a positive way. Not only was the storyline cosy, it was also really well written. I thought that the two characters antics came across as very realistic, relatable and not at all farfetched.
Even thought this book was the first ever Harlequin Romance I had ever read, after reading Ellie Darkins’ beautiful and spine tingling writing, it most definitely will not be my last book from this genre. Wowza.
Thank you Ellie.
Holiday with the Mystery Italian by Ellie Darkins, is available to buy now from Amazon