Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

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.

But I don’t know how he feels. All I know is that I am falling in love with him. Every second, every minute, every day. It’s terrifying but real. It’s the worst of my fears with the best of my dreams.

Ahhhh, doesn’t this perfectly describe how it feels to fall in love? Even though you are scared it is somehow the best and worst feeling in the entire world at the same time. That is the predicament Amber found herself in as she was falling in love with Derio while stuck in Italy. It was pretty hard not to fall in love with both of them as their storylines developed, especially Derio. They both reminded me of what it was like to be in your twenties and you’re attempting to find your own identity and place in the world.

I had never read a book by Karina Halle before Racing the Sun, but I knew she was highly popular in certain circles so I quite excited to read this book. Racing the Sun exceeded all of my expectations from the coming of age storyline to the use of vivid imagery. I have been to Italy twice and Halle’s exceptional wordplay magically transported me there for a third time. Racing the Sun was a “feel good” story that was well-written and was quite cute.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Racing the Sun in exchange for an honest review.

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A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss

A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss

A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss

Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.

Rising sports star Shahid Satar has been entrusted by his family to watch over Afia in this strange New England landscape. He has sworn to protect his beloved sister from the dangerous customs of America, from its loose morals and easy virtue. Shahid was the one who convinced their parents to allow her to come to the United States. He never imagined he’d be ordered to cleanse the stain of her shame…

The cover to A Sister to Honor is simply beautiful. There is something about the choice of only showing half of her face that made me think that there is some mystery and a story behind her single blue eye. And, once you get to the content it does not disappoint!

Ferriss takes a fictional look into the lives of two Pakistani siblings (Afia and Shahid) who are in America for college. I was sucked in from the very beginning because it delves into a culture I am not too familiar with outside of the negative imagery shown on the news about the Middle East. The author gives us some insight into what it may be like to be a person torn between the cultural norms of your home country and the society where you presently live.

“It was a question Shahid used to talk about with Afia. Did you go away from your people in order to bring the world back to them? Or did you go away to shed the world you once had?

Afia and Shahid’s story is one that we could all relate to even if we are still living in our home country. I say that because we have all reached and/or will reach that crossroad where we must make a decision if we are living for our parents and what they expect from us or if we are going to live for ourselves and follow the path to our own happiness. A Sister to Honor touches on many subjects such as the dynamics between siblings, being torn between cultural norms and parental expectations, and ultimately making the decision if you are live your life for you or for others. Ferriss writes a compelling, beautiful, and quite exceptional book and I hope others will take the time to put it on their reading list and give it a chance!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of A Sister to Honor in exchange for an honest review.


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Review

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

“Whatever he did to Rachel, at least he loves her enough to regret it.”

And, this is how we are introduced to Tate and Miles. Tate is moving in to her brother’s apartment and Miles is drunk as a skunk in the hallway. The stage is set that Miles is emotionally unavailable, but do you think that stops the inevitable from happening?

“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”

While the ending might be quite predictable, it is the journey that makes Ugly Love special. The writing style and the flow is FLAWLESS! The POV was a little different than I was used to as Tate was told in present day and Miles from six years ago until later in the book. It made for an interesting read because we got an extensive background as to why Miles was in his current state of mind.

“Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

This is the one passage that stood out to me from the entire book. It was one of those “I had to put my kindle down and reflect on my own life” passages. The love story between Miles and Tate is real and somewhat raw. And, this was one of those rare occasions that I could relate more to the male character than the female. Colleen Hoover is the #1 author of this genre for a reason, and Ugly Love is the perfect reason why!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Ugly Love is exchange for an honest review.