Winning the ultimate prize
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 defenses, giving her a new Christmas dreamringing in the New Year with wedding bells!
An amazing holiday in the Italy was the only positive thing Amber was looking forward to after the disaster of a dating show appearance for a charity. And she didn't like Mauro, her date for the holiday because she found him all too attractive, too much of a playboy, to be comfortable around him.
As soon as Mauro sees Amber he realizes that no matter how attractive she is there's no way he could have a fling with her during the week in Italy because she isn't the type for a fling, and that's all he has to offer to any woman.
The setup for the novel is cute and humorous, the holiday destination definitely something to be dreaming about. I loved that the hero Mauro was a well functioning disabled athlete, any time the romance novels takes a side road from the cookie-cutter-perfect-people I jump and cheer. And Mauro was well functioning indeed, he had made that his life goal, like many disabled in one way or the other do, to make the most of their life with pushing the boundaries.
The attraction between Mauro and Amber is palpable, it is heavy , heady, and addictive. The first kiss was off the charts hot and worth mentioning. Mauro and Amber has a lot in common, they have an obvious connection but the week they have in Italy didn't go as well as expected.
They both have issues, past relationships they still are processing, that is still affecting their behavior and decisions. Their week at the villa is a mix of activities in the sun, long talks getting to know each other, and awkward moments when the attraction they feel pulls them too close to the fire. Amber's nearly neurotic behavior in Italy and Mauro falling for the old habits as soon as the holiday was over were setbacks in the story for me, but the author managed to pull them of the swamp with a conclusive ending that made me smile.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Ellie Darkins is a writer, editor and reader of romance novels. When she's not tapping away at her keyboard she can usually be found next to the kettle, knitting *another* jumper, or in the local library sampling the coffee, cake and romance novels.
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