After quitting her first “real” job, Janine Pike takes off for Europe, saving an excursion to the famed Isola del Sole for last. But when her travel-mates sail off with her backpack, phone, and passport after a night of partying, she’s left only with the euros in her pocket and the faint hope that her estranged half-sister, who works at the renowned Hotel Dei Fiori Isola del Sole, might help her.
Shel Myerson, amateur racecar driver and wildly successful TV mogul, oozes wealth and prestige. What he doesn’t have much of is privacy, thanks to a recent and ugly public breakup. What he doesn’t expect is to be mistaken as an employee by a very pretty—and very broke—Janine, the one person in Europe who also doesn’t have any idea who he is.
Shel and Janine discover their chemistry is combustible—but will their budding relationship survive the heat once the press catches on?
Janine faces the worst nightmare of anyone traveling, waking up at the beach, with all her belongings gone, including her phone, money, and passport.
Thankfully the hotel close by, is the one where her long lost half sister is working. But she is on a business trip, not to be found.
In walks handsome, charming man, who seems to have a handle with everything, and shows her around the glamorous hotel, finds a place to stay, her sister's things to use, and a job at the bar. So convenient, how smoothly all works out... Like the best dream after the nightmare, when Shel shows her the life of luxury. But of course, nothing is what it seems, and it doesn't take long for the dream to end, and reality to step in.
There were several fun things about this light and entertaining fairytale story, that I liked. Shel and Janine truly have this dream like couple days, where they have an adventure of a lifetime, get to know each other, and fall for each other completely.
Janine gets to meet her sister, they have a chance to talk about their lives, share about the feelings about the sisterhood, their father, and how they got to be where they are now. I liked how easy, natural it was for them to connect and find the right tone with each other.
Also, I loved how the cocktails, played in the story, that Janine was mixing. It gave a nice spice to it, a punch line, if you wish. The temperamental, kind, and delightful staff of the hotel, whom has been entertaining for the both installments of the series so far was a hoot.
The story might be light and fast read, but it had some great elements to it, that allure the reader, and take them away into this dreamlike world. A perfect weekend read during the last days of the summer
~ Four Spoons