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.
So What Did I Think Of Racing the Sun by Karina Halle?
This was an intriguing plot that had me very curious at what would happen. Such beautiful setting that had me really feeling like I was in Capri, Italy. Karina Halle painted a really great picture, very atmospheric. The drama was strong with the different emotions that Amber and Derio was feeling. Though it didn’t have as much intense moments as I would have liked but the ones it did have, were great.
I really enjoyed and connected with Amber’s journey to find herself and her place in life and I liked seeing her growth. It wasn’t easy for her to find herself and I liked how realistic she was with herself and that she was strong enough to face her fears. Derio was hard and quite in the beginning since he was dealing with some hard issues but I really enjoyed seeing him opening up to Amber and become so passionate about their love.
The hate to love romance between Amber and Derio was a sizzling slow burn buildup that I enjoyed. They were different in many aspects of life and it was great to see them overcome those difference and come together. I really liked their journey, how they started out rough and built their connection. It wasn’t all happiness, they struggled through some realistic issues they needed to workout but it was addressed and they came out in the end stronger. Overall I enjoyed reading Racing the Sun by Karina Halle.