This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on November 6, 2018
A sort of Cinderella fairy tale spin off happens when Kimber meets Matteo in Florence Italy and sparks fly between the two. It’s not that simple though, and really is it ever? Geissinger pulled me into the story as usual and didn’t let go.
When clothes designer Kimber’s father dies, she has to relocate to Italy from California temporarily. He lived and died there so that’s where her family home is and now unfortunately, the home comes with a new step-mother-one she only recently found out about. There’s also her father’s exclusive, but floundering design shop to take care of and she’s not the only one that wants the shop after her father’s death. Matteo is rich, handsome and a icon of the fashion world. He is also connected to her family, something else that Kimber didn’t know. She does know that she is not giving up her father’s design shop to just anyone. On Matteo’s part, well, he fell for her at pretty much first sight.
I had some problems with both main characters at times. I actually liked them, but both of them were flawed-which isn’t a bad thing. I really hate cookie cutter characters. Kimber is getting over a major heartache, but pretty much was on board with a new relationship, although she fought it fiercely. She was suitably upset as well over her breakup so it was kind of different to see how attracted she was to Matteo-secretly. Of course, with the description of Matteo, I guess most woman would be attracted! It did make for a slow burn romance of sorts-if you discount her immediate attraction. Matteo was pretty arrogant at times and that irritated me, but I did eventually like him. And the best part about him? He was not a womanizer-something the reader knows long before Kimber, so hopefully not a spoiler. That was refreshing. Another character, Jenner, is Kimber’s gay best friend and also the reason for a lot of the humor. I really enjoyed the scenes he was involved in. The guy who dumped her, Brad, also was in the story and he was suitably annoying.
I have been a fan of Geissinger from the beginning of her writing career-or close enough. She’s easily one of my favorite authors. I recommend this book and all of her books to all adult contemporary romance readers. Adult due some steaminess. As is her usual, she does not use sex scenes to take the place of story. Quite the opposite as all her stories are well written with just the right amount of angst(and not in a bad way), humor, banter and sexy times. Not to mention Italy for a setting!
This was the third in the authors Slow Burn series. I recommend starting with book one, Burn For You, but it’s not absolutely necessary as they can all standalone. I must admit the second book, Melt For You, is still my favorite of the series and actually one of my favorites of all her contemporary romances. This is one series that shouldn’t be missed!