Racing The Sun by Karina Halle Review

rtsTitle: Racing the Sun

Author: Karina Halle
Publisher:  Atria Books

Format: eBook
Publication Date:  July 28, 2015 

Overall: 5 out of 5

Source: Purchased

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.


Racing the Sun was what I hoped and prayed for when I heard that Karina Halle was writing another contemporary romance. After not being very thrilled with Where Sea Meets Sky and The Offer, I was worried that either the authors writing was suffering or I just got burned out on the author. Well I’m happy to report that I LOVED Racing the Sun. There was something about Amber and Derio, that really, really drew me in. Maybe because this book didn’t feel as overly sexualized as the last two. I mean I don’t mind sex in my romance, but when I start wondering where the plot is, it’s a problem for me. Amber wasn’t this sweet girl, like I remembered from Where Sea Meets Sky, well honestly I didn’t even realize it was the same character until she mentioned Josh. But that’s okay, this Amber seems more like a real person, and less like a stand-in to further a plot point. I thought that her thoughts and feelings were well-articulated and I couldn’t even find myself thinking that she was selfish, because honestly. She just wasn’t. The situation with Derio taking care of his siblings was a tough one, but Amber’s role had changed so many times I don’t blame her for being frustrated and resentful of Derio. These weren’t her siblings and yet she was caring for them as if they were her children. There needed to be some kind of balancing act, but there wasn’t with Derio being gone so much. Derio by the way was an utter douche-canoe about the entire situation. I loved Derio’s character, but his actions in the climactic scene left a lot to be desired. I loved that in the end both of these characters made concessions and sacrifices, and figured out a way to make it work. I think it is one of my favorite things about Karina Halle’s writing, is that generally speaking she gives her characters a chance to grow and be better people by the end. Both Amber and Derio are better for having known each other. I am so happy and elated to give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It has romance, tension, and it was ultimately about discovering who you are along with those hopes and dreams. It was wonderful.



**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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