Once again, R. S. Grey delivered a delightful, entertaining read that suck me in from the very beginning. ‘A place in the Sun’ was wonderfully written, a fantastic blend of sweetness and sexiness that I had so much fun and pleasure reading it. The beautiful location simply bewitched me from the very beginning and I truly think Rachel outdid herself with her fantastic, effortless storytelling and vivid descriptions. While reading this one, I really felt like I was there, in Vernazza, Italy with all these characters I fell in love with from the moment I met them.
“The day I got intimidated by another woman would be the day I was no longer Georgie Archibald.”
‘A place in the Sun’ tells the story of Georgie Archibald, a twenty-six years old young woman who simply wants an escape. She wants to escape her overcontrolling mother who thinks she’s time for her to settle down, trying to play matchmaker with every opportunity. Georgie wants to find love, of course, recently starting to feel a bit lonely, but she wants to find it on her own terms. One day, Georgie does the unthinkable – in others opinion – and she goes to Italy, trying to find some peace and quit in Vernazza, a picturesque seaside village.
“…he was romantic looking, the sort of man who breathes passion into life without even trying.”
Georgie never thought she will need some rescuing in her first day in the beautiful village. Her savior is a tall and handsome Italian man, who doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her. However, Georgie is more than intrigued. Luca doesn’t want to love or to be loved. Once upon a time, he had it all, until he lost everything and he became a shell of a man. Forced by some circumstances, Georgie and Luca start to spend some time together, but their dynamic starts to change when Georgie decides to renovate Luca’s B&B, with or without his consent.
“When she smiled, the world smiled with her, and more than once, I found myself wishing I was the man she deserved to be with, the one she had come to Italy to find.”
This was such a lovely read! I loved the story line and how the story unfolded. Rachel writes amazing heroines and she did a wonderful job with our heroine here, Georgie. She was such a great gal. She was endearing, well portrayed and I had such a great time reading her adventure. I fell in love with this fun, stubborn, bold, full of life heroine from the very begging and I loved her persistence, perseverance and tenacity. I love a strong heroine who knows what she wants and Georgie was exactly that and more.
Luca was a great hero as well. He had lived in denial, feeling guilty for what happened with him in the past for so many years. Poor Luca…I really felt for him. In some way, I even understood his reasoning for not wanting or more exactly for not feeling ready for a new relationship. At first he was anti-social and a little bit of a douche, but as the story unfolded and Georgie started to bring down his walls, he became another man – sweet, fun, attentive, considerate, overall, a fantastic hero.
I loved the slow burn relationship between these two characters. It was fantastically done and the progression from friends to lovers was simply great. I even loved the animosity between them in the beginning. The two characters felt real, had depth, so their relationship felt realistic as well. Georgie and Luca were fantastic together and I enjoyed their friendship as much as I enjoyed their romance. They were sweet, fun, sexy and they complemented each other perfectly. Needless to say, I loved Luca found Georgie and open his heart to a new love.
Overall, ‘A Place in the Sun’ was a wonderful read filled with pretty much everything I adore in a good romantic comedy. I highly recommend this delightful read!
About the Author
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.