Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: Racing the Sun by Karina Halle


Welcome to my stop for the Racing The Sun blog tour! 
I have to tell you guys, this was such an amazing read and truly perfect for this time of year. I really hope you will take a look and consider adding it to your TBR pile because, you won't regret it, plus, come on, Karina is a brilliant writer and this is one you don't want to miss.






Release Date: July 28, 2015 by Atria Books

Book Description:

From the USA TODAY 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. 







About the Author:



Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, The Pact, Love in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.






If there is one thing you can count on with a book written by Halle, it is that you will get something original, fresh, and so hot and swoon worthy you won't want it to end. 

Add in a gorgeous Italy setting, gorgeous Italy men, and a slow building romance that is sure to make you blush and a story every bit as endearing as it is sweet, and you truly have the perfect summer read that is sure to please anyone.

I have said this numerous times I know but it still holds true and bears repeating, there is just something about a broken person being made whole by someone truly worthy of their love that is so endearing and appealing. I can't get enough of them and Halle creates those characters in Amber and Derio and of course, his siblings. I fell in love with every character equally in this story and couldn't get enough of them, their heart aches, their troubles and later, their triumphs as they overcame their fears and healed their hearts together. 

If you are a fan of this author this is one you truly don't want to miss out on. Even if you are a first time reader of her, this is one you don't want to miss out on. The perfect blend of everything that makes a good New Adult book a stand out in the genre and really shine like the sun. 




*A review copy was received in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*




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66 comments:

  1. Ahhh yes. I need to get this. It's been a while since I've read this one but oh yeah I did like her writing quite a bit. She does broken so well.

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    1. Definitely read this one, you will like it! Lots of steamy scenes. ;)

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  2. This book sounds so, SO good. I just added it on Goodreads. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheryl @ I Heart Fictional People

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    1. So happy to hear you added it, I think you will really like it. :D

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  3. Oooh I'm so excited to read this! Glad you loved it! :D

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    1. I really hope you love it as well! :D

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  4. Seems like a great read indeed, thanks for sharing. Greetings!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking it out! :D

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  5. This sounds so good! Plus the setting sounds AMAZING. I still haven't read a Karina Halle book but I think I need to - Great review!

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    1. Thanks so much Grace! I hope you try her and like her. :D

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  6. I've had my eyes on this book for a while now. I love that this is set in Italy since I love traveling through books. And those characters all seem very loveable. I think this will be my first Halle novel, Ali! :)
    Lovely review! :)

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think of this and her writing!

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  7. I've been seeing this around and love the sound of the setting and romance, Ali! I'm so glad you had fun reading it. :)

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    1. Thanks Kim, the setting was fabulous!

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  8. "Add in a gorgeous Italy setting, gorgeous Italy men, and a slow building romance that is sure to make you blush and a story every bit as endearing as it is sweet, and you truly have the perfect summer read that is sure to please anyone."

    Ummmmm. YES PLEASE ALI!!!! I'm on board for anything set in Italy. Hot Italian men and a slow burning romance are just icing on the cake. Can't wait to read this:)

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  9. I haven't read many of her books, but I liked what I did read, plus I live so close to Italy and I adore it. The setting alone is good enough to pull me right in. Thanks for sharing this, Ali! It would have slipped right by me.

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    1. I didn't realize you lived so close to Italy Maja, that is awesome! I can totally see why this would appeal to you. I hope you are able to read it and that you love it. :D

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  10. I own one of her novels- I just really need to find the time to read it. I hear such good things. Glad this was another winner.

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    1. Thanks so much, I do hope you try her and like her work. :D

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  11. I haven't read anything by her in a long time. I really need to try another one. I like the sound of the Italian setting.

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  12. This sounds wonderful and yes I could handle being stranded there for the summer!

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  13. I have never read any books from this author but they sound good and your review makes me want to go and get it for my Kindle:)

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    1. Yay! Happy to hear that! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  14. This does sound like a great summer read. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway, Ali!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Tyler!

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  15. Steamy??? Sign me up!! I read The Pact by her and LOVED it!!! I think I shall grab this when it comes out :)

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  16. Sounds like a great read! I still haven't gotten around to reading Love in English (boo me, sigh), and I really want to. Now I really wanna read this baby too :D

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    1. I haven't read that one either but I do own it and will get to it, hopefully soon. :)

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  17. Well, it looks like you not only put this book on my wishlist, but the author! I think I really need to read her books.

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  18. She's definitely doing a lot more of these lately. Similar story lines with careful variations. Glad you enjoyed it, Ali!

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    1. I had no idea but at least in this one, it definitely worked. ;)

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  19. Original and fresh - I like the sound of that! I'll have to check this one out.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  20. I enjoyed this one so much too! I wish I could take a trip to Italy now. :)

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    1. Same her! Wouldn't that be so much fun!!

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  21. I want to try her horror series first or the Artist Trilogy? That might be a good intro to me before this lovely novel.

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    1. I tried the prequel to the Artists and loved it!

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  22. The Italy setting sounds awesome! And I agree, someone broke being made whole is awesome.

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    1. It is definitely one of my favorite tropes. ;)

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  23. Set in Italy! That alone would make me want to pick up the book. The blur is interesting too!
    You did a great review!
    Escaping Through Ink

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  24. It's great to see that you found another great book like that. Plus Italy? Not sure I've ever tried a book set there. Great review!

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    1. Definitely try this author Melliane even if it isn't think one but I do highly recommend this book!

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  25. Ooooh, Italy <3 <3 <3 Alright, so I prefer blond men and Italian guys are not blond, but still :D

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    1. LOL, I do as well Lola but the setting and the sound of all the yummy men was still nice. ;)

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  26. Wow this one i want. Thanks for the super review and giveaway too!

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    1. Of course, thanks for checking it out. :D

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  27. Fresh, original and swoon-worthy? My, my - what a pleasant combination you're describing! :)

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  28. This book sounds incredibly heart-warming, and one can never go wrong with a slow burning romance novel. Such a great Giveaway too!

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  29. Yeeesss I loved this! It's Halle, so of course. :)

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  30. This sounds SO good! I love books set in other countries!

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  31. I have been a fan since her Experiment in Terror series although I didn't read her Sins and Needle series. I plan on reading this one soon!

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    1. I haven't heard of her other series, I will have to check that one out.

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