In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter…
After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.
Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?
Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?
I found this book enjoyable, if a little rushed in places. The chemistry between Luca and Skylar was well-developed, but I’d have loved to have seen it be pushed even further to really intensify things between them. That being said, I really enjoyed both characters’ development throughout the story. Although the primary focus was their developing relationship, both Luca and Skylar grew as people and were well-rounded characters. There was plenty of internal and external conflict throughout the story and although the pacing seemed a little rushed at times, the points of conflict were all developed and explored really well. I enjoyed the storyline with Luca’s efforts to take down a mafia don; it was brilliantly portrayed and I could tell the author researched it thoroughly.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It has plenty of romance and heat, with lots of interesting subplots to add depth to the story. The two main characters were both likeable with a good amount of chemistry between them.
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About the author: Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.
She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance.
Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.
Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.
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