I received this book for free from Rachel's Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Italian Job by Kathryn Freeman
Published by One More Chapter on May 6, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Dream job. Dream house. Fake fiancé.
A year in a gorgeous Italian castle…
When Anna Roberts’ life implodes, an online search leads her to an ad for the ultimate dream job – management of a gorgeous castle on the shores of Lake Como, accommodation included. The only catch? Anna can’t do it alone…
…With the last man on earth she’d choose!
The castle owners will only accept a couple as caretakers, which means Anna needs a man on her arm at the interview. Enter her neighbour, Jake Tucker. Though Anna and Jake have never seen eye-to-eye, Jake’s had a rough few years and an escape to Italy sounds ideal. Yet, when they get the job and jet off, Anna and Jake face an unexpected challenge. Pretending to be a couple is difficult … but pretending the tension simmering between them doesn’t exist is quickly proving impossible!
Link US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RFF6X5Q
Of course the title of this made me think of a movie, and the two are not the same at all. But this book was a lot of fun! I loved this enemy to lovers/fake dating story! While this was a little bit longer, almost 400 pages, it read smoothly and really didn’t drag at all. The characters had great chemistry, or fireworks you might say with all the explosive arguments turned to to steamy loving times. Now the author doesn’t go real in detail in those scenes, but you do know what they are doing and it isn’t necessarily fade to black.
The whole setting was beautiful. A castle on Lake Como in Italy. Who wouldn’t want to visit, let alone be hired to work there and live there and take care of it? And all of the characters were wonderful, not only our couple of Anna and Jake, but their family and all of the people in the little village where they lived.
Anna was someone that it wasn’t hard to see who she was. While at times it was frustrating to have her take things a certain way, it was understandable with what her experiences has shown her. And then there was Jake. It was also frustrating how often he assumed people, often Anna, were referring or making comments based on his time in prison. But like with her, it was understandable based on how he’d been treated.
Their fake relationship becoming friendship and then leading to more followed the perfect path, both logical, realistic, while at the same time romantic and fun to read. I’ll definitely look into reading other books by this author in the future. And, looping back to my thought at the beginning of my review about the movie by the same name, while I thought there might be more references to that in the book, there was one towards the end that I was pleased to see.
About the Author
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to write a book. It may have had something to do with my obsession with reading romance. Real life interfered and I headed off in a different direction – into the world of science, becoming a pharmacist before joining the pharmaceutical industry. I did end up writing, but it was about disease and medicines. Decades later, I’m finally doing what I always wanted to do.
With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), all the romance in my life is in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.
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