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KIDNAPPED (Italy Intrigue Series - 1)
     

KIDNAPPED (Italy Intrigue Series - 1)

4.7 21
by Stacey Joy Netzel
 
**Previously published as LOST IN ITALY**

When a hyper-organized Wisconsin TV producer maps out her Italian vacation, getting kidnapped by an impossibly gorgeous Hollywood movie star caught up in a murder scandal isn't on the itinerary. Then again, neither is falling in love.
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This time the action isn't scripted...and the danger is real.

Overview

**Previously published as LOST IN ITALY**

When a hyper-organized Wisconsin TV producer maps out her Italian vacation, getting kidnapped by an impossibly gorgeous Hollywood movie star caught up in a murder scandal isn't on the itinerary. Then again, neither is falling in love.
~~~
This time the action isn't scripted...and the danger is real.

Small town television producer Halli Sanders planned the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Not on her itinerary? The disappearance of her siblings, dodging bullets during a high speed car chase, and being kidnapped by a sexy movie star. And that's just in the first three hours.

A-lister Trent Tomlin put his career on hold to investigate his brother's suspicious death. When an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop who's been helping him, Trent has no choice but to abscond with the woman and her dangerous recording. But the killers will do anything to get the incriminating evidence--including hold Halli's family as collateral.

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. He needs the evidence to put the murderers behind bars. Halli needs it to rescue her siblings. Their attraction heats up, but unless they can find a way to work together, all the planning in the world won't guarantee a happy ending.

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"Loaded with taut, gripping suspense and sizzling sexual tension." ~ Kristine Cayne, award-winning author of Deadly Obsession

EXCERPT:

Leaving the car running, he swung his legs over the door and rounded the front of the convertible. His heart thumped with each step as he tried to figure out the best way to get her out of this mess. It was one thing when he was following a script, but how the hell did one orchestrate a rescue in real life when the rescuee wouldn't cooperate and he had no time to explain the danger? It's not like he could play her the recording tucked in his pocket.

The girl backed away from his approach. He fought back rising apprehension and forced an easy smile.

"Look, I appreciate the offer, Shain, but--"

"Trent."

"Right." Her blush deepened. "I know. Trent. But I--"

"I need you to get in the car." As an afterthought, he added, "Please."

"Um..."

He used her glance down the road as cover for his own. Still time, yet his control slipped. "Seriously. Get in."

The sharp command widened her eyes. Suspicion darkened them to navy, and she took another step backward. Then her shoulders squared while her gaze narrowed with determination. "No."

The right taillight on his Alfa Romeo exploded. Trent ducked reflexively as bits of plastic flew in all directions. Adrenaline spiked through him, but other than a sharp reactive jerk, the girl just stood there holding her camera. Trent lunged forward, grabbed her arm and hauled her toward the car.

"Hey--let me go!" She pulled back with surprising strength.

He picked her up and shoved her head first into the passenger seat, then vaulted over her to slip behind the wheel. Heartbeat thundering in his ears, he gunned the gas with a sickening grinding of gears before the convertible shot out into traffic amidst screeching tires and blaring horns.

ITALY INTRIGUE SERIES
Kidnapped, Book 1
Betrayed, Book 2
Conned, Book 3

Editorial Reviews

Diana Coyle
"...filled with so much suspense that I found my heart pounding in my chest hoping Halli and Trent would make it out of this insane situation alive. ...a wonderful addition to your library, and a great gift for an avid reader...this is definitely one story that you shouldn't pass up!" Diana Coyle ~ Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer TOP PICK
Night Owl Reviews - Diana Coyle
"...filled with so much suspense that I found my heart pounding in my chest hoping Halli and Trent would make it out of this insane situation alive. ...a wonderful addition to your library, and a great gift for an avid reader...this is definitely one story that you shouldn't pass up!" Diana Coyle ~ Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer TOP PICK
Danielle ~Ocala, FL
"...starts off right away, and every page that follows is packed full of excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat." Danielle, The Book Whore Blog ~ 5 Hearts--Could not put down amazing
Book Whore Blog - Danielle ~Ocala, FL
"...starts off right away, and every page that follows is packed full of excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat." Danielle, The Book Whore Blog ~ 5 Hearts--Could not put down amazing

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013362574
Publisher:
Stacey Joy Netzel
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Series:
Italy Intrigue Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
248,612
File size:
672 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader of heartwarming and pulse-pounding romance, and she loves all movies with a happily ever after. She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some barn cats. She enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North), at the family cabin on the lake. Travelling anywhere to the mountains to do some hiking is a bonus she wishes she could do much more often than every couple years.

She writes romantic suspense, small town contemporary romances, and paranormal ghost stories with sexy, rugged heroes, and strong, resilient heroines. Colorado, Wisconsin, and Italy are favorite settings, which explains why her bestselling books include the Romancing Wisconsin Series, Italy Intrigue Series, Welcome to Redemption Series, and the Colorado Trust Series.

Check out her website at STACEYJOYNETZEL.COM to sign up for her Newsletter. Not only do subscribers receive new release updates, they also enjoy exclusive contests, and bonus short stories to go along with her Romancing Wisconsin series.

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KIDNAPPED (Italy Intrigue Series - 1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
DonnaKWI More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, smartly written, and just a damn good read. The hero is yummy, the heroine intriguing. I don't normally read romantic suspense, but this one blew me away. I will definitely look up this author's other titles.
StacyDawn More than 1 year ago
Stacey Joy Netzel weaves such a crafty story of adventure, romance and intrigue pulling the reader into the story with such fluidity it's hard not to keep the pages turning until the very end. A fast-paced, exciting ride from the first page, Lost in Italy is a story that will stay on your bookshelf to enjoy again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the characters and the twists of events between the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful. Exciting. Great dialogue between the characters. Fun read.
ChefParty More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Kind of wanted it to go on (and on). Hoping for a sequel!
Book-Whore More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book.......a delight to read
Anonymous 5 months ago
All the dangerous life threatening scenarios and sex was foremost. My first and last book by this sex on the brain excuse of a writer
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Great read! Mystery and romance. Not a cliffhanger!
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Anonymous 11 months ago
The constant arguments between Hallie and Trent is tiresome. Hallie's past has made her untrusting, contrary and suspicious when Trent is trying to help her. Quite a complicated and surprising adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was fantastic! I have read two books by this author, so far. Both were free from Barnes & Noble for my Nook. I appreciate free, complete, books. I may never have paid attention to this author, otherwise. She has my attention now! The way the author creates her characters to be so real, to have unique and layered personalities and how she fits all the pieces of their lives into one book fascinates me. Then there is the story. This one had a thrilling amount of action and mystery. I kept trying to figure it all out and was satisfied and delighted with the ending. I also appreciate how she leads her characters into a romance, circling around it, backing off, coming together and as the author admits, falls into a happily ever after, or HEA. The romance , and it is romance, not erotica, is great. The angst, the attraction, the getting to know you phase, the sexual attraction, is all there. So, when the love-making comes, it is an act of love and almost reverence, as the couple shows their love and acts on their chemistry with each other. Very tasteful, yet .... a turn-on. I will be buying more books by Ms. Netzel, (forgive me if I misspelled, since I cannot leave this page to check). They are worth paying for!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why I wasn't expecting much from this book - it was great! The writing was good and the characters felt real. I couldn't put it down. Definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book I loved all the action of the book and the parts that had my heart racing and intertwined with the love story
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I loved this book. It gave me just enough mystery and romance. This was the first book I have read from this author, but trust me I will be reading more
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adria_r More than 1 year ago
After reading More Than a Kiss I knew I just had to get a hold of another of Stacey Joy Netzel's books. I had to see if her other books had that same "something" that made me like More Than a Kiss and its characters. Now maybe it's just because Lost in Italy is a totally different from her other books but... Lost in Italy has earned a spot in my "Must Always Be Within Reach" list because it's one of those books I will re-read over and over again. In short, I loved it! To me it was even better than More Than a Kiss. What's not to love? You have the reluctant, slightly OCD heroine Halli who just wants to get away from her complicated family history and be her own person. She's so busy trying NOT to be like her parents that she really isn't enjoying life. Which is why her siblings, Rachel and Ben have dragged her on a trip to Italy and forced her to abandon her neatly organized activity itinerary. Unfortunately trouble finds her almost as soon as the book starts. Then there's Trent, the charming, super famous but highly vulnerable hero, well, reluctant hero. He's just such a good guy that he won't let an innocent stranger get hurt, even if it means having to become a real life hero and protecting her. It's just his bad luck that he starts to fall in love with her in the middle of investigating his brother's death and running for their lives. There's definitely some tension between Halli and Trent from the moment they meet, she thinks he's kidnapping her, he doesn't know what to think of her and even though she's terrified by the situation she finds herself in, Hallie doesn't take crap from anyone, especially Trent. This makes for some very amusing quips between the two, and of course, some very tense, steamy moments as well. What I found interesting is the little bit of info provided in the beginning, the event in which Halli's siblings forget her and leave her behind was taken from an actual event in author Stacey Joy Netzel's life. Though she didn't end up in a life or death game like Halli, I found it amazing that siblings can actually forget each other on accident rather than on purpose, not that I'm admitting to anything of the sort mind you. For me, the pacing of a story is very important. I don't have a lot of patience with slow stories, I need a moderate pace in the books I read or else I'm going to get bored and the story will become stale and forgettable. I don't want to read 100 pages of scenes that have zero importance to the story or with bland characters. I also don't care for stories that rush through events and bulldoze over character development just to get to the "sexy times." As much as I love "sexy times" in my romance novels, I need more than that. I need solid characters, I need them to have more than just sex between them, I love angst between characters and an actual story that tells how two characters went from strangers to lovers to happy ever after. Lost in Italy gave me that PLUS great action scenes and a tough mystery to solve. There were twists and turns in not only the investigation into a murder but in the budding relationship between Trent and Halli. Not to be outdone though is Halli's brother Ben. Now there's an interesting character. He isn't just there to be a supporting character, he really jumps out of the pages and grabs the attention whenever he's in a scene. There's something just under the surface with him that I can't quite put my finger on. He strikes me as the kind of man a woman would have to be nuts to take on. Which is why I loved Eva. Tough, sassy and smart, she just might be more than Ben can handle. Definitely an example of Romantic Suspense at its best, Lost in Italy is exciting, fun, sexy and extremely difficult to put down. So make sure you don't have anything super important to do or trust me, it won't get done on time, if at all.
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