Lost in Italy

Lost in Italy

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by Stacey Netzel

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Italy Intrigue Series
Lost In Italy
Run to Rome

Lost In Italy - WINNER 2012 Write Touch Readers' Award - Romantic Suspense

The best laid plans...

Halli Sanders spent two years planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Her itinerary did not include being stranded by her siblings, kidnapped by a sexy American movie star, dodging bullets, or fleeing

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Italy Intrigue Series
Lost In Italy
Run to Rome

Lost In Italy - WINNER 2012 Write Touch Readers' Award - Romantic Suspense

The best laid plans...

Halli Sanders spent two years planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Her itinerary did not include being stranded by her siblings, kidnapped by a sexy American movie star, dodging bullets, or fleeing criminals in a car chase around Lake Como. And that's just in the first three hours.

...often go awry.

Trent Tomlin put his movie career on hold to investigate his brother's murder-ruled-suicide at his Italian villa. He's closing in on the suspects when an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop helping him. The killers will stop at nothing to get the evidence-including holding Halli's family as collateral.

Life's a little different unscripted.

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. But how can he keep the evidence from falling into the wrong hands and get justice for his brother and friend without betraying Halli and her family?


Trent cast his own quick glance in the rearview mirror, pressure squeezing his body like a starving boa constrictor as he searched for the men who'd spotted her and her camera across the bay. By his amateur calculations, he figured he had about three more minutes. If they were lucky.

Pushing up to sit on the headrest, he prepared to turn on the superstar charm that had brought him such success at the box office.

"I'm waiting for my brother and sister," she said before he could speak.

So that's who'd driven off as he watched the scene unfold from one street above and behind her. He lifted a tense shoulder in a careless gesture. "Quick spin around town, and I'll bring you right back. They'll never know you were gone, sugar."

Her eyebrows drew together above those deep blue eyes. Damn. He fought his own frown. Based on previous experience with star-struck women, she should've jumped in at the first invitation. Wasn't it just his luck, this one had common sense.

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-"


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

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


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.

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Lost In Italy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
GeeNeeB More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was fabulous! I just couldn't put it down. I will look for more books from this author. Jeanne B
SugarNSpice1 More than 1 year ago
Halli Sanders goes on a once in a life time trip to Italy with her brother and sister. She is a bit anal and wants to follow her itinerary but her siblings say no that she needs to lighten up. They stop so she can film the geese on Lake Como. She accidentally films a murder and then gets accidentally left by her brother and sister. Trent Tomlin is a famous movie star who is in Italy trying to get the people that murdered his brother. The guy that Halli filmed getting murdered was his friend that had gone in undercover. He see the whole thing go down along with Halli filming it and knows now her like is in danger along with finally having proof on the bad guys. He trys to convince Halli she is in danger and needs to come with him but she isn’t haven’t anything to do with him - even though she recognizes who he is. This in turns leads to him kidnap her for her own safety and them dodging bullets, and fleeing from the criminals in a car chase around Lake Como. Things just keep getting worse. The bad guys kidnap Halli's siblings in hope to use them to smoke Halli out of hiding. In the messages that Halli leaves for them they figure out where she is hiding out and this leads to Halli and Trent having to go on the run again - this time by boat.. The action is nonstop. And both Trent and Halli are attracted to each other but she thinks he is an egotistical jerk who thinks all he has to do is flash that smile and women will just fall at his feet. But Trent is alot more than just a pretty boy actor. Will Halli finally see what is really inside the man?
Dana_Delamar More than 1 year ago
"Lost in Italy" is the story of how ordinary tourist Halli Sanders gets mixed up in the middle of a murder and is narrowly rescued by international movie star Trent Tomlin, whose brother was killed by the same organized crime thugs. Halli is now their target, because she inadvertently caught the murderer on video while filming swans on Lake Como. The author, Stacey Joy Netzel, does a good job of putting the reader in Italy and uses the setting to nice effect. Halli and Trent both have interesting backstories that affect how they relate to each other and seed their initial less-than-trusting reactions when first thrust together. The sexual tension is also well done, and the character's reactions to each other are surprising enough to keep the story interesting. The action scenes are punchy, tense, and drive the story forward. Netzel weaves some good twists and turns into the plot (particularly among the thugs), and a subplot involving Halli's kidnapped brother and sister is also well done. I plan to read more by this author.
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!
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.
Book-Whore More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book.......a delight to read
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 10 months ago
Suspenseful. Exciting. Great dialogue between the characters. Fun read.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This is one powerful read, as action packed a thriller as ever you’ll come across. Halli from Wisconsin, absorbed in filming the swans on Lake Como in Italy (more or less as soon as she arrives), is accidentally abandoned by her siblings and left all alone. Then, before she’s quite got her bearings, a Hollywood actor, Trent Tomlin, shows up and er….kidnaps her. Yes! Not exactly an everyday adventure is it? It turns out that when she was filming the swans, she’d also filmed a murder scene which was happening on the other side of the lake. Now the bad guys are chasing Halli, to get their hands on her video. Trent, the Hollywood hero of her dreams, has reasons of his own for wanting that tape. The bad guys killed his brother. Halli isn’t exactly Ms. Average. She has a few secrets in her past as well. Secrets known only to her and to her siblings. Secrets which have made her what she is today. Obsessed with order and routine and with a deep down fear of not being good enough. This is a romantic thriller with car chases aplenty. There’s quite a dose of comedy. Trent the movie star is a man accustomed to having gorgeous women falling at his feet. Halli finds his ego extremely off putting. Some of Trent’s lines (in the script?) are hilarious. I couldn’t help thinking that this novel would make one heck of a movie. Miss Wisconsin meets Mr. Hollywood. Well, how about it? The story is well told, nail-biting tension to the very end. Thrills and twists aplenty. Some of the climactic scenes are a little tricky – as gunfire and negotiations are exchanged, I kept realizing that I’d missed something and had to go back a couple of pages – not easy if you’re reading on an ereader. I often read in bed, so I found myself having to stay alert for those scenes, rather than reading when sleepy. There were quite a few love scenes, tastefully written. In the language of romance and poetry, not erotica. Although Halli is, we are told, a television producer, perhaps it was the fact that she was traveling with siblings, I couldn’t help but get the impression of her being very young. Like he’s a mature man and she’s this star struck teenager. Yes, she was a fan, but she’s supposed to be this mature woman, right? Well, I guess it was just me, thinking of her as a kid, of sorts. Naïve, she is not. Her past has ensured that she’s seen the dark side of life and doesn’t buy into the happy ever after. She’s a fan of Trent’s movies, but she knows that the character Trent plays in the movies never stays with his heroines forever. As the romance progresses, she braces herself for the inevitable fall, the day the adventure winds up and she packs up and goes home to Wisconsin. But will Trent be ready to say ‘adios’? Well, we’ve got to wait and see. You will want to wait and see, that’s the point. This was the first novel I’ve read by this author. I look forward to reading more in the future. Favorite Quote: He’d lucked out when his inide guy Stefano called from the Torno police station with the news that a lost American tourist by the name of Halliwell Sanders had turned up at their doorstep. But no more had he had her in his sights, she’d escaped again. With help. And he’d gotten hit by a f***ing truck.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Romantic Comedy Romp  This is a mad dash romantic comedy of a book.  There is a lot to like about this book but the pacing is a bit awkward. You can enjoy a great accident-prone herione and hero who is actor dealing with fame. Our plain heroine and our hero are on the run in lovely Italy. Frothy fun. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and did not want to put it down. Its one I would read more than once, its a must read!!
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.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel Release Date: October 25th, 2011 Publisher: CreateSpace Page Count: 345 Source: Directly from author for review It's every girl's fantasy to go to a foreign country — one as dazzling and romantic like Italy, at that —and fall in love with a stranger. It's every girl's fantasy to be that one girl for an overrated, over-hotpants movie star, the one that he falls for without knowing it, and the one that's hard to get. Lost in Italy combines these two scenarios to make up Halli and Trent's story. In that respect (meaning, regarding plot), I feel this novel is a bit farfetched. The situation just seems highly unlikely: first, that Halli would just coincidentally run into Trent Tomlin, who's apparently an even bigger deal than Tom Cruise, and second, that he would fall for her "plain Jane"ness. It is extraordinarily rare for men to go after the plain type. Maybe Halli is different in that she doesn't throw herself on him at their first meeting, but I feel there's nothing that marvelous about her that would make a guy like Trent fall for her. I'm not saying I don't like her character, though. She's a strong, stubborn, and determined member of Lost in Italy's cast, and I do have a sense of respect for her. I just think Netzel does a poor job convincing me that Trent's affections for her are plausible. They're genuine, all right; you can see it in Trent and Halli's interactions that he really cares and that deep down, she cares as well. However, it's just the synopsis itself that has me doubtful. The action seems a little forced. Don't get me wrong, the aspect of danger and the thrill is adrenaline-pumping, but there are places I felt were a little weak in the rush. The situation seems more riveting than the actual action; the situation, meaning, a murder caught on camera and the convicts who will go to every length to destroy the evidence. One thing I did enjoy was how there are secondary plots outside of Trent and Halli's romance (or rather, Trent's doggish pursuit of Halli, considering she doesn't really budge for him until the last quarter of the book). There's a steamy forbidden attraction involving the enemy, someone on the side of Halli's predators, and of course, the entire blackmail/ransom story itself. Netzel's style is clear and to-the-point, which makes Lost in Italy a fast read, but not a very fascinating one. As much as I love the cover ;) I do have to say I'm disappointed with Lost in Italy, considering how much I enjoyed her other novel. This book just didn't do Netzel justice; I feel it isn't an accurate representation of her (usual) work. Maybe it's the improbable storyline, or maybe it's the noticeably flavorless writing style; nevertheless, I can't really gush about this one. Radical Rating: 6 hearts-Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back.
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