An American Girl in Italy: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance

An American Girl in Italy: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance

by Aubrie Dionne

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Overview

An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007594443
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2014
Series: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 1,049,181
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

I started writing because my flute students urged me to publish the stories I made up in their lessons. My books are influenced by my undying love of Star Wars and Star Trek, and by my own musical life. When I’m not writing, I teach flute and play in orchestras.

You can follow me on Twitter @AuthorAubrie.

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An American Girl in Italy: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Since some of these reviews are as long as the book, I won't reiterate the plot. We already get that from the overview. What I will say is that the backdrop is beautiful but the story itself bored me. I got to chapter 7 and gave up. The heroine was very unlikeable for sure. The hero called her sassy, but instead I found her rude and condescending. All she cared about was her smartphone during those first chapters. Maybe she got better after chapter 7, but I didn't care enough about her to keep reading and find out. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light and entertaining!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This is a well-developed, picturesque novel that draws on the sweetness of early, unexpected romance.  Dionne brings her readers to Italy alongside her characters to tell a story straight out of a fairy tale.   I did find that the writing style was a bit too formal for the story at hand.  It gave a bit of a disjointed feel to the tale as a whole.   The characters in this novel embody the age old adage that opposites attract.  That said, the main characters work quite well together, delving in to a rather realistic romance.  The female lead was quite self-absorbed, annoying at times, but she did redeem herself by the end of the book.   As a whole, this was a decent way to spend an afternoon.  Although formulaic at times it was entertaining as well. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
LovesBooks212 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend Aubrie Dionne's book "An American Girl in Italy" for a summer read. It's light, breezy, and filled with the kind of optimism that pairs perfectly with sunshine. That said, I would have liked reading this book cozied up in front of the fire, because the sweet romance filled me with a satisfied warmth.  I was attracted to "An American Girl in Italy" based on the great cover and the blurb, and I got the reward I was promised. The cover reeled me in with it's hint at a sexy romp, a youthful romance, and an exotic local and backdrop. The blurb told me the story would involve music and Italy, two subjects that always get my attention. As a young woman, I not only played clarinet in an orchestra, I studied abroad in Italy. I also fell in love. Often. And once with a attractive Italian man. In short, it feels like this book was written to order for me! Carly, the oboe-playing heroine of the book, is interesting and likable. I enjoy the fact that she isn't one-dimensional. She can be rude at times, focused to the point of having on blinders where her career is concerned, and she makes mistakes. Her mistakes range from ticking off her rich and influential aria partner, to being distracted during important performances, to making wrong assumptions in the "affairs of the heart" department. She's not a dummy, Carly. She's a young woman without a lot of practical experience in the world, and she's making the best choices she can. Following a young woman's journey of self-discovery never gets old for me, and Carly's grappling with what's truly important in love and work kept me hooked.  Carly lands in Italy irritated with the disruption the work trip is causing her career. As anyone who's ever traveled for business knows, it's not a vacation. This is Carly's firm attitude, and she barely looks up from her phone in order to witness the breathtaking views around her. Her eye is on the prize; making money and keeping connections in the world of performance-for-pay. When she does bother to look up, however, she's handsomely rewarded (and I do mean handsomely) by the sight of tour guide Michaelangelo Ricci. Gorgeous, with a knife-sharp wit, he is a gentleman with old-world manners who treats elderly women and young maidens with the same kind of care and attention. As a reader and a woman, I really appreciated that. Further to the point, when the author draws a picture of his relationship with his mother, my heart was well and truly stolen. Carly and Michaelangelo chafe off of one another at first, but each feels the magnetism that comes from lust restrained in the service of good manners and sanity. Sparks fly, and arguments ensue with that delicious undercurrent of desire that happens when the external voice says, "I hate you," but the internal voice says, "Not only do I want you, I could possibly love you." Sure, it's an old trope, but I never tire of it. It's what I sign up for each time I watch an excellent Rom Com movie or pick up a romantic read with a bit of an edge. I'd be disappointed it the author didn't deliver on the promise. Dionne delivers.  In addition to the wonderful world of Italy's cafes and countryside, I enjoyed characters. Rounding out the cast are well-drawn deck-stackers and comic-relief providers such as a ball cap wearing "ugly American" musician with a heart of gold, a blue-haired emo girl who betrays her seeming two-dimensionality by demonstrating a knowledge of Italian history, a "Devil-wears-Prada"-style orchestra director with a secret up her sleeve, and Carly's BFF whose own development from girl to woman is explored.  The love story in this book contains enough heart for readers of any genre, from sweet to sizzling. If you prefer the steamy stuff to be behind closed doors, and for your characters to either be moral or get their comeuppance, than this book will be right up your street. It's a book you could share with your mom and grandma, but I never noticed the author "trying" to be clean in a muscular way. it's just her voice, and her voice works perfectly for the story much in the same way that Jerry Seinfeld is funny and clean, but you'd never notice him trying to stay clean in a muscular way. You just notice he's funny, like I noticed this was a great romantic read.  I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
A trip to gorgeous Italy is the last thing Carly Davis wants in Aubrie Dionne's An American Girl in Italy. Dionne paints a beautiful setting in her newest release. I could feel, touch, taste, smell, and see the Italian architecture, landscape, and food. I wish this story could've come with a soundtrack, so I could hear the glorious music Carly's orchestra played. I could relate to Carly's career drive and how she hadn't given love a chance until she met the Italian hottie Michelangelo. Michelangelo's plight particularly captured my heart, so I rooted for him and Carly to get together. A sweet romance and strong on characterization, An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne struck the right chord with me.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
Carly Davis is so focused on her career, she doesn't have time for anything else. As an oboist for the Easthampton Civic Symphony, she's looking forward to their tour in Italy. It should be good for her career! What she doesn't expect is that their tour guide Michelangelo is not only gorgeous, but the one that can help her with an important gig. The more time Carly spends with him, the more she realizes there could be more to life than her music. But is she willing to take that chance? A wonderfully written romance that will leave you with the desire to slip away to Italy yourself. The beautiful settings come to life in this book, especially Michelangelo's vineyard. The way it's described makes it feel like it's magical. Don't go looking for a hot and heavy romance here. This one is sweet, and the feelings the couple has for another bloom as they open each other's eyes to other possibilities in life. Carly is smart and driven, and I so easily see how she could be swept away by Michelangelo's charm. Unlike a lot of the typical arrogant heroes in this genre, he's a true gentleman. Handsome, intelligent, and compassionate. His big heart won me over.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I love Italy, and I’m dying to go on a holiday, so of course I had to read An American Girl in Italy. Aubrie Dionne has a great writing style, and the ability to capture a character’s essence in a few short paragraphs. Carly Davis, the main character, is in love with her career. She’s an ambitious musician playing for the Easthampton Civic Symphony. Music is her life. She lives and breathes music. Which means that unlike any other sane human being, she doesn’t want to go to Italy. Even though she’s sightseeing some of the most amazing places on earth, she can’t bring herself to enjoy it. That is, until tour guide Michelangelo shows up. With a name like Michelangelo, this guy has to be a romantic for sure. He’s dark, charismatic, mysterious, and he and Carly have almost-instant chemistry. His personality is very different from Carly’s, but at the same time, they form an interesting match. I also liked the secondary characters, especially the Italian locals, and the members of Carly’s symphony. Sometimes it was hard to keep them apart, but it was entertaining to see them from Carly’s point of view. Carly was my favorite character, because I could relate to her – not to the point that I’d miss out on a trip through Italy, but I understood why she did certain things, and why she let ambition get the best of her most of the time. With great writing and an intriguing set of characters, and vivid descriptions of the settings, Aubrie Dionne has written an entertaining contemporary romance, ideal for the summer holidays, and a recommended read to anyone who wants to escape ordinary life for a while, and picture themselves strolling through Italy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.