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5* Review: An Innocent Abroad – Romy Sommer – A Jazz Age Romance

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Winter Blurb

Ingénue Isobel Harrington, fresh from finishing school in the summer of 1922, experiences a sexual awakening during a visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Sent to visit distant relatives in the hope she will ensnare a wealthy and aristocratic English husband, Isobel falls instead under the spell of enigmatic local, Stefano.

Is their forbidden romance destined to be nothing more than a holiday affair, or will Isobel be brave enough to defy convention and her parents’ expectations to follow her dreams?

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An Innocent Abroad

This story is a sensual delight. Set in the 1920’s Isobel visits Italy’s Amalfi coast. She soon forgets her reason for being there, when she meets the enigmatic Stefano. An artist, Isobel’s innocence makes her drawings two dimensional. Experiencing the beauty and ugliness of Italy between the wars matures her creativity, as she emerges from naive girl to womanhood.
Vivid imagery brings this story to life, enjoy the easy ambience of the 1920’s as Isobel discovers there is more to life than debutantes and arranged marriages. This story illustrates emerging female emancipation in an interesting and powerful way.
The romantic love story is tender and sensual and the outcome entirely in keeping with Isobel’s sexual awakening.
The tensions of pre fascist Italy are a stark contrast to the verdant beauty of the setting and seen through Isobel’s eyes they are realistic and thought provoking.
The flow and characterisation of this story makes it an easy, enjoyable escape from a dreary winter’s day.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

An Innocent Abroad by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An Innocent Abroad by Romy Sommer

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5*Review: Not a Fairy Tale – Romy Sommer

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Not Nina Alexander that’s for sure. With her best gracious loser face firmly in place, Hollywood’s hottest starlet is hoping to end her evening of disappointment with a graceful exit stage left. Only an unexpected proposal and an awkward wardrobe malfunction mean that this is certainly going to be a night to remember… for all the wrong reasons! So what girl would resist the gorgeous Dominic Kelly coming to her rescue?! Especially when he’s whisking her out of the paparazzi’s prying eyes on the back of his motorbike – and wearing a tux to rival James Bond!

Nina soon realises that the only way to recover from such a scandal is to toughen up and snag the role of the decade in the year’s hottest YA screen adaptation. Who better to train her than her very own professional stuntman? Getting up close and personal with Dom will take Nina well out of her comfort zone – both professionally and in her closely scrutinized private life. But this A-list couple know only too well that’s it not all happy ever afters in Hollywood…Buy Links 1
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Not a Fairy Tale

‘Not a Fairy Tale’ is a romantic story set in glamorous Hollywood. Nina is an ‘A’ list actress, Oscar night, does not go as planned and when her Prince Charming offers her marriage, she runs in the opposite direction with the help of her very own knight in shining armour, Dominic.

Nina’s life is not the fairy tale she hoped for. She lives alone, in a soulless, if secure environment with an entourage rather than family or friends. Her tragic past would make a good movie but she hides from it and doesn’t share, until she runs into Dominic, the stunt professional who has problems of his own.

To cope with her disappointment and avoid the backlash of her humiliation at the Oscars, she hires Dominic to whip her into to shape for the female lead in the latest YA film sensation. She gains mental strength, in addition to her physical toughness and finds out the true meaning of friendship and family. Like all the best stories, there is an unexpected turn of events, which makes her run back to the life she knows , making the fairy tale ending you want for her unlikely.

Dominic is sexy but a commitment phobe. He agrees to help Nina on a whim but doesn’t bargain for the life changing consequences. Is he destined to be broken hearted, or has he done enough to convince Nina they have a future together?

Beautifully written, the sexual tension between Nina and Dominic is delicious. When the passion finally explodes, it makes for some steamy love scenes. For me though, it was the romance, humour and misunderstanding that makes this such a winning story. Nina is likeable when she reveals her true self and Dominic is much more than the loveable rogue, he first appears to be.

The story’s detail is authentic and makes the setting and lifestyle real and imaginable for the reader.

‘Not a Fairy Tale’ is a lovely, light hearted read, with great imagery and characters.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Not a Fairy Tale by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: To Catch a Star – Romy Sommer

23008226Teresa Adler is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald. All her life, she’s belonged to the ‘inner circle’ of wealth, privilege and position.

Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad boy. The mischievous actor sets temperatures soaring in the picturesque baroque principality – and with a wicked glint in his eye and a chip on his shoulder he sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have. Teresa.

While Tessa holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian’s parentage, it is the heat of his touch that will make this Ice Princess feel more alive than she ever has before…

My Review

To Catch a StarLike all good fairy-tales ‘To Catch a Star’ starts gently, with heroine Teresa and hero Christian keeping their emotional distance from each other. This romantic modern fairytale full of secrets and emotion explores misunderstandings, pride and passion.
Christian is an A’ list actor making a film on location in Westerwald. His meeting with Teresa is suitably dramatic for the start of any film but it is their delicate and slow burning relationship that keeps readers turning the pages.

The fatalistic elements in this story make it heart warming and satisfying. The underlying connection with the other books in this series adds mystery to this tale but the story is also a delightful stand alone read.

Emotionally stunted by their traumatic pasts Christian and Teresa help each other to embrace their fears and achieve the lives they both deserve.  When Christian and Teresa finally give in to their desires the result is steamy and sensual.

I loved the ending; fairytale and full of drama with a delightful twist.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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To Catch a Star by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: The Trouble with Mojitos Romy Sommer

The Trouble with MojitosSet on islands shrouded in superstition and legend The Trouble with Mojitos is a romantic sensual read.

Rik’s tattoos, long hair and beard catapult him to the top of Kenzie’s men to avoid list until she discovers they are a disguise rather than a statement.

Kenzie’s serial bad judgement regards men means she is a disappointment to her mother and lives in her family orientated brother’s shadow. Vulnerable, honest and loyal Kenzie is likeable she wants to be respected for her life choices and not seen as a failure by those who should support her. Her latest job as a film location scout is make or break so she puts aside her mistrust of Rik and lets him be her exclusive tour guide.

Sexy and troubled Rik seeks the islands’ anonymity whilst he salvages his train wreck of a life. At an all time low when he meets Kenzie he can’t resist helping her. Determined she will succumb to their mutual attraction.

Vividly descriptive you feel the Caribbean humidity, visualise the crystal blue sea and scent the dense forest greenery. Kenzie and Rik’s make creative use of their idyllic surroundings when their volatile chemistry explodes into sensual loving.

Rik faces his past and keeps Kenzie at his side. My sigh of relief proves premature. The penultimate plot twist reveals Kenzie’s destructive past secrets.

The romantic ending is true Hollywood and a final unexpected twist paves the way for a further chapter of this modern fairytale.

‘I received an ARC from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.’

The Trouble with Mojitos by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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