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    Loved it

    I really loved this book! I found the whirlwind romance of Nic and Gia touching and thought both characters became better, stronger people because of the love they found. Nic has everything, rich, strong family, good business sense, but it all seems to be strangling him. For a much needed break he goes to a small village in Tuscany where he meets the incomparable Gia. She is an amazing artist but is working in her families restaurant rather than pursuing her artistic desires. Nic works to convince Gia that the world needs to see her art but never once does he reveal his true identity to her. When the secrets are revealed their new love will be put to the ultimate test. This is a good one, I definitely recommend it!
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    Romance in Tuscany *sigh*

    4.5 Stars Gia Carelli is a waitress at her family's restaurant but she's an artist at heart. When Nic Baldini vacations in Tuscany and meets this beautiful budding artist, he realizes he must help bring her to the attention of the world of art. He's learned from her father that the Baldini name is not welcome in their little village because when he remodeled the family villa, he hired craftsmen that were not local. He has to keep Gia from finding out who he really is. How can he do that when he finds himself spending every moment he can with her, in and out of bed. Gia's family is extremely overbearing. They act as if she doesn't have the capacity to form thoughts and make decisions for herself. These two people are struggling to find their way and accomplish their dreams as their families discourage them at every turn. The way this author writes makes me feel like I'm in the story watching it unfold. I can picture things like the roads, the fields, Gia's cottage, and her family working in the restaurant. I love it when an author pulls me into their story so completely. I can't wait for the next book from this amazing author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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    Beautiful Setting - Love the Hero

    I have a problem with lies - especially from my main characters. But I get this one!!! It did not bother me at all. His lie was not an attempt to trick the girl into thinking something else, but a way to stay under the radar while he was on vacation. But of course, one thing lead to another and now how do you tell her who you really are??? Nic was a pretty good guy. A little too caught up in work - but it seems like that's what makes a man rich. I loved his passion for art. It was something a little different than what I see in a lot of characters. Gia was a little less likable for me. She had some self-esteem issues that just didn't fit in with the rest of her out going personality. She just didn't believe in herself as an artist. Nic sees her talent immediately though (and that leads to another lie that I wasn't as forgiving of) and tries to help her with an art show. There's a lot of on again off again in this story. Some of it was believable and some of it wasn't. What really drew me into the story was Gia's traditional family and their expectations of her. The setting was also amazingly beautiful. I really want to go to Tuscany now - take in the sites, eat some food, and meet a millionaire. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
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    Sweet romance

    This is a sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were engaging and the author made me care about them. I loved their story - from Gia, the insecure artist, to Nic, the wealthy businessman who just wants to be appreciated for himself and not his bank account. Their romance was fun and I loved their story. The only thing I didn't like was the ending and it just seemed abrupt to me. Yes, it was a satisfying conclusion, but it felt like there should have been more story before it got to the end. Fans of the genre will enjoy this book and want to add it to their TBR list.
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    They have so much in common.

    This is the story of Nic and Gia. Nic is a rich man who wants to have the right to paint and enjoy the arts. His family, and his father in particular want him to work at the family company and like it - as they do. Gia has a family who steamrolls over her, since she is the baby. Gia works as a waitress in her family's restaurant. Her father thinks she should only settle down and get married. He wants grandchildren. He does not see the talent she has and is vital to her being. Nic has a family who has refused him the right to attend an arts academy. Before his mother died, he promised he would keep the art in him alive and paint often. Now, with her gone, he realizes he has not done that and takes a ten day vacation - where he literally bumps into a gypsy woman who captivates him. Gia is not sure if she can believe everything Nic tells her. She has been told all her life her "little hobby" is nothing more than a nuisance, since she should be doing what they say she should do. Her family - mostly her father - does not see the passion it ignite in her. Nic does, and he unleashes a passion for her all his own. I found the characters to be solid in their dreams and their desires. The chemistry is also very hot. The plot just went a little slower than I am used to. But good book to curl up with. ***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com and its publisher. My honest opinion does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.
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