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  • Sweet Romance

    3.5 Stars In The Playboy of Rome, the Italian countryside provides a backdrop for romance when an aspiring chef faces off against a reluctant restaurateur over a reality show! Lizzie Alder has given up everything for the opportunity to film her reality show at Ristorante Massimo and with no backup plan, she is determined to convince Dante DeFiore to honor the agreement she entered into with his grandfather. Dante is in the process of finding a buyer for the restaurant and the signed agreement provided by Lizzie means putting the plans to sell on hold and stepping in for his grandfather on the show. Dante and Lizzie find themselves getting to know each other and dealing with the heat between them (not generated in the kitchen!) Both Dante and Lizzie have different backgrounds but share a lot of similarities. Lizzie was a foster child who was abandoned by her own mother and shuffled from home to home until she aged out of the system. Her experiences have taught her not to trust in anyone except herself and her foster sister Jules. Dante on the hand grew up within a large Italian family but was mostly ignored. Both crave love and acceptance and Lizzie finds the family she craves in Dante’s and also helps to heal the rift between Dante and his family. A few times, it felt like Lizzie was too hung up on her past as a foster child and just could not get past it, but she found the courage to overcome her issues and break through Dante’s resistance. Even though the characters were in the culinary industry, I liked that the story was not overwhelmed by cooking, but rather the scenes where they cooked were just enough to enhance the story. The Playboy of Rome was an enjoyable read with a strong and brave heroine, one who overcame adversities to achieve her dreams and find love. *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

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  • Sweet, easy read

    I typically stay away from books not set in the U.S. because I don't always relate well to the language differences. But because this book being written by an American, just being set in Rome, I thought I'd give it a shot. The Playboy of Rome was a sweet story of a girl who is sacrificing herself to support her foster sister. I liked the premise of the story - girl travels to Rome, boy doesn't expect her, makes assumptions. Dante and Lizzie had chemistry from the beginning and it permeated their relationship throughout the story. I did find it frustrating that Lizzie continued to believe Dante was a playboy when he had done nothing to earn that reputation while around Lizzie. Dante's reasons for avoiding commitment were equally compelling and I really felt for Dante as he struggled to fight his feelings for Lizzie because of his belief that he was destined to live alone. In true Harlequin form, the story was tightly written and well edited. As expected, Dante and Lizzie faced a situation that threatened their happiness. I felt the reason for their estrangement was a bit contrived and one or two simple conversations would have solved their miscommunication. All in all, The Playboy of Rome was a sweet read with an expected happily ever after. Recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick read with a hero to swoon over!

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