Thursday, December 11, 2014

ARC Book Review--> Her Brooding Italian Boss by Susan Meier

Title and Author: Her Brooding Italian Boss by Susan Meier
No. of Pages: 256 Pages
Publication Date: Harlequin (February 3, 2015)
Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
"From his assistant…to his muse! " is what Laura Beth Mathews becomes when she takes up the job as personal assistant to the dark and brooding, famous artist Antonio Bartulocci who is haunted by demons of his past and antsy about keeping the beautiful and pregnant Laura Beth as his secretary who reminds him of the life and talent he once had and lost. 
But Laura Beth is desperate for a job. 
What will happen when these two collide, one desperate to earn enough to support herself and her unborn child and one running from a past which is all the more unbearable with Laura in his house?

I have to confess that I love stories with intense and brooding heroes and feisty heroines. Give me a conflict filled romance with headstrong characters and I know I will have an entertaining time with the book! :)

Her Brooding Italian Boss by Susan Meier appealed to me because it promised me conflict, a brooding artist as hero (very sexy, by the way), the beautiful settings of Italy and a strong willed heroine. I loved the blurb and the cover reminded me of the evergreen vintage romance covers.

First of all, I got all that I had been promised and so much more in this book. There was a strong character driven story, well drawn out characters, beautiful settings, engaging emotional play and a drama that kept me hooked to the book until the very end.

The writing style of the author is engaging as well as simple so it will appeal to everyone. I admired her portrayal of Antonio and his father, Constanzo's relationship which is complex. Constanzo loves playing matchmaker and cant help meddling in the lives of those he cares about. Although when confronted about his meddling he always gets away by saying, "I don't meddle. I anticipate."

I loved Constanzo who is a strict and savvy businessman but also a warm, funny and caring person. Having lost some great opportunities in his own life, he wants the best for his son, Antonio, even if it means nudging him in the right direction! 

Antonio, on the other hand, is a simple and straightforward man who doesn't believe in mincing words. Passionate about his art, he is devastated by the loss of his passion which is a direct result of some harsh events in his past.

Laura Beth came to New York with stars in her eyes and while she tried her best to make a place for herself in the elite class where her two room mates have found permanent standing, she is still not one of them. With no permanent job, a boyfriend who ditched her when she told him of her pregnancy and no place to stay, she is desperate for a job. 

The sparks that fly between Antonio and Laura had me feeling giddy and very anticipatory of the smoldering and intense romance between them. There relationship is complex, full of conflicts and the emotional play here is worth noting. Both these people are hurt, broken and running from their own demons. The story sensitively narrates the journey of the healing of their souls to find a happily-ever-after.

All in all, a very interesting and enjoyable story that had me thoroughly entertained, I give Her Brooding Italian Boss 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it to all romance lovers. I loved Susan's style and will be checking out her other works now.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the Publishers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23168372-her-brooding-italian-boss

Buy From:
Amazon US: Paperback | Kindle Ebook 
Amazon IN: Paperback {Rs. 80 only, Reg. Price Rs. 150}| Kindle Ebook

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