The Italian by T.L. Swan

by T.L. Swan
The Italian on October 28, 2019
Pages: 550
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They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life:
Dance like nobody’s watching. Travel the world. And fall hopelessly in love.
I aimed to do all three.
I went to Italy to find myself. But he found me.
It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room. He asked me if I needed help reading the menu. We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I fell. Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, and we parted ways.
Two years later, our eyes meet across a room again. Only this time I was on a date with another man. He went crazy in a jealous fit.
But the man I met then is different now. He’s colder, harder, and officially one of the most powerful men in Italy. Dare I say it, even more enticing.
But if you dance with the devil, you get burnt.
And the fires in Italy are scalding hot.

When in Rome ⭐️

I usually write my reviews the second I finish reading the book, but in this case, I took some hours to think about it.
First thought: I liked it a whole lot, though at some point I felt like some parts could have been easily skipped.
Second thought: what about the turn of events in Enrico’s life? As a fairy tales lover, it’s crazy to say “it doesn’t seem real”, right? But hell, how do you call a thirty-something man that has the surprise of his lifetime and had no clue what was happening in his own family?

Ok, so here’s the thing. We have a pyjama designer from Australia who travels to Italy to “find herself”, but she meets Enrico Ferrara. He’s simply a sex god, smart, funny, arrogant, alpha to the bone, dominant, playful, witty and so on.

“It’s having someone love you and all your faults, even when you forget to love yourself.” He stares at me and I smile softly. “Well, that’s obviously why I never fell in love before.” “What is?” “I don’t have any faults, and nobody could love me better than I already love myself.”

Their “meet-cute” is swoony and funny and sizzling hot. Though they make plans to see each other again, Enrico’s life gets turned upside down, but don’t worry, he pulls some strings and brings her to work for Valentino, so they’ll meet again.

There are two things I really loved in this book: this great love our main characters share (T.L Swan is a master in making you believe in soul-mates – see Joshua & Natalia’s story), plus all the amazing, off the charts sex they have and the Pantheon scene. ❤️ Talking to the Gods? Be still, my heart!

“At 11:11 on the 21st of April every year, the moon shines through the Oculus and creates a beam of light. It is said that, in that light, you speak with the gods.”

Besides these two things, I’ll have to remember how hot-headed they both were. Their arguments/fights were kinda funny. 😄 There’s also that rushed ending and the preview of what’s to come: 😳 View Spoiler »

All in all, this book definitely deserves your time and money! Make sure you add it to your list. 😘