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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘One Hot Italian Summer’ by Karina Halle

A writer looking for inspiration in Tuscany. 
One hot Italian single dad. 
This summer is going to be a scorcher.

One Hot Italian Summer by New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author, Karina Halle is now live! 


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After the death of her best friend and writing partner, Grace Harper is struggling both with grief, and with her next novel, the first one she’ll have to write alone.

Fortunately, her new powerhouse agent, the formidable Jana Lee, has a solution for her. She can stay at her villa in Tuscany for a month, soak in the sunshine, relax, and find her confidence again. After all, Jana has a lot riding on Grace’s next book, and the last thing she wants is for her reputation as a “super-agent” to be tarnished.

At first the villa is a dream come true for Grace – that is until Claudio Romano shows up one day with his ten-year old son, Vanni, in tow. Turns out, this is Claudio’s house, and Claudio happens to be her agent’s ex-husband from long ago. Thanks to their annual father and son bonding trip being cancelled, Claudio and Vanni are here to stay.

So is Grace.

With the three of them sharing the same house, Grace’s writing plans are thrown out the window. But even if she’s not pounding the keyboard, she’s still finding beauty and inspiration… in none other than Claudio. He’s unlike any man Grace has met before. He’s smart, charming, and wickedly sexy, plus a great father to Vanni. He’d be the perfect summer fling – if only he wasn’t completely off-limits.

But as the hot Italian summer wears on, Grace and Claudio are destined to succumb to the heat, no matter how hard they try to resist each other. One steamy encounter with Claudio could affect Grace’s chances of starting her career over.

Or he could be exactly what she needs.

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4.5 ‘Mia musa’ Stars!

ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.

Karina Halle is giving me life with her summer romances! It happened first with Lovewrecked and now with One Hot Italian Summer. Both equally good but so unique in their own ways, I just love how Karina writes. I am definitely always ready for a feel-good romance (especially nowadays) and this was exactly what I got. A forbidden love story, with a hot Italian single dad / sculptor and an author suffering writer’s block. Need I say more? You all know exactly how our heroine will find inspiration! 😉

So, One Hot Italian Summer is Karina’s new standalone release and, as I said, it is the sexy summer romance we all could use right now. I mean, if I could, I would love to vacation in a Tuscan villa with my very own sexy Italian! But now it’s Grace’s turn not mine.. lol Grace Harper has just lost her writing partner and she is not ready to move on and start writing again. She is going through a lot, including writer’s block. So when her agent gives her an escape to a beautiful Italian villa, Grace is ready for it. What she did not expect was to cross paths with Claudio Romano (her agent’s ex-husband) and fall in love with him.

He’s like the sun, where giving him too much attention might be dangerous, and yet your gaze is drawn there anyway.

Being a huge fan of Karina’s work, I find many her books the perfect escape I believe we all need while we are going through difficult times. I always love a sexy, light (but still emotional) romance and One Hot Italian Summer did not fail on that. Everything this book promised was there: a gorgeous single dad, a novelist getting her inspiration and self-love back, an adorable and quirky kid, a beautiful location, a burning slow burn and a forbidden chemistry that set my Kindle on fire.

“La mia musa,” he whispers hoarsely. “You are better than art.”

I loved Grace and Claudio, I loved their friendship and how that connection turned into more. I loved how romantic everything was. I am a sucker for a man who knows how to seduce and Claudio is surely an expert on that department! This wonderful Italian stole my heart with his love for Italy and its culture, his love for Vanni, his connection with his muse and with his romantic (and dirty!) words. Of course, the chemistry between this couple was OFF-THE-CHARTS and I loved it even more when it’s impossible for Grace and Claudio not to fall for each other. The drama was very light (but I love me some forbidden themes!) and I just really enjoyed this story and its happy ending.

We fit. We fit in such a way that it seems terribly cruel that we haven’t found each other until now. We missed out on so much by not being together that we’ve spent our life wandering around, wondering if it was ever possible to feel this way.

Therefore, I am rating One Hot Italian Summer with 4.5 STARS because I loved how Karina developed this story, I loved these characters, the beautiful scenery and the relationship between Grace and Claudio. I got exactly what I expected: a light, sexy and emotional summer romance. The only thing, I wish the epilogue was a bit more developed but, besides that, I really loved everything about this novel and I cannot wait to see what is coming next from Karina Halle!

The Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer, music journalist & screenwriter, and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of over 55 bestselling novels, ranging from horror and suspense to contemporary romance. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette & Montlake. Her work has been translated and published in 20 languages.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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