on October 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.
Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away... that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.
After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.
But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.
After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.
A Place in the Sun found a place in my heart. Cheesiness aside, I made the right choice in reading this book as my first R.S. Grey book. This story had a sweet and sexy, friends-to-lovers romance set in the beautiful island of Vernazza, Italy with a brooding Italian hero and a sassy, headstrong heroine who flees to Italy to find love.
Georgie Archibald is twenty six years old and still single. Her mother believes she’s on her way to spinsterhood and found it her mission to find Georgie a husband. After countless miserable blind dates, she was done. But instead of telling her mother to stop from setting her up, Georgie flies to Italy to stay away for a while.
Her trip would have been perfect if she didn’t have to ride the train to Vernazza. By the time she arrived at the picturesque town, she was too dehydrated and weak to even appreciate it. She wakes up in a closed, run-down B & B and finds out two Italian men saved her when she fainted the moment she arrived. She meets the tall and handsome Gianluca who, unfortunately, wasn’t interested.
Gianluca has no intentions of ever falling in love again. After a tragic incident that leaves him heartbroken, he could never give himself to anyone the way he did before. But Georgie was a force to be reckoned with. Not only did she force her way into restoring his family’s old bed and breakfast, she slowly (read: forcefully) snuck her way into his heart.
It had a bit of a slow burn feel to it. And you know how much I love my slow burns! From strangers to acquaintances to partners to friends to FWB then to forever. Luca and Georgie had a few stops before reaching their HEA, but their budding friendship and romance was so endearing to read.
“At first, he’d pick a spot across the room from me, but over the last few weeks, I’d been able to coax him closer with flaky croissants. Just like the boat cats.”
And reading about the places Georgie has been to, food she ate, wine she drank, I wanted to book a flight to Italy. I loved how detailed R.S. Grey described the setting without overdoing it.
As much as I loved Georgie and her no-nonsense attitude, I didn’t like how she confronted Gianluca about his past after meeting only a few weeks ago. I know Gianluca needed tough love, but I wish Georgie would have gone about it in a less callous way. Other than that, I enjoyed getting to know this ball of sunshine. It was especially entertaining to watch her pursue/pester Gianluca into becoming friends with her and more.
“To have her love and attention was like standing beneath the scorching sun on a summer day: suffocating and sustaining all at once.”
And I love love love Gianluca! The brooding hero is my kryptonite. He started off as this standoffish guy who kept almost everyone except his friends at an arm’s length. He didn’t care for Georgie at first and he found her pushiness annoying, but as they worked together on restoring the bed and breakfast, he started warming up to her. You guys don’t know how much I screamed because of the feels. I had to cover my mouth to stop myself from scaring my neighbors. FEELS.
A Place in the Sun is a sexy romantic comedy told in alternating POVs between Gianluca and Georgie. It’s a perfect read when you need a pick-me-up––sweet, sexy, funny, and beautiful. If you’re a lover of brooding heroes, quirky and bold heroines, and a romance and friendship that would leave a smile on your face, you’ll love this book.
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