ARC Review: Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

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ARC Review: Racing the Sun by Karina Halle
Racing the Sun
Book Info

Released: July 28th 2015
Series: Where Sea Meets Sky #2
Pages: 336


“Color me happy because I loved this hero.  Yes, maybe it’s the Italian playboy thing, or maybe the fact he rides a fast bike, but he pushed most of my buttons.” ~ Under the Covers

I was sold on this story from the moment Karina Halle announced she would be traveling to Italy to do the research for this story.  That’s my hometown!  I had to see what she did with it.  I am pleased to find that Ms. Halle captured the true essence of Italy and the people, without shoving the stereotype easily found everywhere else down our throats.

Now onto the story.  We meet Amber in WHERE SEA MEETS SKY, she’s the heroine’s cousin traveling around the world from the US.  You can tell she has some issues at home and then there’s the fact she sort of developed a crush on the hero of that book.  We know how that ends up.  So she continues her travels alone, and ends up in Italy.  At first, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact this woman was traveling alone and quite literally without money.  She’s run out of funds and her parents are not sending her any more and she finds herself stuck in Italy without a way to even buy her return ticket home.   My brain cells couldn’t cope!

So she has to take on a job in order to save up money to leave before her visa expires and that’s where she meets brooding (to everyone but her it seems) Desiderio Larosa.  Color me happy because I loved this hero.  Yes, maybe it’s the Italian playboy thing, or maybe the fact he rides a fast bike, but he pushed most of my buttons. 😉  I can definitely say the hero of this story was the best part for me.  He’s struggling with so many things that I don’t want to get into so I don’t spoil the story.  It was really nice to see him get to a point where he could start healing.

Amber on the other hand I found a bit immature for my taste.  See my previous issue above.  But her attitude at times was a bit childish and got on my nerves.  Their romance however developed nice and steady.  Nothing too rushed.  But an immediate sizzle that quietly grew to explosive.  Something Ms. Halle knows how to write well.

As much angst as these two could pack in their romance, it was an entertaining read once it got going.  A bit slow for me to start and get into it.  I would’ve liked to see a better ending, it all sort of rushed to a conclusion after a problem was thrown in.  I didn’t buy that quick resolution.

We’ve been on a wild ride with these characters and their adventures around the world.  Although I still prefer LOVE, IN ENGLISH to this new series, there is one thing I have come to love.  Being totally transported to another place.  A place you may have always wanted to explore.  And these books can give you that.  All in a quaint and romantic way.  Even if they carry a bit of unnecessary angst to go along with them.  I am looking forward to seeing what this series will bring next.

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About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.


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