Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BLOG TOUR ~ Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

Karina Halle

On Sale July 28th!

From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . . 

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?


In Racing the Sun we meet a young, naive Amber MacLean.  She is traveling Europe trying to find herself and her purpose in life.  She gets a point where she has lost all of her money and mom and dad are tapped out.  She gets to a little town and decides her only option is to look for a job.  When getting to a Hostel she realizes the desk clerk is American and she asks her how did she come about getting her job.  The girl explained that down the road there was a coffee shop and you could find odds an ends jobs.  She finds one to teach young children English, she inquires and the next morning she has a response to meet a woman at the dock.

Little does she know what she is getting into, the children lost their parents.  Their older recluse brother is their guardian and he locks himself up in the families office all day and night, he gets drunk and has night terrors.  As time goes on they start to form a friendship and after a little while Derio does not hide his attraction to Amber.  

The nanny one day up and quits and Amber's role is changed drastically, while she didn't sign on for this she agrees to be the interim nanny until he finds a permanent replacement.  In the meantime she falls in love with the children and without lying to herself with Derio.  Who has fallen madly in love with her.

But what happens when you realize you have given all you can and it is still not enough.  What happens when you are exhausted, over worked, under appreciated and lonely.  What happens when your fairytale soon changes to a nightmare.  What happens when sometimes love just is not enough.

You will have to read to find out but I promise the journey of this novel is inspiring, its about learning your place in this world and when sometimes you think you have lost it all that maybe you haven't lost anything but learned a lot.

Racing in the Sun was a great book, one that I would re-read and a solid 4.5 stars.

This review was prepared by Heather McLaughlin. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets SkyThe PactLove in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.


Twitter: @MetalBlonde
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RACING THE SUN by Karina Halle

Atria Books | Paperback ISBN 9781476796444, $15 | eBook ISBN 9781476796482, $7.99 | 384 pages

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