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Sewaktu melakukan perjalanan ke Italia, hanya ada satu hal dalam benak Gina: mencari tahu asal - usul mendiang ayahnya. Tetapi gara-gara terlibat kecelakaan mobil dan ingin meminta pertanggungjawaban penabraknya, ia bertemu Lucius Caradente, pemilik Vila San Cotone, kakak pemilik mobil yang menabraknya. Pria itu memiliki nama keluarga yang sama dengan ayah Gina. Lucius yan Sewaktu melakukan perjalanan ke Italia, hanya ada satu hal dalam benak Gina: mencari tahu asal - usul mendiang ayahnya. Tetapi gara-gara terlibat kecelakaan mobil dan ingin meminta pertanggungjawaban penabraknya, ia bertemu Lucius Caradente, pemilik Vila San Cotone, kakak pemilik mobil yang menabraknya. Pria itu memiliki nama keluarga yang sama dengan ayah Gina. Lucius yang langsung terpikat pada kecantikan Gina menawari wanita itu untuk menginap di vilanya dan menanggung biaya perbaikan mobilnya. Pada suatu malam penuh gairah, Gina pun menyerahkan segalanya. Lucius berkeras ingin bertanggung jawab dengan menikahi wanita itu, apalagi setelah mengetahui ternyata Gina - lah pewaris sah Vila San Cotone, andaikan ayahnya tidak tewas dalam kecelakaan. Namun harga diri Gina tidak menginginkan hal itu. Ia tak ingin menikah hanya karena kewajiban. Ia menginginkan cinta Lucius, cinta yang tampaknya tak dapat diberikan pria itu kepadanya...


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Sewaktu melakukan perjalanan ke Italia, hanya ada satu hal dalam benak Gina: mencari tahu asal - usul mendiang ayahnya. Tetapi gara-gara terlibat kecelakaan mobil dan ingin meminta pertanggungjawaban penabraknya, ia bertemu Lucius Caradente, pemilik Vila San Cotone, kakak pemilik mobil yang menabraknya. Pria itu memiliki nama keluarga yang sama dengan ayah Gina. Lucius yan Sewaktu melakukan perjalanan ke Italia, hanya ada satu hal dalam benak Gina: mencari tahu asal - usul mendiang ayahnya. Tetapi gara-gara terlibat kecelakaan mobil dan ingin meminta pertanggungjawaban penabraknya, ia bertemu Lucius Caradente, pemilik Vila San Cotone, kakak pemilik mobil yang menabraknya. Pria itu memiliki nama keluarga yang sama dengan ayah Gina. Lucius yang langsung terpikat pada kecantikan Gina menawari wanita itu untuk menginap di vilanya dan menanggung biaya perbaikan mobilnya. Pada suatu malam penuh gairah, Gina pun menyerahkan segalanya. Lucius berkeras ingin bertanggung jawab dengan menikahi wanita itu, apalagi setelah mengetahui ternyata Gina - lah pewaris sah Vila San Cotone, andaikan ayahnya tidak tewas dalam kecelakaan. Namun harga diri Gina tidak menginginkan hal itu. Ia tak ingin menikah hanya karena kewajiban. Ia menginginkan cinta Lucius, cinta yang tampaknya tak dapat diberikan pria itu kepadanya...

30 review for Kekasih Italia - The Italian Match

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivy H

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Slightly disappointed was I with parts of this story yes. OK I'm gonna refrain from using Yodaspeak language for the rest of this review. This novel didn't exactly make me breathe sighs of romantic wonder because the MC's relationship seemed to be based only on a strong sexual attraction but the final chapter and the epilogue managed to salvage it for me. This would've been a 2 star novel had it not been for those critical parts, because it's only then that I became convinced that MC's were gonn Slightly disappointed was I with parts of this story yes. OK I'm gonna refrain from using Yodaspeak language for the rest of this review. This novel didn't exactly make me breathe sighs of romantic wonder because the MC's relationship seemed to be based only on a strong sexual attraction but the final chapter and the epilogue managed to salvage it for me. This would've been a 2 star novel had it not been for those critical parts, because it's only then that I became convinced that MC's were gonna be in a happy and faithful marriage. Prior to those parts of the story, I hadn't really trusted the depth of the H's feelings for Gina and was skeptical of his ability to be faithful to her. Lucius also came across a an opportunist who had been mainly interested in marrying Gina in order to keep the family business, and its related holdings, in his control. Gina was an Englishwoman whose biological father had been the titled heir to a Tuscan aristocratic family and the owner of a vineyard and winery. Her father had been a student in England when he'd fallen in love with, and married, her mother. He'd been on his way to Tuscany to inform his relatives of the marriage, when he'd died in an accident. His relatives never knew about the marriage or that Gina's mother had been pregnant. The heroine's mother chose not to tell them and soon afterwards married an Englishman. Gina's in Tuscany driving through the area when she's cut off at an intersection and sideswiped by the H's horrid teenage sister Donata. Gina's rental car cannot be fixed in the near future so she's forced to accept the hospitality of the H. Lucius is attracted to her and never loses an opportunity to flirt and make passes even though she's a guest in his home. He wants to have an affair with her because he thinks she's a sexually liberated Englishwoman. Gina's also attracted to him but she's reluctant to take things to the sexual level because she knows that he's a distant relative of her late father's. His relatives are rude and condescending, especially his older married sister who lives at the castello with her husband. The teenager Donata eventually becomes friends with the heroine but they're all keen to see Gina leave the castello because they don't want the aristocratic Lucius to get tied up with an English girl. Lucius and Gina end up having sex and he's shocked that she's a virgin. He also didn't use a condom so he proposes to the heroine. Gina didn't want to marry him under those circumstances because she knows he doesn't love her.But Lucius is the old school type of guy who has a reverence for virginity. He'd been having an affair ( prior to Gina's entrance in his life ) with a neighbour called Livia, but, he wasn't planning on marrying that lady because his holy phallus of pleasure isn't intended to sow seeds of noble heirs in the unhallowed ground of a woman ( Livia ) who'd been hymenally challenged when he'd had sex with her ! Lol. In fact, he'd once spoken to Gina, about Livia, and said: ‘Her beauty bears no comparison with yours!’ Lucius declared. ‘To look into her eyes is to look into soulless depths! A man may use a woman of her kind for release, but few could countenance any closer relationship.’ Kay Thorpe. The Italian Match (Kindle Locations 2365-2367). Harlequin. Kindle Edition. Okaaay then. Moving on... So, Lucius eventually blackmails Gina into marrying him because he has the financial resources to loan her stepfather money. Her stepfather's textile manufacturing business was on the verge of collapse. The marriage of convenience is rocky even though the MC's keep having hot sex. The former OW Livia even turns up to stay at the castello because Lucius' bitchy older sister had invited her , in order to cause trouble. There was some drama that resulted from this because on one night Lucius had stormed out and didn't return to bed. Gina thought he'd spent the night with Livia. He, being the proud chauvinist jerk, failed to explain immediately so the heroine assumed the worst. Gina wasn't exactly spineless, however, because she used her authority to kick out the OW and told her that she's no longer gonna have open invitations to stay overnight at the castello. Gina then got mad at Lucius, packed up her stuff and left. Lucius followed her and cleared things up: He took one of her hands in his, raising it to his lips. ‘My love for you knows no limits, mi tesoro. You must believe me when I tell you that Livia Marucchi has never, nor ever could, hold a place in my heart. I was angry when you banned her from visiting San Cotone again, yes, but only because you accepted my guilt without question. I walked in the gardens two nights ago in an agony of mind, believing you would never come to love me the way I yearned for you to love me. To have you accuse me of spending those hours with Livia—’ Kay Thorpe. The Italian Match (Kindle Locations 2360-2364). Harlequin. Kindle Edition. He also added: ‘I fell in love with the girl who gave herself so unreservedly to me that night. The girl I had every intention of making my wife, both before and after I discovered her true identity. Reprehensible of me though it was to take advantage of your father’s financial problems, I saw no other means of persuading you.’ Kay Thorpe. The Italian Match (Kindle Locations 2358-2360). Harlequin. Kindle Edition. Ok so I wished that the author had employed the use of the 3rd person omniscient narrator to prove to me that he was speaking the truth about that night they'd argued; it would've been easier to believe the H if the author had given us an insight into his inner thoughts, rather than merely trusting us to believe his words to Gina. The epilogue did show that he'd been a faithful husband though, because it's set on their 25th wedding anniversary and they've had a very happy married life as the parents of 2 adult sons, 1 daughter and they were also grandparents. Their relatives have also become nicer and the entire extended family is filled with joy and harmony during the celebration when Lucius gives a toast: ‘I wish to propose a toast of my own,’ he said. He looked down at the lovely, unlined face at his side, dark eyes filled with an emotion that brought a lump to Gina’s throat. ‘To my beautiful, incomparable wife, for twenty-five wonderful years! And for all those yet to come!’ Kay Thorpe. The Italian Match (Kindle Locations 2404-2406). Harlequin. Kindle Edition. Safety information: I don't think there's cheating because I ( perhaps naively ) chose to believe Lucius when he said that he'd not been with Livia that night. He'd also been celibate during the few weeks after Gina had returned to England. She'd been celibate as well. This is the H, Lucius: This is the heroine, Gina:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    I was surprised that Kay Thorpe could write such an incredibly cheesy story. Sure, her vintage books make me want to bash my head against the wall sometimes, especially her brazenly cheating heroes. But strangely, I think I'd rather take the brutal honesty of a cad who isn't going to be sneaky about his affairs than a weasel who tells his dumb-dumb wife that he spent two hours away from the marital bed in the middle of the night, not because he was spending them with his mistress who was having I was surprised that Kay Thorpe could write such an incredibly cheesy story. Sure, her vintage books make me want to bash my head against the wall sometimes, especially her brazenly cheating heroes. But strangely, I think I'd rather take the brutal honesty of a cad who isn't going to be sneaky about his affairs than a weasel who tells his dumb-dumb wife that he spent two hours away from the marital bed in the middle of the night, not because he was spending them with his mistress who was having a sleepover under their very roof, but because he was walking the garden in pitch dark so tortured was he at his overwhelming love for his wife. She swallowed his baloney sandwich though ROFL

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    3,5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Floqueta

    When Gina travels to the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany in search of her Italian roots, the surprises she gets are even bigger than her expectations. She knows her biological father was a Carendente and she feels much attracted to Lucius, the present count Carendente. Are they very close relatives? Fortunately, it comes out they are only distant relatives. So Gina gives in to Lucius seduction and when he realizes she was a virgin until then, he wants to marry her, but Gina is not prepared t When Gina travels to the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany in search of her Italian roots, the surprises she gets are even bigger than her expectations. She knows her biological father was a Carendente and she feels much attracted to Lucius, the present count Carendente. Are they very close relatives? Fortunately, it comes out they are only distant relatives. So Gina gives in to Lucius seduction and when he realizes she was a virgin until then, he wants to marry her, but Gina is not prepared to do so. Afterwards, when Lucius discovers that Gina has more right than him and his family to the Carendente property and title, he proposes again. Did he get cold feet that he could lose most of his material possessions to her? But not reason to fear. Gina turns his proposal down again. She is not interested in her possible Italian inheritance. But when she returns to the UK, her stepfather is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. There is no way open to her, but ask Lucius for money. Finally she agrees to marry him, but knows he is not much prepared to be a faithful husband and all seems to prove that Lucius has not broken up his relationship with his former mistress Livia. Marucci. So it is very unlikely that Gina finds any happiness. Quite recommendable vintage HP.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An unexpected marriage... Gina came to Tuscany to discover her roots, not to gain an Italian husband! But then she met Count Lucius Carendente, the most desirable man she had ever seen! Unable to resist their passion for one another, they spent one glorious night together. And the next morning Lucius informed her that they were to be married! Lucius only intended to make Gina his mistress, until the discovery of her virginity. But he had no reluctance about doing the honorable thing, if it meant G An unexpected marriage... Gina came to Tuscany to discover her roots, not to gain an Italian husband! But then she met Count Lucius Carendente, the most desirable man she had ever seen! Unable to resist their passion for one another, they spent one glorious night together. And the next morning Lucius informed her that they were to be married! Lucius only intended to make Gina his mistress, until the discovery of her virginity. But he had no reluctance about doing the honorable thing, if it meant Gina would now spend every night in his bed! That's the description on the back of the book. Quite a lot of exclamation points, that was annoying, but that isn't really the point. The point is that the author completely gave away every surprise. Idk what authors are thinking. You do a summary, people, not spoiler alert where you completely ruin what would have been the best surprises for readers. Those would have made good surprises and the author just completely took it away. Aside from being really stupid and senseless, it's just cruel to do that to readers. The way they both talked was really irritating, especially Gina. They both spoke so wordy, using big words that just made them prim and proper and boring. “Lucius might not show it, but she could sense the anger in him at her unequivocal condemnation.” “Distasteful as she found his attitude, it was hardly her place to revile him for it.” “Are you always up this early of a morning?” They were seated at table. They met at university. “I shant be coming.” Did the whys and wherefores really matter? It was just weird, old phrasing that jolted me right out of the mood. “The desire we must both of us satisfy before too long.” I knew just by reading the back of the book that it was like the olden days where men could sleep around as much as they wanted to, but they expected a woman to be pure for them, like they’re so special. I also knew I wasn’t going to like that the author would have this type of thinking in the twenty first century. This would have been more appropriate in an historical novel. And I knew I wasn’t going to like that part. What I didn’t expect was Lucius’s completely hypocritical, medieval-mindset, insulting, archaic way of thinking. That was so upsetting. “Could it be that you fear being thought a woman of easy virtue if you give way to your urges?” “Isn’t that the way a lot of men still secretly feel about women who do?” she challenged. “I can speak only for myself. I find nothing wrong with a woman indulging her needs.” “Even the one you eventually marry?” “Ah!” The exclamation was soft. “That would be a different matter.” “That’s sheer hypocrisy!” Gina accused. “Perhaps,” he returned. “I make no claim to faultlessness. The mother of my children will have known no other man but me.” He meant it, she realized. Every word! “If you’re planning on a family, you’re leaving it rather late to get started, aren’t you?” she said with a tartness that fired a sudden spark in his eyes. “I doubt that my ability to father a child is much impaired. As to the woman I do take to wife, she will obviously be young enough to bear as many babies as it takes to produce a son who will carry on the name of Caradente.” Gina gets upset, rightfully so, saying it’s all so damned clinical! She could “scarcely contain her repugnance” and said she pities whoever he marries. And then Lucius says “there are many who will envy her the life she will lead. Many who would all too willingly take her place.” Gina said “fine. Gives you plenty of choice, then.” They stay mad at each other for a little bit, but then the day after they’ve patched things up, because Gina is that type of person that keeps trying to make conversation with people that don’t want to talk to her and tries to be nice to people that aren’t nice to her. So when Lucius is mad at her she goes to him and apologizes, which I admit that she was wrong to judge him so harshly, even though her arguments are justified. I can’t believe a man in the 21st century would think that way that he wants a young wife that can bear him as many children as it takes to have the successor to pass on his name. And he says on a couple of occasions that he wants a woman to satisfy his heart, mind and body. And Gina just fits the bill to a T. She’s 25, 8 years younger than him, a virgin and she’s just irresistible. The thing I liked about Gina, the only thing, was that she was kind of fiery and didn’t mind getting mad at him. She’s putting him away and turning him down as she should, first because he’s a stranger, second because he’s related to her. But then she gets some unreliable, casual mention from Cesare, or whatever his name is, that Lucius is distantly related to her, like distant cousins and not the first cousins Gina expected. Okayy, Idk if it’s just me but any relation is too close. If you’re related to someone then you should steer clear. This isn’t the olden days where that was acceptable. But this book seems to be trying to be an historical novel all the time. Then Gina takes a walk with Lucius and just admits that she’s not denying her attraction to him any longer, and they go back to her room and have sex. And Gina, in typical dumb virgin fashion, doesn’t think about protection at all. He uses a condom I think, and has to point out to her that she could’ve gotten pregnant because she didn’t think about protection. And the back of the book is totally misleading, saying the next morning he informed her that they were to be married! That is not how it happened. The back makes it sound like Lucius is honorable and chivalrous, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. The next morning he accuses her of trying to trap him, because he had stated he would marry a virgin, and thinks that she wants marriage from him, like she’s a gold digger. That was so insulting. “Does it really matter?” she got out. “I had to lose it sometime.” “But why not, and to me?” Gina tried a smile, a hint of irony. “I hardly need to tell you what you’re already well aware of.” “You found me impossible to resist.” “That’s right. Lucius studied her hardily. “If you wanted this long, it can only be because you intended saving yourself for the man you marry.” “I waited this long,” she said, “because I never met anyone else who made me want it enough.” “Or who would perhaps offer you sufficient return?” Gina pushed a distracted hand through her hair, leaving it standing out in a dark cloud from her head. “You can’t possibly think—” “I think it possible that our conversation the other afternoon may have led you to believe I would consider an offer of marriage obligatory in the circumstances.” “That’s ridiculous!” She could still scarcely credit the suggestion. “I’m not looking for marriage with anyone!” “You would refuse me, then?” “You can count on it!” She was too furious to care what she said, or how she said it. “You may consider yourself the catch of the century, but I’d be looking for a great deal more in a husband than anything you could offer! If you—” “I take your word,” he interrupted drily. “Although I would dispute the anything.” Gina caught herself up, eyeing him in sudden confusion. “If this is your idea of a joke, it certainly isn’t mine!” “No joke,” he assured her. “Just a means of discovering the truth.” He paused, his expression difficult to read. “If you had no thought of entering into a relationship before we met, I assume that you use no form of protection?” “Does it matter?” she said again. “You did.” “A habit to be cultivated in this day and age. But supposing I had neglected to do so. You would have been running the very real risk of becoming pregnant.” “I assumed you’d be careful,” she lied. There’s a little taste of that really chivalrous behavior, and a large sample of Gina’s idiocy. And for some reason all of the conversations in this book had ‘ ‘ these around the conversation instead of these “ “. Really strange. I’ve never seen someone not use quotation marks around speaking. I couldn’t respect Gina at all after that. She slept with a stranger, someone she’d known for less than 3 days, giving up her virginity just because she was attracted to him, and he was the “first man to make her want to give it up.” If you’re a virgin at 25 years old, and then you suddenly just give it up at the drop of a hat, on a whim, it makes me wonder why you stayed a virgin so long if you were just going to give it up so easily. And the thought of contraceptives never crossed her mind. She lies and tells him she assumed he would be careful when he questioned her, when in reality she never even thought of it. There’s nothing like thoughtless, careless, unprotected sex to really make me think badly of a character. It makes her look so stupid, like she doesn’t even know that sex can result in babies. And there was no love between them, how could there be when she slept with him after mere days? So I thought really badly of her for that. He doesn’t propose to her; he tells her that night that they have to get married. “I’m here under false pretenses, and I’m sorry, but the way I feel is genuine enough. So far as I’m concerned, San Cotone is all yours. I want no part of it.” Lucius eyed her with open skepticism. “So why did you sleep with me last night?” “Because I wanted to,” she said. “Because you made me want to.” “I was unaware of out relationship then. You were not.” “We’re hardly close relations.” Gina protested weakly. “From what Cesare told me, we’re no more than distant cousins.” Lucius curled a lip. “So you drew Cesare into your web too.” “It wasn’t like that. I wasn’t sure I even had the right Caradente family until I spoke with him.” “Which was when exactly?” “Yesterday, when we were separated in Siena.” “After which, you decided the time was right to surrender your virginity to me.” ‘No!” Gina could see where this was leading. “Not the way you men. I felt…attraction towards you the moment we met, but I couldn’t let myself give way to it until I was sure we weren’t closely related. If Ottavia hadn’t taken it on herself to search my room for some reason, you’d none of you ever been any the wiser.” This pathetic scene on Gina’s part and insulting and domineering on Lucius’s part continues, making me dislike the two of them even more. Lucius says the obligation now for them to marry is twofold. First he lists that the only way to get honor for his family, besides giving up the home and title, is to marry Gina, keeping it in the family. Listed secondly is the honor for Gina because she gave up her virginity. The next night Lucius comes to her, saying he knows of only one way to convince her of the marriage. He starts kissing her and of course Gina goes right along with it. Then they’re sleeping together again and Gina, again, doesn’t think of any form of protection until it’s all over, still not realizing that you need protecting for sex! Omg, will the stupidity ever end? She realizes Lucius purposely didn’t use a condom to try to get her pregnant so she’d have to marry him. Gina isn’t mad or nearly upset enough in my opinion. She just lays there and thinks that pregnancy isn’t certain, and still plans to leave. She actually manages to get Ottavia to take her out, of course Ottavia is glad to. She’s gone for a mere 2 days before Lucius catches up with her at the hotel, Ottavia having told him where Gina was staying. He says he has a car there, and she’s like “she had little choice but to go with him.” I hate when characters say that, like they don’t have a brain of their own and must follow along mindlessly. Lucius says that he makes no excuses for his actions, and that it was wrong of him, but by then it’s too late because I already don’t like him. Idk how I’m ever supposed to like him after he tried to get her pregnant like that. It’s absolutely disgusting. When Gina remarked that she wasn’t the kind of woman to want a loveless marriage Lucius said they aren’t indifferent to each other, and she said she wasn’t talking about sex. They could both get that anywhere, and Lucius states “there will be no other man in your life. I will make sure of that!” I just got really mad at that. I’m so sick of the bossy, domineering men saying the woman can’t have anyone else in her life except him. And Gina doesn’t say anything to the contrary either. She always backs off or apologizes in the face of his anger, and he’s angry a lot. She made comments like she missed her home, and he would get mad and say her home was here and she needed to start thinking of it as home. They kept getting in arguments every time they talked. Gina said she wanted to remain British or something and not become an Italian citizen, and he got mad—again. Then the aggravation really started setting in. Gina leaves, going back to her home, and I’m like finally, this woman can actually do something. She finds out her father, step-dad, is in financial ruin so she calls Lucius for help, and he comes and makes an investment in the business or something, saying that she has to marry him. Gina agrees to marry him, of course, going along with everything in the typical mindless idiot way that she has. He comes to her while she’s in the bathroom, while she’s in her parent’s house, while her parents are home mind you, and sleeps with her in the bathtub. Again, it’s purposely unprotected so he can get her pregnant. Gina knows this, Gina does nothing about it, realizing again in an almost detached, third-party kind of way that she might get pregnant. But doesn’t ever consider to go out to any drug store and buy freaking birth control to prevent such a thing. No, she literally just sits there, too attracted to Lucius to say no, while she could get pregnant and have a baby to a complete stranger. But Gina, being the idiot that she is, comes to the conclusion that being a mother is better than half-heartedly going through a career. So she agrees to marry him, has a quick, informal ceremony, then has more unprotected sex along the way back to Italy. Just when I’m thinking I couldn’t possibly hate this book or the characters any worse, I do. This author made it her life’s mission to tick readers off as much as she could and have her character be as brainless as a noodle while doing it. Gina loves Lucius, like anyone’s buying that, she doesn’t even know anything about him other than his looks and sex, and she despairs of having a loveless marriage. That’s bad enough, because all he seems to want is sex, and doesn’t stay with her outside of that. You think that’s bad. The author introduces Livia, the woman Lucius’s mom wanted him to marry, and the woman Lucius has slept with before, I’m thinking. The author beat around the bush, or I’m sorry, in antiquated English as Gina talked, she “beat about the bush” with it, having Lucius say women like that are good for sex but nothing more. How sweet. That’s after the reader wonders in absolute anger what the heck is going on between Lucius and Livia. I knew he wasn’t really sleeping with Livia and cheating on Gina, but they’re closeness and his distant attitude really aggravated me and ticked me off to no end. I was in such a bad mood reading this and I don’t forgive authors that put me through that. Gina is told by a man that Lucius is cheating on her, and she suspects but doesn’t do a thing about it. In fact she sleeps with him that very night, cuz she just can’t resist him. My respect for this woman was in the negatives at this point. She keeps suspecting and getting “hurt” and “upset” at Lucius’s behavior, how he shows up with Livia and is gone at the same time that Livia’s gone, but doesn’t question him about it. She finally does and he gets mad, but doesn’t deny it, further angering me. Gina gets upset with herself for asking, making me hate her even more. Gina makes a comment that he’s had experience before and she hasn’t—yet. He gets all domineering male again, saying there will be no other man in her life, and trails away “if you ever…” which sounds a whole lot like a threat to me. Gotta love a man telling you what to do. That would be kind of scary for someone to get so mad and threaten you like that. She finally leaves the house sometime in all of this crap, intending to go back home, but never makes it because she gets in an accident. The baby’s fine, of course, because of course she had to get pregnant from all the sex they were having, and she was pregnant while Lucius was acting like an uncaring jerk, making the situation that much worse. He goes to leave the room, and she catches his arm, saying “mi amore.” He says don’t say it if you don’t mean it, and she pours out her love for him, even going so far as to say that she’ll fight any woman that wants him away. What. An. Idiot. Then he goes on this spiel about he loved her before they had sex, and that he’d picked her out for his bride. Um, okay. Because he clearly said he wanted a virgin and he didn’t know she was a virgin until after they had sex, but if you want to spin this sordid, crappy attempt at a love story in a positive light by lying, then go right ahead. He goes on and on, saying he thought she didn’t love him and Livia’s beauty comes nowhere near hers, and I’m just skimming and scanning, hating the both of them. Then, bam, the epilogue is here, which I think is happening in the current time, but I don’t find out until the end that it’s their 25th anniversary. Donata and Cesare even got married and had 5 kids. Way to rush that happily ever after for everybody. I hate when authors fast forward so far into the future and skip time. After the crap the author just put me through, you’ll excuse me if I don’t want to swallow this sickeningly sweet medicine. And Lucius’s hair is grey, because he’s like 59, and Gina is 50. But the author says that Gina’s face is unlined. Um, a 50 year old without any line on their face? Okayy. Let’s spin reality a little further. This was a crappy attempt at a love story minus the love, cookie cutter method on the story, about a dumb virgin who never used birth control and a domineering man that kept trying to get her pregnant and soon succeeded. This novel went against everything I believe in, firstly having sex to someone you don’t know, second having sex with someone you’re not in love with. Third, being with a bossy, domineering, possessive jerk. Fourth, getting pregnant and committing to a life-long responsibility of caring for a human being so soon in a relationship, when you haven’t any had any time to get to know each other before you’re having a family of 3. Fifth, abandoning a career for motherhood, like all woman can do is get pregnant and have babies. Sixth, having unprotected sex over and over again, and wondering each time if you’ll get pregnant. Seventh, sticking around with a husband you think is cheating on you, but not asking if he is, and having sex with him anyway. Eighth, learning that he isn’t denying the cheating accusation, and staying with him anyway, and then not caring as long as you get to stay married to him. I will NEVER read anything by this author again. This was one of the most infuriating novels I’ve read, and I’m convinced this author can’t write a romance. Also, being Italian, I’m really put off and insulted that someone would write a novel about such a crappy, hateful Italian relationship where the man is just concerned with producing an heir.

  6. 5 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    Gina came to Tuscany to discover her roots, not to gain an Italian husband! But then she met Count Lucius Carendente, the most desirable man she had ever seen! Unable to resist their passion for one another, they spent one glorious night together. And the next morning Lucius informed her that they were to be married! Lucius only intended to make Gina his mistress, until the discovery of her virginity. But he had no reluctance about doing the honorable thing, if it meant Gina would now spend ever Gina came to Tuscany to discover her roots, not to gain an Italian husband! But then she met Count Lucius Carendente, the most desirable man she had ever seen! Unable to resist their passion for one another, they spent one glorious night together. And the next morning Lucius informed her that they were to be married! Lucius only intended to make Gina his mistress, until the discovery of her virginity. But he had no reluctance about doing the honorable thing, if it meant Gina would now spend every night in his bed!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Indah Threez Lestari

    259 - 2012

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yacita Aditya

    Konflik kisah ini terlalu dieksekusi terburu2. Gina dtg ke San Cotone buat mengetahui asal-usuh sang ayah, lalu jatuh cinta dgn Luis (yg ternyata sepupunya sendiri), kemudian mereka menikah (meski awalnya terpaksa), dan masalah selesai! Kurang dijelaskan gimana sejarah ayahnya yg sebenarnya, trs bagaimana hubungan si ayah dgn Luis, begitupun hubungan Luis dgn wanita yg dijodohkan dengannya. Cerita malah fokus ke perseteruan Gina dgn Ottavia. Yg berujung pada kecemburuan Gin terhadap Luis. Tau2 s Konflik kisah ini terlalu dieksekusi terburu2. Gina dtg ke San Cotone buat mengetahui asal-usuh sang ayah, lalu jatuh cinta dgn Luis (yg ternyata sepupunya sendiri), kemudian mereka menikah (meski awalnya terpaksa), dan masalah selesai! Kurang dijelaskan gimana sejarah ayahnya yg sebenarnya, trs bagaimana hubungan si ayah dgn Luis, begitupun hubungan Luis dgn wanita yg dijodohkan dengannya. Cerita malah fokus ke perseteruan Gina dgn Ottavia. Yg berujung pada kecemburuan Gin terhadap Luis. Tau2 sdh "the end" aja.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    The Italian Match Gina goes to Italy to find where her deceased father was from. She finds not only his place of birth, but his family. She and the current owner of the estate end up becoming more than she expected. But will he be satisfied with her when there is another woman waiting?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Desi

    Terminado de leer el 14/06/2015

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    Trashy book is always a guilty pleasure. Suka banget! Luciusnya seksi gitu deh ceritanya.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I love it. Thought it was great when the Heroine stood up to the family. I really an Italian hero with honor even if he uses it incorrectly.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tukang Kueh Keren

    hm...kok bingung sama hitung-hitungan umur di ending cerita...menikah baru 25 tahun, tapi cucu udah banyak...:D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie Rollins

  15. 4 out of 5

    Oksana Lvova

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane mellors

  18. 5 out of 5

    Novrita Nando

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ratih

  20. 4 out of 5

    Akyu

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  22. 5 out of 5

    caramelfloat

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ralia Noviani

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vina Hasita

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meet_Re

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniati

  28. 5 out of 5

    Apurva Pattela

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gramedia Pustaka Utama

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carmela

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