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They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life: Dance like nobody’s watching. Travel the world. And fall hopelessly in love. I aimed to do all three. I went to Italy to find myself. But he found me. It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room. He asked me if I needed help reading the menu. We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life: Dance like nobody’s watching. Travel the world. And fall hopelessly in love. I aimed to do all three. I went to Italy to find myself. But he found me. It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room. He asked me if I needed help reading the menu. We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I fell. Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, and we parted ways. Two years later, our eyes meet across a room again. Only this time I was on a date with another man. He went crazy in a jealous fit. But the man I met then is different now. He’s colder, harder, and officially one of the most powerful men in Italy. Dare I say it, even more enticing. But if you dance with the devil, you get burnt. And the fires in Italy are scalding hot.


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They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life: Dance like nobody’s watching. Travel the world. And fall hopelessly in love. I aimed to do all three. I went to Italy to find myself. But he found me. It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room. He asked me if I needed help reading the menu. We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life: Dance like nobody’s watching. Travel the world. And fall hopelessly in love. I aimed to do all three. I went to Italy to find myself. But he found me. It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room. He asked me if I needed help reading the menu. We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I fell. Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, and we parted ways. Two years later, our eyes meet across a room again. Only this time I was on a date with another man. He went crazy in a jealous fit. But the man I met then is different now. He’s colder, harder, and officially one of the most powerful men in Italy. Dare I say it, even more enticing. But if you dance with the devil, you get burnt. And the fires in Italy are scalding hot.

30 review for The Italian

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beware of spoilers! *********** Yuck I went back and finished this because I was curious and I really wish I hadn’t. The h was a doormat extraordinaire!!!!!! Every tune they had a fight it somehow turned around on her and she ended up soothing the H. The H was mean and angry with her all the time and she just went running back to him with no problem at all. The H was also a childish asshole. I’m just going to leave some quotes here..... ——————————— “You think I’m not sentimental?” he yells like a m Beware of spoilers! *********** Yuck I went back and finished this because I was curious and I really wish I hadn’t. The h was a doormat extraordinaire!!!!!! Every tune they had a fight it somehow turned around on her and she ended up soothing the H. The H was mean and angry with her all the time and she just went running back to him with no problem at all. The H was also a childish asshole. I’m just going to leave some quotes here..... ——————————— “You think I’m not sentimental?” he yells like a madman. “Explain to me why the hell I couldn’t orgasm for two years without imagining I was with you.” My heart drops. “Two fucking years I lived a lie with every other woman, while my heart ached for only you!” He turns and hurls the glass into the kitchen sink so hard that it smashes. He storms up the hall, and I hear the bedroom door slam. I hear something hit the wall with force. I stare at the broken glass in the sink, and my eyes fill with tears. God, I’m a bitch. (Somehow this fight was turned around on the doormat h and she ends up feeling sorry for his “unpleasant” sex life while they were apart) ——————————————— He’s beginning to annoy me now. “I have to go, Enrico. I’m going to be late. Have a safe flight. I love you.” I hang up. The phone rings immediately again and his name lights up the screen. I exhale heavily. “Yes?” “Don’t hang up on me.” The phone goes dead as he returns the favor. (Childish) ——————————————— (This lovely scene is with the H and the woman from the scene in the beginning. She works for him and had been consistently fucking him during the 2 year separation of the h and H. Oh and she also had a key to his house. Of course she dies right after this scene though) “You’re not.” I take her into my arms and hold her. “It’s all right,” I whisper into her hair. “You’re safe now.” “I haven’t felt safe since you left me,” she whispers against my neck. I feel her breath on my skin. She lifts her hand, and the gold bangles that she always wears rattle together. It’s a familiar sound—one that evokes memories. I feel an unwelcome wave of arousal seep into my body. I instantly release her from my grip and take a step back. When Sophia fucks, the sound of her bangles hitting together echoes throughout the room. The harder she fucks, the louder the sound. Fucking her is like a game a child would play to hear the sound—to make it louder. It’s the ultimate aphrodisiac. A goal that drives a man wild. Anytime I hear bangles clang together, I have a physical reaction. I clench my jaw as I try to chase away the memory. ——————————————— This story had potential and if you can deal with the stuff I mentioned here, you might like it. I love a possessive H, but this H didn’t feel like the right kind of possessive to me, he just felt mean to me but that’s just my opinion. Others might like him idk. I didn’t like him spending time and going to lunch with the woman he was with after the h either. Honestly, if that last scene with the ow hadn’t been added, it would’ve been a two star. It was completely unnecessary. Everything would’ve worked out the same way if he hadn’t gotten aroused by her. Oh yeah there’s also a part where the same ow sneaks into the H’s bed using her key to his house. She begins to do sexual things to him and he thinks it’s the h so he starts enjoying it. Once he realizes it not the h, he kicks her out. I didn’t have a problem with this as he didn’t know it was the h (although how could you not) my problem was that he never told the h about this. He never tells her about ANY of the times he’s with this woman. One of the big contributors to my 1 star rating. To be honest he really never tells her anything about anything. So overall, some people might love this story it just really wasn’t my cup of tea! ———————————————- DNF @ 18% After being cruel and abandoning the h, H has sex three times a week for 18 months. Sometimes with girls from his brothel and sometimes with girls he picks up. And he thinks about the h while he does it

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jade Violet

    The Italian is one of those books I think you're either going to love or hate. Actually, with some of the details in it I'm pretty sure that's the case. It's either a win for you or a loss. The story centers around Enrico Ferrara, an Italian policeman in Rome and Olivia Reynolds, an Aussie clothing designer on a 5 week holiday that's coming near to a close in Italy. He approaches her while out with his younger brother at a restaurant and the two hit it off. There's instant attraction - he's hot a The Italian is one of those books I think you're either going to love or hate. Actually, with some of the details in it I'm pretty sure that's the case. It's either a win for you or a loss. The story centers around Enrico Ferrara, an Italian policeman in Rome and Olivia Reynolds, an Aussie clothing designer on a 5 week holiday that's coming near to a close in Italy. He approaches her while out with his younger brother at a restaurant and the two hit it off. There's instant attraction - he's hot as hell, sweet, flirtatious, dominant in the bedroom (as she soon finds out) and an all around nice guy. After the first night together when she throws caution to the wind, they end up spending a wild and blissful weekend at his 'apartment'. When they get there that she realizes he may be a policeman but his family is seriously loaded. The Ferrara name in Italy is actually attached to billions in hotels, auto manufacturing - they're a huge conglomerate and Italian household name. This Olivia is oblivious to. They sightsee all over the city, dine, and create massive steaminess in the bedroom. When it's time for her to go down to the Amalfi Coast for two weeks to hook up with her best friend before coming back to Rome for a few days before going back to Australia, they exchange numbers, promise to stay in touch everyday and see each other when she gets back. Only that never happens. Just after seeing her off at the airport Enrico gets one of those dreaded telephone calls regarding family one never wants to get. There has been a serious accident and his world flips from the outcome. Not only is he dealing with the results of the accident but he is also dealt a shocking blow when this leads to family secrets coming to light and putting him in a place of being forced to make a commitment to something he does not want nor believes in. He is overwhelmed, angry, absolutely betrayed and resentful of his situation. To say this changes him is an understatement. For Olivia, not hearing from Enrico or ever having him answer her messages while she's on the coast stings and leads her to believe he was just a player and she swears to write him off. And when she arrives back in Rome for her flight home, their original plans are dust in the wind. Cut to almost two years later, and Olivia is still designing pyjamas for a store chain but has put in serious time, resources and resumes to try to get with a good fashion house. She applies to the New York branch of Valentino but ends up being given a job in the Milan branch instead, hmm wonder how that happened. And surprise, surprise, she runs into Enrico again. But this time he's not the free spirited soft guy she met. He's hard and unyielding and seemingly way out of line with how possessive he is of her and how jealous. This guy hasn't seen her in almost 2 years after seemingly blowing her off and that's how he's going to act? Olivia wants no part of it even though she never forgot him, try what she may. Of course, she eventually caves. The fact is while she's thought of him for all this time, he's also constantly thought of her too. But here's the rub for some people - Enrico has been sexually active during the time period they were both in their respective countries. There is even a scene with the OW in the book. Also, when his real businesses are revealed - mafia related - OW remains in the picture as she has been part of the business longer than he has. Which leads to one meeting where she comes on to him and although he rebuffs her, there are those that will get upset that he still sees her as a beautiful woman and for a moment has a near almost pavlovian moment regarding sense memory that starts to turn his body on. I know that's a no go for a lot of romance readers but once again, I really didn't care. He has a few other choice moments as well as he tries to figure out how to keep Olivia for himself whilst feeling that he has to bow to tradition and this leads him into hot and cold land with a temper to boot quite often. And yeah, this caused me to want to punch him in the face more than once! But no matter what, Rici (Enrico) is hot as fuck and he does dearly love Olivia, she's the one. To me, he just didn't know how to balance all the new weight, the constant surprises being pushed in his face, his regard to her safety and his obligations to his family to stay traditional. Their sex is hot and steamy and happens often, sometimes with Olivia using it to placate Rici and calm his anger and anxiety. Some will see her as a weak heroine. I saw her as a woman in love who finally made a choice and stuck with it, damn the consequences. I also didn't see her as oblivious, I saw her as choosing to keep a foot in denial for awhile so she didn't have to choose what she loved about him or how she would. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. For me, I got it. I got these two people and the bind that ties them no matter what they try. And his trip back to Rome with her, the Parthenon and the wine glass he's kept and his never having had a day without her in his mind - yeah, maybe I'm a pushover too but I saw both sides of him (the bastard and the softie) and like Olivia, I chose him too. My only problem I had with the book was actually none of the things listed above but instead the end. It felt as if all the danger, suspense, constantly uncovered secrets and 'how do we get past these things' all wrapped up too fast and even though I was happy with the epilogue and the choice he made to break a cycle, I still think given the journey, the author could've given more. But all in all, I loved The Italian. Maybe I just don't have enough triggers but I dug Rici in all his macho fuckedupness and it was interesting to see a young Australian woman give up home to commit to an entirely different country and way of life. So yeah, I'm gonna differ in opinion with quite a few probably and say for the huge majority, I really loved this book. Mentally kicking his ass at times was actually fun for me. This was a hot and steamy read and I actually dug his dominance. Oh, yeah, and his cock too. That definitely was a factor ; ) !! So I'm gonna go with 4**** 'let's get in on stars' with a slice of sentimentality on the side. But that 5th I'm gonna have to shave off for rushing the ending and throwing off the pace. Still though, very satisfying!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vfc

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An abhorrent anti-hero...a farce of epic proportion, disguised as romance. This is the second book I have read by this author and evidently I am not this writer’s target audience. Enrico is a dictating, borderline abusive, lacking substance, main character and undeserving of the title ‘Hero’. His personality doesn’t resonate strong and possessive, more domineering and tyrannical. He calls Olivia a wh*re, therefore she is compelled to confront the man slut to admit that she’s been pining for him. An abhorrent anti-hero...a farce of epic proportion, disguised as romance. This is the second book I have read by this author and evidently I am not this writer’s target audience. Enrico is a dictating, borderline abusive, lacking substance, main character and undeserving of the title ‘Hero’. His personality doesn’t resonate strong and possessive, more domineering and tyrannical. He calls Olivia a wh*re, therefore she is compelled to confront the man slut to admit that she’s been pining for him. Olivia was spineless, led by her hormones acting as a randy teenager and rarely sticking to her convictions. New to being a crime boss, he adapts quite easily to his inherited lifestyle. No redeeming qualities to identify other than arrogance. His mother gave him her blessing to marry for love (cough...control), after he admitted Olivia was not Italian. This was after he’d insulted Olivia by offering her Sophia’s naked tango role...which she politely declined. Excerpt::: Although there are some conditions that you will need to adhere to.” “Conditions?” “You will become a practicing Catholic.” “You will learn Italian and speak it as your first language.” “You will be under guard twenty-four hours a day, and will not go anywhere unaccompanied.” “You will move to Lake Como with me, into my main residence.” “You will become an Italian citizen.” “I want you, in every sense of the word.” “You want me to become… Italian?” “What makes you think we will work now, when two weeks ago, you were so sure that we had no chance?” “You could at least act a little excited,” he whispers half annoyed. (Incredulous she isn’t gratified he has deemed her worthy). “I’m not Italian, Rici.” “And besides, I don’t know if I want to even live with you.” “That’s non-negotiable. I need you with me.” Of course, she happily throws herself into his arms and gushes. Convoluted story, the crime lords are in a battle for ultimate supremacy. A half brother and sister are in love blissfully unaware the same man, fathered them both! Befriending an undercover policewoman, planted to obtain information. Enrico betrays Olivia by his illicit meetings with Sophia. He doesn’t share and she lives in a constant state of arousal. When is it acceptable protocol for a prostitute/bed warmer to invite herself to his home and intimidate the fiancée? He granted her that power...then acts outraged. Heroes do NOT fantasise about other women...not in romancelandia.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carla Bulian

    When I started read this book, I didn’t like, really. It was so predictable and unbelievable. But... This author has magic with words, because everything she writes is beautiful. I can’t wait to read the next!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    Honestly this book is rather absurd, it involves OTT drama, and there are moments where the hero is an ass of epic proportions, childish, and worse than a two-year-old having one colossal tantrum. Then there is the heroine - I hate how the heroine sacrifices and sacrifices so easily, the rolling over for the hero and his wants had me more than a little irked, that being said, at times the story/events taking place were so bad that they became rather entertaining – hence the 2 stars for what is a Honestly this book is rather absurd, it involves OTT drama, and there are moments where the hero is an ass of epic proportions, childish, and worse than a two-year-old having one colossal tantrum. Then there is the heroine - I hate how the heroine sacrifices and sacrifices so easily, the rolling over for the hero and his wants had me more than a little irked, that being said, at times the story/events taking place were so bad that they became rather entertaining – hence the 2 stars for what is a one-time read. There is a strand of misogyny running throughout this book that didn’t peeve me off as much as it should have/as much as it usually would – maybe due to the fabulously relaxed mood due to a super chilled weekend. The Dual POV helped things for me. Full disclosure some skim reading did occur as I read this. Acquired via KU.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    5 What a surprise stars!!!!! I am total TL Swan trash!! I love everything she writes! I don’t care what it’s about,if she’s writing I’m reading!! I love her! She writes what she wants to read, what she sees in a hero and a heroine and I think that’s one of the things I love about her. Her books are what she herself would pick up and get lost in. Most of her characters are wealthy and good looking and hung like horses

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ilaria reads too much :)

    DNF This book is a concentrate of stereotypes on Italy and Italian males and women and Italy as well Yes I take this as a personally offence By the way mrs Swan not all Italians are “Mafiosi” I inform you that we have Italians blond males with blue eye ( married one ) and we have happily passed the threshold on the 21st century women work and study in Italy By the way I really loved your Mr Masters and Mr Spencers this has ruined your writing to me for a long while This book is un readable silly p DNF This book is a concentrate of stereotypes on Italy and Italian males and women and Italy as well Yes I take this as a personally offence By the way mrs Swan not all Italians are “Mafiosi” I inform you that we have Italians blond males with blue eye ( married one ) and we have happily passed the threshold on the 21st century women work and study in Italy By the way I really loved your Mr Masters and Mr Spencers this has ruined your writing to me for a long while This book is un readable silly plot Silly h King of all asshole H

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    99% of my book choices come from reading my go to authors OR great reviews from GR friends ~ then there is that other 1%..where I actually go out on a limb and just read a random book I see! By looking at the cover I am going to guess that he is why, LOL!!!! and I always love reading a romance that takes place in Italy. This definitely worked out because this book was SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!! Enrico and Olivia had explosive chemistry and the gut wrenching, deep down to the bone...feel it in your toes ki 99% of my book choices come from reading my go to authors OR great reviews from GR friends ~ then there is that other 1%..where I actually go out on a limb and just read a random book I see! By looking at the cover I am going to guess that he is why, LOL!!!! and I always love reading a romance that takes place in Italy. This definitely worked out because this book was SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!! Enrico and Olivia had explosive chemistry and the gut wrenching, deep down to the bone...feel it in your toes kind of connection. I was hooked on their story! I smiled, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat, I went through it all!! Not only was the setting in Rome, Milan, and Lake Como - but this actually ended up being a mafia novel, I had no idea as the blurb does not allude to that at all!! Absolutely adored everything about this book!!!! And now, I have another author on my radar!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    The thoughts that go through Olivia's mind, “do you need some help?” Help with what? Kissing? Undressing? Unzipping your trousers?" Olivia has quite the temper when her man pushes her too far, “you think there’s one set of rules for you, and one set for everyone else, and quite frankly, this spoilt brat attitude you have going on is effing pathetic.” I liled this book, I liked Enrico, even it the man had crazy mood swings. The thoughts that go through Olivia's mind, “do you need some help?” Help with what? Kissing? Undressing? Unzipping your trousers?" Olivia has quite the temper when her man pushes her too far, “you think there’s one set of rules for you, and one set for everyone else, and quite frankly, this spoilt brat attitude you have going on is effing pathetic.” I liled this book, I liked Enrico, even it the man had crazy mood swings.

  10. 4 out of 5

    My Pink Fairytales

    When in Rome ⭐️ I usually write my reviews the second I finish reading the book, but in this case, I took some hours to think about it. First thought: I liked it a whole lot, though at some point I felt like some parts could have been easily skipped. Second thought: what about the turn of events in Enrico’s life? As a fairy tales lover, it’s crazy to say “it doesn’t seem real”, right? But hell, how do you call a thirty-something man that has the surprise of his lifetime and had no clue what was When in Rome ⭐️ I usually write my reviews the second I finish reading the book, but in this case, I took some hours to think about it. First thought: I liked it a whole lot, though at some point I felt like some parts could have been easily skipped. Second thought: what about the turn of events in Enrico’s life? As a fairy tales lover, it’s crazy to say “it doesn’t seem real”, right? But hell, how do you call a thirty-something man that has the surprise of his lifetime and had no clue what was happening in his own family? Ok, so here’s the thing. We have a pyjama designer from Australia who travels to Italy to “find herself”, but she meets Enrico Ferrara. He’s simply a sex god, smart, funny, arrogant, alpha to the bone, dominant, playful, witty and so on. “It’s having someone love you and all your faults, even when you forget to love yourself.” He stares at me and I smile softly. “Well, that’s obviously why I never fell in love before.” “What is?” “I don’t have any faults, and nobody could love me better than I already love myself.” Their “meet-cute” is swoony and funny and sizzling hot. Though they make plans to see each other again, Enrico’s life gets turned upside down, but don’t worry, he pulls some strings and brings her to work for Valentino, so they’ll meet again. There are two things I really loved in this book: this great love our main characters share (T.L Swan is a master in making you believe in soul-mates - see Joshua & Natalia’s story), plus all the amazing, off the charts sex they have and the Pantheon scene. ❤️ Talking to the Gods? Be still, my heart! “At 11:11 on the 21st of April every year, the moon shines through the Oculus and creates a beam of light. It is said that, in that light, you speak with the gods.” Besides these two things, I’ll have to remember how hot-headed they both were. Their arguments/fights were kinda funny.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nat P

    AMAZING!!! Another fantastic instalment from TL Swan. The love story is what we can only dream of experiencing and the one liners that T produce are hilarious! Fantastic storyline, no cliffhanger definitely a book you can enjoy time and time again like TL Swan’s back catalogue. It’s definitely recommended . Enjoy...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    ::: Overall Rating :: 1 star Series :: Standalone. Hero/Heroine :: Enrico/Olivia POV :: Alternating. Cliffhanger :: Nope. HEA :: (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)] ::: I have, admittedly, been terribly critical of books lately. Chalk it up to my pregnancy hormones, or the fact that I have a toddler at home and I'm pregnant, but my tolerance level is fairly low. Blame should probably totally be on me, is the point. But sometimes, I truly think I'm reading something different than the hundreds of people ::: Overall Rating :: 1 star Series :: Standalone. Hero/Heroine :: Enrico/Olivia POV :: Alternating. Cliffhanger :: Nope. HEA :: (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)] ::: I have, admittedly, been terribly critical of books lately. Chalk it up to my pregnancy hormones, or the fact that I have a toddler at home and I'm pregnant, but my tolerance level is fairly low. Blame should probably totally be on me, is the point. But sometimes, I truly think I'm reading something different than the hundreds of people giving a book countless five-star reviews. I just recently gave a book a five-star review, so it's not like I'm critical without mercy - I know when I read something that I connect with, and unfortunately The Italian was not that for me. I wanted to love it. I wanted to connect with the characters and go on a journey with a new-to-me author. Instead, I seemed to get a bit of a convoluted story with little character development. I wanted to like Olivia. I did. I really love grasping on to a literary heroine, seeing my own attributes in these women. It’s what makes me enjoy a story more. But I found Olivia to be wishy-washy at best, and completely bowled over by everyone around her at worst. I didn't see any strength. Except for maybe when she was commanding Rico's men to leave their home when he was drunk. I saw it then. Briefly. I just wanted more from her. I wanted her to come into her own as this queen of Italy's underworld, or something. Even if it wasn't going to be that drastic, I just wanted something more. Instead, she was constantly playing the naive, non-Italian card. Why does my boyfriend need to carry a gun? Why is there constant surveillance and security? I don't understand the language, I don't know what's going on. Yeah, we got it. But I'm not sure how many times the word mafiosi needs to be repeated, or how many clues one would need. The writing is on the wall, my dear. And then there's this: Him telling me that he couldn’t orgasm with another woman has calmed my insecurities. Yeah, that does it for me every time. "I had sex with her, love, but I couldn't orgasm. You're welcome.” And Enrico? Meh. Admittedly, I'm not really into Italian men (or mercurial men, generally). I guess, not as a general rule, just something I've noticed in the type of men I'm attracted to. I do understand the appeal, with Enrico specifically, but there was just something off to me about him. Something disingenuous. Maybe even a bit untrustworthy ((view spoiler)[could have been the description about how he was still getting turned on by the bangles on his ex-lovers wrist, while his pregnant fiance was at home, but I digress (hide spoiler)] ). I'm not sure if it was his character specifically or how his character was written. I don't know. I just didn't get him. For me, character development is a huge part of why I enjoy a book. It's what keeps me engaged. I know I'm not the minority there. So, these issues I had, coupled with repetitive dialogue and strange consistency issues, this just wasn't the book for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tzelina

    4 Italian

  14. 5 out of 5

    Veronica WordsAreMyDrinkOfChoice

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is shockingly bad and the hero an ass. So many things did not make sense, apparently the hero really loves the heroine, really? It was a bit obvious he is a man whore in the separation between him and the heroine. We see he has a regular ow in the separation, Sophia, who he fucks, but can never orgasm with? He repeats she means nothing to him etc. But towards the end of the book there is a big scene with her coming onto him. Her bangles bang together and he is suddenly aroused as it re This book is shockingly bad and the hero an ass. So many things did not make sense, apparently the hero really loves the heroine, really? It was a bit obvious he is a man whore in the separation between him and the heroine. We see he has a regular ow in the separation, Sophia, who he fucks, but can never orgasm with? He repeats she means nothing to him etc. But towards the end of the book there is a big scene with her coming onto him. Her bangles bang together and he is suddenly aroused as it reminds him of having sex with her? His reaction was visceral, yet then he was banging her he never even orgasmed? Makes no sense to me how he was so turned on yet he never really enjoyed being with her and was always left feeling empty after their encounters? He loves Olivia so much, but seems tempted to have the ow as his Mistress? The only reason he turns her down seems to be because he remembers Olivia being pregnant. Why was he so tempted when he has supposedly wanted Olivia for so long, and now finally has her? Also, we are told he did not love Sophia etc, but when she dies his reaction is extreme, he swore revenge, reflected on her beauty, and how in another life she might have made him happy? What the hell? Weird seeing as he stated their ‘relationship’ had no romantic feelings involved. The whole drama with his fathers mistress, and Olivia saying to respect her etc was also ridiculous, everyone had rose tinted glasses with situations, but the fact Enrico (hero) thought his parents were so in love, really made no sense when apparently the father never loved his wife and was always pining for another woman? Maybe I was meant to feel sympathy etc, but it just seemed all so sordid and pathetic. Also how did Enrico never catch his father and mistress together when he went to Lake Como? The author also added, just to make sure no one felt sorry for the betrayed wife, that the reader is told Enrico’s mother married only for money, and did not care his father had a mistress. So why did she care when his father went to Lake Como to be with the ow then? Does not add up. If this was not all enough, it was riddled with Italian stereotypes, avoid! Merged review: This book is shockingly bad and the hero an ass. So many things did not make sense, apparently the hero really loves the heroine, really? It was a bit obvious he is a man whore in the separation between him and the heroine. We see he has a regular ow in the separation, Sophia, who he fucks, but can never orgasm with? He repeats she means nothing to him etc. But towards the end of the book there is a big scene with her coming onto him. Her bangles bang together and he is suddenly aroused as it reminds him of having sex with her? His reaction was visceral, yet then he was banging her he never even orgasmed? Makes no sense to me how he was so turned on yet he never really enjoyed being with her and was always left feeling empty after their encounters? He loves Olivia so much, but seems tempted to have the ow as his Mistress? The only reason he turns her down seems to be because he remembers Olivia being pregnant. Why was he so tempted when he has supposedly wanted Olivia for so long, and now finally has her? Also, we are told he did not love Sophia etc, but when she dies his reaction is extreme, he swore revenge, reflected on her beauty, and how in another life she might have made him happy? What the hell? Weird seeing as he stated their ‘relationship’ had no romantic feelings involved. The whole drama with his fathers mistress, and Olivia saying to respect her etc was also ridiculous, everyone had rose tinted glasses with situations, but the fact Enrico (hero) thought his parents were so in love, really made no sense when apparently the father never loved his wife and was always pining for another woman? Maybe I was meant to feel sympathy etc, but it just seemed all so sordid and pathetic. Also how did Enrico never catch his father and mistress together when he went to Lake Como? The author also added, just to make sure no one felt sorry for the betrayed wife, that the reader is told Enrico’s mother married only for money, and did not care his father had a mistress. So why did she care when his father went to Lake Como to be with the ow then? Does not add up. If this was not all enough, it was riddled with Italian stereotypes, avoid!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    I have so many feelings about this book. I honestly don't write very many reviews for Kindle books. They are usually fast and quick and then I move on. Almost like a one night stand. But Olivia and Enrico have got a hold on my heart. What starts as a sexy weekend together in Rome, quickly becomes a fiasco, when Enrico's father and grandfather die in a purposeful car crash, leaving him the head of a crime family he had tried to run from. His plans of a love-at-first-sight romance with Olivia have I have so many feelings about this book. I honestly don't write very many reviews for Kindle books. They are usually fast and quick and then I move on. Almost like a one night stand. But Olivia and Enrico have got a hold on my heart. What starts as a sexy weekend together in Rome, quickly becomes a fiasco, when Enrico's father and grandfather die in a purposeful car crash, leaving him the head of a crime family he had tried to run from. His plans of a love-at-first-sight romance with Olivia have to be put on hold and he ends things in the least elegant way I have ever heard. Leaving Olivia to think that she dodged a bullet and she returns home to Australia from her Holiday determined to forget him. When they are drawn back together, as in Enrico makes sure she comes back to Rome, neither has been able to get the other out of their skin. But time has changed Enrico, the free loving Police Officer is now the King of Italy, with danger and bodyguards following every step. ********* I just loved this book. I wasn't expecting it to make me feel. They passion, the danger, the situations, their fights, and the sex are freaking amazing. But there was so much more to this than smut, and that is why I had to write a review. Enrico made my soul ache for the situation he is in. He wants to be a good man, he wants to marry a woman he loves. He doesn't want to run brothels or carry on the family line. But you really FEEL his conflict. His want for something pure and good in Olivia. He can't just throw up his hands and quit. Not only would his enemies still chase him, but hundreds of people rely on the life he provides for them. It was a very complex story and I was so drawn in. There are still some of the normal troupes to this. He is a bit controlling, very bossy, and so many times Olivia ignores obvious warnings for safety to do whatever she wants. But they challenge each other. I love that Enrico isn't always wrong and having to grovel for her forgiveness. That always annoys me when the woman never tries to understand. This story was beautiful. I want to read it again. And I think you should give it a try too. There is so much here besides sexy times. 5/5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chanah Dickson (The Book Whisperer)

    Warning!!!! This book will consume not only your heart but your mind and soul will be forever lost to Enrico!! This was a rollercoaster ride like no other, TL Swan takes us on a frantic and momentous journey that although scary at times you won’t ever want to get off! Olivia and Enrico’s story leads us down the path of no return, there’s love, heartbreak and drama like no book will come close too! She doesn’t just write a story she invades our mind with her words, pollutes it with her amazing ch Warning!!!! This book will consume not only your heart but your mind and soul will be forever lost to Enrico!! This was a rollercoaster ride like no other, TL Swan takes us on a frantic and momentous journey that although scary at times you won’t ever want to get off! Olivia and Enrico’s story leads us down the path of no return, there’s love, heartbreak and drama like no book will come close too! She doesn’t just write a story she invades our mind with her words, pollutes it with her amazing characters and then finishes it off by ripping our hearts out while there still beating gives it a good stomp and then puts it back in place never to be the same again! Well done Tee you killed this book and my soul all in one sitting! But glad to say by The End I was in a happy place like one I’ve never experienced before! You rock my friend!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nomims

    DNF at 37% I rarely put one star to a book. I value author works even if in my opinion it's not my taste. In this case i know what i was getting into to be honest, immature characters with a weird and toxic relationship. Yet i find this author writing really good and engaging. And maybe i have an unhealthy fascination to the wreck of her characters. So yeah i knew i wouldn't condone the behaviors but still enjoy it sometimes (totally like reality tv haha). But in this one i was very very very appal DNF at 37% I rarely put one star to a book. I value author works even if in my opinion it's not my taste. In this case i know what i was getting into to be honest, immature characters with a weird and toxic relationship. Yet i find this author writing really good and engaging. And maybe i have an unhealthy fascination to the wreck of her characters. So yeah i knew i wouldn't condone the behaviors but still enjoy it sometimes (totally like reality tv haha). But in this one i was very very very appalled. Sick behavior really : the guy who's to blame (and for good reasons) and who knows he's to blame... turns the situation and makes the girl say sorry... WTF !!! He even insulted her and said really hurtful things and it felt gratuitous not even because "he had to for the sake of protecting her bla bla bla". The girl was judgy as hell and had no value of herself it was sad. If only i knew she was going to "evolve" but i'm sure she won't... The "special" thing of this author is also epic fights between the characters which end up in tears or a fuck fest. I know that IRL we fight each other and love make us do or say stupid things. BUT in her stories i find those fights or relationship really toxic as hell and too frequent. Also you don't change your mind every 30 seconds ! The girl was often angry but never expresses herself she just succombed to the guy super sexyness (lol). Come on yeah i get it sometimes you don't to resist and just have some fun but being treated like shit and not saying a thing every fucking time is like saying " i'm less than the shit on your shoe, please crush me i love it". Like i said not one once of respect for herself, it doesn't excuse the guy behavior though. Anyway i couldn't take it anymore so i dnfd. It's too bad because the story around could've been interesting even if cliché.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tianna✸loves books✸

    I didn’t understand the H. See I have no problem with H being possessive and controlling. But this one was a complete jerk. The author was confused whether to make him possessive or make him dumb. Since the first meeting the H likes the h. Even after two years, he still thinks about her. He tries to find h in every girl he meet. Before he could have never be able to partner with the h as she is not an Italian. But now he is the leader. His grandfather or father is not there to oppose. So why did I didn’t understand the H. See I have no problem with H being possessive and controlling. But this one was a complete jerk. The author was confused whether to make him possessive or make him dumb. Since the first meeting the H likes the h. Even after two years, he still thinks about her. He tries to find h in every girl he meet. Before he could have never be able to partner with the h as she is not an Italian. But now he is the leader. His grandfather or father is not there to oppose. So why didn’t he just confront her? His brother asks him the same question. Seems that the H is not sure the h will want to relocate herself in another country. Now why would he assume that? His brother gives him an idea that he is the leader now and he can do anything he wants. So the H makes circumstances where the h gets job in his country. So that he can reconcile with her. But when he sees her with a tinder date, he calls her a tinder whore. And then he leaves her. Then next day she confronts him at his office and lashes out at him. Then again he doesn’t chase her. They meet again coincidentally at a party where he tries to confront her. So you see the H is lousy here. I don’t like his chase at all. If at all you can call it a chase. He is dull and boring. I don’t feel any love from him.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF 30% So lately I haven't been writing many reviews. My reading time is very limited now and I rather spend it reading than writing the reviews but I definitely have something to say about this one. I was so absolutely disgusted by this book... So.here it goes: The H/h meet in Rome while she's on vacation traveling through Italy by herself. They have an "instant connection" and they have a two day/night affair but she has to leave and meet her friend to continue her trip along the coast, but she DNF 30% So lately I haven't been writing many reviews. My reading time is very limited now and I rather spend it reading than writing the reviews but I definitely have something to say about this one. I was so absolutely disgusted by this book... So.here it goes: The H/h meet in Rome while she's on vacation traveling through Italy by herself. They have an "instant connection" and they have a two day/night affair but she has to leave and meet her friend to continue her trip along the coast, but she'll be back in two weeks and meet him again and see where this new "relationship" ( and I use the term loosely) might go. Ok, so far I can take it. It's cliched instalove but I can deal with that. So, right when the h leaves, the H receives a phone call that his dad and grandfather were just in a car accident and they both die. All of a sudden he finds out that his grandfather was the "Mob boss" and leader of the Italian mafia and he's supposed to take over. Here I start to roll my eyes because, really? The H is a cop and he had no idea his grandfather and father are the leaders of the whole Italian mafia? Ok. Moving on. So after two weeks and many attempts to contact the H with no response from him, the h comes back to Rome only to be detained at the airport because police found a bunch of cocaine in her luggage. She's thrown in jail were she just happens to see the H because he must still be a cop on top of being in the process of taking over the mafia business. She pleads for him to help her. He acts like a jerk to her and tells her "she's more trouble than she's worth", but he still sends his lawyer to help her, but the deal is she was released in exchange for leaving the country right away. She's escorted out and taken straight to Australia (she's Australian) on the H's private jet, but she never sees the H again. Don't worry, I'm just as confused as you right now. Who put the drugs in her bag? Why? Is it related to the mafia to hurt the H? What just happened? It's all nonsense. I guess I'll never get the answers to my questions now. Anyway, I kept reading... So I think two years go by and we have a lovely detailed scene with the H having sex with an OW. He's in the middle of it and he's thinking how he has to have sex at least three times a week but he suffers because he can never "release" because he's still thinking about the h. So in order to find his "release" he has to picture the h's face so he can "get the job done". (And they say romance is dead!! He has sex with "one or two women" several times a week for two years but he's still obsessively thinking about the h? Gag! How many times have I read that? It's one of the stupidest cliches an author can write to justify the H being a manho. Why did I keep reading? I don't know. So this douchebag decides it's time to reunite with the h, and since he's the mafia boss now (and one of the richest men in the world! 🙄) he arranges for the h to get a job at none other than Valentino. She comes to Italy all excited to land a job with such prestigious designer (since she was so.qualified because her previous work was to make pajamas for KMart 😂). So here is when she realizes it's time to move on because she has been pining for the H these last two years. She obviously hasn't had a relationship or been with anyone since him. Great! I love a heroine with such sense of... Loyalty (I'm being sarcastic, in case you can't tell). So she goes on Tinder of all things and gets herself a date. Because of course like in every romance novel worst cliche, she's so gorgeous, and beautiful but can't manage to get a date otherwise 🙄. Whatever, at least she's meeting someone. So she's out at a restaurant with her date, and of course the H happens to be there too. He sees her and he gets enraged that she has the nerve to go out with some guy. How dare she! They spent two whole days together!! Sure he insulted her, basically told her she's worthless, didn't contact her for two years but who cares! She has some nerve to date while he's having trouble cause he can't stop thinking about her while he's [email protected]#$% other women! The gall!! Oh it gets better. He drags her out of the restaurant, and says things like: "after I go to the trouble of arranging a fantastic job for you and bringing you to this country! This is what you do! Go out with some guy? (Of course he says all this in Italian so she doesn't understand any of it, because obviously she doesn't know he arranged it. She still thinks she got the job based on her fabulous work experience). Then she lets it slip that she met the guy on Tinder. Now that did it! He gets even more enraged and calls her a "Tinder whore". Says now that he knows how she really is he doesn't want her anymore. Yeah, are you not disgusted enough? because it gets even better later on when she's recalling what happened and has these thoughts: "I’ve been going over and over the things Enrico said on Saturday night. You’re just another Tinder whore. Five words have cut me to the bone. The worst part is, it’s true. I was never cut out for dating a stranger. How could I possibly think I was? I keep seeing the sheer disgust on his face. The way he stormed out and left his friends without going back. I didn’t sleep all night for thinking about that look on his face. It will haunt me forever." SHE BLAMES HERSELF!!!!! Really! At this point I know I can't read anymore of this garbage, but I skip a few pages and stumble upon the next time they see each other. This is their conversation: “How about you start with the caveman act during my date on Saturday night. I would like an apology for that.” He clenches his jaw and stands, angered. “He wasn’t your date.” “Yes. He was.” “You met him on Tinder. Don’t insult my intelligence, Olivia. Tinder isn’t dating.” “What do you care who I date?” “I don’t,” he fires back. “Get out. You’re not the woman I thought you were, anyway.” “Ha!” I cry. “That’s the pot calling the kettle black.” “The what?” “You’re not even a man. Your good looks and money can’t hide what a fucking asshole you really are.” He lifts his chin in defiance. “Since when do you curse so much?” “Since now.” “Go back to Tinder, Olivia.” He rolls his eyes. “I am not interested in your dramatics.” I lose control. “How dare you,” I sneer. “What man leaves a woman in a prison to rot?” “I organized for the best lawyer in Italy to bail you out.” “But where were you?” I cry as my eyes fill with tears. I swipe them away, annoyed with myself for baring a weakness. “You left me when I needed you the most. I needed a friend.” My voice cracks betraying my bravery act. “I had a lot on my plate. It was a very bad time for me.” “Yes, I know. You and your thousands of lovers. You make me sick.” “You fuck strangers on Tinder,” he growls. “I should have left you in that cell to rot.” “You were the last man I slept with, asshole, not that that’s any of your business,” I sneer. “Yes, I know that’s pathetic, and damn it, I’ll be rectifying the situation immediately. You left a bitter taste in my mouth, and up until now, I couldn’t stomach the thought of being with another. But thank you very much for reminding me of what you really are. I am well and truly ready to meet a real man.” And she storms out. Yeah! She really taught him a lesson there! 🙄 I skipped a few more pages, and they see each other a some event, where she tries to drive him mad with jealousy talking to other guys, and since she informed him that she never slept with anyone else, I guess she's worthy of his attention again because he scares every other man away from her and she proceeds to melt over him. 😤 And this is where I couldn't read anymore🤮. I just can't believe a "romance author” would write things like this. Rant over.

  20. 4 out of 5

    CLiK Books

    The Italian - TL Swan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   The superlatives I could use to describe ‘The Italian”, would consume a dictionary. A mediocre story – ABSOLUTELY NOT! Sketchy characters – HELL NO WAY! Lacking substance – TOTALLY NOT! This book was just 100% incredible. Every word, every character and every scenario was measured and delivered with brilliance. TL Swan has been one very busy writer but her trip to Italy has inspired this masterpiece of seriously hot, incredibly moving and emotive writing and I am exsta The Italian - TL Swan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   The superlatives I could use to describe ‘The Italian”, would consume a dictionary. A mediocre story – ABSOLUTELY NOT! Sketchy characters – HELL NO WAY! Lacking substance – TOTALLY NOT! This book was just 100% incredible. Every word, every character and every scenario was measured and delivered with brilliance. TL Swan has been one very busy writer but her trip to Italy has inspired this masterpiece of seriously hot, incredibly moving and emotive writing and I am exstatic that I got to read and review The Italian. Bravo Signora Swan Splendidamente scritto e consegnato

  21. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    Yes, I finished it, I finished a romance book, contemporary romance book, no less. Feels like victory! Rating: 3 stars Cover: It’s alright but initially, it got my attention. I rather prefer this than chest showing monkeys out there. Trigger: Oh honey, where do I start? OK, no visible triggers but some unsettling stuff. Mafia-related. Review: I don’t do romance. Okay, that might be an overstatement, but I definitely don’t do contemporary romance. But every once in a while, I turn to them as a pala Yes, I finished it, I finished a romance book, contemporary romance book, no less. Feels like victory! Rating: 3 stars Cover: It’s alright but initially, it got my attention. I rather prefer this than chest showing monkeys out there. Trigger: Oh honey, where do I start? OK, no visible triggers but some unsettling stuff. Mafia-related. Review: I don’t do romance. Okay, that might be an overstatement, but I definitely don’t do contemporary romance. But every once in a while, I turn to them as a palate cleanser and feel hugely disappointed in them and mostly stop reading after 10-15% of the book. What I trying to say is, don’t take this review too seriously, cause I’m not the best reviewer for that. Coming back to the book and story, I thought I liked the beginning of the book and hence I got the strength to actually keep reading and finish it. I work in male dominant industry (aren’t all industries are male dominant already) so I know what it is to be around powerful men. Men who don’t take your opinion too seriously cause you have a vagina (okay, that might be too harsh) but what I am trying to say is, they are smart, funny and intelligent and you feel attracted toward them, no matter. *Disclaimer: No thank you, I am happily married. Sometimes they behave like a bunch of assholes and completely get away with it cause they are cunning and use their intelligence to make you think it was you who was stupid. That what was happen to Olivia. Enrico gets away with a lot of stuff in my opinion where Olivia certainly could have made him sweat a bit. Mafia romance is something which makes me uncomfortable but somehow T.L. Swan made it work. To me, THAT is the author’s biggest achievement. I might read next in the series though (no, not really) While I was reading this, it reminded me a lot about my Italy visit, pasta, pizza, and a few of my amazing friends there. They definitely made my stay memorable there and believe me when I say this NONE of them actually belonged to/with the mafia. Maybe they are, what the heck do I know? But if you find romance in Italy, 90% of the chance is that the person should not be related to Mafia, at all. Just saying… Review in image/gif: Recommended: Yes. Aftermath: (possible spoilers) I mentioned earlier that I might read next on in the series, but I am too terrified to get myself caught in (view spoiler)[incest (hide spoiler)] romance. It would be more than I have ever bargained for. If someone can drop me a message to make sure it is not that, I would really appreciate it and there are chances I would make an attempt to read it though. Ciao!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks

    ***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion*** Well, what can I say? I discovered T.L. Swan this year and I definitely like her writing. She engages the reader with her characters and it wasn't different with Olivia and Enrico. They definitely made me connect with them. I love that the story started in a way and it completely changed and yet this change made sense and I still managed to connect with the characters and the story. I didn't expect it to become what it did and it was a nice surpr ***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion*** Well, what can I say? I discovered T.L. Swan this year and I definitely like her writing. She engages the reader with her characters and it wasn't different with Olivia and Enrico. They definitely made me connect with them. I love that the story started in a way and it completely changed and yet this change made sense and I still managed to connect with the characters and the story. I didn't expect it to become what it did and it was a nice surprise. I liked Olivia, although she was a bit of a cliché. But the kind I overall enjoy. She frustrated me some times, but I liked her after all. I wasn't so sure about Enrico when he first appeared but a few pages in and I was hooked. He is definitely an alpha male and I enjoy those (when they're well written). The story has a good ammount of angst, which I always appreciate. The hero and heroine are very explosive together, either it's in the bedroom or their "fights". Now, you won't see me saying this about many stories, but I do think this could have had a sequel, or maybe be a bit longer. Towards 80% and 90% of the story I was thinking it was gonna have a cliffhanger and there would be a second book because there was still a LOT to happen. It is a standalone book, though. So I think the ending was rushed. The story progressed so well that, in my opinion, it deserved something more. I also missed some scenes there were supposed to happen and didn't (things that were mentioned, like Olivia meeting some people). There will be more books, but about other characters and I think some of my theories will be explained and unraveled there. I don't mind how the story ended (although I wished some things happened), but I do think there could have been more into the story towards that ending.

  23. 5 out of 5

    BG

    2 'Only for the heroine' Stars ⭐⭐ Firstly , I think this is the best T. L. Swan's book I've read because of the following reasons: The heroine, Olivia, in this is quite loveable and funny unlike all the other books of her where the heroines just giggle too much and make absolutely stupid life decisions. The story was also very well written and intriguing to read. Then why the hell did I not give this a 4 or 5 star...well the whole story was ruined for me because of one freaking scene. Never in my 2 'Only for the heroine' Stars ⭐⭐ Firstly , I think this is the best T. L. Swan's book I've read because of the following reasons: The heroine, Olivia, in this is quite loveable and funny unlike all the other books of her where the heroines just giggle too much and make absolutely stupid life decisions. The story was also very well written and intriguing to read. Then why the hell did I not give this a 4 or 5 star...well the whole story was ruined for me because of one freaking scene. Never in my life have I been this disappointed. 🤧 This scene happens when both the hero and Olivia are in a steady relationship. (view spoiler)["She lifts her hand, and the gold bangles that she always wears rattle together. It’s a familiar sound—one that evokes memories. I feel an unwelcome wave of arousal seep into my body. When Sophia fucks, the sound of her bangles hitting together echoes throughout the room. The harder she fucks, the louder the sound. Anytime I hear bangles clang together, I have a physical reaction." (hide spoiler)] I know this isn't such a huge deal for people but it just irked me the wrong way. Another thing which bugged me about the book is that Enrico sleeps with numerous women in their two-year long separation but when Olivia goes on a tinder date he proceeds to punch her date and call her a 'whore'. 😑😒 like excuse me?! Who the hell are you to call her that! Time and time again I've read T. L. Swan hoping this will be better than the last one but I've been disappointed every time. I just effing hate her heroes they are usually jerks with massive egos and not likeable at all. "There is a thin line between self-confidence and arrogance."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phyl

    This story wasn’t what I expected. To be honest with the title The Italian I had no inklings to what the story would be. I have read most Italian male are playboy cheating scumbag and I’m glad to say this is not Enrico at all. He’s very passionate, intense and loyal. A man who’s very family orientated. Life becomes interesting when he meets an Aussie girl. He’s enthralled as is she. They have an incredible connection and chemistry. He’s can be very sweet when he’s not being an angry arrogant ass This story wasn’t what I expected. To be honest with the title The Italian I had no inklings to what the story would be. I have read most Italian male are playboy cheating scumbag and I’m glad to say this is not Enrico at all. He’s very passionate, intense and loyal. A man who’s very family orientated. Life becomes interesting when he meets an Aussie girl. He’s enthralled as is she. They have an incredible connection and chemistry. He’s can be very sweet when he’s not being an angry arrogant ass. I liked Olivia’s feistiness she needed it to deal with grumpy butthead Rico. This has the most erotic sex scenes I have read, you will come just from reading these. Olivia was hilarious is dealing with her lust over Rico. ‘I want him draped all over me like a scarf’ I loved how weak she is around him. ‘Be cool not fan girl’ This is a beautiful love story, not an easy one that’s for sure. Although I liked how it ended I felt it was rushed. The next book, holy F.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    It was interesting and I wanted to keep reading BUT the hero definitely verged into abusive with his outbursts, scary jealousy, and how he never seemed to apologize. (HOW WAS SHE NOT MADDER HE CALLED HER A TINDER WHORE AND SAID HE WANTED TO STRANGLE HER??? I get that maybe you could argue the strangling thing is like a common sentiment when you're mad at someone, but he's said a lot of mean things!!!) I absolutely love an OTT possessive jerk of a hero, but he kept going over lines and didn't get It was interesting and I wanted to keep reading BUT the hero definitely verged into abusive with his outbursts, scary jealousy, and how he never seemed to apologize. (HOW WAS SHE NOT MADDER HE CALLED HER A TINDER WHORE AND SAID HE WANTED TO STRANGLE HER??? I get that maybe you could argue the strangling thing is like a common sentiment when you're mad at someone, but he's said a lot of mean things!!!) I absolutely love an OTT possessive jerk of a hero, but he kept going over lines and didn't get challenged about it. I might try some of the author's other things, but this probably won't be one I reread.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Herndon

    The Italian Man. One thing about TL is that her brain must be a magnificent place. While lots of authors have a systematic way of writing a plot, which tends to allow an avid reader to think they see where something is going, I NEVER predict the turns her books take. I sincerely hate I finished it already. This. Book. Was. Everything. Seriously. I don't even know how to write this Enrico & Olivia. Ol-iv-I-a... seriously. *fans face* Hot. Sweet. She writes possessive alpha-hole soooo well!!! First The Italian Man. One thing about TL is that her brain must be a magnificent place. While lots of authors have a systematic way of writing a plot, which tends to allow an avid reader to think they see where something is going, I NEVER predict the turns her books take. I sincerely hate I finished it already. This. Book. Was. Everything. Seriously. I don't even know how to write this Enrico & Olivia. Ol-iv-I-a... seriously. *fans face* Hot. Sweet. She writes possessive alpha-hole soooo well!!! First handful of chapters are kismet, fate, perfection. Their future. Then unthinkable things happen. Things out of their control. 18-months go by, but fate has other plans. Simply adored this and every time I thought left the story went right. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chasidy

    I am huge fan of T.L. Swan and the characters she writes. Enrico and Olivia are no exception. I was immediately drawn in and didn’t want to put the book down. The book was filled with twists and turns that I never saw coming. For me, the ending was rushed a bit, but the overall story was great! I cannot wait to see what’s next.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danni Oxtoby

    I'm gutted to be giving this book a 3 coz I love TL Swans writing in general but something was off for me with this book! It just didn't flow well and the way the characters spoke at times was strange! Also the storyline in places was beyond unbelievable! I wont give details coz I dont want to spoil it for anyone but I had some serious eye rolling goin on!! I'm gutted to be giving this book a 3 coz I love TL Swans writing in general but something was off for me with this book! It just didn't flow well and the way the characters spoke at times was strange! Also the storyline in places was beyond unbelievable! I wont give details coz I dont want to spoil it for anyone but I had some serious eye rolling goin on!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a second chance romance with a bit of mafia overcast (not dark at all). Enrico is an Italian policeman when he meets Australian Olivia who is visiting on holiday. They have a quick romance and fall instantly. But some things happen with Enrico’s family that rocks his world and separates the two. 2 years later they reunite and Enrico is no longer the dreamy man she remembers and this starts the obsessive pursuit of Olivia with many new secrets revealed in the process....I didn’t like thi This was a second chance romance with a bit of mafia overcast (not dark at all). Enrico is an Italian policeman when he meets Australian Olivia who is visiting on holiday. They have a quick romance and fall instantly. But some things happen with Enrico’s family that rocks his world and separates the two. 2 years later they reunite and Enrico is no longer the dreamy man she remembers and this starts the obsessive pursuit of Olivia with many new secrets revealed in the process....I didn’t like this one AT ALL! This was a shitty story. I had issues with the story, the MCs and secondary characters. Both the H and h were very hard to like and the story was not engaging and just dragged across 500 pages. By the 30% mark I was just annoyed until the very end. Enrico/Rico/Rici was really a possessive douchey asshole (but I can actually why he changed). Olivia is one short of a lightbulb and annoyingly whiney. I was not into her at all. The total acceptance of all the lies and deceit from everyone is depressing. How many OW drama are you going to have?!?!?? Angelina, Giuliani, Lorenzo, everyone else from Rico’s dad side can suck it as they knew the deal. If I was Enrico, and a true Don, I’d feel exactly the same and made everyone pay. Yes he was truly an asshole but he did have some points and frankly this ending was just pathetic. But this is not dark, not really a true mafia story, it’s rather weak and soft, very boring. There was no redemption or retribution and everything was just neatly brushed under the rug. I handily was on Enrico’s side when it came down to everyone making him do the “right” thing and fuck all others who tried to convince him otherwise. Couldn’t wait for this shitshow to end! 0.5 stars and only because of the first 15% of the initial romance not for the stupidity of the rest of the story. This book has nothing but a bunch of cowardice weak men. The alpha they try to project is fake as no one owns up to anything leaving a trial of misdeeds and passes the buck for the next heir to clean up. I hope his dad and grandfather are rotting in hell. I don’t care about Guiliano, Angelina, Lorenzo, the mom or Olivia frankly or the rest of the story arc to continue. Put this silliness to rest.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Mio Dio! What a ride! Olivia is every girl, wide eyed and out of her element on her first solo trip to Rome. Enrico is born and bred Italian, dripping with sexiness and mischief. And their 3 day Roman love affair is what dreams are made of. Olivia is only in Rome briefly before she heads to the Amalfi coast for a two week girls trip with her bestie. But she meets Enrico,”Rici”, and her world is turned inside out. He’s warm and sweet and romantic and the most beautiful man she’s ever met. (The scen Mio Dio! What a ride! Olivia is every girl, wide eyed and out of her element on her first solo trip to Rome. Enrico is born and bred Italian, dripping with sexiness and mischief. And their 3 day Roman love affair is what dreams are made of. Olivia is only in Rome briefly before she heads to the Amalfi coast for a two week girls trip with her bestie. But she meets Enrico,”Rici”, and her world is turned inside out. He’s warm and sweet and romantic and the most beautiful man she’s ever met. (The scene in the Pantheon is swoon worthy!) And he wants her, really wants her, as much as she wants him. At the end of what had been the best weekend of her life, she says goodbye to him with a promise to return in two weeks to pick up where they had left off. They fell so hard and fast for each other early on and I wondered what could possibly be left of the story. I had no idea the wild ride I was in for! The end of their weekend sparks a chain of events that would forever change their lives. Fast forward a few years and the wild ride has just begun! Enrico is the sexiest man I’ve read in a long time. Olivia is smart and strong and sometimes frustrating but oh so likable. Together they burn up the pages! There were so many moments where I was on the edge of my seat and towards the end of the book I was praying for an HEA because I really couldn’t see a way out. There are so many characters and things going on all at once, this could easily have been two books. As it stands, the author showed mercy and thankfully did not leave us hanging, but the end did feel a little rushed. Meanwhile, there is definitely more to the the Ferrera family story left to be told and I can’t wait to read it! 4.5 stelle lucenti for The Italian!

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