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Monday, April 16, 2012

Lost In Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel

Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel
Publisher: CreateSpace
genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (374 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Water Lily

The best laid plans...

Halli Sanders spent two years planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Her itinerary did not include being stranded by her siblings, kidnapped by a sexy American movie star, dodging bullets, or fleeing criminals in a car chase around Lake Como. And that's just in the first three hours.

...often go awry.

Trent Tomlin put his movie career on hold to investigate his brother's murder-ruled-suicide at his Italian villa. He's closing in on the suspects when an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop helping him. The killers will stop at nothing to get the evidence--including holding Halli's family as collateral.

Life's a little different unscripted.

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. But how can he keep the evidence from falling into the wrong hands and get justice for his brother and friend without betraying Halli and her family?

Don’t you just love it when the first book of a series has you itching to buy the second? And the third? Lost in Italy is that kind of book. With likeable, believable characters who find themselves in extremely extraordinary circumstances, this is my favorite Stacey Joy Netzel book to date.

The suspense is riveting, but the characters make this book. I particularly enjoyed the motivation and thoughts underlying Trent’s apparent superficiality. It made him come alive and took him from the “man on the big screen” to a man you’d want in your life. I’ve never been attracted to a movie star before. The depth of his character made me want a happily-ever-after between him and Halli. I loved how Halli develops throughout this book, going from an uptight control freak to a normal person willing to take acceptable risks.

Ms. Netzel does a great job painting a picture of two realistically flawed people and how they used their ingrained (and necessary) coping mechanisms to not only survive, but to thrive and move beyond their flaws. Changing flaws into assets is very appealing. Oh…and the romance was so good, too.

I’m looking forward to her next Italy suspense. Lost in Italy—buy it, you’ll like it.