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Ache For You by J. T. Geissinger
Series: Slow Burn #3
Published by Montlake Romance on November 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Boutique owner Kimber DiSanto has seen better days. She’s been dumped at the altar by Prince Charmless, her business went up in flames (literally), and now she’s stuck in Florence, Italy, with an ice-queen stepmother, to try to save her late father’s failing dress shop. Only one thing could make it worse: another man in her life. The arrogant Italian fashion tycoon offering to buy her father’s shop is as rich as he is sexy, and their attraction is off the charts. But Kimber’s not about to get burned again.
Women don’t say no to Matteo Moretti—and certainly not with Kimber’s stinging precision. With all the heat and fury sparking between them, Matteo can’t resist baiting the gorgeous American. His plan? Win her over one scorching kiss at a time.
Kimber tells herself it’s all just a game. That her broken heart isn’t in danger, and that Matteo’s touch does not make her Lady Land dance with joy. But sometimes it takes the fieriest of enemies to turn a fantasy into a real-life romance.
This author has some of the best and sassiest dialogue ever. This Slow Burn series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and Ache For You is very loosely based on Cinderella. Kimber is definitely looking for Prince Charming. She has the worst run of tragedies imaginable which felt unrealistic. The various money issues, and the money of Matteo, each dog having its own bedroom, is all unbelievable.
However, this is fiction and has a lot of fun and sexy banter. Kimber is talented and beautiful but with all the difficult happenings, it isn’t surprising she would feel confused, upset, angry and have trouble with trusting people. We don’t really get much on how she manages things with her business or any idea if she has another plan after her initial ways to participate in the fashion show don’t work out.
It would be easier if we had more of Matteo’s thoughts. He does seem to be more honest with himself about what he wants. But it doesn’t mean he handles expressing it well. At least, he offers her some comfort in her troubles even though he makes some things worse.
I liked this but I didn’t love it. I couldn’t suspend my disbelief quite enough. Kimber couldn’t catch a single break and that seemed unfair? sad? It was too much. Luckily, everything came together in the end.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge