Monday, August 18, 2014

An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne: Book Review + Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne.

An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne

182 pages

An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caff├ęs and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself… Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum. Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

My Rambles:

An American Girl in Italy is a delightfully sweet romance that will make you want to start planning a trip to Italy ASAP.

Carly is a talented classically-trained musician who is very career-minded. She is all about business when she arrives in Italy with the Easthampton Civic Symphony on a tour. She is packing an oboe and a bad attitude. If Michaelangelo's name doesn't make you swoon, his bio will. He's an Italian tour guide and vineyard owner who is dedicated to his family and business. He felt almost too good to be true.

I love stories where the relationship starts off rocky. I enjoyed watching Carly and Michaelangelo's attraction grow as they opened their hearts and minds to the possibility of romance. It happens kinda quickly, but makes sense with the story (it is a two-week tour). Aubrie Dionne does a great job of setting the scenes in Italy. I especially liked the secondary characters in the story. They were fleshed out and really added to the book (unlike some other books that I have read recently - SMH).

An American Girl in Italy is well-paced and easy to read. I would describe the book as a light romance or women's fiction with a touch of romance. I think that it would be a good weekend read or beach read for fans of sweet romance and fans of Italy.

My recommendation? Pack your virtual bags and take a trip to Italy by reading the book.

NOTE: This post is part of the book tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
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3 winners get an Italy themed notepad (US)


  1. Welcome to Kinky Vanilla Romance, Aubrie. I am happy to have you here.

    How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your book?

    I hope that you have a great tour.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  3. Thank you for hosting me! A big part of me is in every character I write- even the baddies! That's a great question. I'm glad you enjoyed my book!