Saturday 7 May 2022

The Italian Job by Kathryn Freeman (2022)


Dream job. Dream house. Fake fiancé.

A year in a gorgeous Italian castle…

When Anna Roberts’ life implodes, an online search leads her to an ad for the ultimate dream job – management of a gorgeous castle on the shores of Lake Como, accommodation included. The only catch? Anna can’t do it alone…

…With the last man on earth she’d choose!

The castle owners will only accept a couple as caretakers, which means Anna needs a man on her arm at the interview. Enter her neighbour, Jake Tucker. Though Anna and Jake have never seen eye-to-eye, Jake’s had a rough few years and an escape to Italy sounds ideal. Yet, when they get the job and jet off, Anna and Jake face an unexpected challenge. Pretending to be a couple is difficult … but pretending the tension simmering between them doesn’t exist is quickly proving impossible!

I binge read this book and felt sad when it was over. Anna and Jake have amazing chemistry even though they both irritate the heck out of each other. Their squabbles and barbed comments are funny especially as the reader is privy to both persons' points of view and we know that most of their problems come down to prejudice, pride and simply misunderstanding each other. 
Working together for a year sounds like a match made in hell but once they get to Lake Como they both slowly ease their way to a truce and begin to get to know each other better. Their sweet moments and flirtatious banter made me smile and I couldn't wait for Anna to stop thinking of him as the bad boy next door and just go for it. Jake has some self-esteem issues after being in prison and I could understand why he would doubt himself and question whether someone like Anna could be serious about him. 
There were a few hilarious scenes mostly involving the very obnoxious son of the castle's owner. Jake's cheek and I couldn't care less attitude in response really made me laugh. 
So the story is a little bit far fetched but who cares when it's delivered with such charm, comedy, romance and a happy ever after we'd all fake date for!

The Italian Job is out now

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