An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Carly is a work-a-holic, her music is her life and everything revolves around when she gets to play next. She is currently on a trip to Italy to play a number of concerts. While it sounds like a dream trip, things aren't going so great for Carly. Her best friend and fellow symphony member has focused more of her attention on her currently relationship with the director. Carly is stuck rooming with the diva singer, a woman who is obsessed with the aria the two are preforming. Carly is also missing some lucrative gigs and she's worried about losing her place among go to musicians. On top of all this, she's got a flirty thing going on with the groups tour guide Michelangelo.
Michelangelo is dealing with a plateful himself. He's not a tour guide, he has no idea what he's doing but he can't screw up this job. He needs the money to save his family's vineyard. He's got a thing for Carly, but he is also being 'chased' by the diva and nothing is going smoothly.
I liked this book; it was a sweet, quick read. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but something just didn't click for me. I was invested in the characters and I wanted to see how Carly and Michelangelo worked everything out in the end. I had a problem with some of the secondary plot details that didn't seem realistic and just added to give the story more tension. For example, Carly's story line with the diva just seemed forced. I would have believed that they were struggling with their piece and 'fighting' over Michelangelo without all the forced togetherness.
Even though it didn't completely work for me, I would still recommend this book to patrons who enjoy sweet romances.