Tuscan Heat by Kathleen Dienne
October 10, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
Sara Wright has broken up with her long-term boyfriend and has found herself in Florence, Italy for a week on vacation. She has two objectives for the next seven days: Avoid cynicism and say yes to new things. She is having a hard time avoiding cynicism as she has had flight delays and lost luggage. But she has no problem saying yes to the very attractive and Italian Marco D’Alessandro. Marco speaks fluent English, he even went to school in the States. They meet in a wine bar and flirt and drink and Sara feels like this is exactly what she came to Florence for. They even have a spontaneous make out session on the roof of the bar.
Marco seems to know everyone and everything there is to know in Florence as he becomes her tour guide and lover for the week.
I picked up Tuscan Heat by Kathleen Dienne because I very much enjoyed a previous book of hers, Her Kind of Hero. But unfortunately, Tuscan Heat falls very flat for me.
My main complaint is that nothing happens in this book. There aren’t any supporting characters – it is just Marco and Sara. They meet. They have sex. They run into each other again. They have sex. And wait for it – yep – they sight see and have sex. And I think every sex scene except one or two are out in public! It became kind of strange. And there are a lot of sex scenes in this book. I kept waiting for something to happen – anything. We do get a little conflict with the fact that Sara is only here on vacation, yet falling in love. And Marco has a secret of sorts you discover late in the book, but it really isn’t a secret that intrigued me.
Also, Marco and Sara seem so perfect. Marco is all about the flattery, and Sara never does any wrong. It is all just too much sex and flawless characters. Not enough plot or entertainment to hold my interest.