Sunday, June 5, 2022

Book Review: It Takes a Villa

I have so many great books I'm waiting on to arrive for summer reviews, I think you are going to really love them.

It Takes a Villa - Kilby Blades

For the reasonable price of $1, Natalie Malone just bought herself an abandoned villa on the Amalfi Coast. With a detailed spreadsheet and an ancient key, she’s arrived in Italy ready to renovate—and only six months to do it. Which seemed reasonable until architect Pietro Indelicato began critically watching her every move…

From the sweeping ocean views to the scent of the lemon trees, there’s nothing Pietro loves more than his hometown. And after seeing too many botched jobs and garish design choices, he’s done watching from the sidelines. As far as he’s concerned, Natalie should quit before the project drains her entire bank account and her ridiculously sunny optimism.

With Natalie determined to move forward, the gorgeous architect reluctantly agrees to pitch in, giving her a real chance to succeed. But when the fine print on Natalie’s contract is brought to light, she might have no choice but to leave her dream, and Pietro, behind. 
I love, love, love actually coming into a series on the FIRST one, it almost never happens because I am forever out of the loop. I also love finding new authors, and Kilby Blades is completely new to me and I am really looking forward to reading more from her. 

I love a trade paperback romance, something about them just feels more fun, a little more like an indulgence for me. Stupid? Maybe. Can I just say, I really wish someone would offer me an entire house/property for $1????? Like where are my long lost relatives dying to leave me a legacy or something?! Why don't I ever find these amazing real estate deals? Because they sure aren't listed on Zillow, I'll tell you that. 

With all that aside, this was a fun little book. I loved the old vs. new when it came to renovating this place, I loved both of our main characters, Natalie and Pietro. The only thing I did not love is the drama as we are coming to the end. I am finding that with romances especially, the drama just as I'm allllllmost to the end, and then boom- done. I mean, I know this is going to be a series, but I didn't expect there to be such a quick ending, it almost felt like it was written in a rush. I mean, yeah, at least we get an ending, but I was hoping we'd get a little more, you know? The steam factor is a meh, it's a slow burn romance and you get a little something, but this is a very PG book, so I'll have to keep that in mind as I read others from this author. Overall though, a pretty good book, perfect for summer reading  in the sunshine! 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Entangled Publishing for sending me a copy for review as part of this tour! I've yet to read a book from Entangled that I didn't love, and this is a perfect fit. 

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