Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.
Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.
After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.
But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.
After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.
A Place in the Sun has been on my list of books to read ever since I heard it was being released. I loved the Georgie Archibald I met in Settling the Score (The Summer Games, #1) and couldn’t wait to watch her fall in love.
For those of you unfamiliar with Georgie, she was Olympic swimmer Fred Archibald’s younger sister in Settling the Score. It is not necessary to have read Settling the Score prior to reading A Place in the Sun. A Place in the Sun takes place years after Settling the Score and doesn’t really reference anything that happened in that book. It’s Georgie’s story without anything really overlapping.
In A Place in the Sun, Georgie is fed up with her mother’s matchmaking ways. Georgie decides the only way to avoid anymore dates is to leave London. She ends up in the seaside Italian town of Vernazza with the goal of finding her own husband. Immediately, she meets Gianluca. He’s the sexiest man Georgie’s ever met, but also the most tormented. Georgie’s convinced the chemistry they share will help break through Gianluca’s tough shell.
R.S. Grey did an amazing job writing A Place in the Sun in dual points of view. There was such a contrast between Georgie’s upbeat outlook and Gianluca’s dismal existence. Georgie was ready to experience life to its fullest and to create the path she desired. Gianluca was stuck in the past. He desperately needed a Georgie to shake things up. Their obvious chemistry made the push and pull of their relationship so much fun.
A Place in the Sun was a great way to escape the winter blahs. The setting of Vernazza was beautifully described and made me feel like I was enjoying the beaches of coastal Italy in the summer myself. Georgie’s optimism also gave the story a warmth and carefree feeling. There were definitely struggles for Georgie and Gianluca throughout the book, but it still felt like a fun, light read. I would recommend it to readers looking for a sweet romance to warm them up this winter.