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I was initially driven to pick this up because of my current obsession with all things Rome. Of course, this book isn't actually set in Rome, but it's close enough. A lot closer than I was to Rome before this Wednesday. I was in the mood for a fun contemporary, so I went ahead and grabbed this one when I was in between books.
Since the synopsis gives away very little info, let me give you a brief summary of Flirting in Italian. Basically, Violet discovers that she looks exactly like a lady in an Italian painting. She decides to go to Italy to figure this mystery out, and there she meets a few new friends, some guys, and a bunch of Italians. See, this is why I don't ever write summaries in my reviews, because I suck.
My favourite thing about Flirting in Italian is, quite predictably, the setting. The whole thing made me very excited for my own trip to Rome - which is where I am right now as you're reading this, in fact - because it made Italy sound beautiful. Of course, my Rome experience is undoubtedly going to be different, because Violet stayed in a very different place. And she didn't have an obsession with gladiators.
Aside from the perfect setting, there wasn't much else about Flirting in Italian that I did enjoy. The main character, Violet, was tolerable, although she comes across as very judgemental. It became very annoying, especially since I was trying to get to know other characters and she was bitching about them inside her head.
The love interest, whatever his name is, was also a prat. He kept trying to put Violet in her place, because it was constantly implied that he was right all the time and she was wrong. I don't know, I didn't like it. He was also very judgemental.
The rest of the secondary characters aren't memorable to me at all, and got on my nerves.
I was shocked to discover that Flirting in Italian is part of a series. I am not a fan. I feel like this should have been a standalone, because I don't really want to spend another two books trying to figure out why Violet looks like the lady in the painting.
Overall, this was a pretty dull book. While I loved the setting, I don't think it was used to its full potential, and I would have liked to have seen more of Italy and the town that Violet was staying in. With no likeable characters, I just couldn't get into this book like I wanted to, and I ended up getting rather grumpy because it could have been an awesome contemporary. I doubt I'm going to read the rest of this trilogy.Read more ›
Written in first person narrative, from Violet's point of view. Violet has a passion for art and a mystery to solve when she sees a portrait of a girl that could be her twin. After a little research Violet discovers a link between the painting and an old Italian castle. Her curiosity leads her to find an art summer school located in a villa not far from the castle. More of a finishing school than an actual art course, Violet's mother is initially skeptical about letting Violet go for the Summer.
Violet's mother is overprotective and an absolute drama queen. As an ex-model she does place a value on travel for educational purposes, and its the broadening of the mind that wins out enabling Violet to attend the summer school.
However, there is more than meets the eye at Villa Barbiano, everyone has their secrets. There is the obligatory mean girl in the form of Elisa (the daughter of the owner of Villa Barbiano). She resents her mother for opening their home to foreign students but is quite happy to live off the income it generates.
Elisa's attempts to undermine the guests has the reverse effect and causes them to bond whereas I think they would have remained separate if Elisa hadn't interfered. Totally backfiring on Elisa. The 4 girls all have completely different personalities; 2 American, 2 British. I found Violet to be the nicest of the 4 as she tries to look for the best in people. This doesn't make her a pushover in any way. I did feel that this book barely scratched the surface of the characters, their personalities and interactions. I have a feeling that there are going to be some huge revelations in the sequel *crosses fingers*
I felt that the male characters in this book mainly provided candy for the imagination apart from Luca. Dark, brooding and a prince to top it off. There is an immediate connection between Luca and Violet causing smoking hot chemistry to flow from the pages. Luca blows hot and cold where Violet is concerned, he tries to fight his feelings for her and protect her from Elisa's stalkertastic crush on him.
Violet's quest to discover the identity of the girl in the painting leads her into dangerous territory in more ways than one. Some parts of the story-line I am still trying to come to terms with as I didn't fully comprehend their inclusion; I am hopeful that the strands of these plot threads will weave together to provide a better level of understanding in the sequel.
The descriptions are luxurious in their detail of all aspects of the lifestyle and country leaving me desperate to visit Italy.
My rating is a reflection of my utter dislike of the ending of this book. I absolutely HATE this type of story-line and could quite happily of stomped on the book if it hadn't been on my kindle. Seriously I can't take this kind of ending. I am going to put my faith in Lauren Henderson that she can redeem the plot in book 2.
Overall, Flirting in Italian is a quick read that will leave you pining for a trip to Italy. A intriguing multi-layered plot full of interesting characters and sprinkled with some seriously hot romance.Read more ›
Flirting in Italian is one of those stories that would be a perfect summer read. It's fun and fresh with lovable characters. It follows Violet, an english teenager who travels to Italy in search of answers on who she is after she discovers a very old painting of a girl who looks just like her. Along the way she makes friends and ememies. As well as falling head over heals for Luca, whose family may just hold the answers to Violet's questions.
I completely devoured this wonderful book. At first I thought it was a little slow and I didn't really get into until Violet gets to Italy but once I did I was completely blown away it. Lauren has create something so magical and beautiful that you really feel like you are in the story with the characters. Going through everything they are going through. When I was reading it played like movie. And yes, I feel like this would make an fantastic movie that the females would adore!!
Violet I have to admit I didn't connect with straight away. I thought the idea of her going to Italy on a whime to chase some ancient painting alone was a tad unrealistic. However, as I continued to with the story, I found myself warming up to her and finding her very smart and witty. The relationships she developed with the three other girls she is staying with in Italy brings out different sides of her. She becomes quite protective and bonds with them. I found that really nice. When she meets Luca there is an instant attraction. Now usually this bugs me but Lauren has managed to do this is real way. Especially as its like a love/hate attraction between them both. At time's it is very sweet, hot and sexy. Others its comical and I just wanted to bang their heads together. LOL But yeah, I swooned over Luca so it was easy to see why Violet liked him so much.
Of course this is set in Italy and even though I have never been, Lauren has managed to make it feel like it I was there seeing this beautiful country. She doesn't hold back in the descriptions and really itches it on the readers brains and makes it real and enchanting. The build up to the ending was full of romance, and mystery. As I was closing in the end of the book I kept waiting for the big reveal around the painting and even though there is a few answers it's not fully explained. Why? Because this is only book 1. I thought it was a stand alone and oh lord it leaves you on a perfect cliff hanging ending that just makes you scream for the book. LOL
Thank you Lauren for writing this wonderful book. I am super excited to read more of the authors work. And I highly recommend Flirting in Italian if you like summer romance, and yummy yummy Italian boys ;)
And a quick note to any UK Publisher out there. Please please please, this book needs to published the UK. us UK girls love these kind of stories. lolRead more ›