Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
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.

Natasha's Experience: 

"I found myself in Italy the way I find myself in most places: by chance."

I’m not sure what I’m more in love with: Gianluca & Georgie, or Vernazza, Italy.

Georgie leaves London because she’s suffocating under the weight of her mother’s incessant matchmaking. The second she arrives in Vernazza, a place that almost doesn’t seem like a real town, Georgie feels like she can breathe again. She makes friends easily, fills her time exploring the town and just exists in a place where stress is a figment of her imagination. Then she meets Gianluca. (DEAR GOD, I WANT ONE)

"He was romantic looking, the sort of man who breathes passion into life without even trying."

Georgie is a character—her jest is as infectious as her love for croissants and espresso. Gianluca is broody and emotionally unattainable, something that Georgie can only see as a challenge. She thrives on living life as vibrantly as possible and seeing Gianluca doing quite the opposite throws her off.

"He wasn't meant to be my forever, but forever was a long way away."

Without giving any of the plot away, Georgie and Gianluca find themselves drawn to each other for different reasons. Georgie is looking for love in a place that boasts romance; Gianluca is looking for fun and Georgie is quite literally fun personified. She can handle being the cool girl if that means she can have Gianluca.

"You can't just move to Italy to escape your problems and assume they'll work themselves out. Eternal optimism will only carry you so far."

I was thinking over why I loved the name of this book so much and it hit me after finishing the story—reading A PLACE IN THE SUN was like living underneath the heat of the sun, both scorching in its intensity and slow burning like only the best love stories are.

R.S. Grey’s writing will do that to you: transport you to a place that is equal parts real and a dream. This book was a dream—the kind you don’t want to wake up from.


About the Author

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday. 

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.


  1. Sounds like a great read! Not only a sexy romance with a gorgeous guy, but I love a book that takes me on a vacation as well. Nice review. :)