Book Review: The Italian by T.L. Swan

Hello, bookies!!   How have you guys been??  I was supposed to have posted this review a few weeks ago, but we had some storms (it’s Spring in Brazil, almost Summer, so it means, summer rains) and my Internet was spotty. But then, better late than never, right?!

The Italian is the second book I’ve read by T.L. Swan (the first was The Stopover) and I have to say I liked it even better than the first.




They say there are three things you should do at least once in your life:

Dance like nobody’s watching.
Travel the world.
And fall hopelessly in love.

I aimed to do all three.

I went to Italy to find myself.
But he found me.

It was like a story book, our eyes met across a crowded room.
He asked me if I needed help reading the menu.
We ate, we laughed, we danced, and I fell.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, and we parted ways.

Two years later, our eyes meet across a room again.
Only this time I was on a date with another man.
He went crazy in a jealous fit.

But the man I met then is different now.
He’s colder, harder, and officially one of the most powerful men in Italy.
Dare I say it, even more enticing.

But if you dance with the devil, you get burnt.

And the fires in Italy are scalding hot.








***I received an ARC in exchange of an honest opinion***


‘You said our story was just beginning.’ His eyes search mine.

‘ That was before you burned the book.’. ” 



Well, what can I say? I discovered T.L. Swan this year and I definitely like her writing. She engages the reader with her characters and it wasn’t different with Olivia and Enrico. They definitely made me connect with them.


I love that the story started in a way and it completely changed and yet this change made sense and I still managed to connect with the characters and the story. I didn’t expect it to become what it did and it was a nice surprise.


I liked Olivia, although she was a bit of a cliché. But the kind I overall enjoy. She frustrated me some times, but I liked her after all. I wasn’t so sure about Enrico when he first appeared but a few pages in and I was hooked. He is definitely an alpha male and I enjoy those (when they’re well written).


The story has a good ammount of angst, which I always appreciate. The hero and heroine are very explosive together, either it’s in the bedroom or their “fights”.


Now, you won’t see me saying this about many stories, but I do think this could have had a sequel, or maybe be a bit longer. Towards 80% and 90% of the story I was thinking it was gonna have a cliffhanger and there would be a second book because there was still a LOT to happen. It is a standalone book, though. So I think the ending was rushed. The story progressed so well that, in my opinion, it deserved something more.


I also missed some scenes there were supposed to happen and didn’t (things that were mentioned, like Olivia meeting some people).


There will be more books, but about other characters and I think some of my theories will be explained and unraveled there. I don’t mind how the story ended (although I wished some things happened), but I do think there could have been more into the story towards that ending.





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