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terrafreaky reviewed Stick Shift (Harlequin Flipside) on
Helpful Score: 1
Funny - I hit page 14 and began seriously laughing out loud. A worthwhile read - the sights and sounds of Italy balanced out the slight lack of interest in the hero. I'd try other stories by this author.
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In San Jose, Lucy Mastronardo holds a good job and has a nice fiancé Seth, whom she will marry in a few days. When a promotion she developed begins to unravel, Lucy flies from San Francisco to Naples to fix the problem promising everyone she will be back in time to attend her wedding.
On the plane, Lucy gets into a hassle with someone she dubs Mr. Garlic over window seating and the food served by the airlines. Internationally renowned chef Vittorio Bandini insists the food is so bad that his shoe leather would taste better. Under Lucy's disbelieving eye, he swallows a piece of leather.
At the Naples subsidiary where she is working, Lucy finds a radically different lifestyle than the hectic California pace as she meets Italian mellow with three hour lunch breaks and specialty coffee next door. The owner of the neighboring bistro is. Mr. Garlic. As he tries to get her to down shift from the frantic American businesswoman, they fall in love. However, Lucy will have to shift gears manually to Lucia at times if she and her hunk Vittorio are going to make it.
Fans will enjoy this entertaining contemporary romance that uses humor to not only compare lifestyles, but to provide a message that it is okay to shift gears at times. The story line is fun to follow as Lucy feels like Alice inside the looking glass until her "toes" start to itch when her heart falls for the Italian stallion. Readers will have a good time with this lighthearted romp that subtly says it is fine to stoop and smell the garlic too.
Lucy Mastronardo is heading in the right direction-a good job, good apartment, good fiance-until a detour to Naples throws her off the map! Sure, she's just days away from tying the knot, but her next big promotion hits a roadblock and Lucy can't steer away from the last-minute business trip. With reassurances to everyone, including her vanilla-pudding-cup fiance, she vows to return before she has to say, "I do."
Lucy's certain she'll have everything sorted in no time. But then her drop-dead due dates are laid to waste by the wacky staff and the tempting restaurant owner next door. The one who makes her think there's more to life than deadlines and rules.