Tempted by Her Italian Surgeon by Louisa George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tempted by Her Italian Surgeon is a nice, clean read. There is a tiny bit of raciness but this story is more about the relationship developing between Matteo and Ivy. Ivy and Matteo meet when a racy picture of him hits the Internet and the name of the hospital he works as a top surgeon is visible in the shot. They start out as combatants and work their way towards more. Matteo spends most of his time completing renal surgeries on children and he is good at it. Ivy spends her time being a newly minted top attorney for the hospital. As these things go they are at cross-purposes which anyone else in information security like myself will tell you we try to secure things in a way that is the least disruptive to the end-users but sometimes it just does not work out that way. But, enforcement of these things usually takes up everyone's time and energy and no one knows this more than Matteo and he goes into this kicking and screaming and comes out of it with a new friend and possibly more.
There was one things that surprised me with this story. I have been reading these Harlequins quite a bit lately and started to see a formula for some of them. I thought this one would fall into the story line where both want to stay as far away from a relationship and love as possible and as the story progressed we would learn why. The end would have them both face their fears and eventually they would fall in love and move to Italy and I would get to do a bit of armchair travel in my favorite country outside of the U.S. We would see Matteo work through things with his family and we would meet everyone and see why he is the way he is and there would be a happily ever after. This story is not that kind of story and it is worth the read to see how the author takes things differently. If you are looking for a clean, modern romance this is the book.