Lost In Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel

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Italy Intrigue Series  Lost In Italy, Book 1  Run To Rome, Book 2 ~LOST IN ITALY ~ 2010 Winner Write Touch Readers' Award The best laid plans...

Halli Sanders spent two years planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Her itinerary did not include being stranded by her siblings, kidnapped by a sexy American movie star, dodging bullets, or fleeing criminals in a car chase around Lake Como. And that's just in the first three hours.

...often go awry.

Trent Tomlin put his movie career on hold to investigate his brother's murder-ruled-suicide at his Italian villa. He's closing in on the suspects when an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop helping him. The killers will stop at nothing to get the evidence--including holding Halli's family as collateral.

Life's a little different unscripted.

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. But how can he keep the evidence from falling into the wrong hands and get justice for his brother and friend without betraying Halli and her family?

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Trent cast his own quick glance in the rearview mirror, pressure squeezing his body like a starving boa constrictor as he searched for the men who'd spotted her and her camera across the bay.  By his amateur calculations, he figured he had about three more minutes.  If they were lucky.

Pushing up to sit on the headrest, he prepared to turn on the superstar charm that had brought him such success at the box office.

"I'm waiting for my brother and sister," she said before he could speak.

So that's who'd driven off as he watched the scene unfold from one street above and behind her.  He lifted a tense shoulder in a careless gesture. "Quick spin around town, and I'll bring you right back.  They'll never know you were gone, sugar."

Her eyebrows drew together above those deep blue eyes.  Damn.  He fought his own frown.  Based on previous experience with star-struck women, she should've jumped in at the first invitation.  Wasn't it just his luck, this one had common sense.

Leaving the car running, he swung his legs over the door and rounded the front of the convertible. His heart thumped with each step as he tried to figure out the best way to get her out of this mess.  It was one thing when he was following a script, but how the hell did one orchestrate a rescue in real life when the rescuee wouldn't cooperate and he had no time to explain the danger?  It's not like he could play her the recording tucked in his pocket.

The girl backed away from his approach.  He fought back rising apprehension and forced an easy smile.

"Look, I appreciate the offer, Shain, but--"

"Trent."

"Right."  Her blush deepened.  "I know.  Trent. But I--"

"I need you to get in the car."  As an afterthought, he added, "Please."

"Um..."

He used her glance down the road as cover for his own.  Still time, yet his control slipped.  "Seriously. Get in."

The sharp command widened her eyes.  Suspicion darkened them to navy, and she took another step backward.  Then her shoulders squared while her gaze narrowed with determination.  "No."

The right taillight on his Alfa Romeo exploded.  Trent ducked reflexively as bits of plastic flew in all directions.  Adrenaline spiked through him, but other than a sharp reactive jerk, the girl just stood there holding her camera.  Trent lunged forward, grabbed her arm and hauled her toward the car.

"Hey--let me go!"  She pulled back with surprising strength.

He picked her up and shoved her head first into the passenger seat, then vaulted over her to slip behind the wheel. Heartbeat thundering in his ears, he gunned the gas with a sickening grinding of gears before the convertible shot out into traffic amidst screeching tires and blaring horns.
 

About Stacey Joy Netzel

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USA Today Bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance. Colorado is a favorite locale for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy. She lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at the family cabin on the lake.
 
Published September 28, 2011 by Stacey Joy Netzel. 367 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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I loved how Halli develops throughout this book, going from an uptight control freak to a normal person willing to take acceptable risks.

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