This month’s Blogger Book Nook prompt and Q&A surrounded summer romance! I’m cheating this month and using a book I read last month (shh don’t tell anyone) but it was such a good book, I wanted to review it on my blog and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!
To switch it up, I’ll start with the review!
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Love & Gelato follows Lina as she goes to Florence to stay with a man she has only just discovered is apparently her father, following her mothers death. Once there she is given her mother’s journal from the time when she was in Italy. What follows is the story of both Lina and her mother falling in love with Italy and meeting charming Italian men.
This book is so wonderful, it had me laughing, crying, jumping up and down… ALL the emotions. Overall, even if the book starts with Lina talking about her mother dying, this is such a happy, positive book! It is a YA, contemporary romance so it is the perfect summer romantic read for anyone who wants romance but not a full-on, sexual one. It’s also wonderfully written so that the two stories complement each other, rather than being annoying. I found it super engaging because there are so many twists and turns in the plot. It also made me want to go back to Florence immediately, so if anyone wants to arrange that – that’d be wonderful haha. You will most likely fall in love with Italy and want gelato immediately.
1. Are you a fan of the classic summer romance read? Or do you tend to pick up another genre when you go on holiday?
I LOVE reading romance in the sunshine! However, definitely not back to back. So, when I’m on holiday I will tend to read a wide selection of different genres so that I don’t get bored of reading.
2. Who’s your favourite romance author and what’s your favourite book written by them? Why?
I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a favourite romance author because it isn’t a genre I read that much of. However, I have read the majority of Freya North’s books simply because I enjoy her writing style! Plus, Cat is the book that made me love the Tour de France so I will always love her books for that reason.
3. Love triangles… yay or nay?
Ughhhh, okay once in a blue moon they can be well done but the majority of the time it is a hard no.
4. If you were stranded on an island, what book WOULDN’T you want to be stuck with?
Any John Green book? No, that’s harsh, I haven’t read all of his books. Let’s say An Abundance of Katherines. I might give John Green another chance someday soon but that book is one I never want to read again, even if it was the only one I had.
5. If you were a character in a romance novel, what would be your ideal/dream love story?
Ooooh, I don’t know! How about a medieval fantasy setting, somewhere warm with tents. I’m a knight (obviously), he is too, we both save each others lives… something like that? Add a sprinkle of magic and a good river to wash the stink of armour off haha.
Do you love romance novels? If you know of any set in Italy, I’d love a recommendation!