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Lost In Italy (Italy Intrigue Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Joy Netzel , Stacy D. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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Book Description

ITALY INTRIGUE SERIES
Lost in Italy, book 1
*Winner* 2012 Write Touch Readers' Award, romantic suspense
Run to Rome, book 2

LOST IN ITALY

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. Somehow he must keep the evidence from the murderers to get justice for his brother and friend without betraying Halli and her family.

EXCERPT: (Trent and Halli have just escaped from the police station)

He breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of his car a few minutes later. “This is it,” he said as he dug his keys from his pocket.
She slumped against the passenger side of the Mercedes while he unlocked the door and opened it for her. She straightened, then stepped back with a soft gasp, staring over his shoulder. A quick glance located the reason for her alarm and gave him his own jolt.
Three intersections away, a police car turned onto their street and slowly drove toward them. They had no time to run. Nowhere to hide.
Trent stepped closer to Halli, grasped both her arms and hauled her against him. He brought his mouth down on hers, betting the cop would ignore a passionate kiss and keep on driving. A hell of a gamble, but their only option.
Wide blue eyes staring into his, Halli made a sound of protest deep in her throat. She fought against his tight embrace, but Trent knew it had to look authentic. He moved his lips over hers, trying to communicate his intentions with his eyes. If she'd just relax—
Her foot jammed into his shin.
“Stop it.”
“Let me go!”
“Just kiss me.”
“No way—”
“Kiss me before I get arrested for assault,” he growled against her mouth. “Or have you forgotten about the damn cops?”

Other Romantic Suspense Books by Stacey Joy Netzel

COLORADO TRUST SERIES
Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.

Evidence of Trust, Book 1
Trust by Design, Book 2
Trust in the Lawe, Book 3
Shattered Trust, Book 4
Dare to Trust, Book 5


Editorial Reviews

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"...starts off right away, and every page that follows is packed full of excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat." ~ Danielle, The Book Whore Blog ~ 5 Hearts--Could not put down amazing
 
"...filled with so much suspense that I found my heart pounding in my chest hoping Halli and Trent would make it out of this insane situation alive. ...a wonderful addition to your library, and a great gift for an avid reader...this is definitely one story that you shouldn't pass up!" Diana Coyle ~ Night Owl Reviews, 5 Stars, Reviewer TOP PICK
 
"This is my favorite Stacey Joy Netzel book to date. The suspense is riveting, but the characters make this book. " ~ Water Lily, LASR, 5 Stars, voted BEST BOOK

From the Author

The idea for this romantic suspense was inspired by my real life experience of being left behind in Italy by my brother and sister. Thankfully they came back for me, and the rest of my trip was much less exciting than Halli's. I got a book out of the deal we all still laugh about it. 

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2908 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466410485
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stacey Joy Netzel; 1 edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QQBH4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bookwhore review October 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story about a girl named Halli who takes a vacation of a lifetime to Italy. Once in Italy Halli's vacation becomes a nightmare, when she accidentally catches a murder on her video camera. Halli is then kidnapped by a famous movie star named Trent Tomlin, who claims to be saving her life. Together the duo is thrown into an action packed adventure. I am completely amazed by this book. Just imagine that you and your favorite move star crush have a chance encounter, which launches the two of you into an intense romance. The story starts off right away, and every pages that follows is packed full of excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I am completely in love with this book; I could not put it down. Lost in Italy is absolutely a brilliant, with an original plot, and well developed characters. My favorite character in this story is Trent I fell in love with him. Trent carries the world on his shoulders, and still comes out with a charm that had me cheering him on the entire book. I highly recommend readers go purchase your copy of this book; you will not be let down.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN READ January 13, 2012
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Take one obsessively organized American tourist who grew up slightly left of the law, add one American movie star heartthrob who's a lot more like the action heroes he plays than most would guess, throw them together into the middle of an Italian murder mystery and you have LOST IN ITALY. Characters, Halli and Trent, provide all the delicious reluctant sexual tension a romantic could want as they are chased around Italy. Reading LOST IN ITALY was like being in a charming old movie...but one that made me keep thinking of George Clooney. Maybe that's because Ms. Netzel did such a good job of putting me mentally in Italy...where George Clooney has a home. Whatever the reason, Stacey Netzel's LOST IN ITALY will take you on a delightfully rompish adventure.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Romance is a Romance January 11, 2013
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When I thought about eating dinner at Denny's yesterday, I'd immediately knew that I wouldn't. I want nutritious food, delicious and full of substance without fillers. Denny's food wasn't for me. When I picked up Lost in Italy I looked forward to having a complete nutritious five-course meal. I wanted Italy served to me on five different plates that were filled with delicious twists, nutritious angles and substance without fillers. What I read was a nice romance story. This was a nice story without Italy, without spaghetti, without wine, without cobblestone streets and fabulous restaurants, without Italian renaissance and fashion and real Italian accents. Given to me were a few lost characters, really out of place with zero connections to Italy or its vast beautiful topography and categorical historical significance.

But you know, a romance is a romance no matter where the characters encounter each other. This romance could have happened in Cape Town, South Africa, Reno, Nevada, or even El Quiché,Guatemala. But it didn't', and if the story was put in one of those places the scenery and characters would be the same. I wanted more than just undercover Italian police, a dysfunctional tourist family, a wealthy handsome celebrity, boats, guns and kisses, beatings, verbal quips and fillers. Oh yeah, fillers. All the characters had internal thoughts, pages and pages filled with lengthy personal thoughts, which for me, distracted from the overall story. Simply, 100 pages instead of 374 pages would have bundled this story.

Giving Lost in Italy 3 stars is a given for me because of the effort that went into writing the unrelenting personal thoughts from all the characters. If you love reading light and simple romance then Lost in Italy is for you. If you want Italy served to you in a complete nutritious five-course meal than Lost in Italy isn't for you. I love the title though.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Ride! October 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Stacey Joy Netzel weaves such a crafty story of adventure, romance and intrigue pulling the reader into the story with such fluidity it's hard not to keep the pages turning until the very end. A fast-paced, exciting ride from the first page, Lost in Italy is a story that will stay on your bookshelf to enjoy again and again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I loved Lost in Italy. The author, Stacey Joy Netzel, takes her characters and the reader on a breathless, ever surprising roller coaster ride. I read it so fast, I was sad when I hit the end. There is something for everyone here: romance, intrigue, adventure, and memorable characters that leap off the page. I highly recommend it, and I can't wait to read more from her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, fast-paced yarn. November 4, 2012
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Stacey Netzel makes a pretty good showing of an over-used scenario: the "ordinary girl meets movie star hunk" plot!

The story moves at a rollicking pace and the "baddies" are bad and the "goodies" are good. The inevitable betrayal is handled well and the characters are likeable, with minimum angst to annoy the reader.

This is an enjoyable, good-humoured read in spite of the subject matter, and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to finish the last page of a crime/romance novel with a smile on her face :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner November 9, 2011
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Set in Italy's Lake Como region, labeled as a romantic suspense, and written by an author who's never disappointed me, this book was an automatic buy. It was one I hated to put down to carry on with my real life. It opens with a peaceful scene of Halli videotaping swans. But in the process she captures a murder taking place. Next thing she knows, she's running for her life with a real life movie hero, Trent. How does that happen and how can she avoid his charms when she knows she just an ordinary female from Wisconsin? Worse, is he trying to save her from being killed or is he the killer? Twists and turns keep you turning the pages. Well done, Ms. Netzel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too unbelievable for me
I started to delete this one from my Kindle, thinking that it was a shame I didn't enjoy it enough to finish reading it... and then I remembered that I DID finish reading it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by jenmcdan13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Really enjoyed it
Great story. Really enjoyed it.
Published 11 days ago by PatchesKindle
2.0 out of 5 stars Tried hard. ...
To get into this freebie but it just didn't keep me interested enough to continue.
Published 16 days ago by Svara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy read--keep me reading. Left me wondering if they stayed together. Hoping that they did.
Published 19 days ago by Michelene Cucco
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
great beach reading.....ideal for adaptation to a movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good regions of Italy
Enjoyable summer read with some twists and turns. Highly improbable but still an enjoyable read. The author used many good places in Italy and details so you are able to feel... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A simple reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and an on the edge of your seat ...
Fast paced and an on the edge of your seat read.
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Fun Summer read
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC READ
I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book. What I got was an exciting and fun read read with lots of twist and turns to keep me guessing. I LOVED IT!
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More About the Author

I fell in love with books at a young age, so for me it seemed only natural to graduate to writing them. I credit my parents for encouraging my dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends I've made in Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA) since joining in 2004.

An avid reader and lover of movies with a happily ever after, I live in Wisconsin with my husband and children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In my limited free time I enjoy gardening and canning, and visiting my parents up north at the cabin on the lake with the whole family.




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