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

Stacey Joy Netzel , Stacy D. Holmes
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Book Description

Amazon Top 10 Bestseller

*Winner* 2012 Write Touch Readers' Award, romantic suspense

The best laid plans often go awry…

Television producer Halli Sanders is an obsessive planner. Not on the itinerary for her trip-of-a-lifetime to Italy? The disappearance of her siblings, dodging bullets, a high speed car chase, and being kidnapped by a sexy movie star. And that’s just in the first three hours.

A-lister Trent Tomlin put his career on hold to investigate his brother’s suspicious death. When an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop who’s been helping him, Trent has no choice but to abscond with the woman and her dangerous recording. But the killers will stop at nothing to get the incriminating evidence—including hold Halli’s family as collateral.

Life is 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. He needs the evidence to put the murderers behind bars. Halli needs it to rescue her siblings. Their attraction heats up, but unless they can find a way to work together, all the planning in the world won’t guarantee a happy ending.

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?”

Lost in Italy, book 1
Run to Rome, book 2
Vanished in Venice, book 3, coming mid-2015

Other Romantic Suspense Books by Stacey Joy Netzel

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


"...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. But I got a book out of the deal, and we all still laugh about it. 

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2941 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 70 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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39 of 41 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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48 of 56 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Ride! October 5, 2011
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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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars glad it was free...wouldnt waste money on it November 6, 2012
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This book could have been summed up in half the pages. Long, drawn out and boring. If the author was trying to create romantic suspense, she fell flat. There are way to many "teasers" leading into sex scenes. One or two are ok. But this goes on repeatedly in the book. Get it over with already. The neurotic personality of Halli is over done and the so called hero, is a jerk. This is one of the worse reads ive had in a long time. Ill say it again. Glad it was free and I didnt have to pay for this.
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7 of 7 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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9 of 10 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a good fun mystery
Just a good fun mystery.... a cozy mystery that is fun to sit down and escape for a bit to Italy!
Published 13 days ago by Charlene A. Still
2.0 out of 5 stars And the plot was?
Great book for high schoolers or 20 somethings focused on sex. The plot of the story was entirely lost on the sexual focus of the two main characters. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Italy
Interesting story line. The characters were good. Lots going on. Good scenery descriptions. Could do without the profanity. Not a bad read.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Q
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice fun reading for a relaxing afternoon
Published 1 month ago by Linda Stefano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love romance books and this is a good one. I can't wait to read more, thanks for sharing your talent. A fan. Catha Watkins Reese
Published 1 month ago by Catha Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Fast paced, funny and romantic! This story kept me hooked from beginning till end. I strongly recommend this to anyone that loves a good romantic suspense.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it
Published 1 month ago by Tom Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars held my interest
At one point in the book I was questioning to myself if Hallie her brother and sister were in one the scam. This book held my interest. Very good
Published 2 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good, it was fun to read
Very very good,it was fun to read, loved the brother and sister hope there will be more about them.
Published 2 months ago by edward fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a very good mystery.
Published 2 months ago by Judy
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader of heartwarming and pulse-pounding romance, and she loves all movies with a happily ever after. She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some barn cats. She enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North), at the family cabin on the lake. Travelling anywhere to the mountains to do some hiking is a bonus she wishes she could do much more often than every couple years.

She writes romantic suspense, small town contemporary romances, and paranormal ghost stories. Colorado, Wisconsin, and Italy are favorite settings, which explains why her bestselling books include the Romancing Wisconsin Series, Italy Intrigue Series, Welcome to Redemption Series, and the Colorado Trust Series.

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