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Gianpierre Romano is being dragged back to Italy by the one thing he can’t escape: family. The Romano fortune and name has followed him wherever he goes - but that only made the headstrong Italian more determined to strike out on his own. Now, he’s on the cusp of achieving international fame for an architectural project in the Middle East when he’s roped into reconstructing the foundation of his family’s resort. It’s a project that Gianpierre has the passion for, but not the time - not if he wants to make it to Dubai for the start date of his dream project. That is until he’s paired with a pretty project manager who makes him want to get passionate about more than just medieval foundations.  

Luciana Vivaldi rushed to Italy to care for her niece after the death of her sister, and then fell in love with the culture and people. Beautiful and whip smart, she’s been recruited to keep the Romano Resort’s hunky structural engineer focused and to take him to task if he doesn’t follow his own directives. She’s got a passion for organizing and no time for romance - that is until a kiss following a falling foundation has her doing the one thing she can’t afford: falling for her boss.  

Gianpierre and Luciana don’t have time for distractions, but when a twist of fate - and a brisk housing market - leave them living together, their excuses for staying apart fall as fast as the foundation. The spark they have is more blinding than a Sicilian sunset, but when emotions run deep and careers are on the line will playing house be the foundation for a lifelong love? Or will it all fall like a house of cards?

©2018 Relay Publishing (P)2018 Relay Publishing

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very good second book

I have enjoyed every book by Leslie North, and look forward to the next book every time. highly recommend Unexpected Lover, you won't be disappointed.

Connor Brown is very good at what he does. He is an asset to this audible.

I received this audible free at my request and am happy to provide my honest review.

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Dreams can be achieved in your own backyard

I was gifted this audible book by the author Leslie North for a fair and honest review, thank you.
Like all of the books I have listened to by this author I was not disappointed. She makes her characters strong willed, vibrant and intriguing.
Gianpierre is chasing a dream of becoming a world class architect, Luciana is trying to make a life for herself and her niece, they both have a goal. Gianpierre leaves to obtain his dream only to return when he finds his dream his goal is with her.
I was not familiar with the narrator of this audible book Connor Brown, but will look for his work in the future.

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Let this great family lover grab you

This is a great listen. Book 2 in the series. Let this hot Italian listen move you .
Story takes place in Sicily . The 3 book series is about some hot Italian men
Hero is Gianpierre . Heroine is Lucianna.
Gianpierre has a dream. His dream is to make it big in Dubai . Gianpierre doesn’t want to rely on his family name or money .
So when he gets to Sicily for the redoing of the family resort . A beauty knocks him on his feet. He feels his breath catch . Gianpierre thanks his lucy spars that the beauty is the projuct mananager

Lucianna had to rush to Italy to care for her niece. While in Sicily she works on a projuct and Gianpierre catches her eye.
Grab it and see do the 2 make a go of it or is Gianpierre going back to the Middle East

The narryis great . Connor has a great voice clear and precise. He distinguished the voices perfectly

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Love Italy

Romano brother Gianpierre, has been brought back to Italy to restored a family property...he needs to get to Dubai where he will get th recognition he wants.
Lucianamis in Italy caring for her sisters daughter after her death. She goes to work for Gianpieere and they both have split long range plans.
The discovery of love and what will,you do to keep your dream or to keep your love.
Enjoyed the narrator

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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love it

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!

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Take me to Italy!

Always a delight to listen to, Leslie North takes us to Italy with Luciana, Natalia and Gianpierre. Luciana is settling in Italy where her sister recently was killed and she has become an instant mother to her niece Natalia. When she gets a job as a project manager, she finds herself attracted to her boss Gianpierre, but has no time for love. Gianpierre is passionate about his work at his resort, but has his sites set on furthering his career and name, no time for a relationship. North has a way of writing that warms my heart. Each character has a depth to them that I find easy to connect with. No matter their station in life, their problems are ones that I can relate to, and can feel their emotional turmoil as well as happiness. I loved the addition of a child in this one, Natalia stole the show for me. Her interaction with Gianpierre is heart melting.

Narrated by Connor Brown , it's another winner for me to listen to! He has a wonderfully warm voice and a great variety of characters. He does especially well with the accent for Gianpierre and I loved his little girl voice for Natalia!

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Love Leslie North!!

This author never disappoints. I always know what I’m gonna get when I start to listening this series is sexy and hot. I really liked this narrator.

This is an unbiased review with a credit from audiobookboom

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Awesome Story, Awesome Narration!

This book has very compelling and endearing characters. I loved the imagery and the storyline. I find it fun when characters try to fight their attraction, because it doesn't fit their mental plans. Plans are just plans, not written in stone. I loved how Leslie North wrote these particular characters. Luciana is the most selfless person for sacrificing her social life and home and changing career to raise her sister's daughter. Gianpierre Romano was also compelling despite his tunnel vision goal. I loved it when priorities changed. The audio performance by Connor Brown was spectacular. The sound recording was professionally done, and his distinguished voices for various characters was awesome. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. There are some cameo appearances from characters from the first book, which only added to this book.

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Stunning ...

Ancient ruins and modern romance are at the helm of another Leslie North stunner. Someone is headed for heartbreak. Fiery personalities, heated attraction and emotional upheaval, make for a turbulent roadway to love.

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so good!

Loved this audio! Great story with amazing narration! Highly recommend!



I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.