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Thursday, June 16, 2022

TLC BOOK TOURS presents... It Takes a Villa by Kilby Blades - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we welcome back TLC Book Tours and Entangled Publishing as we set our sights on a title that released the end of last month, and is the perfect addition to your summer reading bag! Don't believe me? Well, it's like a vacation without actually leaving your favorite reading spot, filled with beautiful locations, gorgeous scenery, and characters you'll want to know. Curious? Great! Let's dive between the pages of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Kilby Blades
 Entangled: Amara 
Release Date:  May 24, 2022

About the book...
For the reasonable price of $1, Natalie Malone just bought herself an abandoned villa on the Amalfi Coast. With a detailed spreadsheet and an ancient key, she’s arrived in Italy ready to renovate–and only six months to do it. Which seemed reasonable until architect Pietro Indelicato began critically watching her every move…

From the sweeping ocean views to the scent of the lemon trees, there’s nothing Pietro loves more than his hometown. And after seeing too many botched jobs and garish design choices, he’s done watching from the sidelines. As far as he’s concerned, Natalie should quit before the project drains her entire bank account and her ridiculously sunny optimism.

With Natalie determined to move forward, the gorgeous architect reluctantly agrees to pitch in, giving her a real chance to succeed. But when the fine print on Natalie’s contract is brought to light, she might have no choice but to leave her dream, and Pietro, behind.


Like I said, a vacation without ever digging for your passport, to the beauty, history, and heritage of the Amalfi Coast.  Natalie was a dreamer, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that...except when people knowingly take advantage of those dreams.  The villa she bought, comes with strings attached, and an unrealistic timeframe to turn things around, made even more so by obstacles that keep stacking against her.  Good thing she's tenacious.  Good thing she is made of tougher stuff.  Good thing...she runs into the likes of Pietro and the tender side of his heart connects with what she's wanting to accomplish, and WHY she's wanting to accomplish it.  Their work relationship turns into something more, but, just like their project has a cutoff date, so does any goings on between them.  Does that sour things in the mean time?  Certainly not because the countrymen are known for living for the day...but that doesn't mean that they don't slip under each other's skin, leaving a lasting impression that even they can't deny.  What will be harder to say goodbye to if things fall through?  The dream...or the new addition to that dream neither ever saw coming?

Natalie was a wonderful character, and I appreciated her can do attitude, along with her never-say-die mentality.  Considering her recent loss, she's pulled herself up by the proverbial bootstraps, and making a go of things...just as it was planned.  True, she's minus her partner-in-crime, but she knows that they would have wanted her to follow through, even if they could not.  The stumbles she has along the way were expected, a foreigner in a foreign country, there's a certain certainty that people will try to take advantage of you...and we're not disappointed, but don't lose heart because there are those with genuine interest, concern, and love to share...and they may center around those you were quick to write off.  The side story of the mysterious benefactor, and the family history kept hidden for a lifetime, were additional gems in an already beautiful crown, and I couldn't have been happier for Natalie's discovery.

All in all, a great escape for your summer reading adventures.  Filled with heart, adventure, secrets, and love, you can't go wrong with this wonderful story.


About the author... 

Kilby Blades is a USA Today bestselling author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. During her fifteen-year career as a digital marketing executive, she moonlighted as a journalist, freelanced as a food, wine and travel writer, and lived it up as an entertainment columnist. She has lived in five countries, visited more than twenty-five, and spends part of her year in her happy place in the Andes Mountains.

Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Entangled Publishing team for the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Entangled Amara, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE TOUR making its way through the blogosphere for more bookish fun!

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Felicity Grace Terry said...

What I wouldn't give for an abandoned villa in Italy 😎 This sounds like a truly wonderful summer read, Natalie the sort of character I really enjoy; thanks for sharing your thoughts

Sara Strand said...

I enjoyed this one! Thank you for being on this tour. :) Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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