Thursday, February 2, 2023

Review: Escaping Valentine's Day (Holiday Hearts Book 3) by Christi Barth

An Italian romance is on the menu, but is she ready to order?

Content creator Rory Hibbert knows Valentine’s Day is only fun for couples and chocolatiers. For singles like her, it’s a day of disappointment. And that’s why her new marketing agency client has arranged a tour of Italy crammed full of activities to distract from the holiday. This trip is a test for Rory—if it goes well, it will jump-start her new social media career.

There’s just one snag: the ex she never got over is also on staff.

Huck Cranshaw walked away from the love of his life for a huge opportunity on a cooking competition show. At least, that’s the excuse he gave Rory at the time—and he’s regretted it for five years. Cooking for tourists was supposed to be a stopgap between restaurant positions. Now it could be much, much more: a chance to fix the past.

But when an Italian prince catches sight of Rory, Huck’s not the only one vying for her heart this time. Can Cupid still steal Rory’s heart when the truth finally comes out?


My Review:

A sweet second chance set in Italy.

Rory Hibbert and Huck Cranshaw were best friends while growing up; then they became lovers.  But when Huck unexpectedly broke up with Rory, she was left heartbroken.  The last five years, Rory has spent Valentine’s Day alone while everyone else participated in the fun and romance of the holiday.  This year would be different.  Rory was going to Italy to document a singles tour.  There is just one problem, Huck is also working the tour.  Will the closeness of working together help them rekindle the flame, or will the swoony Italian prince, who also has his eyes set on Rory, win her over?

This was a fun book to read.  The anti-Valentine’s Day theme was unique. I loved the characters and the location.  I thought a second romantic interest added an extra touch to the story too.

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