Beatrice Summerhill loves risk. She’s not afraid to go for what she wants, regardless of anything or anyone standing in her way. Enter Luca Fiorelli, the “Italian Stallion” racecar driver. Normally, Bea would have dismissed the preening peacock without a thought, but Luca somehow manages to get under her skin—and her covers. She can’t resist him, and she knows he’s not good for her, so she shuts him out. Until he dangles the most tempting carrot in front of her: an irresistible business venture that will take her career to the next level and make her a female Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Luca not only holds the key, but he’s taken it for ransom. All Bea needs to do is give a little and close the deal… If she’s willing to risk everything—including her heart.
Beatrice Summerhill has proven time and time again that world domination is not out of her grasp. She relies on her gut to guide her in all things business related, she relies on her assistant, Inga to fill in any blanks she may have missed (as if!) and, she takes what she wants with cold and calculating determination. She is beautiful, she is exceedingly smart, she is tremendously successful, she is fiercely loyal to those she loves and, she is desperately lonely. Thanks to her father, the late Reginald Summerhill, Beatrice has spent her life avoiding serious commitments that may lead her to believe she needs – or worse! – wants a man’s approval. To Bea, men have long been toys that can be played with and then discarded, objects of desire to be sure but never, ever something she needs nor an impediment to her goal of achieving world domination.
Luca Fiorelli is everything a woman could possibly want. He is a sexy and successful Italian racecar driver, he is world famous, he is polite and sincere and, he is secretly one half of a motor company that is on the verge of revolutionizing the car industry. Luca can have any woman he wants and from the moment he met her, he has wanted Beatrice Summerhill and no other. Luca is fascinated by Bea and loves every aspect of her personality, even the surly and stubborn bits. In real life she is calm, cool, collected and, seemingly uninterested in what Luca has to offer. In bed, she is uninhibited, stunning, sexy and, seemingly very interested in what Luca has to offer. All Luca has to do is convince Bea that her real life personality and her in bed personality can peacefully coexist and neither has to give up anything in order to be with him on a long-term basis.
Luca rocks Bea’s world to her very foundation and that is at once thrilling and terrifying. Needing Luca and wanting him are two very different things: Bea’s real life persona certainly doesn’t want to need him and her in bed persona certainly wants and needs him. Bea can find no way to reconcile her wants and desires so she constantly pushes Luca away with both her words and her actions. Little does Bea know, Luca is willing to play the long game in order to win her over and he has the perfect plan in place to achieve his goal. Bea has no idea how Luca is involved with the car company she is looking to invest in but she does know he has access to the men she needs to meet with. She need only spend one, work-free week with Luca and he will make the proper introductions. Though being away from work and at Luca’s disposal for a week is a near-crippling thought, Bea’s intense desire to always win and always be successful outweighs her fear and so, she packs her bags and heads to Italy.
With just a week to convince Bea of the truth of his feelings and intentions, Luca sets out to thoroughly and completely seduce Bea. In the moments when she lets herself go and pries herself away from her damn mobile phone, Luca is able to work his magic. Bea truly enjoys Luca’s company and she certainly enjoys their sexual exploits but her fear of ceding control is still quite overwhelming. Much of their week together is beautiful and fun but in the moments when Bea lets the fear overwhelm her, she is cruel and heartless and on the verge of throwing away a true and proper happily ever after with a man who so clearly adores her.
The Bottom Line: Over the course of this series I have prepared myself for Beatrice and her story, I have like Bea and looked forward to her story. I can honestly say, I wasn’t at all prepared for this story!! Bea isn’t just calm, cool and collected, she is also paralyzed by her fear, a raging bitch and, until the very end someone I completely disliked. OK, your daddy sucked and did a number on you but at some point, you have to make the conscience decision to either give up completely or get over it and take a stab at real happiness. Up until the very end, I had serious doubts about Bea’s ability to pull her head out of her ass and found myself wanting to reach into the book and choke the bitch right out of her. On the flip side is Luca, sweet, endearing, sexy and lovable, Luca. My affection for Luca has never wavered and yet again, he proved himself to be a true and wonderful man. His patience, his kindness and, his willingness to give Bea everything (seriously, what that man is willing to give up is stunning!) is simply endearing and from the moment I met him, I have rooted for him. With his sexy accent, his keen intelligence and, his ability to deal with the prickliest of the Summerhill sisters, Luca really is all any woman could possibly want. To see Luca finally get what he desires most is tremendously satisfying and a fine end to a series I have come to absolutely adore. Though I am sad to see the Summerhill series come to an end, I am glad each sister got her own book, each sister got her own HEA and, the series ended while still being strong and fresh and nowhere close to being played out and/or boring. Kate Perry has created a truly fantastic family in the Summerhills and I find myself thinking now that it’s over, it may be the perfect time to start again from the beginning 🙂