Thursday, September 07, 2017

Book Brief: An American In Venice by Luca Domani

an american in veniceTitle ~ An American In Venice

Author ~ Luca Domani

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 19th July 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Tom has always been steady and predictable—a formula he’s sure will lead him to success in his career. When his method fails him and he loses his job, he throws caution to the wind for the first time in his life and books a European holiday.

Maybe Tom shouldn’t be surprised that Cupid’s arrow finds him in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice, Italy. When he encounters Giovanni working in the family pizzeria, it’s lust at first sight. Their time together touring the city is so magical it feels like a dream. But Tom is shy while Giovanni is charming and flirtatious. Tom has a newfound freedom with his unemployment, while family burdens weigh heavily on Giovanni. Add culture differences and miscommunication into the mix, and their brief romance might fade as quickly as the beautiful dream it resembles.


Freya’s Book Brief

On an impulsive decision, Tom takes a cut priced holiday in Venice – off season. Cold, wet and hungry he encounters Giovanni in a restaurant, and they bond over pizza.

Written in the third person, grammatically it is sound, but I found the long paragraphs a bit much on my eyes. Nevertheless, what I found here is a sweet holiday romance that promises to be more. Tom, is not one for throwing caution to the wind and Giovanni has responsibilities. As such they tiptoe around each other for a couple of days before they take the plunge.

Early on Tom tours the city alone, which highlights how lonely he is, while life continues around him. He’s only there a week, but the time taken to describe Venice, slows the story to make their romance seem like a slow burn.

It is difficult to incorporate depth in a story this short. So instead, we have a whistle stop tour of Venice, with some hot nookie on the side and a dose of Italian flair. The Italian dialogue too is sexy as hell, but the meaning of some of it got lost in translation, which I guess is the risk one takes when using another language.

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Meet Luca Domani

Luca has been writing stories since childhood. Although he has a doctorate in engineering, he has never given up on his dream of being a writer. He adores science fiction and is partial to postapocalyptic epics with zombie hordes, but at heart, he is a hopeless romantic. Luca is married to his high school sweetheart, who is his muse and the love of his life. They reside in Massachusetts with their dog and cat. An American in Venice is his second publication outside of a technical journal. email:


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