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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,393 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Narrator: Kate Forbes, Anna Fields Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061472657
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She's Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self-help.
He's Ren Gage, Hollywood's favorite villain.
Sometimes you just know that God has a sense of humor.

Dr. Isabel Favor has sacrificed everything to build her self-help empire. Then, in a matter of weeks, it all comes crashing down. She loses her money, her fiancé, and her reputation. Broke, heartsick, and soul-weary, she heads for Italy in search of a little breathing room.

Lorenzo Gage makes his living killing people .. on the silver screen, that is. He's viciously handsome and sublimely talented. While on vacation in Italy he spots Isabel sipping a glass of wine in a sidewalk café. A good guy wouldn't think of seducing such a tidy-looking woman... but he'd never seen the fun in playing the hero.

A farmhouse nestled in a Tuscan olive grove can't provide Isabel with the refuge she needs -- not when the townspeople are scheming to drive her away, and her plan to restore her reputation has come up empty. And especially not when the man who deceived her refuses to leave her in peace.

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  • “No one tops Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”

    Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Funny, sexy, funny, fast, funny, wonderful—and hilarious! If you can read Susan Elizabeth Phillips without laughing out loud, check for a pulse! What the world needs is more books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”

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  • “Lively, steamy, light-hearted romance. Phillips has created a very modern and textured tale: witty, moving, passionate, and tender.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Witty, moving, passionate, and tender…pure up-to-the-minute entertainment…well-writen, funny, sexy, and altogether satisfying.”

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  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PastAllReason | 2/17/2014

    " Ever have your life collapse about you, and want to run away? Oh say, to Tuscany? This is the book for you... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/14/2014

    " I liked it - didn't love it, laugh out loud, or have that "can't put it down" experience like I have had with several of her other books. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could, because I liked the characters and the setting. It DID make me want to re-visit Italy! I will read it again sometime, and maybe it will strike my fancy then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Rockman | 1/20/2014

    " Love her and this was a fun, one-day read. The heroine was a little unlikeable for a me at first and her spirituality was a little much for me at times, but SEP's dialogue is always great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aparna | 1/18/2014

    " Cute and funny. Though wouldnt say this was her best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Marie | 1/15/2014

    " This was fun! Ren and Isabel had some good snappy dialogue, and I liked the way the flirtation built into something more serious as the book went on. Isabel felt a little stiff to me, as a character, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beanse | 1/14/2014

    " Not nearly as good as some of the other SEP books, but I like it just the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette | 1/11/2014

    " LOVED the ambiance! This book transported me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Hainer | 12/28/2013

    " this is one of my favorites from this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Journeywoman | 12/7/2013

    " I hand listed this as read, but I realized when I picked it up to reread, that I actually had not. While it isn't one of SEP's most memorable, it was still quite lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine ang | 12/6/2013

    " Dashing lead. Gutsy characters. Fun, witty, humorous, sexy and great. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/20/2013

    " Okay not my favorite book by her. The beginning was a little like Under the Tuscan Sun. The end was kind of blah. I enjoyed the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 10/11/2013

    " LOVE this book. Alot of my favorite books, are by SEP, but this one is on the top of my favorite list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/7/2012

    " Typical romance book and I enjoyed the plot, characters and location. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/29/2012

    " Hated it! Filled with sex and pop psychology. The plot line is as shallow as the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 9/11/2012

    " 3.5. A little higher rating because of the location. Italy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 3/14/2012

    " A bit too predictable, but a nice romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cmcozzi | 12/29/2011

    " Loved this one. I like the Tuscan setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicia Chelgren | 10/27/2011

    " Perfect reading for summer. Really good contemporary romance. Not as corny as most. I really like her characters. Phillips has a sense of humor about her love stories. always enjoy her book. This one has the added bonus of being set in tuscany "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/21/2011

    " A love story that takes place in Italy and of course there is a wine harvest and festival. This is a somewhat more intelligently written love story. The characters emotions appear real and appropriate to today's men and women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 5/10/2011

    " book starts out really crap but ends really great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 4/5/2011

    " An all time fav of mine. i would recomend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim_bab | 1/26/2011

    " nama cowoknya Lorenzo gage
    .............. tapi kenapa bisa panggilannya jadi REN???????
    wekssss kesenangan tuh ada yang ngembarin namanya "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/23/2011

    " Good book. I always like Ms. Phillip's characters. Her story is heartwarming and fun. I had a good time reading this book. Isabel and Ren are a match. Great chemistry. The secondary romance between Tracy and Harry Briggs is really good too! Their love was so real. It touched me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PastAllReason | 11/29/2010

    " Ever have your life collapse about you, and want to run away? Oh say, to Tuscany? This is the book for you... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette | 11/26/2010

    " LOVED the ambiance! This book transported me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela(AllHoney) | 9/15/2010

    " A nice light-hearted contemporary romance with a hint of mystery. I wasn't in love with Ren but he grew on me. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author whose books are published all over the world. She is also the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award.

About the Narrators

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.