I picked this up from NetGalley specifically to read the short by Farrah Rochon, Tuscan Nights. I’ve sought out her writing in the last year, having discovered her through Harlequin. I find her stories to be extremely entertaining with believable character arcs, not to mention the locales! Setting is most certainly a character in Rochon novel, whether it’s the bayou of Louisiana, the gritty streets of New York, quaint Atlanta, Ga or as in Tuscan Nights, romantic Italy.
Aiden Williams has been pining for Nyla, the one that got away, for the past three years. She was supposed to have married his brother Cameron– a marriage that would have been a complete sham, but one that Nyla intended to go through with, despite being in love with Aiden. Cameron, however, called off the wedding, leaving Nyla at the altar to face their friends and family.
Embarrassed, Nyla escaped to Europe, living first in Paris and then Rome. As Aiden had been stationed in Zurich for some time, finding out that Nyla would be alone on Christmas got the old wheels turning and instead of flying home to Atlanta for the holidays, he rented a car and drove six hours to surprise Nyla, proposing that they drive to Tuscany to see the sights and spend the holiday together. Surprised by her old friend… and the man she was still in love with… Nyla agrees.
Aiden hopes this trip will be more than sightseeing and that he’ll view more than the tourist traps Tuscany has to offer. He still loves Nyla… does she still love him? Will she come home? And will she still love him after she finds out how he ruined her wedding day?
Tuscan Nights was like taking that trip to Europe I’ve always wanted to take. I could smell the bread baking, see the cobblestone streets, almost sense the air that must just feel different in Tuscany. From the description of the food and drinks to the explanation of Italian customs to the landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, the Mausoleum of Augustus, even the Tiber river, I felt like I was there.
Tuscan nights is a virtual vacation that features a love story.