Sleepless in Sicily by Emma Jackson – Book Review

Sleepless in Sicily by Emma Jackson – Book Review

Sleepless in Sicily by Emma Jackson

Sleepless in Sicily

Author – Emma Jackson
Publisher – Orion Dash
Pages – 275
Released – 29th July 2021
Format – ebook
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

Under the starry Italian skies, anything can happen…

For most women, getting locked into a storeroom with movie star and undeniable heartthrob Rowan during a pre-production shoot in London would be the stuff of dreams. But for shy makeup artist Lila, it’s more like a nightmare. It doesn’t matter that Rowan is kind, easy to talk to and even more gorgeous up close. With her social anxiety, she can’t bear the idea of being embroiled in gossip and rumours about what exactly they were doing together.

More scandal is also not an option for outspoken Rowan, whose agency is threatening to drop him if he doesn’t toe the line. After the two make their escape, they promise to keep the incident a secret, and when they meet again on set in stunning Sicily, they pretend not to know each other. But between the blue skies and sizzling Italian heat, it becomes impossible to ignore the attraction simmering between them…

Lila and Rowan couldn’t be more different… but can they find a way to bring their worlds together?

Review by Stacey

New make-up artist Lila loves her job but she is incredibly shy and suffers from social anxiety. When her new colleagues invite her out for the evening she finds an excuse to not go by sorting out the stockroom.

The stockroom light doesn’t work and the door has to be propped open or it locks. Enter movie star Rowan who is trying to find somewhere private to make a phone call and closes the door behind him trapping the pair.

Eventually, they manage to free themselves, but Rowan asks Lila to keep their encounter a secret as he has a reputation of being a lady’s man and with filming on his new movie about to start he doesn’t need the publicity that he is involved with someone new.

The movie is being shot in Sicily and Lila is the junior make-up artist there. Being away from home, with people she doesn’t know, in a foreign country is playing havoc with her anxiety. Rowan notices and the pair have a secret friendship, but with their feelings running high will they give into them?

Sleepless in Sicily is a Rom-Com featuring two likeable characters. It was an easy read and the plot was enjoyable. I loved the setting of Sicily, with its glorious weather and beaches. Lila’s anxiety played a large part in the story and I thought it was written well by someone who has either done plenty of research or has personal experience of it. I loved the Gremlins analogy that she uses to explain it.

Rowan was a very misunderstood character who came across as a bit of a big head, serial dater, womaniser, etc. Where actually he was none of that and he was very sweet, loyal, and family orientated. I loved the interactions with his giraffe-hating sister (you will need to read the book to understand this sentence).

The book kept me interest and entertained the whole way through. I was invested in the will-they-won’t-they part of the plot that kept you guessing for a long time. If you love Rom Com’s then grab a copy of this book.

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Author Info

Emma Jackson Sleepless in Sicily

Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished.

Following her debut, SUMMER IN THE CITY and ONE KISS BEFORE CHRISTMAS were released in 2020 and contemporary romance SLEEPLESS IN SICILY in 2021.

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5 Responses

  1. Jo Linsdell says:

    I live in Italy and love finding books set here. Sleepless in Sicily sounds like a good read. I adore the South and try to go down there whenever I get the chance.

  2. This sounds light and fun, I like to intersperse these stories between more intense reads

  3. This trope always works for me. Thanks for bringing Sleepless in Sicily to my attention.