Pocket, Jun 2003, 6.99
Following her divorce and at the encouragement of her best friend, Californian Anne Marie Jackson travels to Sorrento, Italy to visit Giovanni. Back in what feels like ancient history in high school, Giovanni, an exchange student, was the most popular stud in school, but he liked Anne Marie. He invited her to come to Italy and now years later she takes him up on his offer.
However, Giovanni fails to arrive at the hotel rendezvous point in nearby San Gervase. Instead undercover law enforcement official Marco Moretti bothers Ann Marie offering to be her guide when in fact he is trying to capture Giovanni, a master criminal known for smuggling diamonds. Marco believes that Anne Marie is the latest female recruited by Giovanni to break the law as a smuggler though he finds her veneer of innocence disconcerting and has no evidence that she is even a dupe of the felon. As he tries to use her to capture the sly thief, Marco falls in love with the American who shocks herself by reciprocating.
Readers who enjoy a fun police procedural romance starring thirty-something characters will appreciate THAT'S AMORE. Anne Marie is a delightful lead protagonist and the mysterious Giovanni will turn a heart or two until his true colors surface. Though Marco seems too pushy to be successful, readers will enjoy Carol Grant's romantic suspense tour of Italy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner