"A charmingly modern twist on a classic love story—loads of fun and all the feels." —Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly in Love
In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.
Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.
Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.
Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.
Wilson's lively contemporary romance series launch is reminiscent of the film Roman Holiday, as an Italian crown prince and an American tour guide meet in very unlikely circumstances. Niccolo La Torre, the Crown Prince of Lazaretto, is sitting on the piazza at the Hotel de Russie in Rome when tour guide Julia Costa mistakes him for the client who has booked her for the day. He plays along, eager to avoid his responsibilities just once in his life. The attraction between Julia and Niccolo is instantaneous, though she believes that he has called her boss to complain about her. But she finally realizes that he is not her client and has lied to her, especially when he claims at the end of the day that he can't pay for the tour. Niccolo enjoys being with a woman who is attracted to him for himself, and Julia can't seem to help falling under his spell even though she is wary of men. The constant sexual tension between the pair is fueled by the possibility of an intense confrontation when she realizes his true identity. Niccolo and Julia's tale is funny, romantic, and delightful.