Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa
She has the power to change everything… Rafaele Falcone runs his luxury auto empire and private life with the same ice-cold ruthlessness. Emotions play no part in his decisions, and he always demands the best, so he doesn't hesitate to ask brilliant engineer Samantha Rourke to join his company—even though he walked away from her years before. That sexy Italian accent still sends shivers down her spine, but gutsy Sam knows it's not just about her impossible desire to feel his hands on her body once again. Because Falcone is about to discover her deepest secret—one that will send his world into a spin!
Rafaele Falcone needs help in research for his automobile company and, despite the fact that he has a history with Samantha Rourke, he calls on her to aid him. Dr. Samantha Rourke isn’t looking to repeat the mistakes of the past, but Rafaele forces her into compliance. Rafaele had his reasons for treating Sam so blasé years ago, but Sam is working to keep Rafaele far away from her current life for fear of her secrets being revealed.
When Falcone’s World Stops Turning is a page-turning tale about individuals who let the past shape their present and future, so much so that they avoid complete openness with one another. That is how so many of these stories begin, but I found that I saw the reasoning behind Sam’s keeping mum more than Rafaele’s fear in When Falcone’s World Stops Turning.
I liked the fact that Samantha held a higher degree, but wished that she could have held out a little more against Rafaele’s tactics in When Falcone’s World Stops Turning. Sure he should have been made aware of the situation but, honestly, Rafaele should have manned-up and stopped fearing emotions long before time in When Falcone’s World Stops Turning. Rafaele did seem to have a problem with laying blame on Sam at times, but I think she tried to hold her own with him. However, she felt so much guilt for what she did that she allowed him to run roughshod over her at times.
When Falcone’s World Stops Turning did have some angsty moments, which kept me involved. I believed that both Sam and Rafaele would have their deserved HEA at the close of this tale. He made great strides in moving forward from his stalemate upbringing, and it didn’t hurt that Sam found forgiveness for herself as well as Rafaele.