Monday Book Review: Vittorio’s Woman

VITTORIO’S WOMAN (The Vittorio Series) by Kimberley Reeves



Lilly is a physical therapist, but she doesn’t do it for money, she just really likes helping people. She gets a call from the sister of a man she saw once at a party and developed a huge crush on, Simon Vittorio. The sister says that Simon’s had an accident and he’s in despair. He needs a tough physical therapist to pull him from his depression and get him inspired to walk again. Simon has also been blinded by this accident, the characters hope temporarily. Little does Lilly know, Simon remembers her and has also been longing for her as much as she has for him. But he’s driven away other¬†psychical¬†therapists and he’s¬†going¬†to do the same to her by making her super uncomfortable sexually. (???)

The Good:

The writing is fine. No glaring¬†errors, nothing really wrong with it, but the book definitely left me feeling “meh.” It’s a standard romance novel, so if you like all the cliches that go along with that, you’ll enjoy this book.

The Bad:

Oh my God, the cliches. Every single one of the romance genre seems to be present here:

-She’s cute when she’s angry. Whenever she’s upset, Simon has to stifle the urge to laugh.

-She’s so special that a man-whore who has been sleeping with any girl who breathes for the last twenty years or so instantly falls so in love with her that he’ll never want anyone else ever again.

-She’s secretly a virgin (and secretly rich)

-Outrageous and ridiculous misunderstandings abound when a simple conversation would make everything clear

(Okay, at least there isn’t a secret baby)

And Simon’s big plan to drive Lilly away? To kiss her. Seriously? The plot is convoluted, strange, and hard to make any sense out of. The first third or so of the book is a bath.

Supposedly Simon is bitter and angry and pushing every one away (just in case he can’t recover from his injuries, even though his prognosis is good), but we see him in this state for about half a sentence. Lilly seems to sooth him instantly (she’s just that magical). He continues to plot about how he is going to force her to leave by being really super sexy. Which doesn’t really work. And then they both seem to be admitting they like/love each other, but he says the wrong thing and she pouts, rinse and repeat.

I didn’t really see why they loved each other. The “plot” just seems to run from one ridiculous scenario to the next.

Yummy Hero Factor:

I didn’t find anything sexy about Simon personally. He is rich and Italian and passionate and (apparently) madly in love with the heroine (for no¬†discernible¬†reason). That’s probably plenty of people’s fantasy, but I found him foppish and irritating. The laughing at Lilly whenever she was upset and telling her how adorable she is when she’s mad was so patronizing it kind of made me hate him. If he had felt real enough to hate, anyway.


Definitely not my kind of book, but I’m not the biggest fan of standard romance, so it’s worth at least checking out the sample if you are. Spoiler about the cure aspect below buy link:

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Highlight the following sentence for spoilers about the cure aspect:¬†It’s pretty clear from the beginning that he’s going to recover. Lilly is there to nurse him back to health, basically. Although there is a really weird thing where he pretends that he’s still paralyzed after he’s recovered. Don’t ask me what that’s all about.


  1. Chie Alem√°n
    Sep 12, 2012

    Yeah I had been avoiding this one, seems like I made the right call.

    • RuthMadison
      Sep 12, 2012

      Probably. I hate to be discouraging, but it really didn’t do anything for me. I see it come up all the time on the also-boughts with my books.

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