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The Bartolini Legacy #3

The Italian's Unexpected Heir

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Her baby surprise proves…

…that one night will never be enough!

Reeling from the secrets that have torn his heritage apart, Enzo Bartolini is set on selling his family’s Tuscan vineyard and trying to forget the impulsive, dazzling night he and best friend Sylvie shared in Paris. While the sale moves forward, the thrilling awareness between him and Sylvie is harder to move past…especially when she upends Enzo’s world by revealing she’s carrying his baby!

256 pages, Paperback

Published September 8, 2020

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Jennifer Faye

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. With more than a million books sold, she is internationally published with books translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband and two spoiled cats. When she's not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book. Jennifer loves to hear from readers—you can contact her via her website.

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1,523 reviews74 followers
September 14, 2020
Thank you Prism for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Italian's Unexpected Heir
The Bartolini Legacy #3
By: Jennifer Faye


Endings always turn me melancholy. The Italian's Unexpected Heir is the third and final book of Jennifer Faye's Bartolini Legacy Series. This book is bittersweet. I've had the privilege of reading book one, The Prince And The Wedding Planner, and book two, The Puppy, The CEO, And Me. If they sound like adorable books, I assure you they are indeed. After Bianca and Gia, it is Enzo's turn.

Enzo is the eldest and only son. He's carrying a secret that weighs on him. Enzo seems to be so conflicted within himself about the future and the past. He wants to sell the vineyard, yet he really doesn't want to sell it at all. Enzo is quite the brooding and dark(ish) character of the story.

Conversely, Sylvie, a close friend and wedding planner at the vineyard, is a bit more positive and upbeat about the future. Her past is not great, but she marches on with a subtle, yet, powerful voice and ambition.

One night in Paris, however, is life changing. Each has long held feelings in earnest for the other, but never acknowledged this. Until now. Until the one night tryst that results in Sylvie carrying Enzo's baby. Yikes!

Sylvie has hopes for a future with Enzo and the vineyard. She is self assured enough to know her own heart. Enzo is too deep in self pity to see past his nose. He doesn't trust himself to make the right decisions. They are at cross purposes. Maybe Sylvie should reconsider her plans. Maybe Enzo should be true and selfless. What kind of future awaits their baby?

There are loose ends that tie up nicely. Long carried secrets need to be told. Truth, trust, love and recognition of what burns in your soul are life affirming and eye opening. Life is right there in front of you, if you have eyes to see.

This is a wonderful story that charmed and entertained me, plus, all the warm fuzzy feelings are here! Jennifer Faye has an authentic voice, sharing positive vibes and memorable moments through her books. I recommend reading her work, if you haven't already!
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1,117 reviews10 followers
September 3, 2020
What does best friends, one night in Paris, and a new baby all have in common?
An exciting new romantic story by The Phenomenal Ms. Jennifer Faye!!

This book swept me away from the beginning and had me sighing at the conclusion.
This was the perfect romantic story.
Friends to Lovers, one of my most favorite tropes.
Enzo and Sylvie were such a special duo, an absolute joy seeing their love blossom.

I’ve read every one of Ms. Faye’s books, however I do not recall a book with this type of romantic feel. I was just blown away with happiness and left in a euphoric realm.
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1,590 reviews15 followers
August 30, 2020
We finally get to read Enzo’s perspective about his family’s revelations! It is so hard for him to be the ‘Big Brother” and not be able to protect his sisters from drama and trauma – and all three have had a lot of it in just a short time. Although you do not need to read the first two books in the Bartolini Legacy, about his two sisters, it helps to understand the overall story in this trilogy. And I’ve enjoyed all the books.

I adored Sylvie! She was vulnerable, yet strong. She was trying to make a new life for herself, her own way in life, and she found it at the Bartolini vineyards and hotel where she is a wedding planner extraordinaire. She’s also in love with Enzo, and he her, but Enzo hasn’t quite figured that out yet.

I don’t want to give any spoilers so I will say that their story is heartwarming and heart breaking, all at the same time. Their road to an HEA is not smooth but Enzo has much he has to work thru with his family and himself, before he can be a part of Enzo and Sylvie. Great ending to this trilogy!
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161 reviews5 followers
August 15, 2020
Absolutely love the story of friends becoming lovers, always one of my weaknesses when reading Harlequin Romance, beside marriage of convenience and romantic suspense thrillers.

And cannot help recognizing the name of Enzo Bartolini reminds me one of my favourite movies set in Tuscany, Letters to Juliet with Amanda Seyfried.

And makes me dream I hope someday I will be able to make it to Tuscany, one of the parts of Italy that I haven’t gone to.
5,340 reviews
September 7, 2020
I have become a huge fan of Jennifer Faye’s books. When I had the opportunity to read her newest release, The Italian's Unexpected Heir, I jumped right on it. I was not disappointed at all. It could be one of my favorites that I have read by her to date. It was so good. I had no issue reading the whole book in one sitting. I loved the chemistry between Enzo and Sylvie. Such a delight.
I am giving The Italian’s Unexpected Heir a very well deserved five plus stars. I am looking forward for the next romance by Jennifer Faye releases. I recommend this one for readers who love to read clean, sweet and quick romances.
I received The Italian’s Unexpected Heir from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
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395 reviews7 followers
September 10, 2020
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Prism Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Italian's Unexpected Heir by Jennifer Faye is a fabulous wrap up to a sweet trilogy. 
Will Enzo really sell the Bartolini property?
Enzo Bartolini
Our hero is the oldest Bartolini child and only son, Enzo. Now that his sisters have left and he is alone, Enzo decides to sell the family property and leave all the lies and disappointments behind. But is this the right decision for Enzo, as all he has ever wanted was to run the vineyard and winery like his father?

Enzo is a deeply caring man with guilt for not taking better care of his sisters. The thing about Enzo is he doesn't express his feelings or discuss things with others well. I like that he is caring, but he seriously needs to work on communication. He also needs to let go of this self-guilt. Oh, and seriously listen to his elders, at least think about what they are saying without dismissing it. 

Another thing about Enzo is he is a hard worker. He is right in there working the vines, in the winery, fighting fires, whatever it takes to get the job done. Enzo is a good guy.
The Italian's Unexpected Heir CRSylvie
Our heroine is Sylvie DeLuca. She hasn't had the most comfortable life, but it also wasn't the worst, as Enzo helps to remind her. However, Sylvie is a fighter, and she will not allow herself to be homeless again. She will stand on her own and support herself. Sylvie, like Enzo, has been in the previous stories. We get to know her dreams and aspirations, along with her nightmares and tragedies. Sylvie is smart, beautiful, and talented. 

I like that Sylvie is independent, hard-working, and always willing to go that extra mile. She doesn't have complete confidence in her designing abilities, but that will come with time. Sylvie brings out the best side of Enzo, and they make an adorable couple. 
Five Stars
I love happy endings. Ms. Faye does such a fabulous job wrapping up this family's tragedy and answering all the questions that I find myself asking at the end of some books. My rating is five stars, and if you are looking for a sweet romance to spend an evening with, this is a great one. I highly recommend it. 

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469 reviews19 followers
September 5, 2020
Thank you in advance to the author, Jennifer Faye, and Prism Book Tours for providing an advanced review copy as part of a launch team. A positive review was not required or requested, and all words are my own.

I cannot believe it has been five (5) months since I was introduced to the Bartolini siblings in “The Prince and the Wedding Planner”.

This is the third book in the series, and to be honest – while each one “can” be a standalone read, they’re all best read together. Since the third book has been released, the series would make a nice weekend binge read. They’re large print and definitely “short” reads.

The cover image is slightly different than the other two as it does not feature a “Bartolini sibling”. Instead, the cover apparently features Sylvie, the “love interest” (or rather eventual love interest) of Enzo Bartolini.

This book features physical appearances of Biance and Gia. I really loved Sylvie in this. We got to meet her in the first book “The Prince and the Wedding Planner”. Enzo was a bit annoying. It seemed he spent most of the novel brooding and wallowing in self pity. That was a bit off-putting to me. Him feeling like he failed his sisters and the home was a reminder was also a bit sad.

This was definitely an interesting and slightly dramatic end to the trilogy. The last few pages really moved the story along and I was surprised when it ended.

Like Faye’s previous novels in this series; the writing is descriptive, vivid, and colorful. Her pace isn’t slow or rapid. The writing for these novels is much different than for the Hallmark Book “Christmas in Bayberry” that I also got to read and review.

I definitely enjoyed this book as I read it. The only reason it took me a few days to read it was that I was rather busy with a few things over the time. I know three (3) days isn’t too bad, but usually books like this are at most a 1-2 day read.

There is an off-page sex scene, and the “virgin” sex deal that some readers might take issue with despite the tact and sensitivity that Faye writes it with. Enzo’s regret is sweet and charming. Other than that, this is a fairly clean read.

As I had read the previous two novels, I was surprised at one part of this. The one “secret” Enzo was holding on to was something that led to what I thought was a plot hole.

However, Faye did a wonderful job at sewing up that end and explaining it, though the explanation was a bit down the road. There was the issue of “timing” in the novels. In this one, it had been a year since their parents’ death (which occurred prior to the beginning of “The Prince and the Wedding Planner”). In this book, it is nearing December which is the countdown to Bianca’s wedding.

Yet, in the first book, I thought Bianca’s wedding was a few months away from the end of that novel. There is a line on page 7 – “I will take the throne by the New Year …” that seems to indicate that the new year is approaching by the end of that novel – not “the next year”. On page 228, the queen tells Bianca “And, his wedding will be later this year”

Also, while Gia’s story (“The CEO, The Puppy and Me”) ended on a happily ever after – there is no mention of Ric in this novel and I was a bit surprised by that. Those who’ve read that story will likely see what I am talking about.

Those things happen, but it is something to mention with regard to the plot. Those were the only things I could find that seemed out of place.

I definitely wanted to read this book to see the conclusion of this series, as well as read Enzo’s story. The plotline about the baby isn’t revealed until about the last third (1/3) of the story. The first part deals with his decision regarding the estate and vineyard.

It was beautiful to see Enzo learn that the idea of family is what makes a home special. That lesson is endearing and beautiful. It is only when something is threatened that we see its value along with how much it means to us. In addition, we often have to make peace with life’s decisions.

One key piece of advice Enzo’s father imparted, that is so beautiful, and I feel is very relevant right now –

“Life never goes the way you planned. It’s finding your way through life’s detours that’s worth the effort.” (pg. 114)

I definitely would be interested in a “follow-up” to conclude the Gia/Ric and Enzo/Sylvie stories.

For the most part; reading this was like being on an exotic vacation with no worries, lots of excitement, some drama, sweet moments, a lot of precious moments stuffed in it, along with the lessons. I truly enjoyed reading this and can’t wait until I finish the never-ending TBR to re-read these all together.

Fans of Faye’s writing and those who’ve read the previous two novels in this series will more than likely enjoy this read.
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September 12, 2020
Award-winning author Jennifer Faye brings her enchanting Bartolini Legacy series to a poignant close with Enzo and Sylvie’s story, The Italian’s Unexpected Heir.

The bottom had fallen out of Enzo Bartolini’s word when his beloved parents’ lives had been cut short by a tragic accident. But worse was to come for Enzo. Not only did he have to face the rest of his life without his supportive parents, but alongside his siblings, he had learned an earth-shattering family secret that had upended all of their lives forever. Since then, Enzo has thrown himself fully into his work in the family vineyard and has started entering international competitions and pushing himself harder and harder in order to fill in the empty void deep within him. But so far all of his efforts have proved groundless. With his two sisters off living their own lives far from the family estate, Enzo would be totally alone if it wasn’t for the support of his good friend, wedding planner Sylvie. When he is crowned the winner of a prestigious international wine prize, Enzo takes Sylvie with him to the ceremony in Paris. The bond between the two friends has never been stronger, but in the most romantic city in the world, Enzo and Sylvie simply cannot resist giving into the attraction that sizzled between them.

Sylvie has never had much time for relationships. With an elderly mother not in the best of health, Sylvie had to juggle being a carer with the busy demands of her challenging career as a wedding planner. Yet, even though her mother had passed, Sylvie has been reluctant to put her heart on the line because she has always known that no man could measure up to Enzo Bartolini, her good friend whom she has had a huge crush on for years. Her relationship with Enzo has always been strictly platonic, but in Paris, they couldn’t deny their feelings for one another any longer. Yet, their night of love had repercussions which neither one of them had imagined because Sylvie discovers that she is pregnant with Enzo’s baby!

Enzo had vowed to put his night with Sylvie behind him, however, that quickly proves to be easier said than done. Enzo hadn’t felt so alive in what seems like forever, yet he knows that the time has come for him to figure out what he is going to do with his life. Selling the vineyard and moving on seems like the only logical conclusion – until he discovers that Sylvie is carrying his baby! Realizing that he is willing to do whatever it takes for his unborn child, Enzo is determined to be in his baby’s life. But what about Sylvie? Will he find the courage and the strength to admit that he cannot imagine a future without her? Or will his fears cost him his future with the only woman he will ever love: Sylvie.

Jennifer Faye’s The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is a superb contemporary romance full of such warmth, pathos and heart that it is absolutely impossible not to be drawn in from the very first page. Sylvie and Enzo’s love story is poignant, emotional, dramatic and one that will touch the heart and bring a tear to the eye of romantics everywhere.

Sylvie and Enzo are mature, realistic and believable characters readers will care about and fall in love with. Their journey to happy ever after will be one that will keep readers engrossed and entertained throughout.

Jennifer Faye’s The Bartolini Legacy trilogy has been absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to read what she writes next!
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4,270 reviews92 followers
September 28, 2020
Good conclusion to the series. Enzo and Sylvie became good friends when she began working as a wedding planner at the winery. Now that both of his sisters have moved away, Enzo is alone except for her. When he wins a prestigious wine award, he takes Sylvie to Paris for the award ceremony. The romance of the city works its magic on them, and they spend one passionate night together. But Enzo pulls back after their return to Italy, leaving Sylvie hurt and confused.

Enzo is the oldest of the Bartolini siblings and always felt protective of his sisters. The deaths of their parents and the ensuing revelations have left him feeling lost. Enzo is also wallowing in guilt and self-pity over what he sees as his failure to protect his sisters. His guilt is because he found out the family secret when he was a kid, but never told them. His self-pity is because he's afraid that if he tells them now, they will never forgive him, and he will lose them. All of these feelings get wrapped up in the winery to the point where he feels he must sell it to escape the memories.

Sylvie has been through a lot in her life. The daughter of a single mother, Sylvie's father died before she was born. She and her mother didn't have it easy, but they had each other. When her mother got sick, Sylvie cared for her as best she could but was frequently overcome with guilt over not doing enough. But through it all, she kept a smile on her face.

I liked the development of Enzo and Sylvie's relationship. They went from friends to one-night lovers, then Enzo pulled back. Sylvie is hurt, but soldiers on. When she finds out about Enzo's plan to sell the winery, she is puzzled. Sylvie knows he loves the place and used to have great plans for it, so she decides to remind him of that love. I enjoyed her attempts and seeing their effect on Enzo. Unfortunately, Enzo's self-disgust overrides all of the good memories she stirs up. Also stirred up are his growing feelings for Sylvie, but his issues keep him from doing anything about it. Once they discover that Sylvie is pregnant, Enzo's emotions are all over the place. His guilt pushes him away, but his heart wants Sylvie in his life. Should he sell the winery, or keep it? Sylvie loves him but doesn't want to be an obligation, so she also does her share of pushing away. It takes a threat to the winery itself to open Enzo's eyes, and a conversation with his sisters to finally dissolve his guilt. His big moment at the end was sweet and romantic. I liked the epilogue and the way it brought the series full circle.

While it can be read as a stand-alone, reading the previous two books makes this a richer story.
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September 10, 2020
This book is the perfect ending to a wonderful series. I just loved how Ms. Faye wrapped up everyone’s loose ends and we get to Gia, Enzo and Bianca come together as a true family in the end. There was a lot of turmoil in dealing with the major secret and I felt like Ms. Faye handled it well. Enzo is just a grumpy grump but I found that endearing with him. He has a super soft spot that he doesn’t let a bunch of people see except for a select few. When it comes to Sylvie, she sees it. Multiple times so it is easy to really like Enzo from the beginning. Enzo was put in an awful position with the reading of the will, so it was expected.

What really drew me to the story was Sylvie. She had been through a lot but always had a smile on her face. Things bothered her but she never got too down about it. She had a plan and she stuck to it. Was she a Pollyanna? No, she wasn’t. Just even-tempered considering her upbringing. I love a good opposites attract trope and this book delivers. Sylvie and Enzo couldn’t be more different but at the same time, they complete each other.

As usual, Ms. Faye takes her time with her storytelling and nothing is rushed. I love her voice and she lets her characters do the talking. Some would argue that this book is shorter than the others in the series but again, Enzo and Sylvie didn’t need a long book. They laid out their story and just let it happen. Of course, having a baby does that but these two are never apart for very long. The book’s setting is lush and I wish I could visit. Maybe one day.

I will miss this series and I wish we could have had a bit more of an after wedding scene with all the siblings and their partners but I’m greedy that way. 🙂 I miss the Grump and Sunshine already. A re-read is in order.
1,582 reviews
September 11, 2020
I have been enjoying this saga of three siblings who are reeling from their parents sudden deaths. This is big brother Enzo's story and he is just as lost if not more than his sisters.

Taking his role as big brother seriously, Enzo is not sure of where to go or what to do as his younger sisters leave the family estate and vineyards to him to go off on their happily ever after's. Enzo is alone except for his friend and business partner Sylvia.

Both Enzo and Sylvia are still dealing with tragic circumstances and their feelings are all over the place. Sylvia is also very naïve in some things and she does not realize the heart pain her one decision will put her through. Their story shows the life changing circumstances that can happen when wise decisions are thrown out the window.

I did feel that Enzo was wallowing too much in self-pity and his decision making showed that. I liked that Sylvia was not pushy but she was already in love with Enzo and so showed that in her dealings with him. Both of them mature throughout the story as they face the consequences of their one night together and put the baby's needs first. This was an emotional read at times especially as the siblings deal with the pain of losing their parents and the secrets they kept. However, family triumphs.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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1,265 reviews17 followers
August 26, 2020
The last in The Bartolini Legacy Series. Ms. Faye has ended the series with a heartwarming and heartbreaking book. Enzo harbors a secret since he and his sisters found out the truth that his parents kept from them. It wasn’t until they came across a journal what they learned. Yet Enzo knew more. While in Paris with his best friend Sylvie. She was a gem to say the least. A women like no other. One not only good care of weddings that took place in the vineyard, but she now stood by his side while he was receiving an award.
But one heated moment they couldn’t deny. When they got back to Tuscany things would be back to normal.

Sylvie didn’t accept Enzo to treat her like Paris meant nothing to him. She was hurt. When she found what he wanted to do with the vineyard she wasn’t happy. She hoped she could change his mind.
One thing happened, and a surprise was set in front of them. What would happen?
She didn’t need anything from him.

Enzo was a bit overwelmed with the news they just been given. Sylvie could have been really hurt badly, and they had someone else to be thinking of. He wasn’t sure what to do about it.

Pre order the book and see what happens. So good.
Series goes like this.
Book 1-The Price, and the Wedding Planner
Book 2- The CEO, the puppy, and Me
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1,398 reviews19 followers
September 9, 2020
This is the first book that I have read from this author. This is the 3rd book in the Bartolini family series - and I have not read the other two, I did not have a problem following along. The author did a great job at providing a quick recap of the family history.

In this story, we meet Enzo Bartolini - his parents have passed in a tragic accident and so many family secrets are coming out. His parents left Enzo and his siblings with a winery, which Enzo decides to take to the next level. With his best friend, Sylvie, the estates wedding planner by his side as he accepts an award for their wine - they get a little carried away.

When they return home, Sylvie finds out she is pregnant, and has not heard from Enzo. When she does, she finds out that he is wanting to sell his family estate, which frightens Sylvie. She has no family, she is now pregnant, and her best friend is selling the place that employs her.

This book contains really well written characters, a heartwarming and at times heartbreaking storyline. I will have to go back and read about the sisters of Enzo to have a full understanding of the Bartolini family.

I received a copy of this book through the Prism Book Tour blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
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2,978 reviews30 followers
September 7, 2020
4 1/2 STARS!

An emotional conclusion to a dazzling series! THE ITALIAN'S UNEXPECTED HEIR by Jennifer Faye is the third book in the Bartolini Legacy trilogy. I enjoyed this series as a whole, but I found myself wanting a little more from Enzo's story. Maybe it's because we already knew the conclusion of the paternity twist from the previous book, or maybe it was that I wanted more interaction with the siblings as a whole to feel a lock up from all of the emotions they stirred up in their search and competition. Overall the story was fast paced and satisfying.

Enzo Bartolini was a little underwhelming at first. He had a big voice during his sister's previous two books in the series yet in this one he seemed to roll over and admit defeat where there really didn't need to be any. I grew to understand him more as the book went on, but I wanted a little more from him.

Sylvie was really easy to like. She quickly gained my sympathy as she was floundering with not knowing where she belongs if her job isn't going to be there anymore.

I recommend this book and the entire trilogy to anyone who enjoys a passionate telling of happily ever afters and family drama.
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January 7, 2021

The third Bartolini Legacy book does not fail to deliver just the sort of fun romance I expected!

Undeniably, something more has simmered beneath the surface of the friendship between Enzo Bartolini and Sylvie DeLuca—and a surprise consequence of their night together forces them to confront what those feelings mean for their future. With secrets, their pasts, and the selling of Bartolini estate to complicate matters, doing so proves no easy feat, but it just might be worth it in the end.

Jennifer Faye’s The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is delightful, finishing the series so well. I enjoyed Enzo and Sylvie as they sorted through their changing relationship, and of course, the trip to beautiful Italy that their story offers is much appreciated this year.

This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
2,704 reviews18 followers
August 23, 2020
We are back in Tuscany with the last of the unattached Bartolini siblings, Enzo.
He’s a man at a crossroad. After the discovery of their mother’s secret, he’s the last one left at the family villa and winery. He’s been torn about his future and is thinking of selling .
Sylvie, who had become his friend, has been working as a wedding planner in the villa. He’s unaware that she has been in love with Enzo since she arrived a year ago.
After a passionate night in Paris, Enzo finds out that Sylvie is pregnant. She only wants to be with him if he truly loves her, not because she is a responsibility. When it’s evident that the sale is about to go through, and Enzo is still emotionally unavailable, Sylvie decides to leave.
This friends to lovers story was at times bittersweet as well as touching.
A nice conclusion to the Bartolini series.
I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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418 reviews1 follower
August 25, 2020
If you have read the other two books in the Bartolini Legacy you would know that now it is now Enzo's turn.

We read about Bianca's story and also Gia's story and now by default Enzo owns the vineyard. He had dreams and plans but after realizing he had too many bad memories he wants to sell it.

After a magical night in Paris, Sylvie his friend finds out she is pregnant. Although he is all set on selling the estate when a sudden fire erupts nearby he is faced with the possibility of losing everything. He realizes that his heart is reminding him of the happy and fun times he spent with his family and is afraid to face the future. Sylvie has been trying to remind him of the good things and also what a wonderful place for a baby to grow up.

As always Ms Faye will leave us with a smile on our face as that is what she always does. A wonderful series sorry it is over.
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1,469 reviews11 followers
September 9, 2020
The Italian’s Unexpected Heir

I loved Sylvie and Enzo’s story in The Italian’s Unexpected Heir. They started out as friends and remain friends but something unexpected happened. Will they be able to become more than friends? Read and see.

A couple of quotes I loved from the book that I loved are: “never give up on those you love” and “Forgiveness is one of the greatest things you can give yourself and others.” These quotes were something Enzo father has said.

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. However, I do recommend reading the first two books. I enjoyed them a lot also.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This book review is my own opinion.
1,970 reviews13 followers
August 31, 2020
Enzo's story was so intriguing. I was not sure what was going to happen. There was mystery, love, secrets, and guilt. I enjoyed how the story ended and that at one point all three of the Bartolini siblings were together once again at the beautiful villa. I liked the emphasis that their family was not perfect, none of them were, but they had always felt loved. I also enjoyed the epilogue.

Sylvie was such a fun, sweet, romantic character who grew up so much from her mother's death after having to start over. I am glad she found her happily ever after. I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.
91 reviews2 followers
September 3, 2020
What a way to wrap up the Bartolini Legacy series!
Enzo has won a prize for his wines, and one night in Paris with Sylvie will change their lives forever. And I had won the contest for the estate sort of by default, but is dead set on selling it because of the bad memories that surround it for him. Sylvie is going to do her best to change his mind, she loves it there and knows deep down Enzo does to. After an accident, they find out Sylvie is pregnant, everything changes. Will this change his mind about selling? When another disaster threatens it all, will Enzo realize the love he feels for Sylvie before she is gone for good?
1,209 reviews20 followers
September 20, 2020
The third in the trilogy. I love all books by Jennifer Faye. They are always an easy, fast and fun read. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because Enzo spent so much time being - to me - unnecessarily down on himself to an annoying level. But the story moved quickly and the ending brought answers to any questions you may still have had from the earlier books. The trilogy was wonderful and great for escapism into other worlds. Keep your wonderful books coming, Jennifer Faye!
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339 reviews2 followers
August 23, 2020
Another wonderful, feel good story by Jennifer Faye. This is the third book in this series, and it was my favorite. The story of Enzo and Sylvie is beautifully written, fast paced, and had me glued to the pages. They were friends who took their relationship to another level with a surprise that turned their world upside down. Are they able to remain friends and see what the future holds for them? Read this book to find out their story. You will be glad you did!
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1,259 reviews4 followers
August 23, 2020
Very enjoyable story! Doubt, regret and insecurity as well as strong sexual attraction bring us this interesting read. Great characters with uniques connections make this book hard to put down. Loving the Barolini family!

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289 reviews
August 25, 2020
The Italian's Unexpected Heir is the perfect ending to the Bartolini legacy series. Enzo and Sylvie's story is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Sylvie entrusts Enzo with her affection, but until he makes amends with his past he can't return her feelings.
The happy ending is a given, but the journey sure was fun to read.
I read an advanced copy of this book
1,310 reviews17 followers
September 6, 2020
Jennifer Faye and romance go along just like peanut butter and jelly or butter on your corn on the cob. I really liked this one and before I knew it I was finished. The story was the final book in the Bartolini Legacy which was a stunner. Jennifer hit this one out of the park!
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828 reviews35 followers
September 9, 2020
The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is such a great conclusion to this series. I didn’t read the first book, The Prince and The Wedding Planner, but I picked up on its story line by reading the second and third books. Though this book isn’t squeaky clean (a closed door romance scene), it is in no way explicit or offensive.

If you have read the prior books, you’re familiar with Sylvie, the current wedding planner at the Bartolini vineyard. Furthermore, you know that she and Enzo are good friends who harbor feelings for each other though neither of them even realize the feelings in themselves let alone in each other. Jennifer Faye also does a wonderful job of depicting how Enzo and Sylvie have been affected by their pasts.

The Italian’s Unexpected Heir makes me want to travel to Italy! I don’t speak Italian, but I could find an interpreter. Alas, we can’t leave the country, so I live vicariously through books. Faye paints a beautiful picture of both the vineyard and Florence. I love how she makes you feel as if you’re right there in the story. Sylvie’s cottage sounds like the perfect place for me to live.

Reading The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is a pleasure. You will love reading how Sylvie and Enzo’s love develops through the book, the discovery of Sylvie’s pregnancy, the threat to the vineyard, and the conclusion of the legacy. This delightful romance is a quick and enjoyable read. You won’t want to put it down!
721 reviews6 followers
September 30, 2020
THE ITALIAN’S UNEXPECTED HEIR is everything I love about a book by Jennifer Faye.
The setting is always a place on my bucket list: A Tuscan Vineyard and Paris.
The characters, Enzo and Sylvie, both have secrets.
Enzo is selling the family’s vineyard because of betrayals, guilt and secrets he just can’t get past.
One night in Paris with Sylvie gives him a reason to keep his family’s vineyard.
I really enjoyed and highly recommend!

I received an Advanced Reader Copy for an honest review.
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