A football fanatic sports columnist. A sexy Italian soccer player. When in Rome . . .
Maggie Lane, a sports columnist and diehard football fan, is not exactly enthused when her editor-in-chief sends her to Rome, Italy, to write a feature story on Italian soccer star Marco Valenti. The last thing she wants to do is spend three weeks covering soccer right before the American football season begins. But Maggie’s job becomes a lot more appealing after meeting a sexy Italian man on her first night there.
One hot kiss and she is done for . . . but once Maggie discovers her mysterious Italian is Marco Valenti, she’s not sure if she’ll be able to write her story objectively, or if she’ll even have to. Marco stuns the world when he announces his retirement, and without an explanation as to why, rumors fly and the tension mounts. Despite Maggie’s protests, she is forced to stay, but with each passing day, she becomes enchanted with the beautiful city, as well as finds herself breaking her cardinal rule—never fall for a player.
As Maggie learns the truth about Marco, she has to make a decision: protect him or keep her job. Will Marco be able to trust her with his secrets? Can she trust him with her heart?
** ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. **
This is one of my favorite releases by this author! And I am about 97 percent positive it has nothing to do with my love of soccer or the city of Rome. Written in a first person point of view, I enjoyed the feeling that I was dropped into the story and that the thoughts and feelings occurring were my own. The sexual tension, yearning, and want between the two leads leapt off the page. A wonderful combination of an independent woman in a male-dominated career yet juggling with her own hesitations as they play into personal relationships. Relatable characters that you want to befriend and a romantic city backdrop that needs no additional coloring. Without issuing a spoiler I’ll say the story of the leather bracelet tore at my heart. And I loved every moment of it.
My rating: Midleton
“I’m never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It’s just not possible.”
Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality.
Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He’s desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.
In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.
Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.
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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.
Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where there violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.
** ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. **
I really liked this tale. Action, suspense, humor, and romance flourishes throughout this story whose link to fantasy was via the use of magic and with the characters being angels. Outside of the magic element, the events portrayed could happen present day. The concentration on family, and the love one has to support and defend theirs no matter the cost, was truly a beautiful telling. I found this to be a fabulous foundation for the releases to follow and look forward to being able to revisit these characters again and the epic battle that is to come.
My rating: Midleton