Casey Come Home by Samantha Winston

Casey goes to Italy to escape her grief, but she meets soccer star Alessandro…

Casey goes to Italy to try to forget her husband’s tragic death. She doesn’t mean to fall in love, but then she meets Alessandro, a fabulously wealthy and charming Italian soccer sensation, and sparks fly. However, Alessandro’s fans are against her, and life with a celebrity suddenly turns into a nightmare. Worse still, photographers stalk them during even their most intimate moments. Alessandro is vibrant, intellectual, and desperately sexy. When they’re together, everything is perfect, but Casey wants a quiet life. Alessandro is a star and his fans are many…and vocal. Will these two different people be able to save a romance that they both need but never thought they would find?

What can I saw about this book? That it’s one of my all time favorite romances – one of the first books I poured my heart into. I love this story on so many levels – it is tender, yet passionate. It brings two very different people together – they have nothing in common, and that is a recurring theme in my stories. In “A Polo Passion”, the difference is less marked – both protagonists are young, inexperienced in love, and although from different backgrounds, Juan and Rennie are basically the same – and they find each other like magnets. With “Casey Come Home”, Casey and Alessandro come from worlds apart. They are older, have had more experience (and heartbreak) in love, and the people around them conspire to keep them apart. They find out who their real friends are, and where their real lives should be. They are not “fortune’s fools”, as Shakespeare would have it – no, these characters fall in love, but keep their heads and their hearts. Only when it’s clear they they cannot possibly live without each other, do they find a way to be together. Alessandro is one of the most endearing hero I ever created – read this story, and let me know what you think!

Excerpt:

“I’m not letting you go,” said Alessandro leaning forward. “I won’t.”

Casey looked at him. Her heart seemed to be thumping so hard her chest shook with each beat. “I don’t want you to,” she said. A prickle ran up and down her arms. A breeze could pick her up and carry her away. For the first time since David had died, there was a spark of warmth in her heart. She wanted to laugh aloud, or weep. She wasn’t sure which, but it was a feeling of being alive and she reveled in it.

“Your cheeks are glowing,” he told her.

“It’s because of you,” she said. “I think…” She blushed even harder.

“Yes?” His grin was infectious and Casey found herself grinning too.

“I think I like you, Alessandro Sottini, and I’m glad you decided to give me a second chance for the interview.”

“Oh.” His face fell. “The interview. I forgot all about that.” He looked at her, but his eyes no longer held their spark of fun. “Is that the only reason you came to dinner tonight?”

“I have to admit, it was,” said Casey. She sighed and tilted her head. “I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings. The only reason I came to dinner was to interview you. But I’m finding more reasons to stay,” she told him.

He gave her a brilliant smile. “Really?”

“Do you need to ask?” Casey peered at him. “No, don’t answer that question. I’m sorry. It’s just that you put me off balance. I didn’t expect you to be…well, as you are,” she finished with a shrug.

Alessandro stared at her with his uncanny, amber eyes. His lashes made spiky shadows on his high cheekbones. He didn’t smile. Instead he reached across the table again and took her hand. “When I touch you, I feel something I’ve never felt before,” he said almost to himself. “When I saw you, my heart nearly stopped beating. I’ve never had to beg a woman to go out with me—usually they are throwing themselves at my feet. But I was ready to beg for you.”

To buy link:

https://www.totallybound.com/book/casey-come-home

All of my sports based books at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/index.php?route=product/author/info&author_id=6

Hot Line (car racing)

Ranger’s Woman (sailing)

A Polo Passion (polo)

Casey Come Home (soccer)

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