Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Sports-Soccer

Written in heroine’s POV

The Blurb:

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?

Forever RomeForever Rome by Brittney Sahin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars! “Forever Rome” by author Brittney Sahin.
**I received a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review**

This was a beautiful, romantic novel set in the beautiful city of Rome. Very well written in all aspects. By the end of this story I was smiling in satisfaction and relief; so happy our H/h got their HEA. I also enjoyed the fact that our couple, Marco and Maggie, wanted to be together but both had conflicts that made for an entertaining, angsty and complex story. All good…

Maggie Lane is a writer for a big name men’s health and sports magazine. Maggie loves her job despite the fact she feels she has to work harder for respect and recognition given that sport’s reporting is typically a “man’s” job. Maggie is being sent to Rome to cover a story involving a famous Italian soccer player, Marco Valenti. She is less than thrilled with having to cover soccer when she is a die hard football fan. Maggie knows little to nothing about soccer or the athlete she is to write about and doesn’t understand why she has to do it. Her boss is well aware of this fact and yet he is sending her instead of one of the other reporters who is experienced with writing about the sport. Why is that? Hmm….

Marco Valenti…tall, dark, handsome. A famous soccer player for Rome, a top player and the captain of his team. Not only is Marco a talented player, he loves the game. So why then is he retiring while in his prime? If this is what he wants, why is he so torn over it? I spent a lot of this book trying to uncover Marco’s secret.

Before Marco even announces his retirement, he meets Maggie one evening in the hotel bar. Neither know who the other is. Both keeping their conversation casual but somewhat evasive.

They share a brief, but intense goodnight kiss.

What follows is a romantic drama with conflict and a complex storyline. It’s so easy to see these two are meant for each other. Yet, they both need to keep the relationship professional for good reasons. Maggie was a great heroine. She stayed true to her beliefs of wrong and right. She did not let herself be pushed into anything unethical. Her conscience and instincts kept her grounded. I completely respected and admired her.

I have to admit that although I was irrevocably in love with Marco by the end of the book, it took some time for me to get there. He had secrets. He was aloof at times. Marco frustrated me with some of his responses and actions. I believe had this novel had his POV as well, I would have connected with his character much sooner. I would have loved to know what he was thinking.

I just want to add that I personally enjoy books more when I have both H/h POVs. But that is only my preference and the fact that this novel only had Maggie’s POV did not in any way effect my rating in a negative way. I enjoyed the writing style and the pace of the story was steady. I will definitely read more from this author.

That being said, this was a beautiful story, set in the romantic city of Rome and I’m glad I got to read it.

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