The Casella Cousins Novella 4: Alessia
She married the love of her life at nineteen—and then he died.
He knows he’s not somebody she should get involved with. But he can’t seem to leave her alone.
Alessia Casella Benatti had her happily-ever-after and now at thirty-four, is only interested in finishing up college and taking care of her three rambunctious boys. But when she enrolls at City College for her courses, she meets Dylan Davidson and finds him interesting, smart and, well, flirtatious. Which makes her start thinking again about love. And sex. Both in short supply.
Dylan Davidson hates what he’s come to do at City College. Sure, it’s a boy dream to flirt with every available girl on campus. Nobody would guess that big, tough Dashing Davidson wants a woman in his life, one who’s all grown up and not concerned with her looks or the color of her nail polish. But his uh-oh alarm goes off when Ali Benatti befriends him. She doesn’t fit into the job he’s here to do, and not only will he break her heart, but he’ll jeopardize a very important mission.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. I have fallen in love with the Casella family. If I could move to Hidden Cove, NY, I would in a heartbeat. The author has done a fantastic job of creating this world that really seems to be "alive" in my mind. I had a hard time reading this one in that I didn't want it to end. How to keep reading as fast as I can but not finish?
Alessia married her high school sweetheart but became a widow at a very early age. She is going back to school to get her teaching credentials. She lives near family and is very close to all. While going to school, she meets Derek. Derek is a widower with two children of his own. Even though his wife has been gone for less than a year, he seems to be dating a great deal. Derek has a secret though. It is a very important one and could get messy the more involved he becomes with Alessia.
This book has multiple appearances from prior books' characters. It is like catching up with old friends again. I adored the dual POV format that this book is written in. This especially helped with understanding Derek and his secret. Also there is another POV that makes appearances in this book. It is one of another college student.
There is a dark theme to this story that really may offend some or is a topic not for younger readers. The "bedroom" scene was so highly glossed over that it isn't something one should take offense to.
While this can be read as a stand-alone, I would highly recommend reading the prior books to really get the feel for this family.
I loved this book. There was so much depth in this novella with the sub-stories of human trafficking, family issues and the love story. Alessia and Derek are a great couple who have to overcome his Lies due to his undercover assignment and her problems raising her children while going back to school. It was great to have the characters from previous books in this series be included in this book, always fun to catch up with old friends. Can’t wait for the next book in this series!!
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Book 4 of the Casella Cousins continues Kathryn Shay’s winning series. This is the story of Alessia, a young widow and mother of 3. She is finally going back to school where she meets a man who she is interested in. But.....he has secrets......Read the book, you’ll find out what they are and how things get resolved!