Casey Jansen is celebrating her twenty-first birthday when she catches a glimpse of the older man she's been secretly obsessing over since passing him on a running trail. When her sister identifies him as Tony Prossi, a well-known Washington, D.C. attorney, Casey instantly wishes she was older. There is no way he is going to be interested in a college student. At least that's what she believes until their eyes meet. As a partner in a top D.C. law firm and son of a powerful U.S. senator, Tony Prossi understands the importance of image. There is certainly no place in his life for a woman as young as Casey Jansen, especially not when he's considering running for his father's Senate seat. But one night with the Georgetown University student ignites a hunger he can't seem to quench. And Tony will have to decide whether being with Casey is worth the risk to his reputation and family.
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About the Author
Laura Branchflower has a BS in Journalism and a MBA from University of Maryland. An avid hiker and lover of anything outdoors, she lives with her dog Chandler in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org www.laurabranchflower.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. I wish I could unread so I could read it again. Soooo goood.
Did we all read the same book....I'm going to say one thing only....and then I'm done with this review....how does a 21 year old virgin not know that you bleed when you lose your virginity? Enough said...
I truly loved this book. It's the first time I've heard of, much less read, this author, but I loved her voice. The story and characters were utterly compelling, and I enjoyed it so much. Casey Jansen is a senior at Georgetown, majoring in Sociology. She's a great student, and avid runner. She's out with her family celebrating her 21st birthday, when she spies a familiar face. There's an older man she's seen many times out on the running trails near her place. They've passed each other quite a bit, and he feels more familiar every time she sees him. When her sister identifies him as Tony Prossi, a prominent D.C. attorney, and son of a famous senator, her hopes are dashed. Someone like that would never be interested in her. Tony Prossi is 35, and a part owner of his own law firm. He represents elite D.C. clients, and he's happy with his life. He has a 16 year old son from his first marriage. They married and had Michael at 19, oops, but they never really had much in common, and split 6 years later. Michael is a great kid, and he was a good side character. Tony's been single for a long time, and plans to keep it that way. He's too focused on his job, his family, and his son to be caught up in a relationship. Plus, no woman wants to always come in third. It wouldn't be fair. When he sees the gorgeous girl from the running trail at the restaurant, he takes the chance to finally get to know her name. He's surprised at her age, but even more surprised to discover it hasn't discouraged him at all. Tony and Casey's chemistry was electric, and I really enjoyed their interactions. They both had a ton of family issues to contend with, Casey especially. Her family was HORRIBLE. She's the middle of 3 daughters and each of her parents clearly has their favorite daughter, and neither of them is her. She's always felt out of place in her own family. As she's grown older, she's tried not to let it bother her. Also, her dad is paying for her college and her apartment, so she's beholden to him and his rules, even if she's 21. He's a real piece of work, and she's constantly fighting battles she can't seem to win. Tony's family is stuck up and expects him to do their bidding, and run for his father's senate seat when he retires soon. He's not sure he is interested, but he's feeling the pull to meet his family's wishes, regardless. The only person in his family he feels close to, besides his son, is his Nonna. His Italian grandmother is a sweetheart, and I loved her appearances in the story. Casey often showed her age in certain ways, including her naivety, and blatant openness towards Tony from the start, but it made her more endearing somehow, both to Tony, and to me, as the reader. That was partly what made Tony realize he'd never met anyone like her before and that he needed to keep her. They both had major hurdles to overcome, in addition to their family issues, and I enjoyed watching them contend with those, often with the help of their best friends, Anna and Joseph, respectively. These were great, supportive side characters, and good friends, who told the truth even when it hurt. I have a lot more I could say about this story, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I'll just say that I really loved it. This author is definitely on my radar now, and I plan to go back and read her first book, which is apparently about Tony's best friend Joseph, and his now wife. I really enjoyed the author's storytelling style, and I look forward to more.