Meet the Characters -Rafael Capello from HIS WOMAN by Arabella Sheen

It’s time for another ‘Meet the Characters’ post and today we’re going to meet Rafael from the sensual romance His Woman by Arabella Sheen.


Lesley York, a divorced mother of two with a PhD in Fine Art, finds herself falling hard for the charm and charisma of Rafael Capello.

And love? Well, love has nothing to do with it. She’s making no plans for a future with Rafe. And besides, she’s ten years too old for him. What she needs from Rafe is physical fulfilment … in other words, sex, but without the romance or strings attached.

But Rafe wants more from Lesley than a fleeting romance. He thinks she’s sophisticated and stylish, and he’s developed an unexpected passion for one sexy mature lady in particular…

As the University goes into lockdown, can Rafe and Lesley find love amid the crisis of a pandemic?

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Now it’s time for the interview … and given what we already know about Rafe, who wouldn’t want to get to know him better ???

Arabella: We – that is Karen and I, have a treat in store for you. One of the main characters featured in my latest release – HIS WOMAN – is about to be interviewed.

Pull up a chair, grab your desired beverage, be it an eleven o’clock coffee or a pre-dinner glass of chilled prosecco, and let’s meet sexy, athletic charmer, Rafael Capello.

Arabella: Hi Rafe, it’s great to have a chance to meet outside the covers of HIS WOMAN where your romance with Lesley unfolds. I don’t want to get too personal, and I’m probably stating the obvious, but you’re an extremely good looking guy…  How do you manage to stay fit and keep in shape?

Rafe: Thank you for the compliment, and not wanting to sound arrogant, which I’m often accused of being, most men of Italian decent are thought to be … bello. But if honest, I believe a person’s worth comes from their inner character and goodness rather than their outward appearance – no matter how handsome ‘we’ are … or not.

Take Lesley for example. Physically, she beautiful, stunning, and sexy. But as a mother of two teenagers, she’s so self-conscious of her mature, fully ripened body that she thinks all men, especially me, ought to find skinny, young women more desirable. Let me tell you, it’s quite the opposite. The moment I first saw Lesley, even though I’m ten years younger, I wanted to kiss her, devour her, and get to know her. Not as a one-nightstand, but on a deeper, more intimate, personal level. She’s a woman with an air of refinement and sophistication. The way she looks and speaks suggests an upper-class background, and by comparison, we’re total opposites. I come from the other side of the tracks.

Arabella: What do you mean … you come from the other side of the tracks?

Rafe: I worked my way through college and as luck would have it, I was found by a football talent scout. Once recruited for a premier league football team, I made big bucks, until a knee injury took me off the field. My football career ended, and it was then that I went into teaching. As for fitness … I swim and teach sports for a living … so I have to be fit.

Arabella: You mentioned Lesley, who I assume is your girlfriend. You said she has two children. How is your relationship with them? Do you get along with the kids and do they accept you in their mother’s life?

Rafe: Yes, Lesley is my ‘girlfriend’ and I’m still getting to know the kids. At times it can be a bit complicated. Lesley and her children … well … we’re still building a relationship and growing as a family. I don’t want to push the children into accepting me in their lives. At the moment, they see me as their mother’s live-in boyfriend, and besides, they already have a father, Stephen, and he looks out for them.

I’m there for Lesley, and of course I’ll be there for the children if they need me, but it’s important they know that I don’t want to take over Stephen’s role.

Arabella: What do you like to do? What keeps you busy?

Rafe: You mean apart from making love to Lesley and working the nine-to-five as a sports lecturer at the University? Well, as I mentioned before, there was a time when large amounts of money came my way and I invested my earnings into a business. It’s a restaurant ― Vino’s ― and that keeps me on my toes. There was a bit of trouble when the pandemic first took hold. We … that is all of us in the world of hospitality, had no idea how our businesses would survive, but we’ve managed to keep our head above water. Now it’s a question of moving forward with life and living, and ensuring the safety and survival of any future generations.

Arabella: You mentioned the future. What’s on the horizon for you?

Rafe: If I answer this question, you will need a plot spoiler alert. Let’s just say if you read HIS WOMAN, you’ll get to know what’s on the horizon for Lesley, me, and… (wink, wink, say no more!).

Thanks so much for dropping by to tell us about your book, Arabella. Wishing you many sales!

Meet Arabella Sheen

Author Biography:

Arabella Sheen is a British author of sensual, romantic love stories.

She likes nothing more than the challenge of a blank page, starting a new novel and seeing where the story takes her.

One of the many things Arabella loves to do is to read, and when she’s not reading or writing romance, she is either on her allotment sowing and planting with the seasons, or she is sat on the sofa pandering to the demands of her attention-seeking cat.

Having worked and lived in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for nearly twenty years as a theatre nurse, she now lives in the South West of England with her family.




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