I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on July 1, 2014
Genres: Coastal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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Discover beautiful South Africa in this sweet, heart-warming Cinderella story about a blogger, a billionaire, and one chance meeting.
When it comes to men, if physiotherapist Caitlin Sutherland didn't have bad luck, she would have no luck at all. To help cope, Caitlin starts blogging in her spare time, about the types of men she meets and the bad dates she goes on.
While on duty during the annual Wines to Whales bicycle race, a gorgeous, sweaty cyclist walks in and sets her hormones dancing. But he is Don Cavallo; one of the four Cavallo brothers — hotel tycoons, famous as much for their business skills as for the number of beauties regularly seen on their arms.
Don Cavallo has his own issues with the other sex. He has yet to find one who is interested in him and not in his money or hotels. But when this sexy physio puts her hands on his back she not only touches his body, but also his heart.
They've both been burned before, but neither of them can stop themselves from playing with fire.
It is always wonderful not only to discover new authors, but to visit in new settings and locations. I got to do them both when I read Elsa Winckler’s Touched to the Heart. Set in and around the stunning Western Cape region of South Africa, Touched to the Heart has introduced me to a wonderful new author, and has added yet another location to my travel bucket list!
So, here are my thoughts on Touched to the Heart:
This is a romance that runs the tightrope from sweet to sexy, and never wobbles or falls off track. I loved the characters of Caitlin and Don – there was such a difference between them on the surface, but the more we learn of their pasts, you see that they have such a strong likeness and connection. Their attraction is real – both have been burned by love previously, and are terribly reluctant to risk that (each for their own reasons), however it was nice to see them not foolishly ignore the chemistry. It may have taken Don a little while longer to come around to the admitting of feelings, but hey, isn’t that often the case with reluctant men?
I loved that even though Don was wealthy, he wasn’t lording it over other people. I can understand his hesitancy when it comes to relationships – who wants to be wanted only for money? – so watching his journey towards opening up his heart was lovely.
As I said earlier, watching their relationship unfold alongside the beautiful landscape of the Western Cape was great. I have always wanted to visit South Africa, but after reading this, I am even more keen to see it.
The secondary characters in Touched to the Heart are great to read as well – I enjoyed the way in which both sets of siblings interacted. I would love to see their stories written, as there are hints throughout the book as to what could happen.
A gentle, sweet romance with a dash of heat, Touched to the Heart is an excellent read for the weekend.