Author: Elsa Winckler
Publication date: July 1st, 2014
ISBN (ebook): 9780857991676
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.
Hands massaging taught, hard muscles within the first few pages. Yep, that hooked me. Winckler brings to life the beautiful imagery of a cyclist physique and the South African country in this sweet and sexy tale.
When physiotherapist Caitlin works the kinks out of hotel mogel Don, sparks fly. As Caitlin learns more about the dashing eldest Cavallo brother, the deeper she falls. The duo hit more than one road block on their journey, but what kind of fun would it be if it were easy?
Winckler's writing is fun and engaging. I loved that the story brought family and friends into the mix of Caitlin and Don's burgeoning relationship. With Caitlin's trust issues and Don's playboy lifestyle, the two needed people in their lives to fall back on.
I had only a few things that bothered me about this story. One, it was too short. At only 130 pages, I felt there was much more that could have been explored, especially with Caitlin's issues with her father. I also would've liked some explanation about Caitlin's sister, Hannah, and Don's brother, Darryn. Winckler eludes to a rocky past relationship, but never resolves the issue. I've searched, but have not found that this book is part of a series. If that is the case, leaving that relationship cloaked in mystery is quite confusing.
Although I had these issues, I truly enjoyed Caitlin and Don's story. The characters were flawed yet intriguing. I hope that Winckler will continue the story of the Cavallo and Sutherland families.
Thank you to Elsa Winckler and The Masquerade Crew for providing me with a copy of Touched to the Heart in exchange for an honest review.