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Touched to the Heart by Elsa Winckler

What can I tell you, sometimes all we need to cleanse the palette from the heavy stuff is those light, almost flimsy romances.
Touched to the Heart was just that. A cleansing palette romance.

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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.

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This sweet love story is set in South Africa, which is one thing I loved about it. That was a first for me.

Don and Caitlin meet when Caitlin, a physiotherapist, treats aching cyclists during a race. Don arrives in the treatment tent with a lower back ache, only to overhear Caitlin venting her frustrations about men in general and her dislike of men who are cyclists.
As it turns out, Don’s brother had previously met Caitlin’s sister, and Caitlin’s romance writer of a mother is set on proving her girls not all men are like their father who’s abandoned them years before.
The story is a mix of mistrusts and denial of feelings, all of them eventually are solved, of course – the HEA is pretty much a guarantee with contemporary romance novels, after all.

Elsa Winckler’s writing is very eloquent, smooth and sweet. The progression of the plot was well executed and the story itself sweet and at times, a little amusing. The Cavallo brothers are adorable and intense and very much suited with the Sutherland sisters. Not to mention the amazing backdrop to the entire story. Swoons galore made me wish I lived there.

However, this short novel should have been, in my opinion, more deeply developed, the characters a little more delved into. That was very much missing for me, and contributed to the sense of flimsiness I referred to at the beginning of the post.

My rating: 3.5star

* My thanks to Escape Publishing and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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