Touched to the Core
by Elsa Winckler
He gave her his heart, but can he give her the truth?
Schoolteacher Dana Roux doesn’t need sexy hotel tycoon David Cavallo to add to her troubles. They have absolutely nothing in common—she’s a simple schoolteacher in a small coastal town, and he has more money than he knows what to do with. Besides, as a former journalist, he’d remember the news stories about her dad’s alleged involvement in a dirty, Ponzi-like scheme, and his subsequent suicide. The last thing she wants is for the dark shadow of that scandal—and tragedy—to fall upon her once again. Especially since she knows her dad was innocent.
For David, flirting with a beautiful woman comes as naturally as breathing. So when he winds up kissing his sister-in-law’s best friend, he realizes Dana isn’t just another pretty pair of lips. But things between them get complicated quickly when he discovers who her father was, and that it was David’s own news story that blew the case wide open and sent her father to jail—and to his death. David’s not sure what to believe, but he knows he can’t let Dana blame him forever. Especially since she insists her father was an innocent man. But when Dana’s life is threatened, he realizes that he might not have uncovered the whole story. And that now, older and wiser, he just might be the only one who can uncover the truth.
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I have been reading love stories for as long as I canremember and when I ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, The Brontë sisters, etc. during my Honours studies, I washooked for life.
I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 40 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandsons, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa with the ocean
a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exiting and interesting one!
I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous! My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.
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David could be played by Tom Hardy
Dana by Emma Roberts
David stared after the two beautiful woman, his body still not quite back to normal. He couldn’t remember the last time a woman had him all hot and bothered and aching for more. Much, much more.
Don slapped him on the back, bringing him back to earth. “She’s beautiful, isn’t she?” His brother smiled, also staring after the two women.
“Very beautiful,” David murmured.
“Hey, you’re talking about my wife!” Don growled and punched him on the shoulder.
“I wasn’t talking about Caitlin.” David immediately wished he could press a delete button to erase his words. He was never going to live this down.
Don laughed and grabbed their other brother’s arm as he walked past them. “You should hear what our brother has to say about Dana Roux,” he teased.
Darryn grimaced. “Please don’t tell me another one of my brothers is about to become starry-eyed over a woman. It’s becoming very boring around the lot of you.”
“I said she’s beautiful; I’m not starry-eyed. Besides, she made it abundantly clear she doesn’t like me.”
Don sobered. “It’s probably because she knows you used to be a journalist.”
Surprised, David looked at his brother. “Why? What does that have to do with anything?”
Don frowned. “I thought you knew. Because of what happened to her dad. He was believed to have been involved with some or other Ponzi-type scheme in which thousands of people lost their money. The Bob Hastings mess? Surely you remember the case? He was the mastermind behind the whole thing. You were still working as an investigative journalist at the time. It was a big scandal and front page news in all the newspapers, including the one you worked for. The article was the reason her dad was taken into custody.”
David grimaced and nodded. How would he ever forget?
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