Friday, March 30, 2012

Forbidden to His Touch - Natasha Tate

Rafael Chaves was a most unusual hero in Forbidden to His Touch.  I had to hold my breath while reading the first chapters of this brilliant love story as is was so unique for this “tortured” man.  He would do anything for Dante Turino, anything as there was an unspoken agreement between them because Dante had saved Rafael’s life, had given him a home.  However, poor Rafael was tortured by Sophia, Dante’s daughter.  Honestly, they were both tortured from the time they were teenagers, they both wanted each other but it was forbidden.

What can one say about Sophia Turino?  She had been spoiled all of her life by a doting father.  However, she loved Rafael with her entire being and he broke her heart, each time she tried to approach him and share her feelings.  In the end, in a fit of rage, she left her father and home and moved to London.  Each time she tried to approach her father; he disowned her so when he died she returned home to California and the family business, a successful winery.

Natasha Tate is an amazing author and she takes their journey to so many levels.  For Sophia her painful journey of loving a man who refused to love her back.  Her father, who she felt never, loved her.  Especially during her adult years when she pushed herself so hard to make him proud of her, to notice her.  Time and time again she felt the two men in her life, Rafael and her father, what would it take to get their attention?  Leave?

What was hardest for me to read was Rafael’s painful childhood and how much he loved Dante, the man who rescued him, gave him a new meaning for living.  Raf was devoted to Dante and the winery and had helped to make it a success.  Now that Dante was gone, he had to deal with Sophia’s return and her desire to work side by side with him and it drove him crazy.  This part of Forbidden to His Touch was painful to read because Raf didn’t feel he deserved Sophia and Sophia, in the end, was determined to get the man she loved, the man who deserved to be loved.

So, with that all being said,  prepare yourself for tears and a little heart ache while reading this extraordinary love story;  especially when Rafael bears his soul to Sophia.

Back of Book:

Rafael Chaves is a man tortured by his gut-wrenching past and tempted by a future he dare not even dream about. Knowing he'll never deserve the only woman he ever wanted, Raf will make sure she stays as far away from him as possible.

But when Sophia Turino, the daughter of the man who raised Rafael from the gutter, stands before him seven years later, she's even harder to resist—confident, successful and as intoxicatingly beautiful as ever. It's time for Raf to obliterate his darkly powerful infatuation

Behind the book with Natasha Tate.

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