‘But I never work with male clients.’
That was the first line that came to me a couple of months before I started writing the second book in my trilogy Those Scandalous Caffarellis –Never Underestimate A Caffarelli. I love first lines. I literally can’t start a book until I have that line firmly printed in my mind.
Raoul Caffarelli, a dare devil thrill seeking playboy has been seriously injured in a freak accident and is now confined to a wheelchair. His older brother Rafe (you might have met him and Poppy last month in Never Say No To A Caffarelli) employs – after much financial persuasion – physical therapist Lily Archer to come to Raoul’s Normandy estate to work with him for a month’s rehabilitation.
Raoul is furious that his private retreat has been invaded and refuses to cooperate… until he meets the intriguing young woman who dresses in drab clothing and downplays her beautiful features.
Lily dislikes Raoul on the spot for his arrogant rudeness but she has too many scruples than to walk off the job before she has started.
Raoul nailed her with his gaze. ‘Why did you ask for your payment up-front with a no refund clause?’
She looked momentarily discomfited. ‘I-I had an urgent financial matter to see to.’
‘Are you a big spender, Miss Archer?’ He gave her outfit a cursory glance. ‘You don’t appear to be, on current appearances.’
Her mouth tightened a fraction and her creamy cheeks developed two spreading circles of colour. ‘I’m sorry if my lowly apparel offends your sensibilities, but I’m not a slave to fashion. I have far more important priorities.’
‘I thought all women like to make the most of their assets.’
She gave him an icy look. ‘Are you really so shallow that you judge a woman on what she is wearing rather than who she is on the inside?’
The issue behind Lily’s pain is a sensitive one. I have already had a lot of feedback from readers who found the story of her recovery very moving.
Raoul’s final acceptance of his physical limits is also something I wanted to handle sensitively and realistically. No one suddenly leaps out of a wheelchair so poor Raoul had to stay there a little longer than he wanted to. But if you read next month’s Never Gamble With A Caffarelli you can see how he’s going!
The images are from a trip I made to the beautiful countryside of Normandy a couple of years ago. It’s was a perfect place to put Raoul and Lily, locked together in a chateau!
Has this Caffarelli finally met his match?
Millionaire playboy Raoul Caffarelli has always lived life in the fast lane. But when an accident confines him to a wheelchair—and to the care of a woman whose beauty taunts him—he’s consumed with rage and frustration.
Used to difficult patients, physical therapist Lily Archer won’t be cowed by Raoul’s arrogance or distracted by his Adonis-like physique. Carrying her own scars from the past, Lily has vowed never to relinquish her power to a man again.
Both underestimate the power of the shared passion between them. Their physical scars may heal, but some wounds run much deeper….
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