by Rachael Thomas, author of Craving Her Enemy’s Touch
Inspiration can strike at any time, usually when it is least expected and that is how the idea for Craving Her Enemy’s Touch came to me. I grew up with three younger brothers and motor racing was something that my family loved. We would spend many weekends at amateur race meetings. A few years ago, I was on holiday in Spain and found myself in a harbour full of luxury yachts and fast cars and instead of taking holiday snaps of the view, I took photos of cars and yachts!
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Then during Christmas 2013, just after SYTYCW had ended and I was still dreaming that my entry would become my first published book, I was watching a behind the scenes television program with my husband about an F1 team. A female apprentice mechanic caught my imagination, and I wrote a few sentences about her in my ideas book as I was at that point in the middle of writing another story.
By the time I came to look at this idea, the story had grown from that initial inspiration and Charlotte Warrington and Alessandro Roselli were born. Sandro is the only man who knows what really happened the day Charlie’s brother died. He is determined to honour Seb’s memory and keep his promise to the friend he lost and not reveal the truth to Charlie.
One year on, the day he has dreaded arrives and he has to keep the other promise he made to Seb before he died and ask Charlie to promote the launch of the car her brother died in. What he didn’t expect was the intense pull of attraction from the moment he sees her, which makes keeping his promises even harder.
Charlie has always known there was more to her brother’s accident than her father had told her. So when the chance to find answers arrives in the form of Sandro Roselli, she knew she had to put aside the fact that it was his car her brother was test driving when he’d had the fatal accident and find out what she wants to know. The truth.
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She accepts the biggest challenge of her life when she agrees to promote the Italian billionaire’s latest car but on arrival in Milan painful raw emotions of grief mix with an ever increasing attraction to Sandro the man she believes responsible for the loss of her brother. A powerful and dangerous situation she is unable to resist.
As she gets caught up in the world her brother loved so much, she finds she cannot ignore what she feels for Sandro any longer and embarks on a weekend affair in the hope it will get whatever it is, out of her system. But things don’t go at all to plan.
I had such fun writing this story and it came partly from my childhood being immersed in motor sports and partly from a television programme. What did you do with your family as a child that still captures your imagination and is it something you still do today?
About Craving Her Enemy’s Touch:
Captivating king of the racing circuit, Sandro Roselli might send Charlotte Warrington’s pulse into overdrive, but he’s also hiding something about her brother’s death. Sandro has offered her a job, but Charlotte will make sure she’s in the driver’s seat to uncover his secret.
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Is the only man she can’t resist!
Yet life in the fast lane with Sandro is dangerous. As Charlotte’s craving for his touch intensifies, she begins to lose herself in his intoxicating world. The irresistible Italian is driving her senses crazy, but can their heady affair survive the dark truth he hides?
Charlie could barely hear Alessandro. Her heart was thudding with the excitement of being behind the wheel of a powerful car again. It had been too long and she had no intention of stopping now. This was exactly what she needed to chase the demons away.
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She pressed harder on the accelerator, elated to find the powerful engine still had more to give. As the countryside blurred to a sway of green she knew this was the right thing to do. Seb had driven this car, felt its power and had been at one with it. Driving it now brought her closer to him; it was as if he was here with her.
‘Slow down, Charlotte. Now.’ Alessandro’s curt tone was full of authority but she couldn’t stop now, couldn’t deny herself this moment.