Rafael Chaves has never forgotten the kindness Californian vineyard owner Dante Turino had shown him when he had been an angry and vulnerable young boy trying to survive on the mean city streets. Dante had taken the homeless Rafael into his home and his heart and given him a roof over his head, an education and a place where he belonged. The damaged young boy had grown into a determined man who had vowed to make the man who rescued him from the gutter proud. Rafael might now be a successful businessman who has risen to the top of his profession, but heâ€™s never quite managed to vanquish the ghosts from his past that torture and torment him â€“ and that prevent him from spending the rest of his life with the woman heâ€™s loved for most of his life, Sophia Turino, Danteâ€™s daughter.
Sophia Turino had fallen in love with her fatherâ€™s protÃ©gÃ© from the very first moment she had clapped eyes on him. Sophia had known that Rafael felt the same way about her as she did about him, but the walls which Rafael had built around his heart had been impenetrable. Sick and tired of being constantly rejected by Rafael, Sophia realized that the time had come for her to leave her old life in California behind and to start elsewhere in a place where she wasnâ€™t incessantly reminded of the man she wanted, but could never have. Sophia had packed her bags and headed off to London where she had vowed to put the past behind her and to begin anew. But forgetting about Rafael was harder than Sophia had ever anticipatedâ€¦
Seven years might have passed since their last tearful goodbye, but Sophia and Rafael are still persecuted by their feelings for one another. Sophia had resigned herself to a life with Rafael and has tried her hardest to build a life for herself in London. But sheâ€™s never managed to forget the only man she has ever loved. When Rafael turns up in London, Sophia is shocked not just by the long-buried feelings which his presence awakens, but also by the shocking news which he imparts: Dante Turino has passed away and he has left his business to Sophia â€“ and Rafael!
Forced into close proximity together, Sophia and Rafael soon find themselves giving into temptation and succumbing to their attraction for one another. But will Sophiaâ€™s love manage to heal Rafaelâ€™s tortured soul? Or will Rafael continue to let his past ruin his future?
Forbidden to His Touch might only be Natasha Tateâ€™s third novel, but she rivals Harlequin Presents veterans like Penny Jordan and Lynne Graham with her ability to create heart-pounding emotional page-turners full of powerful drama, red-hot passion, feisty heroines and gorgeous Alpha males.
A spellbinding tale of old wounds, deliverance and the power of love, Forbidden to His Touch is a surefire winner from the dazzling pen of the fabulous Natasha Tate!