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Kissing Charlie (Unexpected Love #1) by Elsa Winckler



One Kiss Will Change Their Lives Forever

Bowen therapist Charlie Wilson is not interested in men or relationships. Her only concern is making sure her sister Lindsay is safe.

But then billionaire Logan Johnson walks into her rooms and stirs powerful feelings inside of her. Logan’s perfectly knotted tie is a clear indication free-spirit Charlie should steer clear of him at all costs.

They are complete opposites, so why does he keep coming back to see her?

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It started with an unconventional therapy session, a kiss, and an insult. Let the love begin.

Charlene “Charlie” Wilson is a nurse and an unconventional therapist who moved with her sister Lindsay from South Africa to Montana to get away from her sister’s psycho ex-boyfriend.  The day the uptight and rude Logan Johnson walked into her clinic, she knew she was in for a battle with his insults about her career and her clothing choices. However, all that paled when she looked into his hungry eyes and he kissed her on her forehead before he left.

Logan is the CEO of a fund-management company in Seattle and he normally doesn’t have time for another one of his mother’s crazy ideas. But she swears the new therapist in his hometown of Alisson, Montana, can practically perform miracles and his back isn’t getting any better after his hiking accident. When he sees Charlie Wilson who is actually a beautiful woman, she unexpectedly stirs his blood like no other woman and he finds it hard to forget her. He’s not a relationship kind of guy and she’s definitely not his type with her free spirit and unusual clothing style. 

Charlie is a strong woman who moved across the world to save her sister from an abusive and narcissistic asshole.  Charlie is a free spirit and is finally doing what makes her happy, so I was proud of her when she stood up to Logan after she declared her love and he didn’t reciprocate it at first. Logan became a caretaker at an early age after his father died and his mother couldn’t cope. It’s this responsibility that created the structured and predictable man he is now. With the loving assistance of his conniving mother and sister of constantly throwing Charlie and Logan together and his aha moment of why he can’t eat or sleep because he misses her, he finally confesses his feelings to Charlie.

In the meantime, there are some threats and attempts to hurt Lindsay and Charlie which are resolved fairly quickly. This includes some help from the new Dojo owner and man of mystery, Blake Davidson, who is a definite love interest for Lindsay who claims to hate him but methinks she protests too much. Logan also finds out that he needs to win over Charlie’s brother, Gavin, who is very protective of his sisters. And let’s not forget Logan’s damn interfering women in his life, his mother, Eleanor, and his sister, Brooke, only want Logan to be happy.

Overall, I enjoyed this love-at-first-sight, opposites attract romance filled with delightful characters and a little bit of suspense. I can’t wait to read future books in this series.

Thank you to Ms. Winckler for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review. 


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How did you hurt your back?” Her voice was cool, and she wasn’t meeting his eyes.

“While hiking,” he said curtly. He was in pain; it didn’t matter what the hell happened. “Tell me about this Wowen, Bowen, whatever the hell you call this cr—therapy.”

She gave him a cool look. “It’s called Bowen Therapy.”

“Bowen Therapy,” he said, his gaze on her mouth.

“The guiding principles of the technique were established by Tom Bowen during the 1950s. It focuses on the whole person, not just the condition. In other words, it treats the cause, not only the symptoms. It helps the body to heal and restores the balance by shifting the body from your innate ‘fight or flight’ system to a more natural state of calm.”

He watched her as she studied his body. She was holding something in her hand. Damn, she had yet to touch him, but he was struggling not to react to her nearness. The fact that he was lying on his back wasn’t helping, either.

“Natural state of calm? With you doing strange things to my body?” he grumbled, only realizing the ambiguity of his words when they hung in the air around them.

Her lips twitched.

“Oh, you think this is funny?” he snarled.

“I think you’re in pain. I think you like being in control and at the moment, you’re not. That’s why you feel the need to lash out. But it’s fine. I often have children throwing tantrums.”

“I’m not throwing a tantrum, damn it…” He tried to sit up straight, but a pain shot up his back, and groaning, he had to slowly lie down again.

“The movements in Bowen Therapy,” she continued as if he hadn’t interrupted her, “are very distinctive and are used on precise points on the body. It involves moving the soft tissue in a particular way. I will use a rolling-type movement, using my fingers, hands, or sometimes my elbow. It will create a focus for the brain by stimulating the nerve pathways and tissue. I work on only a small area, depending how far your skin can move. What you may find strange—”

“This whole damn day is strange. I don’t know what the hell my mother was thinking,” he muttered.


Elsa WincklerI write love stories because I love reading them. I like the heroines to be feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity and should of course, be gorgeous!

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