Untouched by Sara Humphreys
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3 Stars! First of all, let me just say what a gorgeous cover this book has! All he needs is some hair:-)
Untouched is really a sweet romance/thriller story about discovery with a strong paranormal element. Dante is hired to be Kerry’s bodyguard, and he is one hot male:-) They head to New Orleans for a photoshoot. She is a plus-sized model. While in New Orleans, romance blooms between Kerry and Dante. And it is a sweet, very romantic unfolding. In the meantime, there is a villain conspiring against Kerry, leaving threatening notes about her imminent death. Protecting Kerry absolutely becomes Dante's life. Attempting to uncover the mystery of who the villain is proves to be difficult, with nearly everyone they know becoming a possible traitor.
Untouched was an interesting story, yet flawed. I enjoyed it, but.....
Dante, a very sexy, big, strong, yummy man, had a very strange animal chose for his shifter character. I had trouble time and time again getting over that. I love shifter stories, however, I usually like the animal to be, let me say, bigger??
The writing style was not fabulous. Some issues and thoughts were pointed out redundantly to the reader again and again. Yes, I get it already!
The Punisher was the evil villain of Untouched. The Punisher? Really? Need I say more?
They spoke a language to invoke their magic and it was called The Ancient Language. I just didn't find that very original.
Some parts I loved:
The sweet romance between Dante and Kerry. Kerry had never been able to touch people before and to be able to touch Dante without feeling pain was wonderful. And Dante took their relationship fairly slow at the beginning, giving Kerry the time she needed to adjust to this new feeling. He was such a big sweetie with her!
Dante had a few friends in this story whom I found hilarious. I am sure we will see more of them in the future. I’m hoping for some more of ne in particular, but will not say as it could be a spoiler.
Untouched really came full circle in a somewhat predictable, yet imaginative way. I did shed a tear or two at the end, and it was worth it! The ending was beautifully done.
My favorite part of this story is that Kerry is a model. Not your skinny model, a gorgeous plus size model. Well done, Ms. Humphreys!!!
Since I did not read the first book in this series, I am left wondering if I would have enjoyed Untouched better if I had. I liked the story. I liked the premise. I wanted to like it more, though. I will probably read the next book, due to my liking of the side characters. Basically it was an enjoyable read, yet the execution had its flaws. Thank goodness Dante’s human form was so delicious!;-)
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