Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Untouched by Lauren Hawkeye Review

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UNTOUCHED has everything that I enjoy in a contemporary romance. Drama, torment, and trauma all wrapped up in the forms of both the hero and heroine. While passion and a desire for a sense of wholeness and peace draws the main characters together. Alexa and Nate are both recovering from the difficulties of their pasts. Although they are very different in the way that they handle their pasts, they are both trying to move on without opening themselves up to more disappointment and pain.

Unfortunately this is one of those reviews where I have to be careful of being spoiler free. There is a diary found with clues to a past crime that could be linked to Alexa's family. The best part of this crime is that it is not overly simplistic and you won't figure it out immediately. The intrigue in this story is not wedged in between steamy love scenes, but is instead the focus of the story. I love getting an actual story along with my steaminess and Hawkeye delivers both in spades. 

I enjoy a series where the stories all revolve around a small town and all of the lives are interconnected and that it the way the FLORENCE, ARIZONA series is shaping up. UNTOUCHED is linked to the prequel UNSPOKEN, but can definitely be read as a standalone title. However, at the time of posting this review UNSPOKEN (FLORENCE, ARIZONA, #0.5) is currently a free title on Amazon so grabbing it is definitely worth it. Although a prequel, it is a fully complete story that introduces you to this small town that revolves around the local penitentiary. UNTOUCHED is a well written and pretty fast paced read and I look forward to seeing what happens next in Florence!

Happy Reading!

Monica
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About UNTOUCHED

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lauren Hawkeye serves up a captivating story of loss, self-discovery, and deep-seated desire. Some secrets are best left locked away in the past….

Alexa Kendrick has no recollection of the car accident that left her scarred and sent her life careening wildly off course. When the half-sister she thought she’d never meet shows up at her door with an invitation to a new life, Alexa finds herself in Florence, Arizona, a town notorious for being populated with more prison inmates than actual citizens…a town that has done its best to hide its own dark secret.

After Ellie is called out of town, she leaves her sister with the keys to her flower shop and Alexa finds herself swapping lives with her sibling: running Ellie’s business, living in the house left to them both by their absentee father…and forging a smoldering relationship with sexy-as-sin penitentiary officer, Nate Fury—a man with his own demons.

But arranging flowers by day and tangling with the only man who has ever seen her real self by night isn’t enough to silence the mysterious panic that fuels Alexa’s dark dreams. When Nate brings home a book written by an inmate, one describing an unspeakable crime, the shackles binding Alexa’s own lost memories begin to shatter. And as the devastating truth comes to light, she realizes that Nate holds the key to unlocking her past, as well as her heart. 

About with Lauren Hawkeye

Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!


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