Review: Untouched by Sara Humphreys

28 Mar

Untouched by Sara Humphreys
Sourcebooks (April 1, 2012)
Mass Market: $6.99; ebook: $6.99
ISBN: 9781402258466

Favorite Lines: “She had gone her entire life with almost no human contact–at least no normal human contact. If she did touch someone or they touched her, Kerry had become a master at disguising the pain. No one could put on a polite smile better than she could. Sometimes the physical pain was outdone by the emotional carnage. Seeing people’s deepest secrets or the evil they harbored in their souls was even worse.” (p. 31, egalley)

SHE SHOULD BE SEEN, BUT NEVER TOUCHED…

Kerry Smithson’s modeling career ensures that she will be admired from afar, which is essential since mere human touch sparks blinding pain and terrifying visions.

EVERY GOOD MODEL NEEDS A HEAVENLY BODYGUARD…

Dante Coltari is hired to protect Kerry from those who know who she is—or more importantly what she is—and want her dead because of it. Nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of keeping her safe. But, strangely, his lightest touch brings her exquisite pleasure rather than pain, and Dante and Kerry have an otherwordly connection that might just pull them through.

As seems to be the case lately, I didn’t read book one of this series. Regardless, I easily jumped into Sara Humphreys’ Amoveo series with book two, Untouched. As I write this I’m consumed with a feeling of deja vu. I could swear I’ve written this review before.

When I started reading the book it was clear that I missed an entire story. The heroine and hero from book one, Unleashed, are getting married. The heroine of Untouched is the bride’s best friend and is suffering from a major case of guilt resulting from the events of book one. The most important thing to know going into the book is that an Amoveo is an ancient race of shapeshifters. If you know that everything else will fall into place.

The heroine, Kerry, comes across as cold until the reader learns of her inability to touch people without sensing deep secrets about that individual. She has learned the need to keep to herself, but when she is forced to accept Dante’s help she learns there is so much more waiting for her in life. This knowledge makes her more human and I was willing to give her a shot.

Dante knew right away that  Kerry was the woman for him. Making her believe it, well that took much longer. He had to deal with her inability to let down her guard while protecting his mate from people who want her dead. These people are known as Purists, but it’s a while before details are known about them.

The story has action, but it isn’t the “grip your seat” type. Untouched is full of information. Vital to the series information, so it’s not a book you should skip. Different factions of Amoveos are introduced. Prejudices are exposed. Love is found, given and accepted. It’s a good story and I think those who love shifters will enjoy it.

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