Monday, April 02, 2012

Review - Untouched by Sara Humphreys

Untouched
Sara Humphreys
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
April 2012

Kerry Smithson experiences blinding pain and terrifying visions at the simplest human touch. Because of that she’s developed a reputation as a germaphobe and does her own makeup and hair styling on her modeling jobs. Only one person, her best friend, Samantha, can touch her without giving her excruciating pain even though her touch does bring on visions of a wolf.

That is, until she’s touched by Dante Coltari, the man who’s hired to protect her. His touch, like Samantha’s, brings visions but this time of a fox. More than that, though, his touch gives her pleasure not pain. This is particularly vexing to Kerry because she considers Dante an arrogant bully.

Dante knows what Kerry is – his mate – but he also knows someone wants her dead. As he accompanies her to New Orleans, he vows to keep her safe no matter what it takes. But, still, odd things penetrate his protective shield. They are drawn into a mysterious, and dangerous, web that brings Kerry’s ancestry to light…and leads to the surprising dramatic end.

This is the second installment of the series but can easily be read as a stand-alone book. Ms Humphries gives just enough of the characters’ backstories to connect with them and enough to propel the story forward. That was extremely valuable since I have not read the first book, UNLEASHED.

At first, I had a hard time sympathizing with Kerry. As a model, her limitations seemed too far-fetched for me to believe. However, I was able to put that aside and, slowly, Kerry became a sympathetic and heroic character. Dante, having found his true mate, was sympathetic from the get-go.  

All in all, this was fast paced, full of plot twists and turns and great characters. Definitely a great read!

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