Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1) by Lauren Hawkeye


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.

My review:

Untouched is a dark yet sweet romance where two people struggling to overcome personal tragedies find each other and fall in love. We are along for the ride as Alexa struggles to remember the event that changed her life and Nate’s daily struggle to forget the one that changed his.  I am not usually a fan of the “instant connection” type story but these lost souls recognize one another and the author makes it work.  The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was the title.  It says nothing (to me) about the story, in fact it led me to think it was another type of story altogether.  I was glad I read the blurb.  This is a well written, well thought out read.  I recommend it highly. 
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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