Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: 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.

I'm just going to jump right in on Untouched. This one left me feeling ... unsatisfied. I don't know if that is the right word, but it's the closest I could think of for what I'm thinking on this one. It's not that the book is boring ... it was just ... unmemorable. 

I think my biggest issue with this book was Alexa. Just everything about her. Now, this is a bit of a spoiler but I gave you a warning, so you're welcome. You know ... she met a dude for less than a minute and then the next day she's practically all over him and not weirded out when he comes to your place and says that he needs her ... bitch, he doesn't even know you! As if that isn't a big glaringly red flag, you don't know him! That's like inviting a potential murderer into your place because he has a nice face and you felt some sort of SOMETHING between you. Well, what if that something actually turns out to be your common sense telling you that something is wrong and not that you should totally do this random dude. I don't know ... it also didn't help that the author kept having the characters acknowledge that it was weird (which was done over and over) because it just brought more attention to the fact that it was fast and not very realistic. 

There were quite a few times in the story where there was so much buildup for a situation and then it just fizzled out like a dud firecracker. I would get so excited reading certain passages and expecting something explosive just to find out that a big deal wasn't really being made about what just happened. And a lot of the time, it was something major in the story. There were even a couple of opposite times when nothing was going on and then BAM!! Surprise! Those went pretty well but I just couldn't get past he meh vibe around some of the things happening in Untouched. 

All in all, it was okay. Not one of my favorites but not the worst either. I might give this author another try at a later date. 

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