I received an eARC of Untouchable. This in no way impacted my thoughts or opinions. All comments in this review are my own.
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Release Date: August 11th, 2018
Trigger Warnings: depression, anxiety, parental illness, chronic illness, terminal illness, parental abandonment, discussion of spouse death, suicidal thought mentions, mentions of self-harm scars
Publisher: Nixon House
Genre: contemporary, romance, adult
What happens when a bad boy becomes a man?Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans.Hannah Kabbah thought her career in childcare was over. After all, no-one wants a woman with a criminal damage conviction watching their kids. But when her high school crush returns to Ravenswood with two kids in tow, Hannah gets the second chance she never dreamed of.She also gets to know Nate – the real Nate. The one whose stony exterior hides aching vulnerability. Who makes her smile when she wants to fall apart. Who is way, way more than the bad boy persona he earned so long ago, and way too noble to ever sleep with the nanny.So it’s a good thing she’s completely over that teenage crush, right?
R E V I E W
Honestly, if you’ve been on my blog for any amount of time I presume you know that Talia Hibbert is my favourite. Not only is she one of the best romance writers I have ever stumbled upon, she is also incredibly lovely. This is really irrelevant to me talking about Untouchable, but I just really like Talia Hibbert as a person.
Untouchable is the second book in the Ravenswood series – technically third if you count the novella. We get to see characters from the first book, Ruth and Evan, and it just makes me so happy. This book follows Hannah and Nate. The pair were in the same year at school but Nate took off at 16 and no ones heard from him since. He’s returned to Ravenswood a widower with two children to look after his terminally ill mother. However, he is struggling to juggle the responsibilities of being a father and taking care of his mother. Also, it is a small town he is remembered for his less than stellar behaviours as a child. Hannah hasn’t worked with children in a couple years due to a snap decision that left her ruining the car of one of the richest people in town. Fortunately, Nate doesn’t care, especially when he sees how good Hannah is with his children. Things obviously get heated as the pair get to know each other again. This book is incredibly steamy and the angst level is kind of off the charts.
Can I gush about how much I love Talia Hibbert any more? I don’t think so, but I’m going to so strap in folks. This author blows me away literally every time I pick up a book. I am anxiously awaiting every new release of hers. Untouchable was no different than the other books I’ve read. It was amazing.
I think my favourite think about this author is that she chooses an issue to bring to light in each of her books. It just gives them so much more depth and a personal touch that truly leaves me on the edge of tears. Untouchable follows largely on sarcoidosis. This was interesting as I have honestly never heard of it. In the authors note at the end of the book Talia reveals that her mother has sarcoidosis, which just makes the inclusion so much more important and obviously helps with bringing awareness to the chronic illness. There are also inclusions of depression and anxiety throughout the book that are so spot on and accurate that I had to put my kindle down at some stages in order to catch my breath.
I was a bit nervous when I realized that this book would feature children. Nate has two children, a son and a daughter, and I didn’t know how I would enjoy that. As a 20-year-old, I have a few friends with children but I haven’t interacted with them much due to the distance between us. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I’m shit scared of children and reading about them in books makes me realize that I am of an age where I can have a child. I really loved the way Talia Hibbert did this though in Untouchable. I loved the personalities of the children and the interactions with them. If anything I wanted more of the children. I know, I was shocked too.
Unlikeable characters fuel my soul because I know in many circumstances I would be an unlikeable character. I was so excited to read about Hannah, who definitely isn’t a character many would gravitate towards. It was such an enjoyable experience and one that I related to. The fact that her depression manifests into a rage is something that I completely understood. When I am relapsing I get so mad without realizing it and it was interesting to see that represented in the text! I also loved the fact that Nate accepted Hannah for who she was. He didn’t want to change her and he simply loved her.
Untouchable is filled with both slow burn and angst but it is honestly amazing. The characters are so fleshed out and the story itself is sexy as heck. Talia Hibbert has a way with words and if you haven’t picked up any of her books – make sure to pick up this series.
I could feel the chemistry too. The last romance book I read (review for that coming in a few weeks) I didn’t feel the chemistry and it felt all over the place. It was just amazing the chemistry between both Nate and Hannah. It was honestly mind-blowing.
Overall, I hope this series isn’t over. I am desperately wanting Rae’s story, a character we meet throughout this story. Untouchable is yet another of Talia Hibbert’s amazing works and I really will continue shouting my praise from the rooftops. I barely have words to even write my overall. These books are just so important with the messages that are entrapped within them. They have more depth than some fantasy books I have read.
Have you read any books in the Ravenswood series? Are you going to? Tell me in the comments!
Happy reading everyone!
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