Friday, December 12, 2014

Blog Tour: Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1) by Lauren Hawkeye


Florence, Arizona #1

By: Lauren Hawkeye

Published: December 9, 2014


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GR's Summary:

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.

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My Thoughts:

I was really attracted to the book cover for Untouched.  I think it's simple, yet beautiful.  I have read a few stories by Lauren Hawkeye, and have really enjoyed them.  Therefore, I was really looking forward to reading Untouched.

Alexa Kendrick woke up in the hospital one day, with no memory of the car accident that had put her there.  She was severally scarred, in a coma, and nearly died from this event.  Yet, she is plagued by the fact that after months have passed, she still cannot remember the circumstances surrounding her accident.  Alexa decided to leave Phoenix, Arizona temporarily when she discovers that she has an older half sister, Ellie.  She thinks that getting away from her overbearing mother will do her good, hopefully inspire her to paint again, and figure out her past.  However, Alexa's mother is acting strange, and seems to be hiding things.

Then, Alexa meets the gorgeous and sexy but sad prison guard, Nate Fury.  Nate has been in a deep depression and filled with guilt surrounding a tragedy that he blames himself for.  He struggles with getting up in the morning, and living each day without drinking excessively.  Then, Nate meets Alexa.  The two of them are drawn to one another, and give each other something to look forward to each day.  Alexa ends up discovering a book that is hidden in her sister Ellie's attic.  This book contains a horrific confession.  Ellie asks Nate to look in to the crime that has been outlined, and what he discovers will change their lives forever...

The first half of Untouched was really slow for me.  The second have of the story picked up and flew by.  Alexa and Nate's relationship developed pretty much immediately after they met one another.  The plot line was intriguing, but not as developed as I would have liked.  I enjoyed Untouched, but felt like the characters were not fully dimensional, and the plot fell a bit flat for me.  The big reveal at the end didn't surprise me, and I would have liked some plot twists, and more suspense.  The intimate scenes between Nate and Alex were very sexy, and had an emotional element in them, which I loved.

My Rating:

I give, Untouched, by Lauren Hawkeye, 3 Abundant Secrets, Traumatic Pasts, Soul Mates Connecting Filled Stars!

My Favorite Quotes:

"His lips came down on hers with an intensity that spoke of a need that went far beyond the physical.  They were strangers still, and yet each soul recognized, yearned for, needed the other."  (eARC, Loc. 950)


"I know that when we're together...neither one of us is alone in the world.  Not anymore."  (eARC, Loc. 1356)


"Family are the people who stay."  (eARC, Loc. 2275)


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About Lauren Hawkeye:

Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament. 

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!


Whether you were good or bad this year, Lauren Hawkeye is pulling something very special out of her Santa bag just for you. Because you shouldn’t get punished for being naughty, right? Sometimes naughty can, in fact, be nice. 

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