09 September 2008

Review: Anna Campbell - Untouched

Awarded the Realms Shooting Star

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (November 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061234923
ISBN-13: 978-0061234927

Beautiful Grace Paget has no reason not to believe these words. After all, she was kidnapped, spirited away to a remote country manor, and told she is to grant this man his every desire . . . or lose her life. But Grace is no common trollop. So she risks everything to save her virtue by planning a daring escape, even though she finds herself tempted by this handsome man. There is something in his eyes that makes her wonder if he is as dangerous as he would have her believe.

Sheene knew nothing of the plan to bring him this woman. Locked up as a prisoner, called "mad" by all of the world, he will do anything to reclaim his life, and Grace's sensuous beauty has distracted him from his goals. And although he finds her irresistible, he is horrified to hold her against her will. Now, together, they must both revolt against the strange set of circumstances that have forced them together—for only then will Grace truly surrender to him . . . forever.


While waiting for a family member Grace ends up at the wrong part of the docks and she gets hurled away against her will to a secluded cottage. Waking up fear trickles up her spine as Monk and Filey eagerly glare at her body and she comes to understand what she is here for. She is a present from Lord John Sheen to his nephew Matthew; she must entertain him with passionate encounters in the bedchambers.

When Grace meets Matthew he is a distant almost rigged and silent man whom is often found in the garden with his dog. In the seclusion of the cottage and garden they come to know one another a bit and with the passing of the days there blooms something more than plants and flowers. Their soul and heart Untouched and tried for with the arrival of darkness, something Matthew is all too acquainted with!

When the heart yearns, when the soul hungers, when the one sacrifices so the other may live a love ignites which will light up the night skies if given the chance….

Anna Campbell knows how to celebrate love with Matthew and Grace as she whisked me away into a riveting story that kept me one track minded! The need to know how this dynamic pair would fare, succumbed me in to this novel and kept me def for my surroundings as I got comfortable on my couch with the central heat snoring and outside a powdery white world.

The chemistry between Grace and Matthew is one of superb quality, she’s a widow finding herself in frightening and new circumstances that ask her to find a little of that bold spirit again that she once possessed. Matthew, what can I say of Matthew that does him justice, he’s all I want in a tortured hero! As a child he had a few seizures that gave free way for his uncle to declare him a lunatic, and with Anna Campbell’s writing skill it provides some heart wrenching moments as I read what he has suffered through. It also makes me empathize with Grace so much, seeing Matthew through her eyes as new feelings blossom.

What I enjoyed so tremendously was Matthew, Anna Campbell gave me exactly what I wanted, a tortured hero but still strong, defiant of his fate, capable of caring as the awakening of his feelings is so beautifully and grippingly told that the combination of, and interaction between Matthew and Grace barely needs something more for emotions to soar high in this novel. The sensual tension between them builds up in a courtship of feelings while Matthew and Grace learn to answer the calling of a beautiful erotic dance…swirling together and with their hearts blazing from a passion that captivated me as a reader and rendered my breathless. Also the supporting cast of diabolical men enhances the impact of the main couple’s emotions and story and speaks of a time which makes me hope the good will victor of the bad. I so wanted and moreover needed, the good to victor because with Lord John Sheen my inner voice cried out for justice, he was such a chilling, selfish and calculated man, but this story wouldn’t have been the same without him!

The choices Matthew and Grace have to make in order to survive the greed of one man strikes a chord with me and makes this novel such a powerful love story. With great character development, page melting passion and an ending that made me devour the pages while my romantic heart pounded o so fast as to find out how it all ended. Untouched became an instant favorite of mine! While there are many authors that shape and give voice to the much beloved Regency subgenre I was not an avid reader of it since my teenage years and all I can say is that Anna Campbell lured me back giving me a Regency Historical novel that, in my opinion, will become a classic of the 21st century!

If you desire a novel that speaks of trials of the soul, celebration of love, laced with passion and emotion, Untouched is one you have to read!

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