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Published by Berkley
Released on January 8, 2019
Last year, I enjoyed the second book from this series (out of order, of course, because I do that sort of thing when a book grabs my interest), Promise Not to Tell. It was also only the second book I’d read by the author and I was riveted to that story. I could barely wait to read this one to see what came of that big reveal at the end of the book. The final book, the final foster brother, and the big bad villain is back!
Untouchable is book three in a series about a foster family, an evil cult leader, and the women who find themselves along for the ride. I think each book can be read out of order though this one does wrap up the series so it probably shouldn’t be read first if someone is planning to catch all three.
So, a family of an older man and three brothers not of blood, but held together by first circumstances and loyalty and now love are all doing their part to stop a true villain. Zane, the cult leader who killed their parents and tried to destroy them in a fire is still out there. They searched for him, but now the prey has become the predator. Jack, the FBI analyst brother is the focus of this last segment of the story. He delves into some of the darkest of cases particularly if arson is involved. He has a gift for getting inside the criminal’s mind and it helps him solve cases that others cannot. But, it costs him. The darkness and filth would take over so he relies on Winter, a therapist to help him. Zane is gunning for Jack as the first to go down in the family that are all ranged against him to bring him down and stop him once and for all. But, Winter is in danger, too. She has a stalker and she’s been attacked. With all that is going on, this pair can still feel the spark of attraction and now that its not doctor/patient, they might do something about it.
So, I was champing at the bit for this one after I finished Promise Not to Tell. I loved the adopted dad and brothers all fighting crime together and a good villain is always welcome. Toss in a romance and I’m happy. If you’re sensing a ‘but’, there is a little one.
I honestly do not know what happened. I read it and enjoyed it to a certain extent, but it didn’t quite grab me like the book before it. Maybe I let myself get too high an expectation or built up the villain as smarter than he ended up being. I wanted a little more romance development, but yet I didn’t mind that the focus was elsewhere most of the time. I liked what I got and liked Jack and Winter and the group introduced from the earlier books. I enjoy how it felt like lots of unrelated stuff was going on until I saw how it corded together. And, yet, I was somewhat detached other than a couple exciting spots. Let’s just say I don’t have a solid reason beyond a few little niggles.
In summary, I enjoyed it and rooted on Jack and Winter. I was thrilled to see Zane come crashing down after all he did to harm others. I like the author’s writing. This was an easy-read and engaging romantic suspense trilogy that I don’t hesitate to recommend.
My thanks to Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.