Review: Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz

Posted January 8, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 33 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz
Untouchable

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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on January 8, 2019
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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!

Review

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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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ShootingStarsMag
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I’m glad you liked this one well enough, but I’m sorry it didn’t quite live up to expectations! Good to know they should probably be read in order though. 🙂

-Lauren

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, it happens to me now and then. I have no good reason not to love this one and yet I felt like it was missing something- or maybe I was missing something. LOL

Melliane
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It’s been so long since I haven’t read one of her books, like years but I really should go back to them

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, you should. I loved Secret Sisters and book two of this series, Promise Not to Tell.

Debbie Haupt
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Oh wow sounds great Sophia Rose and its been a while since I’ve read one of her books. I guess I’ll have to start from the beginning though. It’s funny I was volunteering at the library yesterday and happened to see one of her Jayne Castle books and was just thinking how I need to get back to her. Love her Thanks

Sophia Rose
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That’s funny how you were just thinking about her and then, voila. I’ve got one of her Jayne Castle books up for post soon, too. It’s a SFR. Are you shocked? LOL

Mary Kirkland
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It’s been a while since I’ve read her. I do enjoy her books when I do read them though. I should read her again, this sounds good.

Sophia Rose
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I can’t believe I waited so long before trying her books. This trilogy was pretty good.

Lover of Romance
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I used to read this author all the time but have really forgotten about you, good reminder to pick her up again. Too bad about the romantic element not being strong but sounds like the author made it work.

Sophia Rose
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It is so hard to keep on top of all the authors and all their new releases. She has a huge backlist. I’ve only read three under this name and one SFR as her Jayne Castle pen name.

Carole rae
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Sometimes you can’t help the niggles.

Sophia Rose
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Very true. There was just something and I can’t put my finger on it that felt off and distant about this story for me.

Nadene
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I have not read her books in a long time. I am sorry this one did match up to its predecessor.

Sophia Rose
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It wasn’t awful and was quite good, but I definitely preferred book two. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Thank you, I am so glad I wasn’t the only one. I share my thoughts on Thursday, but this wasn’t a win for me. It was ok, but I didn’t connect to the romance and felt there was an awful lot of tell not show. But it is Krentz and I adore her, so hopefully the next book release will be a win for both of us.

Sophia Rose
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Good point about the passive voice being so prominent. There was a great deal of summarizing rather than first hand action even with the romance.
Yes, rooting for a new release to pull me in again. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I’m almost finished with this one, so I’ll come back and read your review after I’m done with my review. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Sounds like a plan. I’m curious to know what you think. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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A shame this one didn’t totally hit the mark for you, but I’m glad you could still appreciate this final volume. I see I’m no longer alone in starting series in the middle 😉

Sophia Rose
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Yep, guilty as charged. 🙂 Mostly, I pick up a book out of order accidentally, but then I don’t bother to find the earlier ones. It works most of the time. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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Sometimes a book just seems to be missing an element that would have made it click a little better. I have only read one of her books but I do want to read more at some point.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, sometimes its just not a good fit. I do like the other two books I read by her.

Angie Elle
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I’m sorry this didn’t live up to the hype you’d built up for it. Series-enders are always so hit or miss!

Great review.

Sophia Rose
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Very true! I think if I hadn’t felt to so connected to the previous book; it wouldn’t have been so bad. Oh well! I will still be trying more of her stuff. 🙂

Anne
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I’m sorry it wasn’t as much as you wanted. I have only read one of her books and it was just ok for me. I was also hoping for more as it is in a genre I really like. Fabulous review! Better luck on the next one. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I’d only read two from her and they were really good, but I’ve heard others say that it can be hit or miss like you say. I’m told some of her other pen name works are the best so I’ll try those, too.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I felt the same way. Untouchable was an entertaining read, but I didn’t love it like the last book. Still, it was fun. Great review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Sadly, I think it felt off for a few folks. I was worried that it was just me with some weird quirk, but I’ve seen two others share the same response to the book. Oh well, you’re right, it was entertaining and I definitely want to read more of her books. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
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This sounds like a fun series. I’m going to have to give it a try. Great review.

Sophia Rose
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I’m a sucker for a group of men who are like brothers getting their stories and it was cool that they had a detective agency with their adopted dad. 🙂

herding cats
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That happens with me and her sometimes. Not bad, enjoyable in the moment, but not *quite* totally there. I did find my copy of the book so this week if things calm down I’ll dive in but temper my expectations a little to be safe.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, you get what I was trying to describe. It wasn’t bad and was actually good, but I just couldn’t seem to engage as closely as usual.

Yay! Glad you found it. Hope it turns out better for you. 🙂

Jane Williams
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Jane Williams

I’m trying not to be one of them mean girl but,..there’s always a But… maybe you wanna loose the”I was reading by the time I was 4yrs old. You sound condescending as hell.i experienced the same but in a third world country.so it doesn’t count.right?only white US American matter. Anyhow,your review conveyed Nothing. Maybe you wanna go on Good Read site?people there seem more real.