Thursday, August 23, 2018

Melinda's Review: Untouchable

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Untouchable by Talia Hibbert
Publisher: Nixon House (August 11, 2018)
Series: Ravenwood, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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, she 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?

Please note: this book contains discussion and depiction of depression and anxiety that may trigger certain audiences.

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Melinda's Review:

I’ve been needing good fat rep for *ahem* REASONS. And because Talia Hibbert can look into the future I asked and she fucking answered. Full disclosure that I am fully on board as a Talia fangirl at this stage, to the point that I am a Patreon supporter for her. That being said – there are other authors that have been auto-buys, that are no longer. Not because they showed their ass (which, let me tell you is a THING in 2018) but because their books have gone from 4 or 5 stars to 2 or 3 for me. So I can still have some sort of objectivity when it comes to favorite authors.

Untouchable is the third in Hibbert’s Ravenswood series. It is a standalone and can be read that way but I feel that readers would miss out on a lot of nuance if they started with Untouchable. Also, I’m majorly biased because Ruth from A Girl Like Her is in my top 10 favorite heroines ever… and happily she makes some great appearances here. Even better, Ruth shows up in ways that really make sense for the story and cracked me up – so, bonus! Hannah, the heroine here, is Ruth’s sister, and we’re familiar with her from the earlier books.

Hannah wanted to speak, but she was too busy over-analysing everything her sister had just said, and also the past thirty years of her life. You know, the usual.

I instantly loved Hannah when she quits her extremely low paid job in quite a blaze of glory. I’ve definitely had that fantasy my entire adult life!

Give an adult the best fucking chai lattes they’d ever tasted and they’d ask to speak to your manager. Honestly. The ingratitude.

This book is an #ownvoices book which we need so badly in romance. Representation matters. Seeing myself in books like this when I see depression, chronic illness, anxiety, and/or fatness is so meaningful. When you don’t see yourself in media, it’s so easy to think that you’re alone and no one else experiences these things which is isolating and, in turn, makes things so much worse – especially depression and anxiety. And when most representations of all of the above are overwhelmingly negative or poorly done? It’s such a gut punch. And I’m speaking as someone who has privilege as a straight, cishet, white woman – just imagine if a woman of color has even ONE of these issues, let alone multiple? They almost never see themselves in media. This is why representation is so important.

So, yes, representation is important. But Talia blows me away because if I just said this books deals with depression, anxiety, illness, fatness? Most people would not be interested – and those people would be missing out on such an amazing book. Yes, this book has all of things in it, but it also has a really steamy relationship at the core of it between Hannah and the hero, Nate. A tattooed, pierced, widowed father of 2, Nate is pretty awesome.

“Moving on,” Hannah said firmly. “I have decided to inform you that I suffer from depression, and if that fazes you in any way we should likely end the discussion here.”

Hannah becomes Nate’s live-in nanny, though they already knew each other as kids. Both Hannah and Nate have a LOT going on in terms of emotional baggage and frankly, I am here for that. But what I love so much about this author’s writing is that for all I can say there is emotional baggage there is not a lot of angst which is impressive. Instead, what we get is an incredibly sexy romance that manages to just deal with every day realities deftly.

And when I say steamy I mean STEAMY. This author writes the best love scenes, PHEW!

Strong heroines and good banter are two of my favorite things and this book combines the two so I don’t know what more you could ask for in a book!

How dare you be so very relaxed while I study emotional rainbows in my head? How dare you pull the rug of expectations from under my feet with the complete lack of drama? How fucking dare you?

At one point I realized that I had highlighted 3 straight pages of text…which seemed a bit excessive, even for me. This book just hit all the right notes for me and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Talia Hibbert. There were signs of possible next heroines in this book and I definitely was a fan of where it’s going. If you haven’t tried this author she has quite a backlist and you can’t go wrong with any of them but the Ravenswood series is definitely a favorite of mine.


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Source: eARC

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Thanks for the review, Melinda!

Seriously, if you haven't started reading Talia Hibbert, what are you waiting for?!

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