Review: Once Touched by Laura Moore

Once Touched by Laura Moore
Series: Silver Creek (# 3)
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

The youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has in her blood the love of the land and its beautiful creatures. Raising enough money to build an animal sanctuary is a dream Quinn lives every day—while fending off her family’s well-intentioned matchmaking schemes. Though harboring secret fears about intimacy, Quinn soon realizes she cannot fight her growing attraction to a man who has suddenly entered her life.

Scarred by his months in Afghanistan and the violence he witnessed there through his camera lens, photojournalist Ethan Saunders throws himself into hard ranching work as a prescription for healing. But falling for Quinn has given him the one thing he thought he’d lost forever: hope. Ethan discovers that Quinn, like the innocent animals she rescues, is shy, and afraid of entrusting her heart to a man. Passion soon awakens Ethan’s strength, and his tender seduction may be just what Quinn needs to believe in herself—and in his love.

 

Review: I loved this book. I read it in one setting. I couldn’t believe how much I loved Moore’s writing. She made Quinn into the kind of character that I love. Strong-willed, independent, quirky and hilariously intelligent.

I loved how adamant she was that she didn’t want to get married. That she wanted to be wild and free. Ethan her love interest in the book spent his career being wild and free. Are they both able to settle down together? Can Ethan be happy with a slower paced life? I just wanted to read faster to find out. Quinn had such a kind heart that really wanted her to have her happy-ever-after even if she didn’t want one.

Ethan is the kind of man I fall for. Very smart in all aspects of life. He isn’t lacking in courage or chivalry. Except his life is forever changed and is no longer the same man. I really liked how Ethan evolved throughout the book. He became a different that had even more integrity and grit. I really liked that Ethan was so broken and needed fixing and to find himself.

I’m beyond excited that I have a new author to love other than my usual cowboy romance authors. I really love the humor that Moore puts into her dialogue. It makes the story more real for me. I definitely need to get the first two books in this series.