Contemporary Romance

Review: Untouchable – Sam Mariano

The bully isn’t supposed to win.

Senior year was off to a rough start: lube in my locker, panties on my front porch, unimaginative name-calling. See, I got a player suspended from the football team for harassing me, and in my small Texas town, you don’t mess with the football players—even if they mess with you first.

I didn’t care if it was an unpopular thing to do; I stood up for myself… and in doing so, opened Pandora’s Box.

I never dreamed I would attract the attention of locally worshipped star quarterback, Carter Mahoney. Never imagined his coveted attention would turn out to be such a nightmare. Beneath his carefully constructed façade lurks a monster, a predator looking for the perfect prey to play with. Now, since I’m the girl no one likes or believes, I guess I’m the perfect target for his dark games and twisted desires.

After surviving my first encounter with his casual depravity, all I really want is for Carter to leave me alone.

But all he seems to want is me.

Warning: This book is provocative. It is categorized as DARK ROMANCE for a reason. It will not be for everyone. If you are a reader with certain triggers or sensitivities common to the dark romance genre, please heed the author’s note at the beginning of this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Untouchable caused some mixed responses from readers and mixed feelings in me. But after sitting with my feelings for a bit and processing everything about this book, I decided to change my 4-star rating to a 5-star rating.

I really loved this book and went into it knowing that it was a dark bully romance. It won’t be for everyone and that’s okay. If you don’t enjoy reading dark romances, I’d suggest you skip this one. If you’re not sure whether it’s for you, please read a few reviews and do your research.

What I really liked about Untouchable was the psychological and behavioral components. There is no insta-love here; Carter doesn’t even pay Zoey any attention until a particular event occurs, which causes him to take notice.

But when he does, it’s dark and intense and right for their relationship.

Carter is deeper than the other characters give him credit for and Zoey sees that. When you discover more about his life, you can see that Zoey provides a positive influence and helps him overcome so much. Their journey is not an easy one, but I think they handled things relatively well considering their backgrounds, ages, and personalities.

All that being said, I think Sam Mariano is a phenomenal writer. She crafted a story for a controversial subgenre that had me cheering for the anti-hero and on the edge of my seat wanting more. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down!

It actually took me two read-throughs of this book to be able to somewhat put my thoughts together about this story, and I still don’t feel like I fully encompassed my feelings. Maybe after my third read? But review aside, I’ll happily re-read Untouchable again and again.

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