The Untouchable Earl by Amy Sandas
Publisher & Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 1, 2016
Time and setting: 1817, England
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Length: 416 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
He's a reclusive Earl with a painful secret that's kept him from knowing a lover's touch.
She's a sheltered debutante tired of living by society's rules.
But when she's forced from the ballroom to the brothel, Lily discovers the dark thrill of falling from grace...and into the arms of a man who could destroy her as easily as he saved her.
Lily Chadwick has spent her life playing the respectable debutante. But when an unscrupulous moneylender snatches her off the street and puts her up for auction at a pleasure house, she finds herself in the possession of a man who fills her with breathless terror and impossible yearning.
Though the Earl of Harte claimed Lily with the highest bid, he hides a painful secret—one that has kept him from knowing the pleasure of a lover's touch. Even the barest brush of skin brings him physical pain, and he's spent his life keeping the world at arm's length. But there's something about
Lily that maddens him, bewitches him, compels him...and drives him toward the one woman brave and kind enough to heal his troubled heart.
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When I received an invitation from the publisher via Net-Galley to read The Untouchable Earl in exchange for an honest review, I immediately accepted. I read the first book in this series and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one as well. Amy Sandas did not disappoint.
The Untouchable Earl grabbed me from the first page and kept me engaged until the last. There was no sagging middle because the story moved at a fast pace. Until I was putting together this review I had no idea it was well over 400 pages. I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
Lily Chadwick is a delightful heroine. She is such a sweet-natured character from the first page. She has such deep love for her sisters, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. I loved her hidden temptress side and could feel her desire to break out of the staid, proper young lady role. Her desire and understanding of the hero are remarkable.
Avenell Slade, the Earl of Harte is my kind of hero, a tortured soul. He keeps society at arm’s length, literally. How truly tragic to be unable to bear anyone’s touch. He gained my empathy from the start because I have two grandchildren that also struggle with tactile sensitivity.
Ms. Sandas does a brilliant job building sexual tension, an aspect of Regency romance I love so well. Their desire for each other jumps off the page. The agony Avenell experiences whenever he’s touched comes through loud and clear. My heart ached for him. He craved Lily’s touch, but he the pain he believes he will feel keeps him away from her. When they finally bring their love to complete fulfillment it made me misty-eyed.
I highly recommend The Untouchable Earl to anyone who enjoys an emotionally-charged Regency romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can easily give it 5 Gold Crowns. I will be looking for more books by this talented author. Happy reading!