Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas, #3)
A man's quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell.Quinton Zane is back.Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His almost preternatural ability to get inside the killer's head has garnered him a reputation in some circles--and complicated his personal life. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family's hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas's foster sons, starting with Jack.

Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas, #3) Details

TitleUntouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas, #3)
Author
ReleaseJan 8th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas, #3) Review

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    This heart-pounding thriller had a bit of everything–a fast-paced plot, lucid dreams of a fire maze, a decades old mystery, a stone cold villain, and a dash of romance! I know of Jayne Ann Krentz (who doesn’t? She’s published so much and under more than one name!), but this is the first book of hers I’ve read. It is such a fun read!!! I can see why she’s so popular, and I look forward to reading more from her. Untouchable felt like watching a movie–I totally flew through it!ReflectionI’m a bit b This heart-pounding thriller had a bit of everything–a fast-paced plot, lucid dreams of a fire maze, a decades old mystery, a stone cold villain, and a dash of romance! I know of Jayne Ann Krentz (who doesn’t? She’s published so much and under more than one name!), but this is the first book of hers I’ve read. It is such a fun read!!! I can see why she’s so popular, and I look forward to reading more from her. Untouchable felt like watching a movie–I totally flew through it!ReflectionI’m a bit bewildered when describing this book because on the one hand, I was a bit confused at the beginning and felt like I must have missed part of the story. Then I realized that is because this is the third in a series. But as I kept reading, I realized I hadn’t missed anything at all! This book completely works as a standalone and the storyline I thought I had picked up from another book is in fact contained in this story. So give it a chance to unfold, readers! I promise all will make sense!I had a really fun time with this book. It almost felt a bit like action verging on fantasy, because of the lucid dreaming storyline (the dreams are fascinating!), the hypnotism, and because of the academic professor-turned-detective with gorgeous eyes and a deadly fist. I loved the few scenes narrated by the mysterious assassins (you’ll have to find out for yourself who they are)! They felt like characters from a movie–clad in designer duds and sneaking around cleaning up “messes” for their boss.Winter is such a wonderful character. We got glimpses of her story, and that is the one I thought I missed. Trust me when I say you’ll learn more about the beautiful, haunted Winter! I loved her backstory, as well as her character in the novel. Her grounded approach to meditation and reflection might be just what Jack needs!All together, this was a fun, heart-racing thriller with a great ending. Thank you to Berkley for my copy to review.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    A riveting romantic suspense with a large dose of suspense and a dab of romance, that kept me on my toes!Jayne Ann Krentz is a comfort read for me, I remember reading her ages ago... there are few authors I read both in my 20s and my 40s and JAK is one of them.... this is the third book in this series and the first book I read... from what I can tell each book is self-contained and about a different foster brother.... I think what I missed from not reading the previous books is the villain was n A riveting romantic suspense with a large dose of suspense and a dab of romance, that kept me on my toes!Jayne Ann Krentz is a comfort read for me, I remember reading her ages ago... there are few authors I read both in my 20s and my 40s and JAK is one of them.... this is the third book in this series and the first book I read... from what I can tell each book is self-contained and about a different foster brother.... I think what I missed from not reading the previous books is the villain was not completely fleshed out... other than that I believe this book can absolutely be read as a standalone, but after reading this book you might want to go back and check out the other brothers stories....Jack is a consultant for the FBI working cold cases... having lost his mother to a fire a lot of his investigation involves cases of fire, he also has some dream/sleep issues.... I have to admit I never completely understood or bought into some of Jack’s dream scenes in this book.. I think he was hunting for people in his dreams, I’m not sure, I have to admit this was a pretty confusing part of this book... in all honesty this did not need to be included, but that’s my opinion.... The positive side of this dream searching was this is how he met Winter Meadows... A meditation therapist with a fabulous name! Soon after meeting, Jack and Winter had the bad guys after them... this pursuit took them up and down the California coast...I really liked how they investigated the criminals, I liked how Jack looked into the cold cases and put the pieces together... I liked the chemistry between Jack and Winter I thought it very organic... and I really love the character of Winter... I would have really enjoyed an entire book just about her she was very strong and resourceful and sassy.... I also would have really loved some more scenes with all three of the brothers, I really would’ve liked to see that bond more... but perhaps that is something I missed in the previous books?A fast-paced, action packed, tension filled story that will appeal to fans of romantic suspense! Recommend!*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsJack Lancaster is one of the survivors of a barn fire set but cult-leader, Quinton Zane to murder all the member’s children twenty years ago. His mother died that night, one of the many women murdered by Zane that same night. Since then Jack and his foster brothers have been hunting Zane even though he disappeared and supposedly died in a yacht fire. In the last book it was clear the maniac is very much alive, and aware of their investigative efforts putting all the brothers in danger. 3.5 StarsJack Lancaster is one of the survivors of a barn fire set but cult-leader, Quinton Zane to murder all the member’s children twenty years ago. His mother died that night, one of the many women murdered by Zane that same night. Since then Jack and his foster brothers have been hunting Zane even though he disappeared and supposedly died in a yacht fire. In the last book it was clear the maniac is very much alive, and aware of their investigative efforts putting all the brothers in danger. Jack seems to be the special target of Zane because of his almost uncanny knack to predict the actions of criminals. We meet Winter in the prologue as she uses her ability at hypnotism, which was pretty impressive! Years later she’s in Eclipse Bay, Oregon as a meditation therapist helping Jack to control his lucid dreaming, a tool he uses to sort out criminal cases. He needs her expertise, because lately these dreams turn into nightmares of flames and darkness. But Jack and Winter are thrown together as more than therapist and client when Winter is violently attacked. Untouchable was entertaining from page one, the kind of book you could easily knock out in an afternoon. Lots of action, fast-paced, but it didn’t have the same zing that the previous book, Promise Not to Tell, had. Also, there were parts that felt a little farfetched, and while I don’t totally mind that given this is fiction, it does make it hard to buy into the story. Still, with that said, it was an exciting, fun read.A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Jack Lancaster consults for the FBI and works with his step-brothers at Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas. Jack has an unusual gift. It is one that allows him to investigate cold cases.  It also makes him Quinton Zane biggest treat.Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist has recently moved from the city after a bad experience with a client.  She rents the cottage across the way from Jack. I have always found her profession to be interesting and immediately liked Winter.Jack uses a self-created dreams Jack Lancaster consults for the FBI and works with his step-brothers at Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas. Jack has an unusual gift. It is one that allows him to investigate cold cases.  It also makes him Quinton Zane biggest treat.Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist has recently moved from the city after a bad experience with a client.  She rents the cottage across the way from Jack. I have always found her profession to be interesting and immediately liked Winter.Jack uses a self-created dreamscape to look for clues and solve cold cases particularly those involving arson. While, he solves cases, Quinton Zane manages to stay one step ahead of him. Jack has been experiences difficulty with his dreams. It's becoming harder to manage the dreamscape, and he fears slipping into darkness. Sessions with Winter helps him control the dreamscape. I found this aspect fascinating with a hint of paranormal woo-woo.It pleased me how Krentz wrapped up the case, but the romance and story fell flat for me. Krentz has served the romantic elements in this series on the side, but I didn't feel the passion in this one. The case had suspenseful moments, red herrings and fit neatly into the plot. However, both the romance and the case had more of a tell not show feel. This typically isn't the case with Krentz and it prevented me from becoming immersed in the story and characters.Fans of suspense and murder-mysteries served with a side of paranormal woo-woo and romance will enjoy Untouchable and the Cutler Sutter & Salinas trilogy. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow...
  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    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!Untouchable is book three in a series about a foster family, an evil cult l 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!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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  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhh, didn’t do anything for me. The first two books weren’t anything near great reads; but at least contained enough of the stamp of Krentz talent to be readable. This was borderline dull. Vague over-the-top plotline, rambling, and no trademark snappy dialogue. Even her favorite setting of Eclipse Bay got short shrift. I have a hard time believing JAK even wrote this.
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC received for an honest review***I don't think this was just a case of poor timing. This book simply did not go down well. First and foremost, what happened to all of the contractions? It's disconcerting to read "I will not" or "she did not" or "he is on his way." At some points I would say the sentence out loud to feel how foreign and jerky it was on my tongue.Second, the characters didn't evolve beyond the shallowest ideas of themselves. I don't know why they did what the did - and if we ***ARC received for an honest review***I don't think this was just a case of poor timing. This book simply did not go down well. First and foremost, what happened to all of the contractions? It's disconcerting to read "I will not" or "she did not" or "he is on his way." At some points I would say the sentence out loud to feel how foreign and jerky it was on my tongue.Second, the characters didn't evolve beyond the shallowest ideas of themselves. I don't know why they did what the did - and if we can't reach the point where I can respect their motives, we're going to be in trouble. The hero consistently referred to himself as a conspiracy theorist while looking to the heroine to deny it - thus cementing their lurve. It was repetitious and silly for both of them - I don't think adults connect in that manner. He also gave a statistical probability for everything. So. Annoying.It was a fast read. And I think if you're in the mood for a quick easy caper there's a 37% chance you'll enjoy this. (There's a 98% chance that you need to read the two earlier books in the series for this to make sense.) If you can't handle me doing this about 15 more times there's a 100% chance you're not going to enjoy this book.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read the prior two novels in this series but I had no issues jumping right into this book. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. For me, I was not really experiencing the chemistry between Quinton and Jack. In fact, I found myself struggling to connect to the characters and thus in turn I could not connect with the story as well. It was not for a lack of effort as I did finish this book. However, I will say that I barely remember much details about what transpired within the p I have not read the prior two novels in this series but I had no issues jumping right into this book. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. For me, I was not really experiencing the chemistry between Quinton and Jack. In fact, I found myself struggling to connect to the characters and thus in turn I could not connect with the story as well. It was not for a lack of effort as I did finish this book. However, I will say that I barely remember much details about what transpired within the pages of this book. You can say that this book was not my cup of tea.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin Foster brothers Jack Lancaster, Max Cutler, and Cabot Sutter were all raised in a cult until one hellish night when cult leader Quinton Zane burned down the compound, leaving them orphans. Supposedly Zane died years ago, but Jack, Max, Cabot, and their rescuer/foster father, Anson Salinas, know better. After years of chasing shadows, the man behind their trauma is within their grasp…if they can survive his machinations. Because Zane is tired of hiding, and w 3.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin Foster brothers Jack Lancaster, Max Cutler, and Cabot Sutter were all raised in a cult until one hellish night when cult leader Quinton Zane burned down the compound, leaving them orphans. Supposedly Zane died years ago, but Jack, Max, Cabot, and their rescuer/foster father, Anson Salinas, know better. After years of chasing shadows, the man behind their trauma is within their grasp…if they can survive his machinations. Because Zane is tired of hiding, and with a fortune on the line he needs to eliminate the threat the four men who know too much about him present. And he’s going to start with Jack… Untouchable is an entertaining read that brings the hunt for Quinton Zane to a satisfying conclusion. Jack and Winter are more cerebral characters which gives them and their romance a slightly different dynamic. They’re an interesting pair: a focused hunter haunted by the past who works cold cases and a skilled hypnotist with ghosts of her own. I loved watching how Jack’s mind worked through cases and he definitely fascinated me. Winter is the only person who can bring him back when he goes too far into his own head and her skills are interesting in their own right. They fit one another well, they have solid (if understated) chemistry, and there’s definitely passion. Yet while I liked them together, I won’t deny that there was a certain ineffable spark that was missing, thus making the love story feel a bit by-the-numbers. I’ll be honest and say that this didn’t bother me overmuch, but I do think it’s worth mentioning because other readers may not be as content.As one might expect from the final book in the trilogy, the resolution of the Quinton Zane plotline shifts the balance more toward suspense. Zane has been the bogeyman of the series; the charismatic, pyromaniac cult leader who is a brilliant con man capable of eluding capture for decades. The problem with having such a powerful villain is that they work better as a shadowy, unseen figure than they do as a main antagonist. There’s so much buildup in When All the Girls Have Gone and Promise Not to Tell that there’s no way one human man could deliver when he ultimately appears (at least if you want him to be plausibly defeated by the heroes and heroines). For me, Zane was the weak point in Untouchable and I wished some of the much-touted charisma and cleverness had shown to make him a stronger villain. That being said, the action scenes were still exciting and the hunt itself was entertaining. Jayne Ann Krentz knows how to keep the pages turning and the story engaging, so I can forgive some of the weaker points in the story because I enjoyed it, flaws and all. Untouchable is the third book in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas series but it can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed revisiting beloved characters and I got a kick out seeing Jack and Winter in towns from other Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick books (who doesn’t love a good Easter egg?). So while Untouchable has its flaws, it was still a solid read and a satisfying end to the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas trilogy.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme
    January 1, 1970
    Highly satisfying end to this romantic suspense trilogy! The third foster brother, Jack Lancaster is up front and center with his story. I loved Jack. Jack, like his foster brothers, is an honourable man with a traumatizing past. What I loved most about Jack is how impressive his minds works. The constant answers with probability both amused and charmed me. His unique way to figure out issues through lucid dreaming appeals to me. As a person who both lucid dreams and at times solves issues throu Highly satisfying end to this romantic suspense trilogy! The third foster brother, Jack Lancaster is up front and center with his story. I loved Jack. Jack, like his foster brothers, is an honourable man with a traumatizing past. What I loved most about Jack is how impressive his minds works. The constant answers with probability both amused and charmed me. His unique way to figure out issues through lucid dreaming appeals to me. As a person who both lucid dreams and at times solves issues through dreaming, I can understand Jack's method. I wish I was able to do as much as Jack because his brain power is at a much higher level. To match Jack's character, Ms. Krentz gives us Winter Meadows.Winter may come across as a woo-woo free age fruit loop, but that would be inaccurate. Winter's history as it unfolds is an equality tragic one. My heart breaks for children whose parents pass away and there are no plans in place to take care of the child. The depression hell hole of many foster situations is alarming. There are hundreds of foster children every year who die because of neglect or abuse. Ms. Krentz lightly touches upon the horrors of a child abandoned. She doesn't dwell on it and bring a reader down. Instead, she gives a potential positive spin and hope of a better life for these foster kids. I can only hope life would imitate art in this instance. I digress.In this third installment which can be read as a standalone, Jack's nemesis is back and the end game begins. I do recommend the previous books be read to better appreciate the gravity of the situation and clear understanding of why this manhunt is so critical. As Jack hunts for Quinton Zane, Zane's own history unfolds and it is also a dark one. It seems the experiences of a child during the formative years can define how they will become as an adult. The story builds slowly to the climatic showdown. The action scenes occur in short bursts. I felt as if the story spent more time with relationship building and character development. At times, I wanted the story to move along so I could get to the action parts. Although, the secondary characters do add an extra layer of complexity. I particularly enjoyed the cross reference with Arizona Snow and Eclipse Bay. This was a surprise and it felt like a homecoming as I recognized both the place and a pivotal character, Arizona. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending came a bit swifter than anticipated. It ended beautifully with all lose ends tied off. This romantic suspense is recommended to all readers. *provided by NetGalley
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    Krentz is a master of romantic suspense and Untouchable brings that suspense factor back full force. Cult leader out for revenge? Heck yeah! I am not sure why I find books about evil cults so fascinating, but I really do.If you haven't read the previous 2 books in the series, its okay. All you really need to know is that 3 boys were fostered together by a man and they formed their own little family of sorts. Another plus in my book is that Jack works for the FBI as an analyst. Another trope I ad Krentz is a master of romantic suspense and Untouchable brings that suspense factor back full force. Cult leader out for revenge? Heck yeah! I am not sure why I find books about evil cults so fascinating, but I really do.If you haven't read the previous 2 books in the series, its okay. All you really need to know is that 3 boys were fostered together by a man and they formed their own little family of sorts. Another plus in my book is that Jack works for the FBI as an analyst. Another trope I adore. Its a bit of a cat and mouse game between Zane, the cult leader, and Jack for most of the book. However, once Winter, his new age guru (meditation specialist), is in danger from a stalker, she and Jack move from doctor/patient to man saving woman.I thought the plot was well written and moved at a good pace. Krentz does write good suspense. What was missing for me was the romance. Don't get me wrong, there is a romance between Jack and Winter. I just didn't buy it. I felt like there wasn't anything between them. It fell really flat for me. However, my interest in the tension between Zane and Jack kept me reading. I think this would have been better if there was no romance at all. It felt forced into the story and, for the first time in my life, I liked the romance less than the rest of the story. Weird, right?!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I'll be honest, I don't know what to say about this one. I'm a huge Kretnz/Quick/Castle fan, but this book just seemed...formulaic. It was very well written and flowed well and the characters are well written, but the entire time, you just feel that this is the 14th time you've read the same book and the characters, even the villain, are cardboard cut-outs. More to the point, I found I had to force myself through the book, which I've never had to do for a Krentz book before. I've never come acro I'll be honest, I don't know what to say about this one. I'm a huge Kretnz/Quick/Castle fan, but this book just seemed...formulaic. It was very well written and flowed well and the characters are well written, but the entire time, you just feel that this is the 14th time you've read the same book and the characters, even the villain, are cardboard cut-outs. More to the point, I found I had to force myself through the book, which I've never had to do for a Krentz book before. I've never come across one that was so boring. Honestly, I think the author is bored too. Maybe it's time for her to try something completely different? At the very least, I'd like to read something where the hero and heroine aren't so similar to all her other heroes and heroines. Hangnails, OCD, bad dress sense...something. Three stars because even though it had major issues, it's still a Krentz book.
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  • Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Untouchable offers the high-octane romantic suspense I’ve come to expect from Jayne Ann Krentz, but less of the humor and snappy dialog that are also her hallmarks. The plot moves briskly, introducing complications from the very beginning. As the third book in a trilogy involving three brothers and the tragedy that left them orphans, I anticipated answers and closure to the mystery that has haunted all three, and Krentz gave me both.Neither the hero and the heroine struck me as particu 3.5 stars Untouchable offers the high-octane romantic suspense I’ve come to expect from Jayne Ann Krentz, but less of the humor and snappy dialog that are also her hallmarks. The plot moves briskly, introducing complications from the very beginning. As the third book in a trilogy involving three brothers and the tragedy that left them orphans, I anticipated answers and closure to the mystery that has haunted all three, and Krentz gave me both.Neither the hero and the heroine struck me as particularly original; both are reminiscent of main characters from a number of Krentz’s other books. She also rehashes some themes from earlier books: lucid dreaming; a talent for hypnosis bordering on the psychic; a talent for sifting through a myriad of data and perceiving patterns (rather like Fallon Jones’s chaos talent.) In fact, reading Untouchable felt a bit like encountering the ghosts of other novels. The inclusion of Eclipse Bay and Arizona Snow, which both appear in several other series and stand-alones, only enhanced that effect.None of the familiar elements diminished my enjoyment of the book to any great extent. Krentz may be formulaic, but she knows how to tell a story. More than that, she knows her brand and what her readers expect, and she delivers. Untouchable may not be Krentz at the very top of her game, but it’s an entertaining ride all the way.#ARCtober2018 https://bookwyrmshoard.com/book-revie...
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  • Roses R Blue
    January 1, 1970
    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-QRJack Lancaster and his foster brothers were saved from a fiery death at the hands of a madman as teenagers. Their mothers tragically didn’t survive the incident, and the policeman who rescued the boys, Anson Salinas, became their foster father. As the boys grew into men, their goal was to find the cult leader, then known as Quinton Zane, and bring him to justice. The cunning and elusive killer has managed to avoid all their attempts to track As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-QRJack Lancaster and his foster brothers were saved from a fiery death at the hands of a madman as teenagers. Their mothers tragically didn’t survive the incident, and the policeman who rescued the boys, Anson Salinas, became their foster father. As the boys grew into men, their goal was to find the cult leader, then known as Quinton Zane, and bring him to justice. The cunning and elusive killer has managed to avoid all their attempts to track him, but they are sure he’s still out there, planning his next con. Jack is a cold case investigator, and has the uncanny ability to lucid-dream, meaning he’s partially awake and able to manipulate his dreams, which often allows him more clarity in the cases he’s working on. When his fiery dreams begin to take a disturbing turn, Jack seeks help from sleep specialists, who seem to fear his ability and are unable to help him. Though expecting another failure, Jack seeks the help of Winter Meadows.Winter is a former foster child herself, and is trying to start her own business as a meditation instructor. Winter has an impressive talent for hypnosis, and that, coupled with her intuition and intelligence, has caused her to be either feared or taken advantage of in the past. She’s able to steer Jack into a new direction which offers him much more control over his dreams. Though not very lucky in the romance department, Winter is greatly attracted to Jack, and hopes that he might feel something similar for her.When an attempt is made on Winter’s life, and Jack rescues her, it’s just the beginning of a deadly scheme, put in place by none other than the man formerly known as Quinton Zane. Lucan Tazewell is the new identity that the con man has assumed. He knows that the foster brothers will never rest until he is dead or in prison, so he’s decided that it’s time to remove them permanently. He feels that Jack is the most dangerous to him and must be taken care of first.Jack confides his history to Winter, only to find her accepting and supportive, unlike almost everyone else in his past. She doesn’t think he’s crazy or delusional, and, in turn, he accepts her abilities without fear. This acceptance of each other, added to the attraction they both are feeling, opens up a whole new level of intimacy and sharing and belonging that they have never been able to achieve with any other person. UNTOUCHABLE has all of the elements that I love, and that hooked me on author Jayne Ann Krentz’s books. The story is exciting and fast paced. The hero and heroine are strong, intelligent, and unusual people, who have felt alone and somewhat outcast. I felt the genuine love between Jack and Winter, as well as their steamy passion. I cared about both of these characters and was so happy to see them find a true match and acceptance. Their romance is as significant to the story as is the suspense, which is the perfect balance for me, and I loved seeing them work together as well as love together. UNTOUCHABLE is truly a page turner, but with plenty of warmth and heart to make it a very satisfying read for fans of both romance and suspense.
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  • Avid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz4 starsM/F ThrillerTriggers: Stalking, Murder, ArsonI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Jack Lancaster is at is again. While he’s trying to figure out if there is a connection between several fires all around, he also happens upon Winter who is also kind of hiding out. Winter has an ability that has saved her on numerous occasions. She can hypnotize people at will. But, with her ability, she has someone who Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz4 starsM/F ThrillerTriggers: Stalking, Murder, ArsonI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Jack Lancaster is at is again. While he’s trying to figure out if there is a connection between several fires all around, he also happens upon Winter who is also kind of hiding out. Winter has an ability that has saved her on numerous occasions. She can hypnotize people at will. But, with her ability, she has someone who is stalking her and she knows that if she doesn’t escape, it will come to violence. Winter and Jack have to team up in order to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill them. They also have the added issue of not knowing who the real target is. While this was an enjoyable read, I liked book 2 much more. I thought that this one was well developed, but it lacked chemistry between the two main characters. Also, the “bad guy” was difficult for me to relate to. Overall, this was OK, but it was missing something to really grab the audience.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Jayne Ann Krentz always delights and this newest book from Eclipse Bay is intriguing. Jack and Winter both have psychic abilities which can cause as much trouble as be helpful. Jack has trouble controlling his lucid dreaming and Winter helps him with that while they track a serial killer. The suspense kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next. I appreciated the way Winter took Jack's talent in stride and he believed in her too; he was the first man that didn't get scared away. I Jayne Ann Krentz always delights and this newest book from Eclipse Bay is intriguing. Jack and Winter both have psychic abilities which can cause as much trouble as be helpful. Jack has trouble controlling his lucid dreaming and Winter helps him with that while they track a serial killer. The suspense kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next. I appreciated the way Winter took Jack's talent in stride and he believed in her too; he was the first man that didn't get scared away. I loved seeing Arizona Snow again. The happy ending was satisfying and it's an overall good read.
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
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  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    Jack Lancaster, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Jayne Ann Krentz is one of those authors I know I am going to enjoy. I don't need the blurb, or the cover, or even an idea as to who the book will feature to know that I am going to want to read it.Jack and Winter's story is no different. I enjoyed it, I liked the characters, I liked the resolution of the story of the boys rescued from the cult. And, I loved the quirky nature of the characters.I think, of all of the things I like about this author, the quirkiness of the characters is what I love Jayne Ann Krentz is one of those authors I know I am going to enjoy. I don't need the blurb, or the cover, or even an idea as to who the book will feature to know that I am going to want to read it.Jack and Winter's story is no different. I enjoyed it, I liked the characters, I liked the resolution of the story of the boys rescued from the cult. And, I loved the quirky nature of the characters.I think, of all of the things I like about this author, the quirkiness of the characters is what I love the most. They are nerds, or a little awkward, or a little unsure of themselves, so they are even more approachable as characters, and they draw you in.Telling too much about what happens in this one is a little spoiler-y, so I am going to say I enjoyed this, the characters, the appearance of one of my favorite characters who has been in other books...and I just appreciated the enjoyment of the story of this book.I recommend this title.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Untouchable by author Jayne Ann Krentz, (Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas #3) is an interesting suspense thriller with a return of Jack Lancaster. Jack is a consultant to the FBI and is being drawn back into the firey darkness of hunting Quinton Zane, again! He suspected that Zane would have found a way to escape the burning boat and reinvent himself with a new name. I really enjoyed the Winter Meadows aspect of this story and her childhood history with Alice. I like Winter and her special gift of Untouchable by author Jayne Ann Krentz, (Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas #3) is an interesting suspense thriller with a return of Jack Lancaster. Jack is a consultant to the FBI and is being drawn back into the firey darkness of hunting Quinton Zane, again! He suspected that Zane would have found a way to escape the burning boat and reinvent himself with a new name. I really enjoyed the Winter Meadows aspect of this story and her childhood history with Alice. I like Winter and her special gift of being a hynotist as she helps Jack work through the darkness of this case in Untouchable. The story is fast-paced as Jack and Winter have a couple of very narrow escapes. Oh, and I love the gift of the red sofa!
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  • Scherry at The Novel Lady
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Cutler, Sutten & Solinski series and it could actually be read as a stand-alone. But don't. You will want to read this series from the beginning because it is so dang good you won't want to miss anything! After reading the first two books in this series, I was anxiously waiting for this third book to come out and I was so thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC so that I didn't have to wait until January. Although I had a tough time putting This is the third book in the Cutler, Sutten & Solinski series and it could actually be read as a stand-alone. But don't. You will want to read this series from the beginning because it is so dang good you won't want to miss anything! After reading the first two books in this series, I was anxiously waiting for this third book to come out and I was so thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC so that I didn't have to wait until January. Although I had a tough time putting this one down, I didn't connect as well to the characters and the romance was a bit stiff. Sort of wham bam thank you mam. But I can overlook most of that because the story was so sit-on-the-edge-of-my-seat exciting! Actually, one of my favorite characters was Arizona. I would have liked to have seen more of her. I hovered between 4 and 5 stars on this one, but ended up with 4.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    This book rounds out the Cutler, Sutter, and Salinas trilogy which details the lives of three adopted "brothers" who survived near death at the hands of a pyromaniacal cult leader named Quinton Zane. Jack Lancaster specializes in solving cold cases, especially ones involving fire. He needs the help of hypnotist and meditation therapist Winter Meadows to help him to navigate frightening nightmares resulting from his necessary forays into the minds of the criminals he hunts.Like many of JAK's coup This book rounds out the Cutler, Sutter, and Salinas trilogy which details the lives of three adopted "brothers" who survived near death at the hands of a pyromaniacal cult leader named Quinton Zane. Jack Lancaster specializes in solving cold cases, especially ones involving fire. He needs the help of hypnotist and meditation therapist Winter Meadows to help him to navigate frightening nightmares resulting from his necessary forays into the minds of the criminals he hunts.Like many of JAK's couples, Jack and Winter have each survived traumatic childhoods that have left their marks in the present. The importance of family is also a continuing theme, even when that family does not entail biological ties. Characters and relationships from the first two books add continuity as do settings from JAK's other works.While the outcome of Jack and Winter's adventures is never in doubt, JAK's penchant for lively dialogue and fast moving action propel the story along, and it is always satisfying to see her villains ultimately hoisted on their own petards.An entertaining and satisfying read.Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Jack Lancaster was introduced to us in previous books in the series (though I do not believe you have to have read them in order to enjoy this book). He is one of a trio of boys who were fostered by Anson Salinas after their mothers died in a fire caused by a cult leader, Zane Quinn. The cult leader that the rest of the world thinks perished in the last fire he set. But Jack and his family know better. They know that Zane is still out there pulling strings. And Jack is using his skill as a lucid Jack Lancaster was introduced to us in previous books in the series (though I do not believe you have to have read them in order to enjoy this book). He is one of a trio of boys who were fostered by Anson Salinas after their mothers died in a fire caused by a cult leader, Zane Quinn. The cult leader that the rest of the world thinks perished in the last fire he set. But Jack and his family know better. They know that Zane is still out there pulling strings. And Jack is using his skill as a lucid dreamer who closes cold cases to go after Zane.Winter Meadows is a meditation therapist who helped to get Jack past his last block. She is hiding in Eclipse Bay after having a really bad experience with a client at her last job. Normally, she wouldn't date a client, but Jack has just ended his sessions and is now fair game. Except that Jack may have to help her face an old enemy. And then she may have to help him.There was so much going on in this book that refers to other Krentz books that it kept me somewhat removed from this story. I also didn't get the feeling that Jack and Winter had found an HEA. Their relationship didn't seem any deeper than attraction.
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz is the 3rd book in her Cutler, Sutter, and Salinas series. This series revolves around 3 adopted brothers, who were saved 20 plus years ago, by the then cop (Anson Salinas) from sure death by a cult leader. Though the cult leader (Quinton Zane) was presumed dead, the Salinas family knows better and has continued to search for the man who killed their mothers, using their private investigation firm run by their adopted father. The first two books belonged to Max an Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz is the 3rd book in her Cutler, Sutter, and Salinas series. This series revolves around 3 adopted brothers, who were saved 20 plus years ago, by the then cop (Anson Salinas) from sure death by a cult leader. Though the cult leader (Quinton Zane) was presumed dead, the Salinas family knows better and has continued to search for the man who killed their mothers, using their private investigation firm run by their adopted father. The first two books belonged to Max and Cabot, and in Untouchable the third brother, Jack takes center stage.Jack Lancaster, is a consultant with the FBI, working on cold cases, especially those caused by fire, and he works occasionally with his foster brothers firm. Jack’s ability enables him to envision the killer’s methods in his dreams, allowing him to be able to find the missing clues, which helps him find the killers. Jack’s dreams though over time have taken a toll on him, with nightmares, so he hires a meditation therapist to help him. Winter Meadows, our heroine, is more than a therapist; as she has her own secrets. Winter is also a hypnotist, who is extremely good at her job, which also puts her in danger from clients. She helps Jack with his dreams, and how to use a code word to get out of the nightmare. Both Jack and Winter have had their own traumatic childhoods, but in a short time their working together will turn into a loyal friendship, and eventually a romance.Quinton Zane is still alive, but under another name (Lucan Tazwell, and working closely with his newly found biological father and brother, heading the Tazewell hedge fund. Lucan hires people to find and kill Jack Lancaster, before he finds him; this will also include killing Winter. Lucan is evil, having killed many as the cult leader, with his hobby of creating fires. He now wants full control of the families hedge fund, and without blinking an eye, he will attempt to kill them too. He knows Jack is getting closer, and pushes his people to do anything to get rid of them. What follows is an exciting and interesting story, especially as we watch Jack go into his dark dreams, and Winter use her fantastic ability with hypnosis. I did like Jack and Winter together, as they made a good couple. There were a few times that the situations were extremely intense, as I sat on the edge of my seat.Krentz always creates excellent characters in her books, and manages to gives us another great couple, , and an evil villain. If you enjoy mystery, suspense, thrillers , then you need to read Untouchable. Even if you have not read the first book, you can read this book very well as a standalone. Once again, Jayne Ann Krentz has given us a wonderfully written story that keeps us engrossed from start to finish.BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Anne Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    For the last few of Jayne Ann Krentz's books (When All The Girls Have Gone, Promise Not To Tell) readers have been following the foster sons of retired cop Anson Salinas as they struggle with traumatic childhoods and the ghosts of the past. All four men have been sure that one of those ghosts- murderer, con man, and pyromaniac Quinton Zane- is still alive. In Untouchable Jack Lancaster finds himself on the front line in the battle against Zane, because Zane knows Jack may be the most dangerous o For the last few of Jayne Ann Krentz's books (When All The Girls Have Gone, Promise Not To Tell) readers have been following the foster sons of retired cop Anson Salinas as they struggle with traumatic childhoods and the ghosts of the past. All four men have been sure that one of those ghosts- murderer, con man, and pyromaniac Quinton Zane- is still alive. In Untouchable Jack Lancaster finds himself on the front line in the battle against Zane, because Zane knows Jack may be the most dangerous of them all.Jack is a delightfully tortured hero whose very strengths when it comes to working cold cases make for less than ideal relationship material for the average woman. He worries that each case he solves is bringing him farther into a darkness that one day he may not be able to come out of with his sanity intact. Jack prides himself on being able to calculate the odds of anything, and never considering anything 100% until it has already happened. Fortunately, Jack finds his way to the little town of Eclipse Bay and to Winter Meadows. Winter is one of those very rare individuals who sees reality plainly, and still manages to put a positive spin on situations. For all her positive thinking, Winter is not an annoyingly chipper or bubbly person, but a perfect match for Jack. She has her own secrets but is now setting up in Eclipse Bay as a meditation instructor. When Winter is attacked by a crazed stalker, Jack realizes that things are more than they seem, and the stalker is only a pawn being controlled by none other than Quinton Zane.Untouchable is an exciting suspenseful thriller from start to finish, bringing Jack and Winter from tiny Eclipse Bay to trendy California to the mysterious San Juan islands as they chase leads. Long-time Krentz/Amanda Quick readers will be happy to revisit Eclipse Bay and Burning Cove, and will cheer cameo appearances by Arizona Snow, Max Cutler, Cabot Sutter, and Anson Salinas. As always, you can count on Jayne Ann Krentz to keep you glued to the page with her delightful blend of dry wit, crackling chemistry, and edgy suspense. An excellent finale to this trilogy, new readers won't feel like they jumped into something halfway through the action and devoted readers won't be disappointed!
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Winter Meadows has set herself up in Eclipse Bay as a meditation therapist. She was orphaned at fourteen, placed in foster care, and used the skills she learned from her mother and grandmother to keep herself safe from the predators who were foster parents. She is a very skilled hypnotist which came in handy when she needed to protect another young orphan named Alice from a foster dad. The two of them took to the street until Alice's aunts managed to catch up with them. then Winter became part o Winter Meadows has set herself up in Eclipse Bay as a meditation therapist. She was orphaned at fourteen, placed in foster care, and used the skills she learned from her mother and grandmother to keep herself safe from the predators who were foster parents. She is a very skilled hypnotist which came in handy when she needed to protect another young orphan named Alice from a foster dad. The two of them took to the street until Alice's aunts managed to catch up with them. then Winter became part of their family.She is finding it difficult deciding on a career path that uses her skills and winds up in Eclipse Bay when she is running from a stalker. Jack Lancaster is also in Eclipse Bay. He is having trouble with his lucid dreaming and goes to Winter for help. Jack has been a college professor, an author, and a person who solves cold cases. The coldest of all is the location of Quinton Zane, the man who killed his mother, when he was cleaning up at a commune he started as a money-making scheme. Jack, his foster brothers Max and Cabot, and some other children were rescued from a locked barn by Anson Salinas. Together Anson, Cabot and Max have formed a detective agency. Among their cases is always tracking down Quinton Zane. When Winter's stalker finds her, Jack is sure that he was put on her trail by Quinton. Together the two of them begin tracking him down. Jack's ability to connect small bits of information and predict outcomes and Winter's ability to hypnotize work together as they put the clues together. They also fall in love.This is the final book in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas trilogy and finally brings the search for Zane to a satisfying conclusion. It was also a great romance as two people found in each other the acceptance that had been missing in their other romantic relationships. I liked the fast pace and the crisp dialog. Krentz is always a satisfying read for me and this story was no exception.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz is one of the most amazing romantic suspense novels I have read. It has everything I looked forward to reading. The sense of danger, suspense, and romantic elements were played out well. I easily was swooped into the characters' backstories. What made them who they are now...and that was another bonus.Jayne Ann Krentz made protagonists that lured me into the plot. They had this connection no matter how strange and they trusted their gut feelings. Especially, Jack. Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz is one of the most amazing romantic suspense novels I have read. It has everything I looked forward to reading. The sense of danger, suspense, and romantic elements were played out well. I easily was swooped into the characters' backstories. What made them who they are now...and that was another bonus.Jayne Ann Krentz made protagonists that lured me into the plot. They had this connection no matter how strange and they trusted their gut feelings. Especially, Jack. He's so different from most heroes. He doesn't pack a gun, never shot anyone, and packs a hot body. But most find him crazy. He has this gift. One that helps him solve multiple cold cases and maybe, it will help him catch the bad guy. A serial arsonist is on the loose and Jack and his adopted family have been trying to trace the ghost. But now, there might be a new trail to follow as he helps the woman he falls in love with. Winter is another great character. She too has a gift in a way. But it's more of a skill than a gift. She can hypnotize others. Not everyone can be hypnotized but most of the people Winter runs into can be. And when living in a dangerous world, she needs it more than ever. Overall, Untouchable, was an exciting journey. The emotional tolls were pulling at my heartstrings. I especially liked it when the good guy put a reassuring hand to comfort a killer as he dies. It was humanity at its best moments. Even the bad guy couldn't fathom why the cop was giving him kindness as he was dying.  I highly recommend this novel to all readers of Karen Harper, Sharon Sala, and J.T. Ellison. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Merrily Boone
    January 1, 1970
    Untouchable brought a satisfying conclusion for the Salinas foster brothers series. The search for pyro Quinton Zane is the focus of the book. Jack Lancaster, the third brother, who specializes in cold cases and probability is helped through his ongoing sleep problems by meditation expert and hypnotist Winter Meadows. They work together to find the answers Jack has been seeking for two decades. The action is continual with twists and turns in the plot. The romance develops with a growing attract Untouchable brought a satisfying conclusion for the Salinas foster brothers series. The search for pyro Quinton Zane is the focus of the book. Jack Lancaster, the third brother, who specializes in cold cases and probability is helped through his ongoing sleep problems by meditation expert and hypnotist Winter Meadows. They work together to find the answers Jack has been seeking for two decades. The action is continual with twists and turns in the plot. The romance develops with a growing attraction and is a satisfying part of the book. After enjoying the first two books, I was delighted to read the ending of the series and have all the questions answered.Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints. Even her secondary characters are interesting and well-developed. The inclusion of conspiracy theorist Arizona Snow and the setting of Eclipse Bay was a welcome return to a fascinating woman from an earlier series. The hit couple's philosophy of "The couple that killed together stayed together" shows some of Krentz's wry humor. Her descriptive use of fire terms, such as blazing hair, a kiss being inferno hot, and his eyes were fire and ice, helped reinforce the theme of arson throughout the book. I gave the book 5 stars because it exceeded all my expectations.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Fifteen years before showing up in Eclipse Bay, Winter was a runaway spending time in multiple foster homes; she is determined to stay safe from the monsters roaming the streets.However, she meets Jack Lancaster, a lucid dreamer, who has realized the "will he never go away" Quentin Zane is alive--this news threatens Lancaster and his brothers and father as they were all there the fateful night Zane burned down the cult housing were he had immured everyone. Only a few escape.Present Day in Eclips Fifteen years before showing up in Eclipse Bay, Winter was a runaway spending time in multiple foster homes; she is determined to stay safe from the monsters roaming the streets.However, she meets Jack Lancaster, a lucid dreamer, who has realized the "will he never go away" Quentin Zane is alive--this news threatens Lancaster and his brothers and father as they were all there the fateful night Zane burned down the cult housing were he had immured everyone. Only a few escape.Present Day in Eclipse Bay, Winter and Jack are destined to meet. Winter is now a target of Zane.Someone is trying to kill anyone who knew Zane once upon a time.I generally love Jayne Anne Krentz, but I found UNTOUCHABLE aptly titled. I spent the first 25% of the book checking the copyright. I was sure I had read this before. This happened a lot in that first 25%. And then I found that I had read this before--in every other novel using the Eclipse Bay setting.This reads like a fill in the blanks story. We've read it all before, and now we are just slotting in new names.I almost always love Jayne Anne Krentz--this book was a disappointment.
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