Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Once Touched by Laura Moore





Book Description

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.

AVAILABLE: November 24, 2015

Once Touched was my first book my Laura Moore and the third book in her Silver Creek series.  Each book can be read as a standalone since each focuses on a different Knowles sibling finding love.  

As the youngest Knowles sibling and the only girl, Quinn has learned to be independent and hard working on their family ranch.  She has watched her two older brothers find love, and while she is happy for them, she doesn't think being in a relationship is in the cards for her right now, maybe ever.  She has a less than steller track record when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex.  So she gives her heart and time to rescuing abandoned and tortured animals in need.  

Ethan Saunders has traveled all over the world, but he always remembered the summers he spent ar Silver Creek when he was a young teenager.  After being nearly killed in Afghanistan for his job as a photojournalist, Ethan craves a view other than the military hospital he has been trying to recover in.  He believes Silver Creek is just what he needs to heal physically and figure out the next step of his life.  What he didn't expect was the little pig - tailed girl he used to babysit stirring up a feeling he didn't think he'd feel again: HOPE.

As their relationship turns from friendship to lovers, Quinn knows Ethan is holding back a part of himself. Quinn feels she must make Ethan face his past in order for them to have a real chance at a future together.

But will Ethan be able to move past the grief and guilt that haunts him?

Rating: 4 out of 5

** I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**