Kindle Edition Æ Untouchable eBook Ê

Kindle Edition  Æ Untouchable eBook Ê 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 fa ade 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 Need to think about this book, can t decide if I liked it or not.Update Well since this is the fourth time I borrowed again from KU it means I must like it so I think my rating fits my feelings. 1 STAR Some spoilers to follow It s terrifying, his disregard for right and wrong The pleasure he gets out of making me powerlessI have sat on the rating for this book for a solid week, totally and completely conflicted On the one hand, the writing is solid and the story interesting enough to have me continuing after the HOLY SHIT DID I JUST READ WHAT I THINK I DID in the first 5% Yes, the warning does a good job of preparing the reader and making them understand that this is n 1 STAR Some spoilers to follow It s terrifying, his disregard for right and wrong The pleasure he gets out of making me powerlessI have sat on the rating for this book for a solid week, totally and completely conflicted On the one hand, the writing is solid and the story interesting enough to have me continuing after the HOLY SHIT DID I JUST READ WHAT I THINK I DID in the first 5% Yes, the warning does a good job of preparing the reader and making them understand that this is not a typical angsty high school romance It s dark but not in the usual sense Yes, the author does an incredible job of painting two very well developed characters that you can t help but be curious about Yes, it had me reading well into the night to see how it all ends.Butand this is a big BUT I m talking about the but of all buts here, people You may argue with me that this is fiction You may argue with me that you have to suspend your disbelief because you re reading a darker book But here s the thing, no matter how you spin it, FOR ME, this book romanticizes sexual abuse It is not, I repeat, NOT a dub con It is sexual abuse Pure and simple And there is nothing dark, interesting, captivating, or intriguing about the hero to me He s a rapey asshole No matter how much the author tries to justify him, or explain his actions and she does at the end He s not an anti hero I can get behind, because there is just nothing redeemable about him to me.I ll be honest, this is a book that you will either love, or hate There is no middle ground No gray area view spoiler This anti hero forces the heroine to give him a blowjob as part of sexual blackmail bullying in the first 5% of the book And no, it s not the kind of blowjob where she secretly wants it but he can see through it She hates it She doesn t want to do it And he forces her into performing the act in front of his two other jock buddies that have been making her life miserable in high school after she reported one of them for touching her inappropriately and getting him kicked off the football team hide spoiler I ll let you think on that for a second here Is that a character you can read about If so, you ll fall into the side of readers that would love this book And if you re like me and couldn t see past this for the entirety of the book Welp I ll tell you that this book just isn t for you.And here s the thing He CONTINUES this behavior for the entire fucking book view spoiler He takes her virginity because HE decides that she s ready even after she repeatedly asked him not to and told him she wants to wait He repeatedly fucks her without a condom even when she begs him to wrap him up and is scared to be a teenage pregnancy statistic hide spoiler And the heroine No matter how smart, sassy, strong willed, or backboned she isjust takes it all.Again, you ll say to me, but Lana, it s fiction, calm your tits.And I ll say to you that what it is, is tone deaf It spins a tale of a completely fucked up rapey asshole and shows that all he needs, is to find a woman that understands him and doesn t want to change him Because that s just who he is, and so long as she gets him , it s all ok And it s all ok because he only does that to her He doesn t feel those urges towards any other unsuspecting female victims women Just her And in the midst of the MeToo movement, I m quite honestly shocked that a book like this is written.I m not a delicate snowflake I LOVE a dark romance and I ve read my fair share Just take a look at my shelves But this book is just not one I can get behind The author is clearly a talented writer, and I ll be trying some of her other books Sometimes a character just isn t for you, and this was that case for me Again, it s a matter of taste And as I ve said, you ll either love or hate it So read it and judge for yourself.Find me on Holy fucking shit That s what I thought as I read the beginning of Untouchable by Sam Mariano The first scene between the main characters, Carter and Zoey, isthan just uncomfortable It s sick, twisted, and fucked up on a level I ve never seen in a book about high school students In fact, the entire book is I m not going to lie or sugarcoat this If you have ever read a book and disliked it, because you thought the hero was abusive or the couple s relationship was toxic, back away slo Holy fucking shit That s what I thought as I read the beginning of Untouchable by Sam Mariano The first scene between the main characters, Carter and Zoey, isthan just uncomfortable It s sick, twisted, and fucked up on a level I ve never seen in a book about high school students In fact, the entire book is I m not going to lie or sugarcoat this If you have ever read a book and disliked it, because you thought the hero was abusive or the couple s relationship was toxic, back away slowly now No Fuck that Run Run away and never look back I m serious Don t even bother picking up this book You will hate it I think anyone that reads this and wants to enjoy it has to be extremely curious, open minded, and or love dark, fucked up relationships The purpose of this review is not to scare every reader away Normally, I don t do much warning in reviews at all I just feel like this one needs it though It s better to find out if a book is going to be a huge bust for you before you dive into it if you can help it It s also better for the author Basically, this story has the potential to piss a lot of people off That s just a fact The author knew that when she wrote it She has a warning in the beginning of the book itself, so I don t feel bad expressing this now Now that we ve got that out of the way, let s get into my thoughts on this one I ve read a lot of Sam Mariano s previous work It s clear she loves her asshole alpha heroes I love them, too It s probably a big part of why I ve enjoyed all of her books in the past She also has a knack for writing characters that you can both love and hate at the same time I ve never seen an author do this the way she does She s kind of fucking brilliant in that way actually However, when I started reading this book, I didn t think she could get me to read past chapter 2 What Carter does to Zoey is absolutely disgusting and flat out unforgivable There s no two ways about it I whole heartedly believe there was nothing Sam could do to completely redeem him to me That s the thing about her though She almost never completely redeems her characters at least the ones I ve read about It s that simple What she does is finds heroines that are perfect for them just the way they are, and that s exaclty what she did here Not only did I read past chapter 2, I read almost the whole damn book in one night It s over 500 pages Her writing style sucked me in completely The interactions between the characters are just so interesting that I couldn t stop reading I had to know where the author was going to take the story after all of the horrible shit that happened between them in the beginning of the book Obviously, I knew they were going to probably end up together I mean, this is romance after all Exactly how the fuck that was going to happen was what kept me intrigued Both characters infuriated me time and time again, but after a while, no matter how fucked up and wrong it was.I wanted them to end up together That being said, I wish Carter would have beensorry for what he did Hell, I wish Zoey would have lit his house on fire with him in it instead of starting a relationship, but neither one of those things happened Thankfully, Sam found another way for things to end that left me feeling satisfied In the end, Zoey and Carter are perfect for one another She is just strong enough and crazy enough to challenge him, keep his interest, and deal with his emotional issues He is morally challenged, emotionally scarred, and messed up enough mentally to peak her academic interest and tug at her heart strings On top of that, they are sexually compatible in every way Their intense chemistry made for some scorching hot sex scenes Overall, it s a match made in crazy town, but by the end, I was cool with it Both parties understood what they were getting into and were truly happy Bottomline, I enjoyed this book despite the fact that I think Zoey is insane for forgiving him and attempting any type of relationship academic or otherwise In real life, I would never be okay with this type of relationship, but lucky for me, this is fiction One of the things I love about fiction is that it has different rules than we do in the real world Not every story has to have a moral or an inspirational message Some stories are just for fun, to make you think, to explore unique situations and complicated characters, or to make your panties wet from laughing or because it s hot af This is one of those books, and I enjoyed reading it I recommend this to readers of dark and extremely unconventional romance with damaged characters and anyone that isn t concerned about my warning, the author s warning, or warnings in generalARC generously provided by the author 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