Untouchable a Dark Romance by Sam Mariano


Sooooo. It’s time to share my opinion. This is not my idea of dark romance. I’m depraved, so when I see dark romance in a title I expect DARK romance. Yes this book started with a BANG and I was screaming OHMYGAH!!! I was expecting the story to get worse and wondering how Carter would redeem himself. I was so excited to get the darkness I craved. Um, that didn’t happen. To my dismay it didn’t get worse. I know I’m weird but I was expecting dark. What I got was YA with a little rough sex, sneaky Jesus, and pro choice preaching.  Was that harsh? If so I didn’t mean to be, I’m just being honest. I mean come on, that whole monologue regarding the Plan B pill was ludicrous! The bible toting, youth group was kind of over the top.  It’s crazy because even though I didn’t get what I expected, I discovered something else, a man-child named Carter. He was spoiled, selfish, predatory, and just plain horrible. But I loved him. Being in the heroine’s (Zoey) head sucked most of the time. Maybe if her bff wasn’t so wrapped up in the church, she could have had some conversations instead of all those damn thoughts. Sheesh! But back to Carter. He was my breath of fresh air, my reprieve from Zoey’s thoughts.  He was everything good about this book.  He brought the excitement, angst, and badness I crave. I enjoyed him. I think he was worth every unpleasantry I endured . He was so worth it. I know some readers had problems with his actions , but I feel like I was warned. That was the least of my concerns. I was honestly prepared to go darker and I felt like the author held back or decided to add the church theme in an attempt to balance “the darkness.” In my opinion the author should have just gone balls to the wall. Go dark or go home!

3 stars



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.

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