Review: Untouchable by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is back with a sequel to her small town series Ravenswood and this time she’s tying up the fate of Hannah Kabbah and Nate Davis in Untouchable. Nate knows Hannah is untouchable territory. She’s his employee. Hannah is sensible. Or she thinks she is, until late night conversations with the man who scrambled her mind, make her doubt it.

Untouchable CoverWhat happens when a bad boy becomes a man?

Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans.

Hannah Kabbah thought her career in childcare was over. After all, no-one wants a woman with a criminal damage conviction watching their kids. But when her high school crush returns to Ravenswood with two kids in tow, Hannah gets the second chance she never dreamed of.

She also gets to know Nate – the real Nate. The one whose stony exterior hides aching vulnerability. Who makes her smile when she wants to fall apart. Who is way, way more than the bad boy persona he earned so long ago, and way too noble to ever sleep with the nanny.

So it’s a good thing she’s completely over that teenage crush, right?

I received an e-arc of Untouchable from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Talia Hibbert has indeed proved herself again and again as a talented writer (and enchantress,) who weaves stories of people through so much care to detail. From every lipstick shade to hint of tattoo, I felt immersed in the characters.

Nate knows nothing about Hannah, the girl he liked in school, but Hannah thinks she knows everything there is to know about Nate. In Untouchable, two forces, one led by guilt mixed with devotion and one led by control mixed with sensibility, the two not clash but form something magical and unmistakably remarkable.

Portrayal of Depression and Anxiety

The story took me into Hannah’s psyche, which was so chaotic and lovely to read from my perspective. Reading Hannah’s portrayal of depression and anxiety, her detailed routines, her need for control, was like someone poked a hole in my own brain and spilled everything out into words. It felt freeing.

What I also loved was how Untouchable touched on Hannah’s insecurity, her need for control and order, to know practically everything about the town that exiled her.

If you’ve read A Girl Like Her, you’ll know that Hannah wasn’t the town favorite. Moreover, Hannah had some problems with intimacy. Her problem was mainly people who couldn’t accept that she sometimes can’t orgasm. I respected the level of delicacy this topic took on because it’s so important to give heroines like Hannah the ability to freely speak about their bodies. I loved that Nate always validated Hannah’s concerns and made sure she was always comfortable.

Strong family relationships

Nate’s point of view was that of a man that was heavy with guilt over staying away from his family and especially taking his mother’s role in his life for granted. Nate’s way of fathering Beth and Josh made me so extremely delighted. He was often tired but like every overachieving parent, he felt ashamed of needing help. Until he realized how Hannah was obviously superior at the job.

Hiring Hannah was both hell and heaven. On one hand, Nate’s gained an incredible ally when the war of insomnia and stress break down his doors. She’s there to make him smile, almost constantly, with her prim and proper ways, and she’s also there to remind him that he was doing the best he could.

With a topic like this, that dealt with so much complexity, you’ll be happy to know that Talia’s brand of humor was ever present in this book. I found myself smiling and tearing up happy tears at how good Nate and Hannah were to one another.

The angst was minimal although Nate’s mom’s sick and it’s mentioned as a cause for a lot of upset in Nate’s mind. There’s also topic of Hannah’s own conflicting ideas when it came to being Nate’s lover and his employee. I especially loved how the family ties were strong as ever in Untouchable as they were in the previous book.

You’ll laugh, you’ll sigh with joy over the romantic bits, you’ll want a Nate and you’ll want a Hannah, and you’ll definitely rejoice over the Evan and Ruth cameos (there’s also Zach! Our lovable man-slut!).

Hannah and Nate’s story made me extremely happy. It was careful, joyous and sincere. Much like their love. It’s a five star read. I highly recommend it.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon.

Title: Untouchable
Author: Talia Hibbert
Series: Ravenswood
Release Date: August 11th, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Representation: Black queer heroine with depression and anxiety
Trope: Employee/Employer, Forced Proximity, High School Crush, Widower, Small Town, Forbidden Relationship

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