Grace Paget regrets many of the rash decisions she has made in her past. Her biggest regret, rushing to marry a man much older than her, alienating her family. When her husband dies, leaving her destitute, she knows she has no choice but to seek the help of a cousin. While trying to reach her cousin, she is kidnapped and drugged. Waking from her laudanum induced sleep, she finds herself a prisoner, to be the plaything of the mad marquess.
Matthew, Marquess Sheen has been held captive by his greedy uncle for 11 years, since his brain fever when he was 14 years old. His efforts to escape have all been unsuccessful. His uncle has decided that the company of a woman would curb his need for freedom.
When Matthew first sees Grace, he is sure of her involvement with his uncle, and refuses to have anything to do with her. Soon though, they give up the fight and explore the passion between them. But will passion be enough? Can they live as the prisoners and pawns of his uncle? Can they escape and find freedom again?
Compelling, captivating, dark, intense, passionate- all adjectives that I would use to describe Anna Campbell's sophomore book UNTOUCHED. She is an incredible writer that has the talent to draw her readers into her world and keeping them there. This was a book that I absolutely loved. Matthew and Grace have both suffered mental anguish, so when they found love and fulfillment it was all the sweeter. I found the blend of passion and darkness incredibly hot and oh so sexy. The only thing keeping me from rating this a strait 5 out of 5, was that I felt that the ending was rushed, it seemed off kilter with the smoothness of the rest of the story.
UNTOUCHED “I am many things,” Lord Sheene said. “Kind is not one of them.” Beautiful Grace Paget has no reason to doubt these words. After all, she was kidnapped, spirited away to a remote country manor, and told she is to grant this man his every desire… or lose her life. But Grace is no common trollop. So she risks everything to save her virtue by planning a daring escape, even though she finds herself tempted by this dangerously handsome man. There is something in his eyes that makes her wonder if he is not as cruel as he would have her believe… Sheene knew nothing of the plan to bring him this woman. Locked up as a prisoner, called “mad” by all of society, he will do anything to reclaim his life, and Grace’s sensuous beauty has distracted him from his goals. And although he finds her irresistible, he is horrified to hold her against her will. Now, together, they must both revolt against the strange set of circumstances that have forced them together - for only then will Grace truly surrender to him… forever.