Black British romance author Talia Hibbert is one of my newest favorite authors in Romancelandia.
Hibbert’s romances – which primarily focus on interracial romances with at least one main character of color finding and falling in love – are set in idyllic small towns that are full of secrets, drama, and unbelievably sweet dudes. I’ve been a fan of Hibbert’s writing from last year, but she really got me invested with her recent-ish release Untouchable. Untouchable, the second in her small-town romance series Ravenswood, is focused on the people that live in one of the most stressful towns this side of an English breakfast, Ravenswood. Ravenswood has shown up in a novel and novella so far, both stories having sweet romances between characters who’ve been hurt and could stand to do some healing with a person squarely in their corner.
Untouchable is not an exception to Hibbert’s rule.
In Untouchable, Hibbert takes on some of my favorite tropes by focusing on a single father who starts to fall for the woman that’s watching his children. Widower Nate Davis just wants to take care of his ill mom and look out for his wee children. However, he needs a little bit of help. Enter Hannah Kabbah, a woman looking for work and in need of a second chance thanks to a criminal damage conviction on her record clogging up her attempts to find work in her chosen field. Both Hannah and Nate are vulnerable characters who heal together, come together, and find a second chance at love and life in each other’s arms as they deal with internal and external issues that threaten to pull them apart.
This is a sweet romance with some seriously sexy moments between Hannah and Nate. As y’all saw with my Rafe review, I’m weak for stories that focus on single parents finding love with someone that respects and adores their family. And Hannah is a joy and a delight. I don’t know if I want to be her or if I want to be with her. By the end of the book, I absolutely felt as though Hannah had become an integral part of Nate’s family and that was just a delight to read. Sexy scenes, gentle romance, and two bruised characters figuring out that they deserve the best in life all combine to make Untouchable one of my favorite 2018 romance reads and Hibbert a writer to watch.
Content Warnings/Notes (from the content note): themes of depression and anxiety, parental illness (chronic and terminal), parental abandonment, mentions of spousal death, a reference to suicidal thoughts (chapter 10), a sex act stopped abruptly due to one character’s discomfort (chapter 14)
Are There Sex Scenes/Sexual Content?: Yes and they’re explicit
What I Liked Most About It: Nate’s adorable kids Josh and Beth, Hannah’s internal monologues and how she speaks her mind, Sober Hannah and Drunk Hannah, when Nate meets Hannah, there’s this one description, those super sexy sex scenes, NATE IS SUCH A GENTLE DUDE AND I LOVE HIM
What I Could’ve Done Without: N/A
Where Y’all Can Buy It: Amazon
Author’s Website/Social Media: Talia Hibbert @ Twitter | Website
Rating: Highly Recommended