Title: Heart Untouched (Hearts Entwined #3)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 9th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 62,092 Words
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Hearts Entwined Novel
An accident crushed Duncan’s Olympic dreams and landed him in a chair, but he knows it’s time to get his life back on track—and he has a plan in mind. Working with his friend Todd, an Olympic skeleton racer, on a promotional campaign will not only help Duncan regain some direction, but it’ll give Todd the financial boost he desperately needs. The sport Todd loves is draining his resources—so much so that he’s thinking of giving up racing just to make ends meet.
As the two men work together, their friendship blossoms into much more, and suddenly the future is looking brighter than it has in a long time. But just when love, happiness, and success seem within their grasp, the USOC steps in with plans to stop their campaign. That’ll mean an end not just to Duncan’s business, but to Todd’s dreams… and Duncan isn’t about to let that happen to the man who means everything to him.
Duncan Masters was a skeleton racer working towards an Olympic dream, but after a training run accident he’s left paralyzed and at the beginning of Heart Untouched is trying to figure out what he’s going to do next with his life.
His friend, Todd Hamilton (who is also a skeleton racer and Olympic hopeful) ends up helping him navigate his new world and they fall in love. Duncan tries not to, afraid that he will be bringing Todd down and into a life of servitude because of Duncan’s limitations, but Todd’s always had a thing for Duncan and isn’t about to allow him to slip away.
The tension in Heart Untouched mainly comes from the United State Olympic Committee (USOC): an organization which is supposed to support Olympic hopefuls, but makes their top administrative people rich with millions each year and basically financially supports the shinier sports to a much larger degree leaving most other Olympic athlete hopefuls who compete with crippling debt.
There’s little angst between Todd and Duncan because, once Duncan stops fighting it, they fit together like two perfect puzzle pieces.
“I don’t see the chair. Just the man in it.”
I loved Duncan and Todd, and once again I love Andrew Grey’s inclusivity of of differently-abled characters and how they navigate life just like everyone else, with a few modifications.
The only things I didn’t care for was it seemed like the only women in the story are either saints or crazy, which made me a bit sad, and that there really weren’t descriptions of the characters. At one point we learn Duncan has a red beard, which I took to mean he was a ginger – but I realized after finishing and thinking about it for a bit that neither Duncan or Todd are ever actually really described. I wanted details. What do they look like? How old are they?
Also though the ending is solidly, sweetly happy, it did leave me with a few questions:
- Did Duncan’s business take off? What happened with the USOC? With Corrina? Maybe we’ll get some answers in the next installment as one of the other things I love about Andrew Grey’s series is how he brings back characters from before and seamlessly integrates them into each new story in a way that makes the reader feel like they’re visiting old friends.
Heart Untouched is a sweet romance with dual, third-person, POV romance, a nice pace, with low angst and a lovely happy ending.