Untouchable (Emperor's Brides Series #1)

Untouchable (Emperor's Brides Series #1)

by Linda Winstead Jones

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BN ID: 2940152273434
Publisher: Linda Winstead Jones
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Columbyana Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 318,153
File size: 514 KB

About the Author

After publishing more than seventy books, I’ve finally admitted to myself that I just can’t make up my mind about what, exactly, I want to write. Since 1994 I’ve written romance in several different sub-genres. Historical; fairy tale; romantic suspense; paranormal; fantasy; contemporary. As so many authors do, I write what speaks to me in that moment. Who knows what will come next? 

Whatever the genre, I believe the perfect romance should provide a tear and a couple of laughs, a chill or two, and by the time the story is over, the reader should be left with a smile and the feeling that all is right with the world in that moment. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the story you just read. For more information please check out my website at www.lindawinsteadjones.com. You can sign up for my newsletter there, if you'd like. Free to drop me a note at lindawinsteadjonesauthor@gmail.com, or visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LindaWinsteadJones or www.facebook.com/LindaHowardLindaJones. I'm also on Twitter, @LWJbooks.  

Best Regards,  

Linda

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Untouchable 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
NettaDC More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was going to be something different and that is what I got. I had to make myself read this book just to get to the end. I ordered all of the books in this series but after this one, I had to return the others. The woman was a little conceited and the man was a little unpredictable considering that he has a personality disorder. It was a little annoying. The story line kept jumping also to another couple on which I still don't understand where they came from, but it didn't matter. I did a lot of skimming after that happened. The only thing that was interesting was the child in the book and the connection that she had with her.
tdfangirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really enjoyable fantasy romance. It takes place within the universe created in a couple of Jones's other series, so I occasionally felt like I was missing some backstory while reading this one, but Jones does a great job of fleshing out the 'verse and the history without degenerating into expository dumps.The main characters, Prince Alixandyr and Sanura, are both interesting and likable. Alix is much more developed and deep as far as characterization goes; his internal battle between good and his shadow self was really intriguing. Sanura is great, but I feel like Jones just skimmed the surface with her. I get her motivations, but I just wish there had been a bit more.This book touches on something that I find kind of controversial in romances, the idea of women as possessions. Sanura was born and raised to be a man's prized possession. And while Jones does make sure the reader knows that Alix and eventually Sanura know that ownership of another human being is wrong, there's also a heavy element of sexual/romantic possession in the story. Though he may not own her as a slave, I was still left feeling like he owned her sexually. I won't go any deeper into this, because I can't without spoiling the end, but I'm really on the fence about that. And I like it. I like being torn between feeling uncomfortable and being turned on by it, heh.I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more of Jones's novels, because I really like her writing style and her solid worldbuilding.
MisfitRhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Jones' Fyne Witches trilogy a pair of twin sons are born to Emperor Sebestyen of Columbyana. Now adults, Emperor Jahn and his moments-younger twin, Prince Alixandyr begin an adventure to find a bride for the Emperor. There is to be a contest, six women of worth from varying lands are to be brought to the palace to be offered the chance to be Empress. Messengers are sent to the far places at the height of the Spring Festival to return with the ladies in time for the Summer Festival where Jahn will choose his bride. Princess Edlyn of Tryfyn's father is noted to not want his daughter traveling with just anyone so Alix is sent to retrieve her. While at the King of Tryfyn's court the new Queen demands that Alix bring a gift back to the Emperor along with the princess. Painted blue and scantily clad, Sanura is a woman of the Agnese. Gifted with the ability to see into the hearts of those around her she must never be touched by anyone save the man who owns her. One small touch and the blue which covers her skin will mark anyone who dares touch her for death. When Alix hesitates to take the pleasure slave the Queen makes it known she will kill Sanura instead so he takes her with them on their journey. Through her gift Sanura can see that Alix is a good man, but there is a darkness within him she doesn't understand. His attraction to Sanura goes denied for much of their long journey until his dark side breaks free. When one of their traveling party is murdered and Alix and Sanura are blamed it is his dark side that saves them. But will the darkness ever go away? Can Alix desire and love Sanura without risking his very soul? Can Sanura save Alix from himself? Fans of Jones' writing will love this first in a new trilogy. It has all the great elements she's come to be known for- epic storytelling, sensuality, strong character development and while she focuses on Sanura and Alix, she still takes time to tell more of the overall story of the trilogy. Tying into her Fyne Witches trilogy and the Children of the Sun trilogy you can enjoy the continued world building. But if you haven't read them, this story can stand alone well enough that you can easily go back and enjoy them later if you like. My only complaint with this book was how abruptly it ended but due to this being about the Emperor finding a bride too many details of what the future holds for Alix and Sanura would have required giving away the rest of the story. We will just have to wait for 22 Nights (the second book in this trilogy) to find out. I personally can't wait!
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kep More than 1 year ago
This is my 1st time read for author Linda Windstead Jones. It is an easy and fast reading book. The kind of book where you can't stop turning the pages. Very sensual and hot romance between Sanura and Alix. The secondary story between Laris & Verity was just as enjoyable. This book is a for sure keeper and nice addition to my library. I can't wait for her next book in this new trilogy, Emperor's Bride.
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Colymbyana Emperor Jahn sends his twin brother Alix to escort two of the six potential brides he is considering making his empress to the palace. One of the chosen is sex slave Sanura. She has several extraordinary skills as she can see into the heart of a person, bring pleasure to die for to her master and has a blue dye that covers her skin that if conveyed to someone means horrific death to the receiver.---------- Alix is attracted to Sanura, which does not surprise her as every male is. However, she is shocked that she reciprocates as she feels for her escort who suffers from a multiple personality syndrome. Alix is a kind soul, but his alter-ego is brutal. When he is accused of murder, he accepts the charge because he knows if his other self can get out of control and kill so he is uncertain whether he did the deed or not. Sanura thinks otherwise and plans to prove the duality man she loves would never kill in cold blood even his harsher side.----------- With nods towards Rogue of the X-Men and Two-Face of Batman, UNTOUCHABLE is a fabulous romantic investigative fantasy starring two interesting protagonists. The title character is heroic and lonely until now Alix is the more fascinating individual as he suffers from a duality that is 180 degrees apart. Their love seems forbidden especially since she is a potential bride of his brother the ruler making her even further UNTOUCHABLE. Linda Winstead Jones provides the sub-genre with a winning combo of mystery and romance inside a fantasy realm.---------------- Harriet Klausner