Wednesday, February 18, 2015

*Randi's Review* A Tender Touch by Alannah Carbonneau *****

“It’s not about trusting another…it’s about trusting yourself enough.”

Ember Brighton has spent her entire life walking on eggshells around men. After her father’s betrayal when she was twelve years old, she was left to pick up the pieces of her mother that the man had left behind. Although she’s faced her every day since his abandonment with her chin held high, inside, Ember is a ruin.

For the past ten years, Ember has bottled her pain inside so tight, she’s never found the strength to face it head on, so that she can lay it to rest. It’s not until the day that she arrives at The Donnelley Ranch to visit her best friend, Kamilla, that Ember finds herself working alongside the only man in the world strong enough to release the pain inside of her, so that he can help her fight it.

Luke Donnelley is anything but intimidated by Ember’s pain and cold shoulder. Instead, he is determined to break down her guard, so that he can prove to her she is worthy of love and affection. Luke’s armor against Ember’s frosty front is hot, and before she knows it her defenses are melting against the one man who has the power to destroy her.

Will Ember listen to her heart and fall into the romance of Luke Donnelley’s charms, or will she keep running, praying to find somewhere safe and without the risk love presents?

A Tender Touch is book four in The Donnelley Brother Series. This story belongs to Ember Brighton and Luke Donnelley, as it focuses on their journey of both finding and capturing love. Throughout this novel, you’ll enjoy more interactions with the characters of the previous three novels, and of course, Gracie Donnelley.

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One of the things I loved so much about the fourth and final story in The Donnelley Brothers Series, is how Luke Donnelley, the youngest of the family, knew it was only a matter of time until he fell victim to his mothers matchmaking.

Ember brighton has known the Donnelley family for years and had spent every summer at their ranch since she was a kid.
But it's not until she is unsure of her future career choices and decides to have an extended stay, that her long time crush Luke Donnelley, takes notice that she's all grown up.

When Ember's father, a man that was supposed to love her unconditionally, revealed that he never wanted her before walking out on her and her mother when she was a child, Ember vowed to never let herself be that vulnerable with anyone again.

So when Luke makes it clear that he wants more than simple friendship, will Ember give in to her fears and push him away, or will she face those fears and open her heart to what could be the best thing that ever happened to her?


Alannah Cabonneau is such a fantastic story teller. This book is just another example of the talent she has for sucking you into the world of her characters and making you feel like part of the family.

Reading this book made me think about just how lucky I have been to have the parents that I do. My father is a wonderful man, he's one of my best friends and I can't imagine going through what Ember went through in this story.

I have loved every part of reading these amazing books and this fourth one was no different. I'm so thankful that I have had to opportunity to read them and I strongly urge anyone who hasn't read them to fix that as soon as possible. You'll be sorry you missed out otherwise.

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