"The youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has in her blood the love of the land and its beautiful creatures. Raising enough money to build an animal sanctuary is a dream Quinn lives every day—while fending off her family’s well-intentioned matchmaking schemes. Though harboring secret fears about intimacy, Quinn soon realizes she cannot fight her growing attraction to a man who has suddenly entered her life.
Scarred by his months in Afghanistan and the violence he witnessed there through his camera lens, photojournalist Ethan Saunders throws himself into hard ranching work as a prescription for healing. But falling for Quinn has given him the one thing he thought he’d lost forever: hope. Ethan discovers that Quinn, like the innocent animals she rescues, is shy, and afraid of entrusting her heart to a man. Passion soon awakens Ethan’s strength, and his tender seduction may be just what Quinn needs to believe in herself—and in his love.
In her Silver Creek series, Laura Moore has created a trifecta of delights.
Once Touched is a perfect example of a small town romance done right with a unique setting, appealing characters, and a splendid love story.
The setting is unique because it is a wonderful mix of small town coziness with big city sophistication—the Knowles family lives on a working ranch that is also a resort. It the sort of place that even the most discriminating of readers can imagine visiting…
…The characters are charming. The Knowles’ family interaction with each other showcases the best aspects of family life—the unwavering love; the steadfast support, and even the teasing, like Quinn’s brothers Ward and Reid show her…
…And while I’ve enjoyed every character’s story— this is the third and last book in the series—I do have to admit that from the very beginning Quinn captured my imagination. Part of it, of course, is her love of animals.
Once Touched is a smorgasbord of animal delight—an adult version of a splendid petting zoo. The scenes with Quinn interacting with her rescued creatures is touching—from her loud obnoxious parrot; her re-homed wolf; her skittish horses; her adorable rabbit; her loyal dog; her independent cat and of course her amusing, frisky goats. In fact, her goats, are the first thing that Ethan and Quinn have in common…
…It is easy to identify with Quinn, too—not just because of her love of animals, but because she wonders what is wrong with her. Why isn’t she sexually attracted to men who are clearly interested in her?...
…But Quinn discovers what we all have to discover—that there is nothing wrong with her –the right man makes all the difference…
...But of course the heart of the book, is a charming story of two people falling in love—finally finding the right person—the person that understands them. Plus Moore just does a wonderful job of illustrating the important building blocks of love—not only sexual attraction but caring; understanding; and common values.
Simply put, Once Touched is a feel-good-story that you won’t want to miss!"
Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Once Touched by Laura Moore is the third in her Silver Creek series. I read and loved the second one, still haven’t gotten round to reading the first book.
Quinn is the youngest of three siblings, and is the only girl, and being brought up on a ranch, Quinn learned to be tough, but for all her toughness she is totally clueless when it comes to men.
She brings rescued animals back to the ranch to heal, and usually keeps them, she has a bad mouthed bird, a dog, a cat, several horses, and a small herd of goats. She dreams of opening her own haven for animals one day.
She is told by the men she dates, how pretty she is, but she won’t let them too close, she is scared, and after a few attempts with a few of those men, she decides that sex is overrated, or there must be something wrong with her.
Then her parents ask Quinn to pick up an old family friend who is coming to recover from a severe injury, from the airport. She remembers Ethan, who was always at the ranch when she was a little girl and he would spend hours helping her to ride her favourite pony. But her childhood memories are soon turned to dust. The man Quinn knew, wasn’t there, and in his place was a broken man, a man so immersed in his anger and pain that she didn’t recognize him, sparks fly and not in a positive way.
Ethan is a photojournalist, and has just come back from taking photos in Afghanistan. After suffering from a bomb blast, all Ethan wants to do is recover and get on with life, and unsure if he will ever have the confidence to pick up a camera again, Ethan just wants to live day to day.
But little by little Quinn helps heal this scarred and damaged man. And in return he shows Quinn what a real relationship has to offer. They might just start out as friends with benefits, but it soon quickly turns into more.
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Once Touched is another wonderful story by Laura Moore."
The Reading Cafe
"I am sad to say goodbye to the Silver Creek series. I loved the first two books and was really excited when I found out that Quinn was getting her own book. Quinn is the youngest of the Knowles family. I knew Quinn’s story was going to be good.
Quinn is a smart, witty, animal loving, and rescuer of all things. But poor Quinn has been having to deal with both of her brothers falling in love. Quinn doesn’t think that love will ever be for her. She is just not good at it or maybe she has not found the right person yet.
Ethan Saunders just wants to be left alone and needs to recover without having to deal with a lot of questions. But what Ethan finds on the ranch is so much more than just recovery and hard work.
This was a great story and I thought that Ms. Moore did an excellent job or bring this trilogy to a close. While I truly hope that this is not our last visit to Silver Creek, if it was I am glad to see that everything has been wrapped up."