Untouchable

Rated 3.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Lieutenant Alan Stewart and Robin Lang have been best friends since their days in the Space Academy.
But when Robin believes Alan has designs on his son, Max, their friendship is torn apart. In an attempt to protect his son at all costs, Robin finds himself drawn into a dark conspiracy of murder and blackmail.
Lives and love hang in the balance as Alan and Robin search for the truth. More

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Words: 64,480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311946645
About L.V. Lloyd

After thirty years of working with the unemployed, coping with threats, tears and broken lives (and these were only from fellow staff), LV Lloyd decided it was time to make her escape. And what better place to go than the world of m/m romance? She started writing Dangerous Tension, her first ebook, years ago, but put it aside due to work and family commitments.
In 2012, she dusted off the foolscap pages stored under her bed, finished the story and turned it into a book. Since then, she has written five more ebooks in the Aurigan Space Saga series, and numerous short stories. Pirate is the sixth book in the series.
LV Lloyd lives in Adelaide, Australia, with her family and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys fishing and visiting the many local wineries.

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Untouchable - (also available in paperback)
Pirate - (also available in paperback)
TimeLabs Inc - sci-f short stories
Gothic Romance - new release

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Review by: jibalovesbooks on May 04, 2015 :
«Free copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. »

I so wanted to love this book! It promised all the good trappings of an epic space adventure, set into a series of books in which the universe has been developed in depth. I was looking forward to discovering what would happen to the two main characters, Lieutenant Alan Stewart and Captain Robin Lang, and their friendship when it becomes challenged by Lang’s belief that Stewart would actually hurt his son. I can’t imagine many situations that are more horrible than believing your best friend would rape and hurt your own son. How can a friendship survive and overcome this feeling of ultimate betrayal, even if Stewart was innocent all along? And what about the actual perpetrator? What are his secret machinations and goals?

So I was really looking forward to devouring this book on my long weekend off, stocked up on tea and hogged the couch. …. Only to re-emerge two days later, disillusioned and frustrated, feeling a bit cheated. What the hell happened? This was not supposed to happen!

The story starts with giving us a glimpse of Lieutenant Alan Stewart’s hearing in regards to assault charges raised by none other than his best friend Robin Lang. Then the story skips back and shows us the roots of the suspicion and wariness and the actual events that ultimately lead to this situation. Max Lang, Robin Lang’s son, was attacked in a bar and we soon learn that Alan Stewart was not only innocent, but also tried to save Max. Unfortunately, Max is in no position to testify and Robin Lang is convinced that Alan Stewart is guilty because he shares some physical attributes with the attacker. When Max finally clears the situation up, it becomes apparent that at least one other party has an interest in the Lang family and is trying to influence the powerful chief of police, Captain Robin Lang, to achieve their own agenda. This party seems to have intimate knowledge of not only Lang, but also his son and best friend and soon they find themselves in a web of blackmail and death. If they want to get to the bottom of it, they will have to find a way to work together. At the same time, Alan Stewart is pulled toward the one person on his space ship that he can never have a relationship with. Regulations forbid homosexual medics on certain types of space ships and for Michael Banner being exposed means being dismissed. He needs to make a choice between his dream job and the chance on a relationship with Alan Stewart.

Although there was a whole world – a whole universe – out there and the story spans several planets, it was like viewing everything through thick, tinted plexiglass. You get the general shape and colour but the details get lost. I wasn’t really able to get a feeling for the world and found it really difficult to form it in my mind (and believe me, I’m not suffering from underdeveloped imagination ;) ). Maybe this was due to the fact that I just jumped in with the 5th book in the series and hadn’t read the prequels?

But I not only had that feeling (or non-feeling, if you will) in regards to the actual environment, but also when reading about the character interactions. They tended to stay at the surface, working to bring the actual plot forward, but not really letting me get to know the characters’ feelings, dreams, desires or thoughts. In some way this reminded me of the space novels from the late 1960s that my father still has at home, where camaraderie is in the foreground and God forbid any kind of romantic interest is expressed. This is a viable style of storytelling, and I appreciated the quite subtle use of sex and intimacy here. That fit into the world and story perfectly, so kudos for the restraint! :)


However, I felt that there were a lot of scenes that should have actually been there but weren’t. Take for example the scene where Max learns that his father is dead. The story just skips a few days ahead and we hear of it from a secondary character in a very cursory description. And what about Alan Stewart’s reaction? We never get to know how he reacts, what he thinks or feels in the face of the death of his best friend, not even in retrospect. For me, accompanying characters through their sorrow, joy and struggles make them come alive. But since we never really become privy to the above, for me the characters never made the leap from two- to three-dimensional, which also made a lot of the story hard to believe for me. Okay, I have to admit, instalove is a pet peeve of mine. You’d have to work pretty hard to convince me on any given day, but here a lot just didn’t add up for me. Why in the world would Michael Banner state that he wanted to become a medic his whole life and just after having half a date with Alan he’s ready to sacrifice his dream? Why would a formerly completely straight man such as Captain Martinez enter into a relationship – with a former homophobe no less – without any kind of internal struggle on both their sides?

I also would never have imagined how important descriptions of sensory inputs are in a book – until they were more or less completely missing. I can’t recall a single instance where smell or taste played a role and only a couple where sound was important here. This took another layer of depth out of the book and somehow blunted the whole experience.

This is a real pity as the storyline in itself is promising. There is quite a cast of characters with some very interesting side stories. There is also the adversary that has targeted Lang, who has access to some shocking evidence that gives the reader a quite shocking ‘aha’-moment and explains a lot about the character and the story. I so didn’t see that coming! There are some nice twists and turns and several moments of ‘no, really?!’ in the best possible way. However, I can’t help feeling as if the story is not really concluded yet, as if a sequel should come and the outcome that was presented was too simplistic for that to be it, but I fear that wasn’t really the author’s intention. The complexity of the storyline would have warranted giving more time and space to wrapping it up.

All in all I’d say it was a solid read and some of the readers here seem to be very happy with it. But because I still feel like I’m on the outside looking in, it’s not more than 2 stars, unfortunately.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: megdelaney on May 01, 2015 :
This book has been given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

I really liked this book. This book has three couples who's relationships are working out throughout this story. Captain Lang, best friend to Lt Stewart and father to Max, is I would say a cause and effect character. He is in strong denial of his sexual orientation through most of the story and the things he says and does causes some dire things to happen.
The first being Lt Stewart is charged with the assault and rape of Max. Which brings me to one of the things I didn't like and that is the beginning of this book. It starts with a prologue where Lt is bing arraigned for the charges, and then the first chapter said 3yrs earlier, 2nd chapter -present day (but really was before the prologue-I didn't know where we were going. I hate starting a book at a point and then having to go to the past and come forward. Thankfully that past came to present 30% in.

A lot happens in this story, assault, kidnapping, murder and of course love. It's all here and moves along at a fast pace. There were times I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was wrong. Of course there were also the times when I though " really? Your an idiot!"

I thought the last 4 or 5 chapters were a little rushed, a lot of stuff happening. But all in all I thought this was a fantastic story in an interesting setting and I'm going to read more of this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: megdelaney on May 01, 2015 :
This book has been given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

I really liked this book. This book has three couples who's relationships are working out throughout this story. Captain Lang, best friend to Lt Stewart and father to Max, is I would say a cause and effect character. He is in strong denial of his sexual orientation through most of the story and the things he says and does causes some dire things to happen.
The first being Lt Stewart is charged with the assault and rape of Max. Which brings me to one of the things I didn't like and that is the beginning of this book. It starts with a prologue where Lt is bing arraigned for the charges, and then the first chapter said 3yrs earlier, 2nd chapter -present day (but really was before the prologue-I didn't know where we were going. I hate starting a book at a point and then having to go to the past and come forward. Thankfully that past came to present 30% in.

A lot happens in this story, assault, kidnapping, murder and of course love. It's all here and moves along at a fast pace. There were times I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was wrong. Of course there were also the times when I though " really? Your an idiot!"

I thought the last 4 or 5 chapters were a little rushed, a lot of stuff happening. But all in all I thought this was a fantastic story in an interesting setting and I'm going to read more of this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Paty on April 25, 2015 : (no rating)
I received a free copy of Untouchable from the author through the GoodReads, M/M Romance Group's, Don't Buy My Love project, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This sci-fi, gay romance book is different than most others that I read. Due to the fact that it is not first and foremost a romance nor does it have just one romance. Honestly I'd have to categorize it as a space opera.

While I personally did not like the time jumps nor the lightening quick POV changes I did on the whole find this to be a well written book.

The world building was thorough enough that I was able to picture it and find it believable as were the plot and characters. Though I did find myself having to suspend belief a few times at some of the characters actions and I must say that I find it sad that homophobia are still alive and well even in this far off time. Though of course we do find that some are not as untouchable as they would believe.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Julia von Rist on April 22, 2015 :
I got a free copy of Untouchable through the Don't Buy My Love project in Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.

This book was an interesting read. It does not center solely on the love stories (yes, more than one); it is a decently plotted sci-fi/mystery/thriller combination, with the romance working its way in and out of the plot.

The story starts with the friendship between Alan and Robin. Alan is homosexual (om, in the parlance of the time); Lang is a widower with a teenage son, Max. There is a misunderstanding when Lang thinks that Stewart has designs on his son, and the men quarrel.

The story takes up a few years later when Max, now an adult and a recent recruit to Alan's spaceship, develops an attraction for Alan. He is later attacked in a gay bar, and his father accuses Alan. Alan is quickly cleared of all charges, but he starts investigating the reasons for the assault. During the investigation, Alan develops a relation with the medic of their ship, which goes through its own ups and downs.

The general plot and premises are good. The author does a good job of introducing the technologies of the universe without the usual clumsiness found in some sci-fi novels. Nevertheless, I found that I had to suspend my disbelief a bit too often to truly enjoy the book, and not about the technology or the setup but about the every day actions of the characters, e.g. the character presumed dead (nobody gave him a funeral?), or how fast everybody bounces back and forth between relationships, no matter how deeply in love or heartbroken they are say to be.

In spite of that, I did enjoy some clever details, like the bit about paper being a luxury item, and the dragons...because, hey , dragons.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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