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Once Touched

(Silver Creek #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  78 reviews
For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Diana Palmer comes Laura Moore’s breathtaking final installment in her Silver Creek contemporary romance series.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Western Romance
3.5 The Healer Being Healed Stars * * *1/2
All the cliches about war and combat I believe must be true... Cliches tend to have truth in them otherwise these blanket statements wouldn't continue to be said and understood. The idea of war being hell is very easy to understand and everyone who has been touched by it carries their own branding of that hell.

In Once Touched (Silver Creek, #3) by Laura Moore, it is not the soldier who is carrying the pain but the photojournalist who was embedded with
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Once Touched was my first book my Laura Moore and the third book in her Silver Creek series. Each book can be read as a standalone since each focuses on a different Knowles sibling finding love.

As the youngest Knowles sibling and the only girl, Quinn has learned to be independent and hard working on their family ranch. She has watched her two older brothers find love, and while she is happy for them, she doesn't
Angie Elle
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Thank you to RANDOM HOUSE and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Three stars on its own isn’t a bad rating, but when you consider the fact that I rated the other two books in the series a four and a five, it is a disappointment. I loved Once Touched at the beginning when Quinn refused to walk on eggshells around Ethan, who witnessed a bloodbath in Afghanistan and returned hardened, the carefree man he’d once been long gone. There were some great moments
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My anticipation for this book was off the charts, then I received an advanced copy and I hoarded it for a bit. Then unable to wait I dived in...and man was I sucked in. Could not put Quinn and Ethan's book down. I had to for my sons football game and as soon as I got back I stayed up until 2 am.

This story was tender, sweet and HOT! Quinn is the youngest, and for all her toughness she is naive when it comes to men. AND she has the biggest heart. She rescues and nurses every
ARC Provided by Edelweiss-Random House for an honest review. Thank you!


Moving love story of two people who complete each other.

Quin was a women with heart of gold. Her heart was dedicatd to finding abused, neglected animals. She has a special touch in nursing and loving the animals back to health. She works on her family ranch with her brothers and parents. Quin is a very giving and loving young women but has a something she struggles with. Quinn has never been able to be intimate with a
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Once Touched is a story of first love, forgiveness, healing and hope. Quinn Knowles is the youngest and has a great love for the land and the many animals she rescues and cares for on the family ranch. She dreams of opening her own rescue sanctuary and hopes it will be one day soon. She has a big heart and wonders if her intimacy fears will ever allow her to have a loving relationship like the ones her brothers have recently found.

Once Touched book three in the Silver creek series , may be the last book, but by no means is the least!
If you have been reading the series, you already know that Quinn Knowles has a soft spot in her heart for the hard luck needy cases,,wether it is a horse, dog or goat. Quinn's passion is rehabbing animals and watching them come out of their shells . You also now that Quinn's mom is on a matchmaking roll, she is two for two so far and she has Quinn in her sites now. Quinn is aware of it. And
Anne OK
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads

Laura Moore has written the perfect ending for this outstanding 3-book series. I LOVED IT - from start to finish. And already I’m anxiously looking forward to whatever she sends our way next. Once again, this author proves that the difference in a good story and a really outstanding one is the attention to details.

Once Touched is a meaningful blend of love on different levels intertwined throughout a family’s legacy. Within the pages you’ll not only find great relationships
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
4.5 Stars
Once Touched is my first book by Laura Moore and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I quickly fell in love with the Knowles family and Silver Creek. While this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone, though I now want to go back and read the first two books in the series as well. Quinn Knowles is the youngest of the Knowles siblings and the only girl, though she works just as hard if not harder than the men on the ranch. She loves animals and
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it


This is the first book I have read in this series and honestly I thought it started out a little slow for me. I got to about 50% before I took a couple days off then finished it. About 56% it started to pick up but not the way I was really expecting.

Ethan survived a ied and is helping out on Quinn's family ranch to find out what will be next for him. It's been years since he has seen Quinn and he is immediately attracted to her but doesn't want to be. After all he used to babysit her.

At 24
Susan (susayq ~)
Well, I was right. Laura Moore is a winner for me. I loved her when I read the previous book in this series, and I love her even more now. This had just enough brooding hero and angsty-is she really going to do that knowing it may blow up in her face- that I thoroughly enjoyed it :)

Quinn and Ethan were great together. She had such a caring soul, needing to help and heal everyone and everything she came across. So, you know when a photographer from the war zone comes to stay at the ranch, he
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweetly written story, the third in the Silver Creek series, about the youngest sibling, Quinn Knowles, a young woman who has adored being around animals ever since she was a little girl. Her dream is to create an animal sanctuary on land she can purchase near her parents' ranch. She has a rescue horse that she knows won't be able to live away from her, dogs and even a parrot. After spending the weekend at a wolf sanctuary where she sponsors an abused and recovering wolf, her parents ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cowboys
Once Touched is the 3rd book in the Silver Creek trilogy by Laura Moore. I have read all three books in this series and I was really excited to read Quinn’s story. She has been a favorite of mine since the beginning and it was finally time for her happy ending. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I HIGHLY recommend that you read the first two books in the series so that you can immerse yourself in the Knowles family and see how important little sister Quinn is to that dynamic.

Quinn is
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Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quinn is the youngest of the three Knowles siblings. She spends most of her time working her families ranch and the rest of the time saving her money to build an animal sanctuary. Every thing except her love life is going as planned until.... in walks Ethan Saunders

Ethan Saunders is scarred by his months in Afghanistan and the violence he witnessed there through his camera lens. After months of trying to heal the way his family wants him to, he has decided it is time for a change....and the
Photojournalist and Knowles family friend, Ethan Saunders, is having a very rough transition stateside after being the sole survivor of an IED blast in Afghanistan. To keep his family from hovering he goes to Silver Creek to recover. The Knowles family remembers Ethan's patience with Quinn around the ranch. But war has taken a toll and Ethan is suffering physically and emotionally.

Though Quinn's really happy for her brothers and loves her soon to be sister in laws, the plain and simple truth is
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Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: romance
I have received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for an honest review. "Once Touched" by Laura Moore is book three in "A Silver Creek" series. This can also be read as a standalone. I enjoyed the book so much I'm going to go back and read books one and two. This is Quinn Knowles and Than Saunders' story.

Quinn loves animals and is always rescuing the ones in trouble. Quinn wants to find that special someone like her brothers have. The problem with that
Two Girls with books
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, I was right. Laura Moore is a winner for me. I loved her when I read the previous book in this series, and I love her even more now. This had just enough brooding hero and angsty-is she really going to do that knowing it may blow up in her face- that I thoroughly enjoyed it :)

Quinn and Ethan were great together. She had such a caring soul, needing to help and heal everyone and everything she came across. So, you know when a photographer from the war zone comes to stay at the ranch, he
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Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: givaways
I rather enjoyed this book. It took me a little bit to get into, a lot of character building in the beginning and felt a little slow to me. Once things got going, I really got into it. The characters were likable, even when Ethan was being his gruff self. :) If you've read the previous books about Quinn's older brothers (I haven't), you get a bit more about what happens after their stories, but if you haven't read them, things still make perfect sense. I always appreciate that in a book that's ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quinn gets her story and it is a good one. She sees love all around her but she fears it won't find her considering her sexual history so far has been dismal. She's been asked to help out when a family friend comes to the ranch to rehabilitate after an injury. Ethan is surly in the beginning but Quinn eventually cracks the hard veneer and gets him involved on the ranch.
What started out as friends with benefits turns into love soon for both Quinn and Ethan. definitely some heat is created for
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, netgalley, own
Once Touched is the 3rd book in the Silver Creek series and in this book we meet Ethan and the youngest of the Knowles family, Quinn.

Quinn, with her heart of gold, does everything that she can to rescue and save neglected and abused animals. Quinn stole my heart from the beginning of this book - heck from the beginning of this series. She doesn't think that a relationship is in the cards for her, especially when she has never been intimated with a man.

Ethan was injured on a job in Afghanistan
Oct 28, 2015 added it
"Once Touched" is the first Silver Creek novel I've read. Written by Laura Moore, it is the story of the Knowles family of Northern CA, who own Silver Creek Ranch. They are a close-knit family, working the ranch, which, due to the dry weather, is now opened to paying guests. Daughter Quinn, has been assigned a project--Ethan Saunders--who has come to the ranch to recover, after being injured while taking photographs in Afghanistan. Working together on the ranch, these two people end up changing ...more
Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sadly this is the last book in the Silver Creek Series but what a fantastic way to end it.

With Quinn being the last unattached sibling, her family is in full matchmaking mode. All she has time for though are her animals, and maybe the new ranch hand Ethan Saunders. While their relationship grows, Quinn becomes more and more concerned about why Ethan has decided to hide out on a ranch rather than going back to his photojournalist career he is so good at.

I loved reading all the books in this
Gail Chianese
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want this story to end...not even at 421 am when I closed the back cover. Loved Quinn's story. Laura Moore made me laugh and cry. Such great character, main and secondary, human and non-human. This entire series was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary romance. Laura writes compelling characters that you instantly connect and fall in love with, amazing settings, and some very wonderful love scenes al woven throughout a page-turning story. She's a must buy ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley an i can highly recemmed it.
I loved both characters, Quinn and Ethan.Quinn being loving, carring woman with healing touch, which can cure her animals and maybe wounded, scarred Ethan who is wounded on the inside as well as on the outside.He just wanted to be left alone and heal alone in peace.
Author did great work with dialogs, development of characters. Im very thankfull for ARC.
Heather andrews
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ethan sometimes has to do a double take of what his woman says, "his ears were ringing. He shook his head, hoping for clarity. “Did you just tell me you’re a virgin?” I loved Ethan his reactions made this an entertaining book.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this heartwarming story of a young woman who spent everyday caring for animals and rescues but couldn't seem to rescue herself. The war photographer who lived trough a tragedy and wanted to hide from the world. They rescued each other.....full review to follow.
I might come back to this one. For now, it's a DNF.
Monica Gearhart
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a "blind date" from the library. And I loved it. Even though it was #3 in a triology, I'm looking forward to reading more books by Laura Moore. Even the first 2 in the triology.
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I was born in New York City and grew up there and in Western Massachusetts. I began writing while pursuing my master's degree. My first novel, Ride a Dark Horse, filled most of a spiral bound notebook. I soon realized I far preferred writing love stories to term papers!

I now live in Rhode Island with my husband, two children, and our black lab. Our cat Zevon keeps us all in line.

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