Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Book Review - Touched by Fire by Catherine Spangler


Touched by Fire (The Sentinels, #2)
by Catherine Spangler
Published 2013
383 Pages

A fantasy romance, Touched by Fire could also be described as a crime drama, as the characters--although supernatural in nature--are chasing a very real criminal committing very real and violent crimes throughout Texas. It is a well written book with fully developed characters. Gripping and action-packed, this novel will keep you hooked till the end!

Marla Reynolds is still working through issues related to a trauma from eleven years ago. Her coping mechanisms have left her in a position to function in the world, while remaining emotionally frozen and separated from the possibility of a romantic relationship. She is also very hard on herself, and lacks confidence in her ability to be a desirable candidate for a relationship. So when she agrees to join her friend for drinks she is shocked to find herself not only attracted to a handsome stranger at the pub, but perplexed by his attraction to her! The chemistry is undeniable, especially when they shake hands. Marla is confused. However, the handsome stranger, Luke Paxton, is fully aware of what is happening... Marla is his matched conductor. 

As a Sentinel--a reincarnated Atlantian with super human abilities--finding a matched conductor is crucial to conquering evil that is lurking in the city, waiting to strike at any moment. In fact, the evil has already reared its head, and time is of the essence. But Marla's apprehension is a barrier... Luke will need her help, but the choice must belong to Marla. She agrees to meet him the next night for dinner, at which point Luke will begin to explain the connection between a Sentinel and conductor, and its significance. But when Marla stands him up he decides drastic measures are in order.

Luke puts Marla in a dreamlike state and takes her to his home where he knows she will be safe. Although his intentions are noble, his actions set the stage for mistrust and fear that will be yet another barrier to overcome. Marla is forced to confront her traumatic past. More importantly, she is forced to find her inner strength if she is to overcome past traumas and learn to trust herself again. The journey is far from easy. And although Luke's actions are extreme, underneath it all he is proving to be a loyal and fiercely protective man that Marla finds herself beginning to understand. As she discovers the root of her own abilities, she slowly accepts her role in the supernatural world... and it is no small role. But can she learn to put her trust in Luke? Her life, and the lives of others, may depend on it.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will want to read this absorbing second installment in the series! The romance is worth the wait, as the chemistry between characters is explosive! I am looking forward to the third book, and eager to see where the author will take us on this exciting journey!


Reviewed by Stephanie

★★★★★
5 STARS

Read our review for the first book in the series:
Touched by Darkness

2 comments:

  1. These books are on my TBR list. I might have to move them up after that great review.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the series! Thanks for the comment!

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