"Kate Reilly Strikes Again!"
Since we last left Not Prey Kate Reilly, she's been on
disability due to the injuries she sustained in TOUCH OF
EVIL during her bout with the previous Vampire Queen,
Monica. At least things are going well with Tom, her
werewolf boyfriend. With money running short now and Dusty
and Rob living rent-free in one of her apartments, Kate
has to do something to bring in some cash. So her brother,
Joe, talks her into taking part in a study in the hospital
he works in. Kate has reservations about the study, but
she needs the money, so she does it anyway. When she gets
there, she runs into a cop she knows well, John Brooks. As
she sits there listening to the doctor conducting the
study drone on, she realizes all the participants are Not
Prey and she isn't the only telepath there. One of the
others, Henri Tane, is speaking to her telepathically and
has agreed to teach her how to control her "gift." When
the doctor mentions specimens, both Kate and Brooks become
concerned and demand to see them. One thing leads to
another and they break into the lab where the good doctor
and her assistant have gone to find the specimens were
eggs. Not good. And not only has the doctor taken some of
them inside herself, but she's also killed her assistant.
Well, the doctor makes good her escape. Of course, Kate
and Brooks are now on trial for various charges relating
to the destruction of the lab, the murder of the
So not only is Kate dealing with the threat of the trial,
there's still Amanda somewhere on the loose determined to
kill her. On top of that, while leaving the courthouse,
Kate was accosted by the new Vampire Queen of Denver and
her bodyguard. Seems someone broke into the lab and stole
the rest of the eggs and the Vampire Queens want Kate to
find out who did it. And naturally, they leave Kate with
no alternative but to work with them. At least they offer
her the possibility of curing Bryan if she succeeds.
When the new surrogate females of Tom's werewolf pack
don't become pregnant, Kate has the sneaky suspicion Mary,
their Acca and one of Kate's friends from high school,
will want to put Tom to use as a stud. Kate knows how
important the pack is to Tom and she's afraid of losing
him, especially since as Not Prey, she's sterile and
everyone knows it. And then there's also the nightmares
Kate is having. In them, she sees people being murdered.
She even ends up speaking to Henri's widow when he's
buried. The widow tells Kate Henri was murdered and wants
Kate to seek revenge for his death.
Will Kate be cleared of the charges against her? Will she
be able to find the eggs for the Vampire Queens? Can Bryan
really be cured? And let's not forget Amanda. Will she
succeed in killing Kate? And what of Tom? Will Mary allow
their relationship to continue?
TOUCH OF MADNESS is one of those books it's impossible to
set down. Authors C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp have once
again demonstrated their unique talent of grabbing a
reader's attention and not letting go. The two of them
have yet again managed to turn out a story both fast-paced
and fascinating. Regardless of what she does, poor Kate
just can't seem to catch a break. C. T. Adams and Cathy
Clamp are truly amazing as they turn out book after book
filled with their original visions of shapeshifters and
vampires. Kate is a character we can all relate to as she
gets pulled into one adventure after another against her
will. There's always more than enough action to keep any
reader's attention. All of C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp's
books have their places on my keeper shelf and TOUCH OF
MADNESS is no exception.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 9, 2007
She's on trial for murders she didn't commit. She's next on the list of a serial killer. The parasitic vampires known as the Thrall want her to investigate the murder of their young, and will use any means necessary to force her to bow to their demands.
And--possibly worst of all--her boyfriend Tom's werewolf pack is trying to break them up so Tom can mate with other werewolves to ensure the survival of his pack.
Now Kate must fight for Tom--and fight for her very survival in this brand new paranormal romance from the unbeatable, bestselling team of C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp.