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"An Incredible, Edgy, Romantic Fantasy Thriller"

Eleven years ago Marla Reynolds had experienced true human evil when a stalker had brutally attacked and raped her sister. Marla had watched helplessly after being brutally beaten by the assailant herself while attempting to defend Julia. She had been only nineteen at the time and relationships with men had left her cold ever since. Ironically she now finds her self in a prime pick up bar thanks to a friend's automotive misfortunes. She can only hope Rebecca finds someone to go home with before someone in the bar remembered to turn on the television to reports of today's horrific tragedy. Evil has reared its ugly head once more in a bombing involving a bus full of school children.

Ordinarily Marla would have taken no notice of the handsome man who takes the seat next to her at the bar. Perhaps Luke Paxton would have taken no notice of Marla's intentionally understated beauty either had he not felt the unmistakable jolt that alerts him to the fact that she's a perfectly matched human Conductor.

Luke is a Sentinel, a reincarnated Atlantian whose sole purpose on Earth is to track and send Belian souls to Saturn for rehabilitation. Belians thrive on chaos and blood. The perpetrator of today's heinous bombing is a particularly aggressive practitioner. Marla is just who he needs to help him amplify his psychic energy to evaluate his impressions of the Belian Crime Scene.

Marla proves to be a challenge, surprising Luke when she fails to acknowledge the undeniable attraction arcing between them. He does finally manage to convince her to meet him in a neutral location of her choice for dinner but once the link is broken by distance Marla's fears resurface and she sends him her regrets. Unfortunately Luke can't afford to take no for an answer knowing that it's only a matter of time before the Belian strikes again.

Unaware of her past experience, a frustrated Luke uses his skills to let himself into Marla's home. Marla returns home to discover she's not alone and understandably thinks the worst. She's become experienced in self defense and carries a gun but is no match for Luke's superhuman abilities. The next thing she knows she's in a Sentinel safe house being told a highly unlikely tale. Is she in the hands of another psychopath or is the real danger out there ready to strike again. Can she afford not to find out?

Fortunately Luke has the wherewithal to back up his claims and once at the Belian Crime Scene Marla's own unique abilities kick in, putting her inside the twisted mind of unimaginable evil. Can she face this new terror head on and help Luke stop the Belian before more innocent lives are lost? Will she give in to the undeniable desire she feels for this man alone and convince him to give up his loner existence?

TOUCHED BY FIRE is a blazing hot romantic fantasy thriller that is impossible to put down. Catherine Spangler puts her readers into the twisted mind of a psychotic killer right along with her heroine. It is an experience that one won't soon forget. Luckily, good triumphs over evil once more, but not for long. Luke's superior Adam Masters, one of the Sanctioned (a spiritually advanced Atlantean soul) who has been above human desire for centuries, has made the startling discovery that Marla's sister is a perfectly matched Conductor as well ---- for him! Julia is as scarred as Marla if not more so, but having faced death once she's not about to let this arrogant, macho, super ego tell her what to do. I can't wait to see who ends up handling who in Book 3: TOUCHED BY LIGHT. For now, enjoy TOUCHED BY FIRE a read I recommend highly for an edge of the seat adventure and brilliant characterization.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted August 13, 2007

SUMMARY

One touch can mean the world..
Protectors... Lovers... Sentinels

Since a brutal attack on her sister eleven years ago, Marla Reynolds has been emotionally frozen. But the passion of one man-a member of an ancient superhuman race-could melt her defenses.

From the Author:

You met the ultra-sexy Luke Paxton, the leather-clad Sentinel who drives a Harley, in the first Sentinel book, TOUCHED BY DARKNESS. Now Luke gets his own story and a challenging heroine who will not readily bend to his will. But Luke is just the man to convince Marla Reynolds that it's safe to feel again. Things heat up and sparks fly as these two come together to fight the ultimate evil.

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Touched By Fire
(Sentinels: Book 2)
by Catherine Spangler

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
October 1, 2007
Available: October 2, 2007
ISBN #0425217957
EAN #9780425217955
320 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Catherine Spangler

Touched by Light
Demon's Delight
Touched by Darkness
Totally Charmed : Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of 3
Shadow Fires
Shadow Crossing
Shamara
Shadower
Shielder


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