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"Powerful second Sentinel tale"

Catherine Spangler has long been on "auto-buy" for me. I loved her series that she did for Dorchester, and Shadow Crossing will forever be a top favourite of mine, but I think it's with the "Touched" series for Berkley where her voice and talent has come of age, sort to speak. This is the sequel, second in the series to Touch by Darkness. Two more Touched books are in the works, which is news sure to please Spangler fans.

In this one, Marla Reynolds is playing designated driver for her friend's night on the town. Another boring evening for her, she figures. However, from the instant she sit at the bar, she senses something different in the air, something beyond the norm. She quickly sees what it is -- a sexy man sitting next to her. Like most women used to being "designated driver to the world", she prefers the safety of her secure life, and having a drop dead hunk making goo-goo eyes at her, as if she's the only woman in the world for him, just isn't something she trusts. Too afraid of being hurt, of taking that risk, she gives him the brush off.

Only Luke Paxton is on a hunt, and his target is Marla, and for more than their instant attraction. Marla is special, and Luke needs her unique powers to help track down a killer. Luke is a Sentinel, the premise raised in Spangler's first book. For the Sentinel to operate at their most powerful level, they need a mate, a Conductor, which is where Marla comes into play. Luke needs her to control and focus his powers, to give him to strength to dispatch the killer before he kills again. It's imperative he gains her complete trust, but Marla, for too long, has learnt to keep the world--and specifically men--at arms length. Even when she must accept the role has his Conductor, she still tries to keep her emotions--and her heart---locked behind that protective wall she has built.

It's a sizzling, dark, erotic adventures, yet it emotions driving this tale. Marla is a strongly drawn character, one that immediately earned my sympathy and understanding. Luke is perfect a Alpha/Gamma male, yet under Spangler's skillful craft, comes fully alive in this riveting story.

Highly recommended. It leaves readers eager for Touch by The Light next year.

Deborah MacGillivray, author

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted October 4, 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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