Ok, I have found my absolute new favorite in the Adult book world! As you all know, I have a soft spot for YA, but Kim and I both love us as good grown-up read and Touched by AJ Aalto has made it into my top faves. Yep, that’s right. It’s right up there with the WVMP series by Jeri Smith-Ready and The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost! So all my friends out there that did the read-a-long for WVMP with us last year and all of your who stayed on me about reading Cat and Bones… YOU WANT TO READ THIS ONE! *ahem, Jen and Rissa, ahem*
Some of you may know that I turned 27 this year. *balks* O_o You may also know how awful that was for me… yeah yeah… no big deal. *squirms* Anyway, the main character in Touched is, get this, 27! I know, a very small part of what I love, but having a character that’s my age after reading so many YA novels lately was such a relief. Ok, moving on to the serious grit. Here's the synopsis of Touched. And stay tuned for a fabulous interview with the author, AJ Aalto!
Title: Touched: The Marnie Baranuik Files #1
Author: AJ Aalto
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Suspense
AJ Aalto’s writing is catchy, gritty, original and oh so fascinating. From the first page you can tell her characters have a past that will play a pivotal role in their future. So often authors get wrapped up in the “beginning” of the story and forget that their characters shouldn’t just come out of nowhere. Not AJ, she keeps everything interesting with the tiny little bits of information that the characters feed the reader throughout the book. As if the very events of the novel weren’t interesting enough! There is nearly non-stop action throughout the book, both in an actual physical sense and an emotional one.
The characters all have something at stake within their relationships among one another, but each relationship is non-typical. (You’re all thinking, what the hell does she mean by “non-typical”) Well, it’s not Harry met Sally or Edward met Bella or even vampire met human. The relationship between a vampire and psychic is… remarkable to say the least. I don’t want to reveal too much, but Harry and Marnie are a psychiatrist’s nightmare! And don’t even get me started on the very sexy, very stoic, Agent Mark Batten. *sighs* I love bad boys, and Mark Batten is a Federal Agent/Vampire hunter/emotionally blunt hunk! Yowza! My kinda man! This little triangle (I don’t really want to use the term “love triangle.” Read it and you’ll see why) is a complex, tangle of WTF if I ever saw one. But both men pale in comparison to Ms. Marnie Baranuik. Whom I absolutely love!
Marnie is a kick-ass heroine! Yes, in a small package, but that package is brimming with psychic talent and overflowing with attitude. Lots and lots of colorful attitude. If you know Kim and me, we ADORE attitude. And Marnie doesn’t disappoint. Her snarky quips and vibrant insults left me laughing my ass off while absolutely LOVING every second of it! Her language and descriptions made me blush at times, but she was always so freakin’ funny! She's a character with spunk, but also endearing insecurities and relatable faults. She puts up a good front for the outside world, but the little insecurities she shares help create a bond with the reader. All women, no matter how bad ass, have insecurities. And poor Marnie has her fair share. Almost everything goes wrong for her, but she doesn’t quit.
Between Marnie’s snark, Harry’s considerable use of old fashioned slang and insults, and Batten’s attempts to keep Marnie from carrying a gun, I was hooked. Touched is an intense page-turner that will keep you guessing and yearning for more. If you enjoyed books such as Wicked Game and One Foot in the Grave then I definitely recommend Touched. It shares a few themes with these books, but it’s in a league all its own!
**Note: Touched has adult language, topics, and sexual content. If you are sensitive to these elements, I do not recommend this book.
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