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a Touch of Ice: an everly gray adventure Paperback – September 19, 2011
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4 1/2 Stars from Romantic Times
Reviewer: Donna Brown
About the Author
I have worked with energy both as a yoga instructor and as a body worker for many years. When I left that profession, I was driven to write about energy and the paranormal. Many of the situations my heroines experience are created from my own encounters with energy, its power and possibilities.
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Everly Gray has ESP of the fingers, so she has to watch what (and who) she touches to avoid sometimes debilitating visions. Her bff Violet, a private investigator, is just about the only one who knows about her gift. After a chance meeting on the beach, her life becomes entwined with handsome hunk Mitch, who ends up hiring Violet to investigate his friend's recent death. Mitch ends up missing, and it's up to her and Violet to find him. Mayhem ensues, and all kinds of secrets uncovered.
Everly and Violet are both likeable characters, although not as fleshed-out and deep as I would have liked them. I liked them both, clumsy Everly and her strong, self-reliant sidekick, I just felt like more could have been done with these characters. The plot did stretch the limits of believability, but it is fiction, after all, and the author has the right to tell her story as she sees fit. And I'm not talking about the ESP part, but I don't want to give the story away. That being said, Ms. Charles did tie up all the loose ends nicely, and her writing is solid without a lot of errors. A big plus in the indie world, unfortunately.
From the look of things the author is developing a nice fan base, so apparently this type of story resonates with many readers. It is a bit superficial for me, however, and a tad too much on the "light" side. Not much thinking required, but a nice little getaway. All in all it was a pleasant read. There are plenty of readers who favor this type of story, and the author seems to be adept at tapping into that market. Kudos, Ms. Charles.
A Touch of Ice is the first in a series of Everly Gray adventures. A Touch of TNT and A Touch of the Past are already available, as well as the novella To Touch a Thief. If you enjoy a quick, light escape without a lot of thought, you might try this series out.
Everly Gray is introduced to us as a Personal Coach who uses her gift as a touch sensitive to help people discover their emotions. Those of you who are familiar with the Eileen Wilkes series The World of the Lupi (see my previous post This Chick Read: Mind Magic) are familiar with Lily Yu, who is also a touch sensitive, though in her case she can tell if magic was used in a crime, just by touch. Everly's energy is of a more practical, real world nature. She receives emotions and images when she touches things with her fingers. Can you imagine how awkward life could be if you shake someone's hand and can see something they've done or feel? Because of this difficulty, Everly has kept herself pretty secluded, only a couple friends and relationships few and far between.
Everly's character develops from life coach to "seeing" a dead body and solving crimes pretty quickly, and the reader is launched into a plot that was well developed and fun to read. I believe this is one of L.J. Charles first novels, if not the first and you can tell that she gained confidence in her writing as the story unfolded. Some of the conversations seemed awkward at first, and if she had used more descriptive language to describe the things that Everly was "seeing" it may have had greater impact. By the end of the book I wasn't thinking about those things, I was thoroughly enmeshed in the story that was unfolding. Especially of Mitch and Pierce, their descriptions were very nice indeed! There are seven books in this series and I have a feeling there could be a love triangle thrown into a storyline at some point. There was a lot of sizzle between Everly and the two men in this one!
If you like Paranormal Romance Mysteries that have a psychic twist, then check out this series! It's fun to discover a new writer who has written a ton of novels because you don't have to wait for the next one to come out.
Just a few editing typos in the book (though I will admit to getting aggravated at the amount of times someone else finished someone else's sentences and it wasn't written out correctly).
I would try another book by this author.