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Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each ...
Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each other.
Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila's life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer's next target.
Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.
Posted July 31, 2013
Leila Marx hasn’t been the same since her fiancé was murdered. What’s worse is that she saw it happen and there was nothing she could do about it. She is a clairvoyant and when she touches something she gets a glimpse of the past. On a rare occasion like with her finance, she can see future events. Her life is still on hold a year later until detective Garrick asks for her help. Girls are going missing and turning up brutally murdered. She thinks it’s going to be simple, touch something of the victims and she’ll know what happened and who did it. Turns out it’s not and what she sees will change her life forever. To top that all off Connor enters her life. She gets a creepy vision of him that she wished she could erase. After another girl goes missing, Conner decides to tell her the truth. What she learns is hard to believe, but she will stop at nothing to bring the girl home and bring down the sicko who is doing it. The question is, is she in to far over her head and will she make it out alive to see who the real killer is?
I’ve read other clairvoyant books before, but nothing like this one. The other one that I read, she could see into the future and this one see can see things when she touches objects. Which I think is way cool by the way. :D I loved the secret paranormal underworld and the mystery as well. This book had me laughing and crying throughout the entire book. Leila was very vulnerable during the book, but that didn’t stop her. With her not knowing much about her gift added to the story. I was learning with her how to use her gift and whatnot. Although the book was depressing in some parts, don’t’ let that stop you from reading it. This was an enchanting read and I can’t see what happens in the next one.
Leila- Like I said up top she is still coming to terms with losing the love of her life. Know it’s been a year since her dies, but I think she handled it pretty well. I mean how do you deal with that? I lost my granddad and it still hurts everyday. So I know how she feels. She is a very strong woman. She also handles the paranormal world well too. I would be freaking out. I guess it helps being what she is. I loved her determination. I hope she learns more about her gift in the next installment. :D
Garrick- I was hoping to get a little more information about him. We know that he is a good guy and he is not married. He is a detective and that’s about it. I want more background info on him in the next one.
Conner- We get a little more info about him. Like what he is and how old. Why he is the way he is. I really liked him under the circumstances. I think he really wants to change and become a better person, but for him that is impossible. L I really really hope he is in the next one. If not I’ll be very disappointed.
The Cover: When I first saw the cover I didn’t think it was anything special. When I finished the book, I was like this is the perfect cover for this book. It totally goes with the story and I love when a cover looks like a scene in a book.
Posted March 21, 2013
I really enjoyed ‘Touching Evil’ it was a really unique read and Amber created such strong fascinating characters that drew you into the story along with such a sensational plot.
Girls are being kidnapped and there are absolutely no leads as to where they are being taken and by whom. Then days later an anonymous phone call leads the police to the missing girl’s grave.
She is badly decomposed and seems to be mummified and they can't figure out what is happening to these poor girls, but one thing is for sure; girls keep disappearing.
Detective Garrick called in Leila a clairvoyant to see if she can possibly give them any leads. The case quickly turns into something much darker than the police or Leila can handle by themselves. Leila then stumbles upon some help and understanding from an odd group of supernatural creatures she has only seen on TV. She must accept their help however, to save girls lives, but they cannot involve the police now.
It was a fascinating tale of adventure, suspense and magic. She had some really fascinating characters; the good ones had a lot of heart and great depth to them. The villains were written so dark and demented it will give you goose bumps.
I loved this book. There were supernatural creatures that I had never heard of. So that was pretty cool. I like how they all work together as well. That was a pretty cool idea. Another thing I really liked about Touching Evil’ is that it brought my two favorite genres together paranormal and suspense. I recently read a book that did that and I was blown away and I was thrilled that this one turned out to be a mix of the genres as well.
I really enjoyed the plot and it was a fast-paced, fascinating read. ‘Touching Evil’ is another amazing book from Amber Garr.
Posted January 15, 2013
I received a copy for an honest review as part of a blog tour.
MY OVERVIEW: If you are looking for a good paranormal adult mystery that reads as easily as a young adult book… then this is the book for you. This book had a really nice flow to it. I have a hard time picking up adult books lately, cause they just don’t grab your attention right away like most young adult ones do; this one did.
PROS: I like how all the supernatural beings live “normal” lives amongst humans. The mystery was great. You really don’t know the who and why until the end. It really does keep you guessing. Oh, and I can’t forget Garrett. I really liked him. He was my favorite character! (Yup, team Garrett.)
CONS: Ok, don’t hate me for saying this… but I didn’t like Conner. He seemed to try too hard to be “normal” and it just didn’t feel right. I do wish that a little more had been left hanging, but then I can see that maybe she wants to do different storylines with each book. I just hope that Russ’ storyline continues.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: There are so many things that the author could do with this new series, and I really look forward to reading more!
Posted December 24, 2012
Before you jump me, I hadn’t read any books by this author before and I’d heard great things, so I really wanted to try for myself. I didn’t expect to become so in grossed in this book that I’m literally tripping over myself to read the next line. I’m utterly fascinated by Ms Garr’s writing. I will immediately remedy this earlier discretion and now go get everything her pen had ever touched!
So, Leila had me pretty heartbroken in the first part as you literally get to live through her every thought while she lives in everyone else’s every thought. But I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to know more and more as I read. I really really like Leila as the main character and I know I will immediately pick up her next story. I like that, although its hard and she is grieving, she is trying to have some type of thing you call life. And boy, did she pick a hell of a time.
I wanna talk about the storyline for a second. IT’S AWESOME!! I tend to like stories with a heavier mystery plot. I like reading to try and figure out who done it. I am very impressed with having some unfolding events with both the human world and the supernatural world. And as the story progresses, it becomes a wonderful web of crazy, it a good way! So again, fantastic writing here.
I need to say that I’m all about HAWT male pieces and you have a choice here LOL detective Garrett and the charming Conner. I don’t wanna day too much nor am I going to pick a team just yet because in this one instance, I would like for you to pick your own team first. But HAWT MALE PIECES!! Who cares which team hahahaha All I can say is I really enjoyed this one. My eyes were glued to the words from start to finish and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two and more of Ms Garr’s works. Go get them!! I say so a wonderfully surprising 5 BIG PAWS!!
Posted December 7, 2012
Leila is a touch clairvoyant and the book begins with her suffering a terrible loss of her fiance'. But then she is called into the police department to assist on a difficult case. From there the story includes some supernatural characters, a couple different options for her love, and trying to solve some murders. Who will win her love? Will they solve the murders? Who will she trust? There are so many different directions this story could have taken. I have not read anything else by Amber Garr before but this book did not disappoint at all. The cover of this book is one of the best covers I have seen in a long time - it captures the story's essence so remarkably. I definitely will read more of the Leila Marx Novels by Amber Garr - I need to know what is next for her and the characters in Book One.
I received this book from the author via Bewitching Book Tours. All opinions, good or bad, are mine.
Posted November 28, 2012
'Touching Evil' is the first book in an urban fantasy series that follows our heroine, Leila Marx, as she tries to heal after the murder of her fiance. She fills her days with illustrating books and occasionally helping the police with cold cases. Leila has the gift of being a touch clairvoyant - she is able to glean information from merely touching a person or an object. Only this time, the police need her help to catch a serial killer targeting teen girls. On top of the case and Leila's growing attraction to Detective Garrick Pearson, Leila discovers that all the creatures she thought were fairytales actually exist. A team of supernatural beings has come together to help Leila crack the police case she's helping on. Soon Leila finds herself the killer's next target. Will Leila and her newfound friends be able to stop the killer before it's too late?
I found this to be a fantastic start to an awesome new series. There's a ton of different things going on throughout the novel that it keeps the reader on their toes, but doesn't overwhelm or confuse them. I love the psychic aspect to the plot and the main character of Leila. The way that the author uses different topics and genres to tie all the storylines in the book together was seamless. There's tons of action, adventure, mystery, fantasy and even romance in the book. The characters were interesting and made up an unique cast for the series. The romance that blooms in the book wasn't too corny and didn't overpower the main plot, which I really liked. The writing itself was very well done and I enjoyed reading about the different characters, their histories, and their abilities. The plot was fast paced and had great twists that kept me guessing. Overall, this is a wonderful first book in a series that urban fantasy lovers will not want to miss. I'll definitely be reading the next installment.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 15, 2012
There is only one way to describe my reaction to this book: blown away! I had never read anything by this author before, so I was very excited to have a chance to read her book!
Leila is an amazing character! There is so much going on in her life, and she seems to preserver through everything, you can't help but fall in love with this character! She has a lot to work through in this book before she can let her guard down, but I think by the end she sees the value in trusting again!
Connor was great. Between him and Leila I could literally not put this book down!
Connor or Garrett? I went back and forth on who I was cheering for. But then again either chocie would be considered great. ;)
It is so hard to talk about this book and not give away too much! If you have not gotten a chance to pick up a copy of this bok I suggest you do so soon! You will not regret it! I
can not wait for the next book nor can I wait to read more by this author!!!