Touched By Fire

Touched By Fire

by Catherine Spangler

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$6.99

Overview

Supernatural seduction from the bestselling author of Touched by Darkness.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425217955
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Series: Sentinels Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Touched By Fire 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mary1963 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two Minute Review for ¿Touched by Fire¿ by Catherine SpanglerMarla is a mild mannered accountant with some hidden talents that Luke would like to use to track a very nasty bad guy. Marla has trust issues due to some very traumatic events in her past. I have no idea if someone that badly hurt would have such a sudden turn around and trust someone she barely knows. The Sentinel thing is a little far fetched. Some of the dialog is rather stilted. But despite this, the action is fast, the bad guy is really bad and the sex is pretty good.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sensing her powers, Sentinel/private investigator Luke Paxton tries to pick up sensible accountant Marla Reynolds in a bar. After failing, he uses his own powers to kidnap her. Given a traumatic encounter with her sister's obsessed stalker years before, Marla is understandable freaked out by this. Eventually believing his outlandish tales of reincarnated Atlanteans (from Atlantis, not Georgia), she agrees to use her powers to help him find and stop a deranged killer.I had a hard time suspending my disbelief for this--not the paranormal parts, but the character interactions. Given Marla's past, her willingness to accept Luke's repeated messing with her mind is incomprehensible to me. It's a fast read and I've certainly read worse, but that's about as much praise as I can give it.
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Belians, Sentinels and Sanctioned....oh my. And no, I couldn't resist. Spangler's latest series induces all sorts of feelings when reading it: fear, anger, sympathy, trepidation...she's an author that's never failed to get my attention, especially with the second in this series. Original and suspenseful, the Sentinel books pack plenty of emotional punch and incentive to read on. Marla Reynolds has no delusions about her looks. She's got her safe little world and she knows it limits. Stuck being the 'wingman' during a night on the town with a good friend, she's patiently waiting to drive said friend home. When she sidles up bar side for a little libation, she's perplexed at the static charge that fills the air. The man to her left is one of the sexiest men she's ever seen, and he only has eyes for her. While Marla's not buying it, Luke Paxton's not giving up till the lady abides long enough to agree to a date. When Marla gives him the slip, he'll have to take matters into his own hands, even if it is a tad bit illegal. Marla is special, and Luke needs her unique abilities to track down a most unusual killer, one of the Sons of Belial. Being a Sentinel, It's Luke's job to send the Belian's soul out for rehabilitation...before he kills more people. As a Conductor, Marla can help Luke channel his powers long enough to do so. Earning her trust will require no small effort though and a past tragedy may never allow them the cooperation needed to see the deed done. But as the action heats up, more importantly, will they be able to keep it strictly business in an increasingly volatile game? Touched by Fire sparks at the very beginning with a great first chapter intro. We learn a little bit more about the world Spangler has created and there's an introduction to the new Atlantean on the block...well, not so much new as never before seen by readers, Adam, one of the Sanctioned, which in the hierarchy are one step above the Sentinels. There's a great plug for the next book via Adam's character and his interactions with Marla's sister. Marla and Luke in the meantime are playing hot and cold, push and pull, till the fire heats up and this reader began to meltdown. Marla has a tragic past that made for a good conflict between her and Luke. She takes on her duties as Conductor with more bravado than grace, but she clearly completes Luke. Luke himself is the cool element in the duo, sexy as all get out yet deadly earnest in his duties. Determined to remain emotionally unattached, he soon finds it hard to resist the sheer bravery and fortitude Marla exhibits time and time again. I did begin to wonder at a certain point if the romance would pick up...and then it did, answering the craving for it that the first chapter began so well. The ending, it made me smile--pure Spangler magic. Wrapping the story up is a very interesting turn in Marla's sister's life, thanks to the pestering attentions of Adam. Stay tuned for the third Sentinel book, Touched by Light.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Texas, the evil Belian has killed dozens of innocent humans. His explosives are everywhere yet he leaves no evidence enabling the Sentinels to stop his killing spree. Sentinel Luke is frustrated by not preventing more deaths, but continues on his Harley seeking to stop this crafty confident malevolent mass murderer.--------------- Luke meets Marla, a conductor, who he believes is the key to stopping the Belian. He knows she is his perfect match so he invades her home and kidnaps her, taking her to his house where he learns to his incredulousness she is a thirty years old virgin. Marla fears sex giving witnessed her sister¿s rape over a decade ago. Still there is something about this man that has Marla fearing and wanting him. As he explains the Belian evil to her, she senses the killer is nearby waiting for her. When the Belian mentally links to Marla, Luke knows a showdown is coming. If he could only persuade his soulmate that sex can not only be enjoyed especially between those in love, but is the most powerful tool for a conductor to track a Belian.--------------- The stand alone sequel to TOUCHED BY DARKNESS (Luke as a character in that tale) is an electrifying paranormal romantic thriller. The lead couple suffers from tragedies Marla obviously from her sister's rape and Luke from his mother's death making him family head. Those traumas make their relationship much more interesting as they must overcome their respective pasts to have a remote chance at defeating the seemingly invisible Belian. Sub-genre fans will be touched by Catherine Spangler¿s entertaining Sentinel saga.--------------- Harriet Klausner