Hello, and welcome back! Chilly, rainy weather here must mean spring, I suppose. Good thing I've got a couple dozen books here on my desk just for the next month.
This time out, I've got Cait London's A Stranger's Touch (Avon), this time with psychic sister Tempest Storm meeting up with her future mate, Marcus Greystone, who happens to be a man from her past. Tempest's talent is touch: if she touches something or someone with her bare hands, she knows everything about it or them. And she's on a quest to find the Viking brooch her mother and sister Leona have been dreaming about. But Marcus has used the brooch to trap her into returning to him. That one night she spent with him wasn't nearly enough, and he's determined to figure the artist out. And if he can show her that their amazing chemistry wasn't just a fluke, perhaps he can persuade her to stick around a little longer than it takes her to get her hot little hands on that brooch. To get the brooch, Tempest agrees to try to figure out what happened to his parents on the night of their death, many years ago. There's no shortage of suspects: the housekeeper, Opal; Kenny, who worked for his parents and now works for him; Francesca, who claims friendship, but seems to want more. Tempest and Marcus have a lot to work through, not just between them, but in figuring out how his parents died. Then there's whoever tried to hurt Tempest's sister Claire, who seems to now be after Tempest as well. Marcus, however, isn't going to let anyone or anything hurt his woman, even if he hasn't managed to persuade her that she really is his. As with Claire's story last year, this one will keep you turning pages until you've reached the end, and then you'll be sorry to have it finished so soon. And even sorrier to have to wait (till next spring, I imagine, though I hope for sooner) for Leona's story. Tempest has no intention of being caught in a relationship, and, based on her one real relationship previously, isn't a good candidate for one. But there's no escaping what she feels for Marcus, and, seriously, who would want to escape a man like him? The only thing I didn't love about this one is that there are a few too many closed bedroom doors or fade-outs. The story is fantastic, and I cannot wait to see what happens next for this family. I'm borrowing four and a half of Cupid's five arrows for this one. It's a definite keeper.
Until next time, happy reading!