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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579666
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,639,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wild west historical romance - This is the first book I have read by Kristen Kyle, and I was not disappointed. The story centered on Elysia Carlisle an Archaelogist back in the 1890's. Suffering after the bretrayal of her fiance she goes in search of the Montezumsa's treasure, armed with a stone talisman and her memories of a stolen treasure map. Along comes Max Devereaux, a reckless gambler, owner of another talisman and determined to help and protect the self-reliant, Ellie, even when she doesn't want it! Passion and plenty of action in this tale, it's a real page turner. I recommend this book highly and am now looking for Kristen other adventure "The Last Warrior".
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By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2003
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My second Kristen Kyle read is no disappointment. She has written a well-researched and glorious love story set against the not-so-old west. Ellie is a believable heroine -- the daughter of an Earl, struggling with the expectations of her class and sex at the turn of the century. Though it was a bit of a stretch to believe that her father and family would allow her such rampant freedom to pursue her passion for archaeology, it is nevertheless a necessary premise to allow our love story to unfold. Matt -- with his checkered and flawed past -- is, of course, the perfect hero and mate for Ellie. His steadfastness in guarding her despite her constant efforts to foil him is a wholly endearing quality. Love scenes are pleasant, not overly graphic -- thank goodness -- but nonetheless very effective. It was my second Kyle novel -- the first being Night Hawk -- the sci-fi romance. Trust me here, girls -- you will love her, whether she's writing about New Mexico or some galaxy far far away. Her pen strikes straight to the heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Touched by Gold reviewed by Ballston Book House Review 10 Jan. 2001
By "kashka" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Touched by Gold by Kristen Kyle
Get ready to search for and explore all of the mysterious treasures that lie within the pages of this romping historical southwestern adventure. This story, which is loaded with bold action, narrow escapes and sexual tension, will take you on a fantastic journey through both desert and mountains in search of ancient treasure and mysterious medallions. However, keep in mind that the priceless discoveries that might be found may not be limited exclusively to their place in history.
Elysia, an English noble women and archeologist, is doomed to a future of marriage and tedium by her own promise to her father. In exchange for this promise, her father has given her one year and the chance to discover the "once in a life time find" that is every archaeologists dream. There is danger and deceit around every corner and it only serves to strengthen Elysia's determination to discover and preserve the ancient Aztec treasure before it is found and destroyed by the greed of her ex-fiancée.
Devereaux is honorable, patient and a gambler by trade with secrets that are best kept at bay. Getting the pretty Miss Ellie to trust him is proving to be the most challenging aspect of this adventure but a challenge that Matt is determined not to back down from. To honor the dying wish of his mentor and friend, Matt is also searching for the elusive treasure but has discovered that the real "find" lay hidden within his reluctant partner Elysia. Matt feels confident that with patience and determination he will break down her barriers that will yield the treasure of a lifetime.
Although this romance is heavily spiced with sexual tension the meat of the story remains with the well thought out plot and descriptions so detailed that they put you in the presence of the character. Kristen Kyle has proven time and again that she is capable of delivering an explosive story that does not shy away from the true grit of the setting. Treat yourself to the work of this master storyteller and discover for yourself the treasures that unfold.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
good writing but the heroine:(..... 24 Jan. 2006
By retroredux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The premise, a female archelogist, great, right? The story started well, but after a series of stupid, naive and annoying events by the heroine (including shooting at the hero,to "scare him away" while he's on horseback in a chasm!?!) I gave up.

I will probably try this writer again, as she seems competent, but I cannot stand "too stupid to live" heroines. Authors please take note-don't have your heroine do things in your book that you would consider reckless or stupid in real life.

The hero is fabulous so you may want to try this book.

3 stars for a good premise and a good try.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of tomprow's supestars 2 Jan. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1897 just outside Mexico City, archeologist Elysia Carlisle, works alone because men refuse to accept a woman of science. Currently, she is carefully excavating an Aztec burial site. Ellie shares every artifact she finds with her fiance Viscount Peter Wentworth except for the talisman she took off the remains of a priest. Peter, claiming he needs the return on his investment, steals everything and deserts his betrothed.

Instead of crawling home to her aristocratic father in England, Ellie continues her quest with the talisman she hid from Peter. She locates the companion piece owned by Matt Deveraux. Knowing she needs help and protection even after the way Peter burned her, Ellie joins forces with Matt. While he seeks the thugs who killed his friend Angus, she seeks the legendary Montezuma's treasure, but both soon find love changes the dynamics between them.

TOUCHED BY GOLD is an exhilarating historical romantic adventure that never slows down for even a paragraph. The story line is sort of a late nineteenth century Romancing the Stone, complete with its action and passion. Ellie is a believable heroine struggling in a sea filled with outraged chauvinists while Peter is the "wicked" rogue who willingly would die for his beloved. Kristen Kyle provides a vivid description of the time and place to supplement her wonderful lead characters, leaving her audience with a wild thrilling ride.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great adventure in romantic reading! 16 Jan. 2001
By Sharon Galligar Chance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Put two headstrong people together, add a mystery and a dash of intrigue. Sprinkle the mix with a heaping helping of lust and passion, and what do you get? A heartstopping, mesmirizing tale from Kristen Kyle, one of the rising stars of the romance world. In her latest historical, "Touched By Gold," Kyle has crafted a fasinating story set in 1890's New Mexico. Her heroine, the independent British miss, Ellie Carlisle is seeking lost Aztec treasure. When a vital clue to her search ends up on the very impressive chest of the handsome gambler Matt Devereaux - well, let's just say looking for treasure has never been so thrilling! Proving once again why she is becoming so well-respected for her historical romances, Kristen Kyle grabs your attention from the start of this exciting story, and doesn't let go! - Sharon Galligar Chance, Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 8 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a great book. With a strong, sexy hero any woman would want to step out of the book into her life, a smart, level headed herione (no whining, no silly vapors), snappy dialogue, action and the interesting background of archaeology, this book easily won a 5+ rating.
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