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Cold Touch (Extra Sensory Agents) Mass Market Paperback – 8 Sep 2011
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Olivia - Her kidnapping experience has left her with an extra sensory gift - if she touches a body or remains, she relives the last 130 seconds of the deceased's life. Pretty horrifying "gift", huh? She works with a group of folks who each have their own gift, and together they help people who have exhausted more traditional methods. Her gift is taking a toll on her, though. Olivia is such a strong character, and completely feminine. She really takes the lead here, and even initiates the physical relationship with Gabe. She can take care of herself, but chooses to let Gabe help her. It's great to have a heroine who is in touch with her girl side while still being completely in charge.
Gabe - Gabe is a skeptic of all things mystical. Yet as he gets closer to Olivia, he is forced to admit there may be more out there than meets the eye. Gabe is a good guy. He cares about people, he believes in his job, and in justice. He tries not to blur the lines between the personal and professional with Olivia, but as they spend more time together, the attraction he feels to her builds.
The romance between Olivia and Gabe builds at a nice, believable pace. I like that there was a friendship and a getting to know each other period before they got physical. They generate a good bit of heat together once they do get physical, though.
There is a good bit of tension-breaking humor throughout the story, which is always a win in my book.
The story is intense, interesting and moves along at a good pace. Leslie Kelly tends to not hold back on the gruesome details of death, which adds a grittiness to the story not often found in this genre. Her books have a sense of realness, for want of a better word. This is not Murder Lite. There is some ugliness, some grief, good people are lost. And if the good guys win in the end, well, it isn't a win that comes without pain and adjustment.
Personally, I love it when the secondary characters come on strong and grab their share of the limelight. In Cold Touch, there is a wealth of grabbiness. Not so much that they overshadow the main characters or story, but enough to where the reader can eagerly anticipate the other character's turn in the spotlight. Specifically, Julie and Morgan...I am dying to know how Ms.Kelly is going to handle their circumstances.
Ms. Kelly has a real winner with this series. Cold Sight was excellent, as is Cold Touch. The storylines are very different from the "normal" PNR, yet still populated with interesting characters and gripping plotlines. If you like Cynthia Eden's Deadly series, Laura Griffin and/or Kylie Brandt, I would urge you to give Leslie Kelly a read.
This book grabs you from the first and holds onto you til the end, you won't be able to put it down. There are some great characters in this book. Olivia and Gabe have great chemistry. There is a good plot, romance and some humor.