Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Title: Touch
Author: Cassandra Gold
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61124-296-6
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Evan Holloway’s life has been difficult. He can’t let his skin come in contact with anything another person has touched without his mind getting impressions. The ones filled with negative emotions are hard on his mental stability, so he’s forced to wear gloves most of the time. He’s happy living at the Delphic Institute and using his psychic powers to help others.  

When Evan’s made to look like a traitor, he runs but doesn’t get far before being captured. After being held for days, he escapes, taking Dr. Elijah Wexler hostage.  Evan looks malnourished and sounds crazy but when a tracking device is discovered in Evan’s neck, Eli’s horrified. Evan’s story forces Eli to rethink everything he knows about his life.  As they keep on the run, Evan and Eli grow closer and come to realize that together, they can do anything. 

Touch is the second release in The Institute series by Cassandra Gold. Several of the characters are recurring in the ongoing plotline, so reading the books in order would be best. 

It gets off to a quick start and doesn’t let up as the story progresses. The writing remains tight, there’s a smooth flow from one scene to another and the paranormal aspects of the plot are presented believably. I like Evan and Elijah. These two have nicely developed personalities and I enjoyed learning about them over the course of the story.  

I always appreciate it when an author keeps me guessing and Ms. Gold did just that with her many twist and turns. And I can’t forget the action, danger, betrayal, fear and anger either. All of these adds an edge to the scenes and kept my attention as this suspense filled romance built up speed to the final confrontation with the villain.  

At the end, we see a few of the previous characters. Unfortunately, we don’t learn much new about the Delphic Institute, which was a wish I’d voiced from my previous review, but we do learn about their rival, the evil Samael Organization. I have no idea what’s coming next but I look forward to the next book in this entertaining world.

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