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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Touch of Black Velvet by Brieanna Robertson

Touch of Black Velvet by Brieanna Robertson
Publisher: Amira Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (54 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

There were exactly two things I knew about shifters…

One was that they were to be feared. The other was that they ruled our cities…

In a post-apocalyptic world Reya has nothing to live for but her next fix. That changes when she is left for dead on the street and saved by a mysterious, gorgeous stranger…a shifter. He offers her a strange choice.

Fear and self-preservation have made Reya bold and brash, but how can she refuse a man who speaks of such fantastic things? And how can she resist a man whose touch is like black velvet?

Strung out on drugs and beaten badly, Reya is minutes away from death when Jack Snow saves her. He offers her a way off the streets, but it seems too good to be true. Reya must decide if she can trust her enigmatic and handsome rescuer.

Living on the streets in a post-apocalyptic world has made Reya tough and cynical. She turned to drugs early in life to block out the pain, but the drugs have only brought more sorrow. Close to an overdose and beaten by her junkie boyfriend, Reya is left for dead. That’s when Jack Snow walks into her life.

Jack forces Reya to get clean and offers her a strange choice. She can return to her old life on the streets, or she can come with him to a place where she can make a fresh start. Reya is intrigued by Jack’s offer, but she has her doubts. Jack is a stranger. The only thing Reya knows about him is that he’s a shifter. Shifters are the result of a military experiment that got out of control. They are dangerous and aren’t to be trusted. Despite her fears, Reya decides to trust Jack, and learns he has an addiction of his own.

Reya was an interesting heroine. At first she appeared callous and harsh, but her tough exterior is merely a self defense mechanism developed after years on the streets. Underneath it all, Reya is caring, smart, and sassy, though sometimes rash.

Jack is the complete opposite of Reya. He’s very calm and has amazing self control, a control that’s taken him a long time to master. He’s exactly the kind of hero needed to smooth out some of Reya’s rough edges.

My only issue was the length of the story. I felt as though I was just becoming familiar with the characters when the story ended. I would have liked more time to get to know the characters and explore the world that Ms. Robertson created.

Despite the very minor issue of length, "Touch of Black Velvet" is a great read. It’s a fast paced, futuristic romance about second chances. I definitely recommend it to anyone who prefers heroines with a bit of sass.