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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Human Touch by JL Wilson

Human Touch by JL Wilson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (274 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Wild Plum

Isbel Kensington's lack of paranormal Talent makes her unique, especially given her powerful paranormal family who run the planet Delmorna. Isbel's studies into ancient diseases uncover an old family secret which threatens the stability of the government run by Isbel's devious sister Dru.

Cyrus Durant is a cloned human and undercover cop who has to act as Isbel's Paid Male during her research holiday. He has to get close to her and determine if she's involved in Dru’s treasonous plots. Cyrus has never been this close to a woman. The experience is overwhelming, especially when he and Isbel start to form an intimate psychic bond.

As Isbel's research unearths the truth about the planet's history, she and Cyrus become targets in a deadly political struggle. In a final confrontation with her family, Isbel finds out just how deeply blood ties run -- and how easily they can be severed.

Though the blurb for this book sounds exciting, I felt the plot was a bit dry. I wished for the author to jazz it up some, add some more action and suspense. It was very easy for me to predict every move the characters were going to make.

The characters were fascinating and well-written, despite my complaints about the plot. They really were out-of-this-world characters. They each had unique paranormal gifts. Dru was the very powerful villain of the story and is the type of character you hate, but love the fact the author created them and put them in this story.

Delmorna is a made up world and the author did an incredible job describing this setting. It may be make-believe, but the descriptions and the characters' actions made it all seem real. By the end of the book, I felt like I had been there.

Cyrus and Isabel’s relationship was strong and spicy. They really needed one another and counted on each other. Before they met they were walking around half empty, and needed each other for completion.

Ms. Wilson has a great writing talent, it just didn’t shine through in this book as it has in many others. Even so, I enjoyed meeting Isbel and Cyrus and watching as they fell in love.