Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel

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Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she's the only one who believes Mina's death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable. Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina's death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen's past, the more she's torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died. After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she'll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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WOW! A Touch Of Smoke blew me away. The writing style captured my intrigue and interest from the first few pages so much so that I just couldn't stop reading.

This is paranormal romance at its best.

I adored Rikki and really wanted her to get her happy ending. Owen was a fantastic character and a great match for Rikki he has charm, smouldering good looks and a great personality. I found him to be a very relatable character with lots of personal traits that will resound with many readers. I thought the paranormal elements of this story were amazing and added intrigue and danger to the story. I loved how the book is written in the past and the present.

I loved the ending! I really hope there is another book to follow this one as I would love to see the story of Rikki and Owen expanded on.

My first experience of this author, I am blown away by her talent for story telling.

Highly recommend A Touch Of Smoke. I feel lost now I've finished reading. Definitely a book I could read again and again.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. In the summer, she loves to be on the water, on the boat or in her kayak. When it snows, you'll find her on the slopes.

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