Fallon Braeden has never attended a single school consistently in her life. She has never lived in anything apart from hole-in-the-wall motel rooms. All her belongings fit into one duffel bag. She and her mom had always been drifters, moving from place to place, only stopping long enough to resupply on cash before moving out again.
changed one day when Fallon began attending a high-end boarding school.
After only one week, a massive earthquake consumed the school. Panic and
smoke fought to choke the children fleeing the premises.
confused and abandoned, is rescued by a handsome man with superhuman
powers. He was the same man who she noticed has been following her mom
and her around on a motorcycle. He was the same man whom his mother had
run off the road a week before. And there he was, rushing her from the
burning, crumbling building, and away from unearthly killers in mad
scientist's garb who can throw flames and hover off the ground.
intense action is only the beginning of Touching Smoke, Airicka
Phoenix's debut novel. I can assure you, the rest of the book is just as
exciting with several surprises and a few delightfully written action
scenes. The entire book is a massive chase with the main characters
running from the flame throwing men and several other strange people who
work for powerful man called Garrison.
Now, seeing as this is a
paranormal romance, I cannot neglect to talk about the relationship
between Fallon and her rescuer, Isaiah. Fallon feels a deep attraction
to him, and it isn't just because he is frightfully good-looking. He, in
turn, feels he must protect her no matter the cost. But, toward the
book's end, they both begin to wonder if their love is real. This leaves
plenty of room for a sequel.
Vampires and Werewolves are the
cliche staple of paranormal romance novels. Touching Smoke defies that
cliche. And for that I am very glad. Although the entire book is filled
with characters of superhuman abilities, the superhuman aspects do not
come from being able to transform into a wolf or sucking blood and
living forever. The question is, where do the characters superhuman
abilities come from? And how do they impact Fallon and Isaiah's
relationship? Well, my friends, you'll have to read the book to find
I give this book a 4 out of five stars because there were
several plot aspects that I saw coming, but that's just me. And I rarely
give five stars to anything. Overall, however, I really did enjoy this
book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for romance with a
mixing of action and thrill.