- Title: Touch the Dark
- Author: Karen Chance
- Series: Cassandra Palmer #1
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: Paperback
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewer: Soo
- Rating: 3 out of 5
Description: Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.
The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.
The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire—and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay….
Review: Karen Chance creates a world where key figures of history and fanciful lore are alive and well in the present as creatures of folklore. Cassandra Palmer’s idea of normal consists of ugly vampires, magic lessons, irritating ghosts, visions that sear her mind & scar her heart, falling for all the wrong guys, and running in fear for her life. No matter where she goes, someone wants to use her or kill her. Cassie just wants to settle down somewhere, work at a deadbeat job, maybe make a friend or two, maybe date a nice guy, and live as normal a life as possible.
No such luck!
All hands point to danger, impossible choices, power and a path that Cassie fights tooth & nail to walk, let alone run. Everyone thinks they know what’s best for Cassie and try their best to make sure she does what they want. It’s a good thing Cassie’s aced brutal lessons in survival because she’ll need everything she has to keep herself free.
Touch the Dark paints the setting for the series and introduces key characters with enough background to color inside the lines. It’s hard but just grin & bear the fact that almost all key figures in the story are beautiful, raspberry the parts where Cassie is being obstinate, and enjoy the steamy bits. I promise it’s worth being patient.