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The Touch of Fire | [Linda Howard]

The Touch of Fire

Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get. Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.
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Publisher's Summary

Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get...literally.

Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.

The exhilarating journey they must take together teaches both the true meaning of danger...and of enduring love.

©1997 Linda Howard; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 10-14-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Great Balls of Fire!"

    Rafe and Anne had an adventure. Rafe was set up and chased across the country by bounty hunters, a U.S. Marshall and a private army by one of the rich men in the country at that time. The papers Rafe has hidden could be a potential historical game changer, and silencing him was the only sure way to protect one of the richest, most influential man in American History. Injured Rafe kidnaps Anne to tend his wounds and decides to keep her. The adventure begins, they are hunted, chased, and walk into an Indian Camp that is plagued with a deadly measles outbreak. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was a great read, had some hot, steamy sexual scenes, and of course action. I gave it 5 stars because the story kept my interest, and the wonderful narration by the talented Natalie Ross, kept me riveted. Yes she was dramatic in some areas, maybe a lil bit too much, however it certainly made my heart race.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 06-03-13
    Cheryl 06-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A really good historical western romance"
    If you could sum up The Touch of Fire in three words, what would they be?

    It's not the lonesome Dove saga, however, it is a good 19th century American romance. I'm so tired of the Regency era, I could just explode.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yessir. I didn't have to hear about Bathe or Whitehall and there were no Lords or Ladies.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yep. Pretty good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Oh bother, "The doctor and the outlaw." I have no idea. Now if this was a regency novel it would be, "I have no idear".


    Any additional comments?

    Please, let's not all be juvenile and correct my errors. Seriously, this is one I like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.G.G. Pittsburgh, PA 07-08-10
    L.G.G. Pittsburgh, PA 07-08-10 Member Since 2009

    wannabe critic

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    "Good Story"

    The story was well put together and the female narrator did an excellent job with the male voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cicely Tampa, FL, United States 01-16-12
    Cicely Tampa, FL, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself! I am visually impaired, and was very hesitant about downloading audible books initally. Now I LOVE it!!

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    "Enjoyable!"

    I enjoyed this Linda Howard tale. It moved along at a good pace and concluded in a timely manner. I had a little trouble when the story took a "woo woo" turn, but others of her books have included a touch of the supernatural, and ultimately it worked!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DK 05-04-14
    DK 05-04-14 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Very Different Than the Last Linda Howard Listen"
    Would you listen to The Touch of Fire again? Why?

    Yes, but not right away.

    Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get...literally.

    Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.

    The exhilarating journey they must take together teaches both the true meaning of danger...and of enduring love.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Howard? Why or why not?

    Yes, I REALLY enjoyed 'After the Night' which was a totally different genre. A small town, political, heart wrenching drama.

    Touch of Fire is set in the old west-not really original plot-outlaw kidnaps female doctor. However the story is intriguing and fun at times with bits of naughtiness. There is not a lot of technical horse or cowboy detail.

    A nice, easy 'beach' read


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I am always impressed by an author who manages to pull off the performance of the opposite sex. Natalie Ross is very good.


    Any additional comments?

    While not spectacular this is nice, above average book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 02-02-14
    Helen 02-02-14
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    "Disappointing leading lady"

    I have enjoyed lots of Linda Howard novels. This one was sadly disappointing. The leading lady, Annie, bucked the trend, showing an independent, strong will, to become a doctor in the wild, wild West. However, when Rafe comes along, she turns into a meek, frightened, uncertain (fill in the appropriate synonymous-adjective) sissy. It would have been a much better story if Annie had stayed true to her character throughout. The narrator was fine, but not outstanding. I may be judging her a little on her material, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ann beautiful Colorado 05-15-09
    ann beautiful Colorado 05-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Ann"

    I'd give this a 3 star for the first half and 4 star for the second. Started out slow, repeating thoughts but improved with length.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Amherst, MA, United States 12-23-13
    Linda Amherst, MA, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Wild West? Really?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure this has the qualities of a 4 or 5 star book. The story, characters, and even the setting were unexciting.


    What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

    The plot of this story was just so simple. The characters were not believable.


    Did Natalie Ross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes - it was well read, but there were some parts of the story that were a bit over-acted.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 04-23-13
    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 04-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bombed..."

    Natalie Ross is a great narrator, and the story line had potential upon reading the plot summery but that's about where it ends. The author just drabs on and on and on. This is not a love story that makes you swoon, it's a love story that makes you want to bang your head against a wall until rendered unconscious.

    The last half of the book picks up a bit, but not enough for me to ever recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Duncanville, TX, United States 04-16-12
    Renee Duncanville, TX, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Healing Touch"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it had it up and downs with actual history added in.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At the end, you wanted to see justice and the good guy come out clean.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first time, so I have nothing to compare it to from her other performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, you wanted to know who Rafe could trust to bring the truth to light


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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