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The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she'd rather they didn't; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense - which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects - Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI's preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon's blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there's no such thing as quitting time when you're Touched.

©2011 A. J. Aalto (P)2017 Tantor

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GET THIS BOOK!

What did you love best about Touched?

I absolutely LOVE the snark, humor, and action. But mostly it's so nice to actually have a book with a real story line, plot, character development, it's non stop entertainment.

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

never ending action or witty banter.

What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read this book and was delighted when they added it to audible, although I was nervous ( I am the ultimate narrator snob) Amy was a perfect choice, she is amazing at holding character, accents, and different voices without sounding like an idiot. I would listen to her again in a heartbeat

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

So amazeballs we had to make it into a Movie!!! well, okay, so I"ll never make a career in marketing. But I would watch this movie, for realsies.

Any additional comments?

if you like books like the Kate Daniels series, Charlie Davidson, Iron druid, or Mercy Thompson this book is absolutely for you!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 10-07-17

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned 2.5**

First the PC term is revenant instead of vampire. Not to throw color water on the great reviews, I can only give it a 2.5 and that is because a new twist to the “Renfield”, the vampire’s side kick. Throughout the centuries, Renfiled has been portrayed as an insane slave, cultured man servant, a hopeful future vampire. There are, white and black witches; ghouls and zombies mindlessly roam; demons exist take control of people.

In Touched, the vampire has a daysitter. The daysitter is someone, usually a male/female pair. It is a blood donor, protector, companion and lover to the vampire. The vampire and the daysitter are bonded, which means they agreed to a partnership. That bond has different levels of emotional and psychology connection. The daysitter acquires and shares the talents of the vampire. Some of the daysitters and vampire relationships are part of the family lineage.

From the summary you know that Marnie Baranuik is the media darling. In the novel she is depicted as a horny, selfish, combative woman who run into trouble without any thought. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She berates her human lover, Mark, an FBI agent and vampire hunter, for their one-night stand, desires another roll in the hay and hates herself for her feelings. She is frustrated because, Harry, her vampire, will not take their bonding to a sexual level. Therefore, she does a lot of drooling over their asses and abs.

Using the bonded relationships to help in investigations in preternatural crimes has a lot of potential. It could have worked better Marnie was a better investigator instead of a horny bitch. She is knowledge in the vampire psychology, which is regenerated in a childish, Na na nana matter. Yet, in the instances where she must use her witch skills, she gets is woefully wrong. For the most part the dialogue is witty and charming. Harry is very British cultured and has groomed Marnie to accommodate his taste. Much of the action is because Marnie does something stupid. I would like to see it driven by the investigation. I will try the next book because like Harry. If Marnie is driven still sexual desires and has to swear to communicate I will be finish.

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loved it

I loved the different take on vampires and how they interact with humans.
must read!! I would strongly suggest that you read or listen to this.
Amy McFadden is on point as always!!

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  • Kimberly
  • Walworth, NY, United States
  • 11-14-17

Loved it!

So many great one liners. It made me laugh out loud... even at work. Got some good looks from my coworkers.

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Good Listen

I love Amy McFadden, she is amazing and really makes you feel the story. Great listen

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why

All of the characters in this book are constantly and unbelievably horny, like they can't go five minutes without thinking or talking about how much they want to bone the main character and how she wants to bone everyone else. There's also a minor subplot about vampires and magic or something.

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chapter 33

I made it about half way through before the reasoning that the author gave to the main character finally added up to me putting this book down.

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SOOOOO GOOOOO!

Loved it....slow at first but when it picked up I felt as if I were there...narrator was all that!

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  • miss v houtris
  • 11-01-17

Spot on

Amy McFadden was the perfect choice to narrate. She was without a doubt the ideal marnie and got marnies quirky personality and amusing swearing combos down to a T. Lovely to finally hear one of my favourite series

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