Review: Touched by A.J. Aalto

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Book: Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1)
Author: A.J. Aalto
Publisher: Booktrope
Date Published: September 10th, 2012
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5 out of 5 Stars
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.

  This book was so good it gave me a book hangover, and it was about 3 or 4 days before I could read anything else. I'm pretty sure this is A.J. Aalto's first book, but the woman is a phenomenal writer and definitely a master of writing sexual tension! This book isn't just my usual fluffy paranormal romance, although there is (hot) romance, there are a few other genres that it could easily fit into. So it's got a mix-mash feel, but the results are pretty awesome.
  Marnie is the day sitter of a vampire named Harry, she is psychic but her powers are drawn from Harry. There is a recent murder that the FBI wants her help with. When her life is threatened and her bond with Harry malfunctions on her end, agents Batten & Chapel move in temporarily to protect both of them.
  The murder mystery was fantastic and I honestly didn't suspect who it was until it was almost revealed. Marnie gets herself into so much trouble along the way, it is definitely not a predictable book at all. Add that in with all of the sexual tension in the book between Marnie and Harry, as well as Marnie and agent Batten, and it was entertaining to say the least. The bad thing is usually I have some idea which love interest I'd prefer, but honestly I couldn't chose! The characters in this book are going to stick with me for a while, that's for sure!
  The second book, Death Rejoices, is *hopefully* coming out in April, I've already pre-ordered it and I simply can't wait!
***And as a side-note to this review, A.J. Aalto's blog is freaking hilarious, check it right now :)***


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