Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cold Touch

Cold Touch is the newest release by Leslie Parrish. From the back cover.~

Since being gifted-or cursed-with her ability to touch a lifeless body and relive the victim's final moments, Olivia Wainwright has died a hundred deaths. She hears the screams, tastes the fear, and feels the excruciating pain-and every glimpse into this darkness draws her deeper into danger.

Now she's met a man who offers her a glimmer of light. Savannah detective Gabe cooper might look like a sexy good old boy, but his laid-back attitude hides a sharp mind and a protective heart. He doesn't believe in psychics-until he meets Olivia and sees firsthand how her dark gift ravages her spirit.

As their bond deepens, Olivia will have to choose between her cold gift and the warmth Gabe provides. But her past is catching up with her, and Gabe can't refuse when she needs his help solving a crime that's haunted her for over a decade: her own murder.

I've loved Leslie Parrish's books since I read Fade to Black, the first book in her Black CATs series. I loved the Black CATs books and have said repeatedly I want more. I also love her Extrasensory Agents books and loved Cold Sight, the first book in the series. That being said, I really think Cold Touch is my favorite Leslie Parrish book ever.

I loved both of the main characters so much. Olivia's "gift" give me chills. I can't imagine willingly touching a dead body to experience the last 2 minutes and 10 seconds of that person's life to see how they died. Gabe is so protective of everyone around him. He and Olivia are attracted to one another from their very first meeting. Once Gabe realized he had real feelings for Olivia, his protection mode went into overdrive.

I also loved Gabe's partner Ty and Olivia's co-workers and her sister. In fact, I would love to see some of the secondary characters get books in the future. I don't want to post any spoilers about this book. I can only say I felt so many different emotions as I read this story. I cheered Olivia and Gabe on from the very beginning. I laughed out loud a few times, and cried like a baby at other times. I really thought I had the bad guy figured out with about 100 pages left, but was off the mark. I love that Leslie kept me guessing and I still had to wait for the reveal.

Cold Touch is one of the best books I've read all year. It is filled with suspense, action, and romance. I personally and hoping and praying we get more books from Leslie Parrish in the future!


A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

You've convinced me to give this series a chance. :)

mslizalou said...

I think you'll enjoy the series. I'm big on reading books in a series in order, but you could read Cold Touch without reading Cold Sight first and not be lost. However, I loved Cold Sight too, so I do suggest reading it.

Paula R said...

Liza, Cold Touch is my fave book by Les so far as well. Each book gets better and better. I'm re-reading it right now, and I never re-read a book I love so close to the first read. I missed Gabe and Olivia as well as the rest of the XI(I really loved calling them that) Extrasensory Agents. She really got me in many moments of the books, and when I thought I knew who the villain was, I was wrong. She definitely kept me guessing and it wasn't obvious to me at all. Loved the underground garage scene with Olivia. That really got my heart racing, and talking to myself. I was saying "no, no, no, no" throughout the whole scene until the reveal. Les has a gift and she's really found her niche in this genre. I wish I could write a review like you and most everyone else who's good at it, but I can't seem to write what I'm thinking. I would totally spoil books for people, and I hate that.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

mslizalou said...

Paula, thanks for thinking I write good reviews(not sure I'm the best, but working to get better). I just try not to post spoilers. Not sure I really get my point across each time. I'm trying to focus more on my love for the characters and the story and stay away from posting too many specific issues to the story.

Paige Prince said...

I've seen this one making the rounds and it looks REALLY GOOD. Then again, I like Leslie Kelly's contemp work, so it stands to reason I'd like her work as Leslie Parrish doing PNR.

I love the way you describe the characters, and it sounds like I'm really going to enjoy getting to know them. Can't wait to dig into this book! Thanks for the great review! :)