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    Complex, beautiful writing

    I can’t remember the last time a character made me swoon, but Owen is just…WOW. I love everything about his character. Rikki is also fantastic. The romance aspect of Touch of Smoke is everything I wanted it to be. What I loved most about it was that while the romance is really well developed there is so much more to this story. This book has everything. Layers of twists throughout the entire book. The mystery was so well crafted that I had no idea what was going on until it was finally revealed. Touch Of Smoke is fabulous. The characters are really well developed and loveable, the mystery was deep and complex, and the writing was wonderful. I want more of this world. I’m a fan! Highly recommended! * I read this book for a blog tour with R&R Book Tours. All opinions are my own.*
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    Perfect

    OH, My… I knew that I’d have a book that I couldn’t put down as with the other Karissa Laurel books I’ve read but I didn’t know that I’d be raving about the book long after I finished the last page. The characters were fun with interesting lives that come together with heat, passion, and friendships. I love the small town that the story is set in. The people of the town are nosy, protective, and loving. They are exactly as they should be. The story of Rikki and Owen is captivating. I love how they are strangers, they meet and the attraction is instant yet Rikki is cautious. She doesn’t jump right in and she makes him prove that he can be trusted. When things happen that can’t be explained she questions, she takes time to make decisions and still trusts that he will always put her first. The paranormal aspect of the story is almost hidden. It is not the most prominent part of the book and I liked that it was a little behind the scenes. It was an important part of the story but it didn’t make the entire story. It was important to the story and I loved it and was excited about it but the story of Owen and Rikki was what I loved most. I loved their relationship and their strengths but I loved that Owen did what he could to make Rikki happy and to keep her safe. The ending, oh wow! It was perfect. I love how their positions changed and their love was strong. I need more of this story, this setting, and these characters.
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    Awesome

    This book from start to finish was absolutely brilliant, I loved every minute of it. I loved everything about this book, the story, the characters, the writing. The book had everything I personally like in a book, action, lots of humor and snark, the right amount of romance, great supporting characters and plot twists. About half or more of the book we get dual timelines. Present time and three years ago. I liked the dual timelines, it keeps you on the edge of you seat and guessing of what really happened that day. I really liked both main characters, both had their strengths but also weaknesses. I liked that they balanced each other out a great deal. Most know, I’m not a fan of insta-love or lust unless done right and that was the case here. Anything else would have been weird in this case. Also like that Rikki stayed her own person and not just throws everything out the window for a guy. The same goes for Owen though, he sticks to his plans no matter what happens or happened. We get a pretty good twist at the end I LOVED it. I also really loved the ending it was perfect and I must admit I was a bit worried but well done Karissa Laurel. I mentioned that I loved the supporting cast and I can’t leave this review without saying that I absolutely adored Luke. So much so, that I hope we get to see him again somehow, sometime in the future. Overall great, great book and I give it 5★ and hoping for a Luke book. #givemeLuke
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    Utterly Compelling! A Love Story & Darkness Superb

    Intriguing. Intense, Spellbinding. Emotionally-Engrossing & Utterly Compelling. Karissa Laurel has once again penned a mysterious, seize you by the throat, until the very last heart-wrenching page novel. This is so much more than a romance book, this is a Love Story that has been carefully created with a cast of intricately drawn characters. The author masterfully draws all the supernatural threads together, so you can feel the very building blocks slotting into place, building the layers and foundations of its engaging storyline..You will feel the breathless vibrations that build between Rikki & Owen that run far deeper than just a romance. As they build you can feel all of your senses coming alive, to make sure you feel the depth of emotions running from the start until the very end. An end that Rikki runs from and an end that destroys everything she thought was real. But she can’t let it go, she needs to go back and face her demons, the ones that are haunting her every thought. She believes her small town community needs protecting and Rikki is determined to be their avenging angel, to fight the darkness she believes is a danger to them all.. In out conscious minds what we see and think, we reason and process but Rikki can’t because beneath the surface is something much more larger & powerful that can’t be reasoned away, because Owen is where the power lies. I don’t like leaving spoilers, as I believe you should go in fresh with no preconceived ideas when you read a new novel. However I will say it has a gripping plot and an aboriginal take on a familiar theme. I inhaled this book in one sitting, sleep forgotten, alarm clock binned, and hankies ready. I feel like I could recite this whole book back to you, that is how much of an impact it made on me. I have admired Karissa Laurel’s work before, in her gripping 5* series The Norse Chronicles. I’m also currently just about to read her finale to her Stormbourne Chronicles which was recently released. This Lady can write, she can transport you to any world and keep you there without resistance, she can turn your emotions upside down & inside out, but every single time she makes my toes curl & Imprints her story’s into my mind. I wholeheartedly can recommend this book to any romance, fantasy, supernatural lover. As I’m only allowed to give 5 out of 5 stars I choose to give it these full marks. In reality “Touch of Smoke” deserves so much more. “Superb”
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    Something different

    Enjoyable but different. Suspension of disbelief needed, but worth it for a different type of tale, but the happy ending comes after some slightly hair-raising exploits!
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