A Touch of Darkness

The Key, #1

This paranormal story provides an imaginative twist on the concept of angels and demons, complete with the requisite conflicts between duty and love, as well as the issues of loyalty and betrayal. Although I sympathize with the challenges that Gabe faced, given the radical changes in his circumstances, I had trouble establishing a rapport with him and didn’t feel that he was a very sympathetic character at first, and the connection between the main characters seemed awkward and the intensification of their relationship felt forced to me. There are inventive repurposings of significant landmarks and goosebump-inducing struggles that characterize this story which will appeal to those who like stories with angels and demons enmeshing humans in the eternal struggle between good and evil, but one should be aware that there are many things that will still need to be resolved, ostensibly in future tales.

“A Touch of Darkness” by Yelena Casale and Tina Moss chronicles the journey of Gabe, who has been sent to Earth to deal with a human, Cassiel ann Durett (Cassie), who has no idea of what a pivotal figure she is in the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Unfortunately, Gabe has never been one to follow the rules, and that has resulted in his guardianship of one who may cause him to be forever banished from the Light, and not just because of the emotions and conflict that Cassie evokes in him. Cassie has a remarkable parentage and is destined to change the course of life for everyone, but trying to distinguish allies from enemies is virtually impossible, and her decision will have unexpected effects on everyone.

Book Blurb for A Touch of Darkness

FIRST PLACE in 2014 Readers' Crown Award for urban fantasy. FIRST PLACE in Central Florida RWA's Touch of Magic contest for paranormal romance.

Cassie Durrett dreams of the darkness. And lives the nightmare. She's working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she ...well, whenever.

So, when mystery man, Gabe, walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when his predictions start to come true, she'll need his help to beat back the darkness-spawned creatures invading her reality.

Pretty soon Gabe has her running half way across the country in search of answers. As a bond grows between them, Cassie worries not about losing her mind to the paranormal madness, nor her life to hellish monsters. Rather her deepest fear is surrendering her heart to a powerful man fallen from grace.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 3.50