Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1) by A.J. Aalto

The easiest way to explain Touched… If Janet Evanovich and Charlaine Harris had a book baby, with a side of Darynda Jones.

Touched is a quirky paranormal romance love triangle with a snarky well-meaning gal, who has waaaaay to many paranormal beings and issues vying for her attention.

It was funny and engrossing. I liked the quick wit and the mystery that surrounded Marnie. Her vamp and the seriously sexy FBI guy both want her to help each of them in different ways. We are left constantly wanting to know more about why that is.

For the frugal reader Touched is a great deal as far as cost and book length. (Currently it’s free on Kindle Unlimited)

Did I love this read? Yes, although it could become a tad monotonous here and there prompting some skim reading. Did I like the characters? Yes! All were good, solid characters I became invested in. Did I like the love tri-angle? Yes and no. I was torn and still am. I like both guys, but felt like Marnie was using them both too. Will I continue with the series? I am not sure. Why? Well, it was a very long read and like I said before, I did skim read a bit here and there. I don’t feel like Marnie will choose my pick for her either… I dunno maybe it’s too soon to say yes or no. Maybe will be my answer for that question. Was it worth the read? YES! I have found a new author I am very interested in. AJ Alto is going on my watch list for sure!

4.5 Star read
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.

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