Copyright 2011, Entangled Publishing
Dez is a risk-seeking, attention grabbing girl who can hang with the wildest of boys. Skateboarding, daring and confident, she fits in and is desired by everyone. Except her lawyer father. To say Dez has "Daddy Issues" is putting it lightly. She craves his attention and since she knows she'll never make him proud, any attention will do. Pissing off dear old dad has become a full time job. He works crazy hours for a lawyer, but Dez doesn't let it bother her too much, she goes out and parties with her best friend and cousin, Brandt.
On her way home from a party, Dez is met by a tall dark and handsome stranger with piercing blue eyes. Sure, he's a little erratic and basically stole her shoes...and yeah, he's being chased by a group of not-so-nice looking men, but he's hot. And what could possibly piss dad off more than coming home to find a hot stranger in his home with his daughter?
I'll tell you! If said hot strange boy isn't actually a stranger to dad. If he's, oh I don't know, say, an escaped, powerful and deadly to the touch boy that actually got out past Dad's security at his not-so-lawyerish actual job.
Kale is stunning. And innocent. And his touch kills everything. Literally. Plants, trees, people, doesn't matter - touches Kale's skin and it dies. Except Dez. Trusting her gut, Dez helps Kale run and actually runs with him from her dad and the world she thought she knew. Her new world involves a lot of "sixes" (people with paranormal abilities) and a lot of danger; including but not limited to heartbreak, death, painful visits from the past and the remarkable hope that her mom (whom she thought was dead) may actually be alive - and a prisoner of her dads.
Jacinda from The Reading Housewives of Indiana recommended and borrowed me this book. The cover had looked cool on Entangled's website (which you need to check out if you haven't yet, they have some seriously talented authors in all of their lines!) but I hadn't gone much further than that. You know my criteria - there must be kissing. Jacinda promised there was. And OH MY. The heat level remains appropriate for a YA title, but it feels so much more intense by the pure innocense of it all. Kale literally asks Dez things like: Why is my heart beating so fast? Why is yours? Kiss me.
He has no idea the intricasies that we place in our day to day human interactions and it makes the story that much more vibrant. The whole thing plays out like a movie, you more or less "watch" the book instead of reading it. Accardo did a wonderful job of introducing us to real life people with real life and paranormal problems. The heart of the matter is just that - the heart. As simplistic as it may sound, the heart is the real reason for so much of the book.
Touch was a refreshing YA Paranormal read that I would highly encourage to any and all genre lovers, as it encompasses a great many traits that all will enjoy!