A Touch Menacing (A Touch Trilogy, #3)- Leah Clifford
***Last week (ish) I wrote a review on book 2 in A Touch Trilogy. If you’re interested in finding out what happened before the conclusion to the series, click here –>A Touch Morbid
“What have you been up to?”
She shrugged, the initial nerves Luke always brought on slowly calming. “Oh, the usual. Waiting for the so-called good guys to wipe out me and everyone I know. Bringing about the apocalypse. Shopping.”
“Nice to see we have our priorities straight, at least.”
“You want the one thing I’m incapable of giving you.” He tucked a finger under her chin and tilted her head up. “I will never love you.” Those same oily black eyes devoured her, called to her. “But I possess you, inside and out. You feel it, don’t you?” he said, his hand running down her side to her waist. “How I’m written into the pause you take between breaths, pumping through your blood. Etched onto your bones.”
…She knew better than to bait him. It didn’t stop her. “No one possesses me. Least of all you, Lucifer.”
If you haven’t read the second book in this series the plot that follows will be spoilery.
Eden is dying, but permanently this time. As the Siders plague both the Upstairs and Downstairs, obliterating souls with their disease, agents of Heaven and Hell have different motivations for capturing Siders like Eden. While Gabe, Az, and the rest of her posse struggle to find a cure for her sickness, Michael, and the angels will stop at nothing to destroy the Siders, and they embark on a massacring mission to rip the souls out of these pathless anomalies. Meanwhile, Luke wants nothing more than Siders infecting Heaven and taking out the good guys, his goal is to make Hell on Earth a reality and feels that he can do so with the Siders by his side. Eden and her crew set out on an impossible journey to find the original Siders in hope of curing Eden’s infection, giving the Siders a second chance, and saving Earth from an all out war between Heaven and Hell.
- Despite the seriousness of the situation A Touch Menacing grants beautifully written bursts of happiness, hope, love, and clever comedy.
- Like the previous book the sexual tension, witty banter, and sarcasm is perfectly executed. The sparks between Luke and Kristen are enough to tantalize your senses and keep you rooting for a happy ending in a love that seems destined for utter devastation.
- Madeline. Throughout this series Madeline has been elusive. The noted evil girl of the bunch who can’t be trusted and who will likely betray the Siders if it’s beneficial to her. Finally we get a glimpse into what makes Maddy tick and is she ever complicated! She’s got that je ne sais quoi that’s easy to adore.
- The plot was brilliant, filled with twists and surprises. ❤
- Az and Eden are annoyingly devoid of sexuality or even chemistry. It seems like every other couple, no matter the circumstance, is better suited.
- As the finale to this awesome series the ending was…deeply unsatisfying. Normally the conclusion to a series ends in a pretty predictable way. This was in no way predictable and certainly was not a tale of happily ever after. Despite the standard angels and demons paranormal romance, A Touch has never been conventional. This bleak, raw ending is on par with Clifford’s style.
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