Review: Touch of Evil by Cecy Robson

Posted October 13, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Touch of Evil by Cecy Robson
Touch of Evil

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Series: Weird Girls #10
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 13, 2020
Pages: 209
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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The Delight

She is young, she is shy, she is sweet, and she is the heart of the Weird Girls, but Emme is also ready to prove herself as a powerful member of the team and a woman ready to find her special someone.  He’s never been someone’s hero and his past tells him that he has no business noticing Emme’s all grown up, but if she goes into danger then he’ll be right by her side.


Review

Touch of Evil is the first of the Touch sub series and tenth of the Weird Girls.  It should be read in order after Celia and Taran’s books.

Touch of Evil opens with Emme having a gab-worthy bad date, but the night is still young so she goes to Bren’s bar for some company.  If only she can get Bren to notice that she’s all grown up and interested in more than friendship, but that sexy wolf shifter fights shy of her these days.  When a were is reported murdered and the other leaders are busy on other assignments, Bren gets tasked to lead the investigation and Emme is right at his side.  Things get bizarre after that and they find themselves up against a Touch of Evil.

Though this book is part of the broader Weird Girls’ universe, it is the first book with Emme as the focus.  It had the feel of both first in series- rough in spots and waiting to hit its stride- and the familiarity of a long-standing well-loved series with great characters, action, twists, humor, sexy romance, and world-building.

Emme’s love interest should come as no surprise for series readers and Bren splits the narration with her.  All four Weird sisters have very different personalities and magical powers.  Like when Taran took over the narration from Celia, Emme’s book reflects who and what she is so well.  I loved the vulnerability and yearning that are brought out in this youngest sister, but also her sweetness and quiet strength.  She wants desperately to not be the weakest link or to spend her life envying her sisters for their loving relationships with mates.  This is all portrayed in a low angst way because Emme isn’t a volatile person.  Most of the time she is busy taking care of those around her including those who don’t deserve it.

And, splitting the limelight with her is Bren.  Bren has been a side character since the first book.  He was a lone werewolf and like a brother to the sisters.   However, during Taran’s part of the story, a new vibe starts to form between Bren and Emme.  The mutual attraction was crackling between them even as Bren kept pulling away and avoiding her.  I was ready to see what was up with him and why he was acting that way.  For the first time, there are more than hints about why Bren stayed outside the packs and kept to himself all this time and it is what makes him struggle to keep that mutual attraction in check.  I look forward to seeing how Emme finds a way past his guard.

This series has some serious humor along with the spicy romance and action.  Taran was usually the source, but I was tickled to catch some of Emme’s moments and a whole lot of Bren.  He’s a rough and mouthy type who had me cracking up.  Even when one is just in his head getting his point of view, he’s a hoot.

Touch of Evil didn’t stint on the intense action moments.  Talk about a walk on the weird side and I’m not referencing the sisters.  There was some twisted stuff going on and the big scene at the end was pay dirt.  Bren and Emme were fighting for their lives and the villain was pretty creepy.  The overall war with those looking to break the prophecy about Celia and Aric’s unborn child is ongoing and I like Emme’s determination to help protect her sister and the baby.

All in all, this was a good start to a new segment of the series.  It set things in motion and I look forward to seeing where it goes for Emme and Bren and the rest of the gang.  Those who enjoy plenty of action-packed, emotion-producing, spicy romancing and humor in their urban fantasy should take the plunge on the series.

I rec’d a copy of this book from Caffeinated PR to read in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Book
TOUCH OF EVIL BY CECY ROBSON

The award-winning Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series continues to blow away modern fantasy and adventure fans with heart-stopping action and romance. Centered around four unique and powerful sisters, it’s time for Emme Wird, the youngest sister, to step into the supernatural spotlight.

Emme Wird, the healer and powerful telekinetic in the Wird family, hasn’t had the best of luck with males. While her sisters have found their mates and forever loves, Emme has found males that are better left as lost. Is a decent meal with polite conversation too much to ask for? Yes, it is.

When a pack member that Emme has dinner with is discovered dead and dismembered, it is up to Emme and her werewolf friend, Bren, to solve the murder. But spine-tingling danger and touches with evil have ways of bringing close friends closer.

Could the male that Emme searches for be right in front of her? Or will evil snatch him away from her, just as it did once before?

About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Greg
12 days ago

The Weird Girls sounds like a lot of fun. I miss urban fantasy, I need to get back into ’em.

Sophia Rose
12 days ago
Reply to  Greg

These sisters and their friends are a hoot, Greg. I was glad to get in on the series back in the beginning.

sherry fundin
12 days ago

i just entered a giveaway through her newsletter for this book. sounds like one for me
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
12 days ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Good move, Sherry! I hope you win because these are fun and exciting reads. 🙂

Melliane
12 days ago

I really need to read this one. I’m so curious about Emme’s story!

Sophia Rose
12 days ago
Reply to  Melliane

She really shines. I think you’ll love her, Melliane. 🙂

Carole Rae
11 days ago

Can’t wait to read thissss

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Emme is a star, Carole. 🙂

Rachel
11 days ago

This is the 2nd review I’ve read for this new release. Glad to hear you both have enjoyed it!

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

I think you’d get a kick out of this group of sisters and their friends, Rachel. 🙂

Nadene
11 days ago

This was so good. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes! Can’t wait for the next one. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’ve read some of this author’s contemporary romances but I think only a prequel novella in this world.

Sophia Rose
9 days ago

This is one of the few series that I actually snagged all the novellas and the novels. I loved getting more. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
10 days ago

I read the last book so I’m looking forward to this one now.

Sophia Rose
9 days ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, it has been a slightly impatient wait for Emme and Bren’s story. 🙂

Lover of Romance
9 days ago

I do love a great spice to the humor in the story and love a well determined character. Glad you enjoyed another addition to this series.

Sophia Rose
9 days ago

The humor in this series is a good counter balance for when she makes me tear up, too. 🙂

Lola
5 days ago

Interesting how this one read both as a first in the series and later book in the series. It sounds like a solid read. Seems like a good set up for the romance and that’s nice it has plenty of action as well.

Sophia Rose
5 days ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes! She wrote a series of books for each sister, but they build on the books before them so it’s like new seasons for the same TV show. Love these. 🙂