Touched by Death – Review

Touched By Death by TL Martin
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Touched By Death

T.L. Martin

Release Date: September 1, 2017

(*This is a standalone new adult paranormal romance.)

What if Death was more tempting than you had ever imagined?

With Gram’s recent passing and a boyfriend who cares more about his next drink than her, Lou Adaire only wants to run. To start over somewhere new — maybe in a town where her family has history.

But when a storm sends Lou’s truck plunging into Tuttle Creek Lake, she discovers exactly what it’s like to fight for your life. To gasp for air only to have your lungs fill with icy water. To die.

What comes next changes everything.

Dark eyes. Consuming presence.

Death. As vague as a dream yet as intense as the lightning flashing above her still heart.
Everything about him calls out to her, tugging at her with the warm vibration of his pull. He’s supposed to take her; they both know it. She wants him to.

When she wakes in the hospital in a new town, she can’t forget what she saw… That impossible sensation of him breathing life back into her, a strong beat playing in her chest and a flutter running down her spine.

Trying to move on with her life in a foreign place is hard enough, but when he comes back for more — his burning touch against her skin, his consuming presence weaving in and out of her life, and his own scars running far deeper than hers — Lou begins to realize there’s more to Death, and to the sleepy Kansas town, than she ever expected to find.

Lou lived. But what if she’s not the only one in need of saving? 

*CONTENT WARNING: Contains some profanity, sex, and some child abuse.

Amount of sex 3.5 / 5
How explicit 3.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

I was really prepared not to like Touched By Death. Rachel usually reads the darker and heavy material – I am more a light fun reader. In my book, life is difficult enough not to add sad, depressing material by choice to your life. With that said, Touched By Death was different. While yes, it started out with the death of Lou’s beloved Grams (who raised her) and then Lou’s near death experience of plunging into a lake while driving in a storm, those simply are part of the character’s development and circumstance that take her to where the story is actually about – self-discovery and a romance with hot and sexy Death.

With all of her family gone, and her ex-boyfriend unable to get his life together, Lou leaves her life behind in LA for Kansas to move to the town her Grams is from. However, her Grams has always refused to talk about the past. Drawn to try to make a connection in her life to who she is and what her next steps in her life. Lou’s accident on the way to Kansas leaves her without any of her stuff, wiping the slate clean in many ways. Lou begins to form a friendship with the young woman who works at the front desk of the hotel Lou is staying. She takes a job with the town reclusive, Mr. Blackwood, who needs a caretaker/housekeeper (but he doesn’t really want one). Mr. Blackwood clearly knew Lou’s Grams but refuses to tell her how or any information about her Grams life there and why she left the quiet town.

Oh – and hot/sexy Death – keeps visiting Lou and getting very spicy as he becomes less a breeze and more corporeal.

T.L. Martin writes a rich story of Lou’s discovery of her past and present with some hot and heavy with sexy Death. The story is unexpected and gripping, giving this reader an enjoyable story with Lou and Death.

Author of romance and paranormal, T.L. Martin is also a wife, mother of 3, homebody, animal lover, and hug enthusiast. She resides with her family in Southern California.

T.L.’s novels tend to involve the things she enjoys most as a reader: relatable and flawed protagonists, unexpected twists, slow burn romances, and a lively cast of secondary characters. (Being that she writes both young adult and new adult titles, please check individual book descriptions for any content warnings.)

T.L. is presently branching out into new adult contemporary romance!


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Rating Report
Amount of sex
3.5 / 5
How explicit
3.5 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5