When empath Gyda St. Germaine is rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, she vows vengeance on her tormentors. Aided by two distinct personalities who bolster her powers, she becomes a vigilante, hungry for revenge. Her path of retribution tosses her into the arms of an Order of Themis Siphon and her world is turned upside down. Fighting her past takes a backseat to her all-consuming desire for the man whose honor and sense of justice go against everything she believes.
The moment electricity manipulator Brit Harper stumbled across a feral woman with a bloody knife, his life changed. Black and white becomes gray as the scales of justice tip. Fascinated by her strength and the darkness in her eyes, he vows to teach her the true meaning of justice, and help her explore the passion sizzling between them. But when the evil haunting Gyda’s dreams returns in the flesh, he’ll have to choose between his beliefs and the woman he loves.
Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing.
Danica is the lucky pet of a compulsively needy dog and two cats. The pitter-patter of little feet has been known to make her break out into a cold sweat.
Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. When she isn’t writing, working or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.
I really appreciate a good paranormal romance that doesn’t rely on the relationship to be interesting. Touched by Lightning had the most amazing facet to it, where one of the main characters has a multiple personality due to the severe abuse she has suffered. It really pulled in a more realistic aspect into the whole thing and made the romance so much more interesting.
From a writer’s perspective, the usual spicy scenes you tend to expect in Ellora’s Cave books, were quite a way into the story and were justifiable so. I applaud the author for trying something different and entering a world that isn’t sugary sweet, and where the relationship is the ultimate plot of the book. My only criticism is that I’d have started the book from 16’s appearance rather than the character’s back story – really bring the reader into the action right from the beginning.
The front cover is a typical paranormal romance image and its nice to see both characters represented rather than just the ab sporting alpha male lead.
Overall, I’d give Touched by Lightning 5 out of 5 stars – such an dark and interesting take on the genre. A must read.