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Touch Me (eBook II)
Touch Me eBook Cover,
written by Skye Malone
|Publication date||February 17, 2015|
|Followed by||Touch Me 2|
Touch Me is an eBook written by Skye Malone. It is the first work in the Caitlin Faire series by this author. In this work the character Caitlin Faire is a Succubus and the character Amar is an Incubus..
- Title: Touch Me
- Author: Skye Malone
- Published By: Wildflower Isle
- Length: 49 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B00TQXRMUS
- Publishing Date: February 17, 2015
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Caitlin Faire was only expecting a simple night out to celebrate her best friend's twenty-first birthday. But enter one gorgeous and mysterious guy, and inexplicable visions that can't possibly be real, and you have an evening that becomes anything but simple.
Suddenly, she's seeing visions everywhere. Being overwhelmed by strange impulses she can't control. She thinks she's going insane.
Until she almost kills the first man she touches.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on December 18, 2015
Caitlin is your ordinary average girl that no one really notices. Her roommate gets all the guys, Caitlin is just as happy to be wrapped up in a book, all things considered. Things change suddenly when the world starts to look a little different, and those she encounters tell her that she knows why things are as they are. Caitlin is confused, torn, and lost, but when things take a turn for the weird, that’s when Caitlin’s story begins.
Caitlin isn’t what you would describe as a typical succubus in that she isn’t “sexual” or “stunning” in how she appears. She is however true to herself, she knows exactly what is important and regardless of anything else, she does hold onto that part of herself. There are hints, especially from her roommate, that Caitlin can be beautiful, if she wants to be, but the thing is that Caitlin doesn’t.
That makes her interesting as a succubus through the series. In the beginning she has no idea that she is a succubus and that becomes an ongoing theme throughout the first work. Caitlin encounters so many other people that just look at her and warn her about various things, but when she replies that she has no idea what they are talking about, they just laugh, or smirk, and walk away. The first time it was ominous, but the more it happened the more it started to seem like a bit of a trope. Part of that comes from the disbelief that Caitlin has no idea that she is a succubus and it takes a while before there’s a turn away from this thread towards some kind of understanding.
That comes from the incubus in the series, Amar. It’s a bit difficult to like him, or understand where he is coming from at times because he tends to keep his emotions in check, his thoughts to himself and doesn’t really give a lot of information about anything. He looks for trust from Caitlin, but then doesn’t really give a reason to most of the time. Still, he’s interesting in a brooding-mysterious way and that should be something to watch change through being in contact with Caitlin.
What follows from this is, for Caitlin, a lot of self-recrimination, doubt, and second-guessing. She’s trying to figure out what’s going on and why, but at the same times she’s being dragged through events with no control over them. In a lot of ways that reflects Caitlin herself, not quite being in control, but wanting to be somehow.
There is a nice touch of mystery in the plot, the slow unraveling of what is going on around Caitlin that I think works well. Mixed into that is Caitlin’s need to protect her friend when she comes to realize that there are things around her that aren’t normal, are dangerous, and she’s caught in the middle of them.
There’s really not much erotica in this work, which makes sense as Caitlin herself isn’t a sexual creature by any means in this part of the series. But in many ways, that feels like her own internal monologue and how she sees herself. Sometimes being pushed to see what is around you makes you a stronger person and I think Caitlin’s that sort of a character.
With all of the buildup, the first work ends in a cliffhanger which is a little bit contrived, but sets up the second work in the series well. That said, there are questions left behind about many of the characters and over the course of the series I expect those arcs to take up a lot of the storytelling because none of their stories will be simple ones to tell.
Well written, I liked Caitlin very much for her quirks and personality. Amar is somewhat unlikable in the beginning, a bit aloof, but there is room to make him a better character. There’s a lot of mystery to explain, almost all of which is centred on Caitlin herself. But the sort of threats that keep appearing need to be changed up a bit if for no other reason than to make things a little different in that respect.
Three and a half out of five pitchforks.
A good start to the series, but the almost constant encounters and looks that Caitlin gets, that she “knows” becomes really too repetitive over time. While that sets up what is to follow, and all of the complications that come with that, there’s a point when the danger becomes “normal” and it needn’t be.