Review – His Sinful Touch by Candace Camp

A lost identity. A dangerous mystery. And a deep love that can conquer it all.

When a mysterious gentleman arrives on his doorstep, Alexander Moreland is astonished to discover that the stranger is not a gentleman at all, but a beautiful young woman disguised as a man, and in great need of assistance. The woman remembers nothing except her own name, Sabrina, and has only the contents of her pockets as clues to her identity: a handkerchief, a pocket watch, a leather pouch, a torn scrap of paper and a gold ring.

Sabrina is certain that she is on the run from someone, or something—how else to explain the bruises on her face and the pervasive sense of dread she feels? She’s also certain that she trusts Alex to help her, and she can’t deny the sparks that fly between them. As they race through the English countryside, Sabrina and Alex must solve the mystery of Sabrina’s past—before whatever she’s running from catches up to them.

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His Sinful Touch (The Mad Morelands)

My Review:               

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Alexander Moreland and his twin brother, Con, have always had a mystical “connection.”  While they can’t read each other’s mind, they can sense when the other is near, or troubled.  Alex is surprised to discover that he feels a similar connection to a stranger who wanders into Con’s investigative agency.  The stranger is dressed in men’s clothing, but is definitely a woman in disguise.  The woman needs help finding someone lost, namely, herself.  She has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.  She is wearing a locket with the name Sabrina engraved, so she assumes that is her name.  She has some injuries, and has a feeling of dread, and that she is fleeing something or someone.

Alex’s protective instinct ramps into high gear, and he takes Sabrina to his family home while he works on finding out her story.  The Moreland family is an unconventional lot, no stranger to scandal, and not afraid of it.  They welcome Sabrina into their midst, and she’s soon feeling  comfortable and safe.  Alex decides to have Sabrina attend some social events in the hope that someone will recognize her and solve the mystery of her identity.  Sabrina is recognized, first by a woman, Lilah, who claims to be a close friend, then by a pair of men, one who claims to be her guardian, and his son, Peter, who claims to be her husband.  As some intense feelings have begun to develop between Alex and Sabrina in a short time, the possibility of her having a husband is very unwelcome news to both of them.  A distraught Sabrina refuses to leave with her husband, and returns to the Moreland home.

Knowing that Peter Dearborn and his father will soon demand to take Sabrina back into their care, Alex and Sabrina embark on a road trip, determined to find out the truth.  As they retrace Sabrina’s steps, their attraction and connection deepens.  Alex is determined that Sabrina will be his, no matter what steps he has to take, but in the meanwhile, he attempts to be honorable, and not act on his desires.  Sabrina has no such scruples, and she is determined to share love with Alex now, no matter what the future may bring.  Even though she is now having hazy memories of standing before a vicar….

Alex and Sabrina are wonderful characters, and it’s clear that they belong together.  Even so, I admit to being disappointed that they gave in so quickly to passion before they knew all the facts about her past and her relationship with Peter.  The story was interesting, fast moving, and exciting.  The mental connection that Alex and Sabrina had added a whole ‘nother layer of intimacy to their relationship.  I would have liked to see the villain(s) suffer a much harsher punishment, as I think they escaped very lightly.  HIS SINFUL TOUCH is a well written, enjoyable, and different type of romance due to the paranormal element.  Though it’s part of THE MAD MORELAND series, it reads very well as a standalone book.  ~Rose

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