The attraction between them is instant & sizzling...but they don't act on it. Something that Hephaestus will come to regret since, willing to do anything to win a battle of every sort, Ares takes Vanessa as his own. The only problem is that the Touch of a God is an addictive & harmful thing for mortals & Vanessa completely changes once under Ares' spell of lust. Eros & Hephaestus come up with a plan to humiliate Ares & make him leave Vanessa alone once & for all - but even after Ares gives up, the real challenge has just begun.
I enjoyed the concept of this book, but I'll admit I'm not completely sold on the execution. I would have enjoyed it more if the plot, especially the whirlwind romance between Heph & Vanessa, was a little more fleshed out. The characters were interesting & you can tell that Luc has done her Greek mythology research which is always a pleasure to see. Ares is a complete dick & I hated how easily changed Vanessa was even though it was all a symptom of the Touch. Hephaestus was not really what I pictured the god of blacksmiths to be, but he was still a sweetheart. I think the biggest disappointment for me was that I understood that Hephaestus loved Vanessa, but I didn't understand why. He Touched her & all of a sudden, she's his soulmate? I didn't get it. Their courtship was sweet but even that didn't actually start until more than halfway through the book after he had already decided she was The One. I felt the lust, just not the love.
Touch definitely had its hot scenes although the language didn't always flow - a mix of dirty & formal in the same paragraph, sometimes sentence, was confusing for the reader. If you're looking for a hot book with interesting greek mythology, you've found it but I wouldn't count on the storyline.
*Book provided by author for review
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Touch of the Gods: The Wagerby DX LucRelease Date: May 4, 2012Publisher: Sinful Restraints Publishing