When she touches photographer Mitchell Hunt and sees the image of a dead body, she dives into the murder fingertips first. Life takes a turn for the dangerous when she discovers the body is related to a small-time crime family that accidentally stepped A Touch of Ice Book 1: The Everly Gray Adventures. Everly Gray's fingers are a magnet for trouble Life takes a turn for the dangerous when she discovers the body is related to a small-time crime family that accidentally stepped on the toes of notorious criminal, Delano West.
Caught in a web of intrigue where nothing is as it seems, El discovers an aptitude for breaking and entering, the pain of an up close and personal meeting with a bullet, and the terror of facing a cold blooded killer. What she doesn't learn--to keep her fingers to herself. Terrified by that, she convinces Violet to go with her to the beach Note for the reader: The beach - the Atlantic Ocean to be exact - is 3 hours away from Apex, NC, when driving on I with no significant traffic.
Now, here is where the story lost me. She meets Mitch at this beach that is located nowhere near her house, and somehow he, too, has driven the full 3 hours to arrive, because he also happens to live an hour away from Apex, NC, which puts him either in Chapel Hill, NC, Durham, NC, or Ahoskie, NC. I'm guessing it is one of the first two. In which case it was actually more like 4 hours to go to the beach on a lark.
I guess I started being skeptical there, and never really got over it as the book progressed. There were a few other odd choices such as going to Western Wake for an emergency room when the likely choice would be It appears that everyone in the book lives in one of these atypical houses.
But I was happy to see that Gypsy's Shiny Diner got a shout out and a well deserved one at that. Of note is the fact that Violet is also known as Annie and the author switches between the two names, sometimes in the same sentence, in advance of when El learns this information.
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This seems like a bit of sloppy editing. As for the rest of the plot, it is standard cozy mystery stuff. If you like cozies, you'll enjoy this one as well. Unless you are from the Triangle in which case the cognitive disconnect on the little details will pull you out of full immersion. While reviewing the note about the author on Amazon, I knew that what I would be reading would be an unusual take on a murder mystery.
Charles, is a past yoga instructor, who, when deciding to write full time was driven to the paranormal genre because she wanted to include her life experiences with energy into her stories. This might raise question marks to the average reader, but as the daughter of a woman who left her career as an Interior Designer, moved to North Carolina to While reviewing the note about the author on Amazon, I knew that what I would be reading would be an unusual take on a murder mystery. This might raise question marks to the average reader, but as the daughter of a woman who left her career as an Interior Designer, moved to North Carolina to become a hypnotherapist who practices Reiki and meditates with her Chakra bowls, I felt like whether the book was good or not, this was a perspective I could understand.
I purchased the book and read the first line and my interest was piqued. Everly Gray is introduced to us as a Personal Coach who uses her gift as a touch sensitive to help people discover their emotions. Mind Magic are familiar with Lily Yu, who is also a touch sensitive, though in her case she can tell if magic was used in a crime, just by touch.
Everly's energy is of a more practical, real world nature. She receives emotions and images when she touches things with her fingers. Can you imagine how awkward life could be if you shake someone's hand and can see something they've done or feel? Because of this difficulty, Everly has kept herself pretty secluded, only a couple friends and relationships few and far between.
Everly's character develops from life coach to "seeing" a dead body and solving crimes pretty quickly, and the reader is launched into a plot that was well developed and fun to read. I believe this is one of L. Charles first novels, if not the first and you can tell that she gained confidence in her writing as the story unfolded. Some of the conversations seemed awkward at first, and if she had used more descriptive language to describe the things that Everly was "seeing" it may have had greater impact. By the end of the book I wasn't thinking about those things, I was thoroughly enmeshed in the story that was unfolding.
Especially of Mitch and Pierce, their descriptions were very nice indeed! There are seven books in this series and I have a feeling there could be a love triangle thrown into a storyline at some point. There was a lot of sizzle between Everly and the two men in this one! If you like Paranormal Romance Mysteries that have a psychic twist, then check out this series! It's fun to discover a new writer who has written a ton of novels because you don't have to wait for the next one to come out.
Jan 14, Wendy Hines rated it really liked it. Everly Gray has ESP fingers. Everything she touches, material items and people, gives her a glimpse of something in the past, the present or the future. She doesn't date much because her dates usually end in disaster when they touch her and she 'sees' something disturbing that turns her off. Her best friend, Violet, is a private investigator.
Violet knows about Everly's gift but not many others do. When Everly has a bad vision about herself as an old woman in a rocking chair, they go to the beac Everly Gray has ESP fingers. When Everly has a bad vision about herself as an old woman in a rocking chair, they go to the beach to walk it off, but someone is taking photographs. Everly decides to introduce herself to the man, and Violet asks questions about why he's photographing them. His name is Mitchell Hunt and he's just staying busy, trying to forget the memory of seeing his best friend murdered the night before.
They talk, and he asks Everly out on a date. She explains about her ESP fingers but he doesn't seem worried, although he does hire Violet to investigate the murder. He knows he is a person of interest, and he wants the real killer found. However, after their date, Everly gets a phone call about Mitch being missing. Everly and Violet search Mitch's house and Everly gets visions of Mitch being brutalized by three men. He's alive, but she doesn't know where they took him. Fortunately, Mitch is dropped off at a hospital hours later, but Everly still can't shake the visions of the men. She convinces Violet to investigate the matter further.
Everly convinces Violet to help her break into Tony's house - the murdered friend of Mitch. Everly's gift is changing; she can see the visions without even touching anything. Her mind tears magazines and makes a collage on its own, and she can't shake the thought that diamonds are involved, even though Violet can't use that information in any shape or form.
Everly and Mitch begin a sweet romance, and between the three of them they try to uncover the real killer. But when danger comes for Everly, will her ESP fingers get her out of it, or will she die with regrets like she saw in her vision? Jun 24, Denise Zendel rated it really liked it. Her partner in crime, Violet, is a suburban private eye — or is she? Everly has a disturbing dream of an old, regret-filled woman sitting in a rocking chair, tormented by choices not made and paths not taken.
One day, Everly and Violet are out for a run on the beach and Everly runs into — literally — a handsome man named Mitch. She gets a flash of a dead body and, as part of her commitment to stepping outside her comfort zone, decides to do what she can to find out whodunit. Violet goes along for the ride. I had to suspend some disbelief over the paranormal elements, but the author weaves them into the story in a believable, conversational way.
The plot involves premonitions, talking walls, street brawls, psychic events, romance, trusting your instincts, foolhardy excursions, growing friendships and, ultimately, justice. I enjoyed seeing Everly grown as a person, stepping from self-imposed isolation to a full and rich life peopled with good friends and a hot romance.
The information about what a life coach does was interesting as well, and helped move the plot along. Plus, I like that she follows her own advice, doing the same exercises as she gives to her clients. Delightfully intriguing books about friendship, intrigue, romance and a little touch of …. Everly Gray has been almost hiding in her home for the last 10 years. She has a little problem; she has a psychometric talent.
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Imagine never being able to visit a hospital for fear of accidentally touching something that has been part of a tragedy. Imagine never being able to touch someone you care about without being afraid of invading their privacy. Every person and thing she touches se Delightfully intriguing books about friendship, intrigue, romance and a little touch of ….
Every person and thing she touches sends her images of recent happenings or strong emotion. Everly faces these concerns every day and has become a reclusive life coach to try to use her talent to help people. That is until one day in the middle of a coaching session she gets two images unrelated to her client, one a depressing image of her future self and the other a vision of a murder victim. Dealing with the images sends Everly into a world of suspicion and danger. As she meets a man with the same image in his mind, Everly world turns upside down. On top of these discoveries, Everly discovers that her friend and neighbor has an undefined connection to the detective investigating the murder.
The sexual tension is hot but the sex is not graphic. May 23, Carol Piner rated it it was amazing. I knew that L. Charles was from the South the first time I saw the word "Damn" used like it was an entire sentence. You see, down here we have the gift of emphasis bred into our very bones from our Mamas and our GrandMamas. They used that word a lot when they stared at us through the glass door standing there with a policeman. Another hint was the total irreverance of the humor. Thank you for getting that humor into writing.
We are all in a better place for it. Her novel, A Touch of Ice, is a book about a very unusual topic. Her character can see images of the past, present and future with her touch.
A Touch of Ice (Everly Gray Adventures, book 1) by L j Charles
As you can imagine, it does not exactly do wonders for her in a police station or a public toilet. In this novel, she uses it for good to try to help find the murderer of the guy currently finding himself dangling from those famous magic fingers of hers. It got a little confusing with her best buddy had three separate names, all actually a fact, but if you could keep up with that, you have the whole South thing down and you can figure the rest out for yourself.
May 05, Adrienne Testa rated it it was ok. Everly Gray as the ability to see visions with her finger tips. Problem with this story is it is so convoluted through the first half of the book, the reader would give up before it straightens out. The author is trying to tell a story and give too much info all at once that gets confusing, Everly becomes part Stephanie Plum and part Eve Dallas until the last five chapters of the story. Everly's friend and neighbor Violet has secrets, a PI who retired from being a sniper. The town's cop is her b Everly Gray as the ability to see visions with her finger tips.
The town's cop is her brother and the doctor with the Irish brogue is also leading two lives. Mitch Hunt, Everly's romantic interest, a photographer who works for the government friend is killed. With Everly's visions, Violet's skills and a crazed man using Everly to get to Violet the chase is on to learn the truth and eliminate the crazed man. If you can put up with the confusion, its worth the read.
Jul 16, Kimberlie rated it it was ok Shelves: The patient did not survive this train wreck even though I did CPR for a good while. Reader This story has me conflicted. I like the idea of the heroine getting images from touching things, but the way the author tells the story makes it irritatingly unbelievable. If these were real people in my life, I'm pretty sure I'd be star Nurse If these were real people in my life, I'm pretty sure I'd be staring at them with a "Whaaaa?
Or rolling my eyes behind their backs. I would really like to read the story especially since I bought the next two books, too but the author's inability to direct her characters with a smooth and realistic human nature have made that too distracting to continue. Dec 29, Karin Corneau rated it it was amazing. Another gem I found on Kobo while looking for some new reads to take on vacation. This did not disappoint and I am already in the middle of book 2.
It took me awhile to get used to the authors style of writing. Once I found the grove, I was able to get right into and I am falling in love with Everly. She is a fun character who is just a magnet for trouble. The cast of characters for this book are wonderful and I am waiting to see what happens to them in the rest of the series.
I hope that Mitch Another gem I found on Kobo while looking for some new reads to take on vacation. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would easily recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. Jun 24, Amy rated it it was amazing. I have ready the sample of this book so many times, I actually thought I read to book.
I purchased the box set for my nook on sale because I needed a long read for a road trip. I love all of the characters in this read. El is the main character and cannot control her curiosity. She has a magic "touch" that allows her to see the actions of others when she touches them with her fingertips. In this book she helps find a killer and almost becomes I have ready the sample of this book so many times, I actually thought I read to book. In this book she helps find a killer and almost becomes a victim because she can't control her impulses to touch. Her supporting characters are awesome and there is enough suspense to keep you wanting to finish just to see what happens at the end You really need to read these if you like refreshing reads about romance, mystery, crime and supernatural to an extent.
Apr 09, Mandy Blake rated it did not like it.
I really wish I could give this book 0 stars. The writing was all over the place and extremely difficult to follow. The author would veer off on random plot lines, like she was just throwing random thoughts out, but they never materialized into anything. Damsel in distress with zero confidence in herself, looking to others for support, and just awkward.
She honestly just sounded like an idiot most of the ti I really wish I could give this book 0 stars. She honestly just sounded like an idiot most of the time. The fact that it took over a month for me to read a page book tells me a lot. I just never wanted to pick it back up. I'm thinking the only reason I finished the book is because I must be a glutton for punishment. And beyond a waste of time. Jun 21, Maureen rated it liked it Shelves: Nice premise with her "magic fingers.
I often sigh in frustration at books that are written from what is called "deep point of view. IMO, most of those books go overboard in helping you understand the inner workings of the main character. This book tries to do that but I don't know, it was missing something Interesting book. This book tries to do that but I don't know, it was missing something. It almost felt like Dashiell Hammett trying to do deep point of view. It was perfunctory and rather factual, short on the emotions? There just wasn't enough background I guess to support it? Something was off, hard to put my finger on it, but still worth the read.
Oct 03, Alexandra Bogdanovic rated it it was ok. I am giving this one star for the concept and one for the story. The writing itself was horrible, to put it nicely. I think what bugged me most was that the writing was so disjointed. This was especially troubling in the beginning of the book when, as a reader, I was trying to connect with the characters. In fact, I was so distracted and put off by the writing that instead of making a meaningful connection and becoming engrossed in the story, I found myself wondering whether I should keep readin I am giving this one star for the concept and one for the story.
In fact, I was so distracted and put off by the writing that instead of making a meaningful connection and becoming engrossed in the story, I found myself wondering whether I should keep reading. All of that being stated, the writing did improve in the middle of the book -- but it fell off again towards the end. Overall this is not a book I would recommend for readers who aren't very patient, or very forgiving. Jul 04, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked all the characters they are interesting and have enough of a unexplored back story to make me want to read more, but weren't so mysterious as to make me feel disconnected.
The story itself was interesting and the touch thing El has is different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading the same plot I have read a million times before. I kind of hate the whole maybe love triangle thing. Definitely will be reading the next book, but I hope that it doesn't become a constant annoying secondary theme. Jun 02, Ashleah rated it liked it Shelves: