Summary from GoodReads:
Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.
Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.
This is Book One in the Touched trilogy.
Oh my gosh, you guys, I could not put this book down. From page one, I was so connected to the main character, Remy, that I only put this book down once between reads. In fact, I stayed up until 2:30 am to finish it, even though I had to be up at 7 am. I do have to say, and I hope this is not a huge turn off for anyone, but this book kind of reminded me of Twilight. Don’t get me wrong, there are no vampires, werewolves or anything like that in Touched. And Remy really isn’t anything like Bella. But I think fans of Twilight, or those who like Twilight, but wish that Bella were a little stronger character, might want to look into Touched.
Remy was such an awesome MC. She has had a very difficult life. Not only does she have to keep her ability to heal others a secret, but she has to live with an abusive stepfather, and a mother who refuses to leave this stepfather. When her stepfather goes too far one night, and Remy ends up in the hospital, Remy’s estranged father takes her to live with his family. And here we get to see Remy finally become an open, happier person. It’s not instantaneous, and Remy struggles with her feelings toward her father, his family, and the friends she makes in this new town. But here is what I loved most about Remy – she’s no pushover, and she doesn’t want to stand around waiting for someone to rescue her. But she isn’t a hard person; she can be sweet, and definitely a bit insecure which I think most of us can identify with.
Of course I have to talk about the boy, Asher Blackwell. He’s pretty interesting, and I want to find out more about his background. I also really liked the secondary characters – particularly Lucy, Remy’s half sister. I want to be Remy and Lucy’s sister.
I love this idea of Healers and Protectors that Jackson created, and I definitely can’t wait to read the second book in hopes of learning more about them, and Remy’s place in the whole situation. I know I have been saying how I am getting a little sick of series, but I can’t wait for the next book to be released.
Fans of Amy Plum’s Die for Me, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series will probably like Touched. Seriously, give this book a try. I loved it!