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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
In Lynn Crandall’s Touch Me: Book 1 Dark Sides series, a battle of light and dark describes Payson’s fight to save the light. She could not share her feelings with anyone apart from her boyfriend, Braden Powers. As Aeons, they can channel light and love into the world. However, they also have to be aware of the Dark Aspects that threaten their existence. Payson is serving as a bounty hunter, while Braden is a police officer. A childhood friend, Diane, has become obsessed with Braden and she threatens Payson. Diane’s ability to mesmerize catches Braden unaware, and he becomes distant from Payson. Diane makes good on her threat by blowing up the apartment and taking Braden, erasing his memories of Payson. A heartbroken Payson has to decide if losing Braden may cause her to abandon her true purpose as an Aeon.
Lynn Crandall created a fantasy story filled with weighty themes. Diane wasn’t always a dark aspect, yet when her childhood story unfolded, I could empathize with her pain. I didn’t quite understand why she targeted Braden, but my original theory fell short. Unpredictable twists in the story kept me immersed on every page. Several characters were vulnerable, and the danger kept the suspense building. The details of every moment painted a vivid picture of relatable emotions for me. Despite knowing they were people with special abilities, the love between Payson and Braden felt realistic. The theme of kindness begets kindness is just one of the many lessons involved in Touch Me. The cliffhanger ending is perfect for a sequel so that readers who enjoy powerful fantasy books will beg for more.