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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671019724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671019723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After four years on the run, outlaw Rafferty (Rafe) McCay's face wears "the remote expression of a man who had seen and caused so much death that it no longer touched him." Annie Parker is the lone doctor in boomtown Silver Mesa, a woman with a "worn, weary look" but with "softness in her brown eyes" and healing magic in her hands. An unlikelier pair could not be found, yet fate and a gunshot wound throw them together in Howard's ( Angel Creek ) new novel, set in Arizona territory in the 1870s . When Rafe forces Annie to come along and tend his gunshot wound, what begins as a kidnapping flowers into passion and love, but Howard's set-up is so obvious that her protagonists' coupling--the only real touch of fire in this book--is never really in doubt. Minimal tension provided by several run-ins with bounty hunters leads to the maximal tension of myriad graphic sexual encounters. Slowed down by redundancy and verbosity, Howard's tale wends its way cross-country towards its rather inevitable happy conclusion, with one truly moving segment wherein Rafe and Annie risk their lives to treat a settlement of seriously ill Apaches.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose New York Times bestsellers include Open Season, All the Queen’s Men, Mr. Perfect, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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The Touch of Fire is the fifth Linda Howard novel that I read, and my favorite so far. (I've read All The Queen's Men, After the Night, Dream Man, and Heart of Fire.) I was completely enthralled by Heart of Fire, and didn't think this one would top it. When I opened to the first page and saw 1871, Arizona Territory, my heart sank. I am not into westerns or historicals.
But I pushed on, and within a few pages, I was incapable of putting the book down.
Again, LH has created strong, appealing characters, and a compelling plot, full of danger and suspense. The love that develops between Annie and Rafe is so beautiful and unconditional, that in itself, it makes The Touch of Fire one of my favorite romance novels of all times.
Rafe McCay's respect, protectiveness and sensitivity toward Annie, especially in a time and place in which men were men and women their servants, makes him my favorite LH hero to date.
In LH classic style, we are invited on these wonderful characters' journey through hell and sensual discovery, and cheer them on to resolution and their happily ever after.
Thank you, LH, for sharing this wonderful story with us.
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Coming from a huge fan of Heart of Fire, I thought it was impossible for any book to come remotely close to being as good. Not only was the story The Touch of Fire soul captivating, the characters were just as strong as Ben & Jillian (Heart of Fire).
Although I do have to admit, when I first started reading this book - I was a bit bored. I wasn't into the whole western theme, and found it hard to keep reading. Providing that this was a LH novel, I knew I had to keep going.
As the story progressed, I found it harder and harder to put the book down. The Touch of Fire has it all; very steamy romanctic & sexy scenes, humor, a great history behind it, a wonderful storyline and let us not forget the characters. It's impossible not to fall in love with it all!
If there is one thing I didn't like, it was at the very end. Anyone who has read this book will probably understand what I'm saying - I really wanted to know the name!!
All in all, I absolutely adored this book. The Touch of Fire is a definite keeper.
You've done it again, Howard! Keep them coming.
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This book reads like a good, old fashioned western movie. Rafe has been on the run for years accused of a murder he didn't commit. Lawmen and bounty hunters have been on his trail but can never catch him. He makes his way into town one night when he's hit in the side by a lucky shot from a bounty hunter. Annie has just returned very late to her office after delivering a baby. She is surprised by Rafe in the darkness but she cannot refuse to treat his wound. He forces her to go with him until he's recovered but during their time together, he discovers he can't let her go. He needs to find out why whenever she touches him he feels fire from her hands. Is it just his lust or does she have the same effect on others? They learn to trust one another over the weeks they are on the run and Annie discovers just how far she will go to protect Rafe. They come across a small village of Indians sick with black measles and Annie does what she can to help. Because they stayed a little too long, a US Marshall catches up with them and is determined to bring Rafe in to justice. During the trek back, the story of how Rafe was accused of the murder comes out and the Marshall believes it. They confront the real perpetrators and with a little blackmail and influential political help, Rafe is cleared. Annie turns up pregnant and with Rafe's streak of chivalry, they get married immediately. The Marshall becomes their best friend and foreman of the ranch that Rafe buys with the money he received from being unjustly accused of murder.
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By A Customer on Aug. 23 1998
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I don't particularly like stories about the frontier, specially if they're set in the past, but being Linda Howard who wrote this book, i decided to try it. Man, was I glad I tried it! This story is full of unconditional love, suspense, and most important of all--the journey to discover that we're all granted more than a chance in life.
"Annie Parker came to Silver Mesa, Arizona, b/c it was the only place she'd found where folks thought a woman doctor was better then no doctor at all. Her lonely life became harder still on the winter night Rafe McCay broke into her office with a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter at his back. With a gun aimed at her heart, he led her deep into the Arizona moutains, and into a world of danger and passion, for Annie doscovered Rafe not only a wounded man, but a soul betrayed...and Rafe, healed by her skill and the magic of her hands, awakened in Annie a woman's tender longing and hungry desire..."
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By A Customer on April 14 2001
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It would be hard for me to write a bad review of a Linda Howard book, but fortunately I don't have to worry about that with A Touch of Fire. It is simply the best. It is seldom you come across a good western romance that grabs you from the start and pulls you along for the ride. Great characters. Of course we have the typical Linda Howard strong male figure (always to die for). The love story/scenes sizzle (this is a Linda Howard book!), you get plenty of adventure, and a satisfying end. Who could ask for more? You won't be disappointed.
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