The Touch Of Fire Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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..."
Most recent customer reviews
I love this book so much.well actually i love every one of the Linda Howard books i've ever read. i love Rafe he difines the word rouge. and Annie is so cute. Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by Mia
I really enjoyed "The Touch Of Fire" It was fun, and fast paced and full of romantic tension. READER'S WILL LOVE Rafe and Annie. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Crystal T.
Once again L.H. has impressed me with her ability to write a story that held on to me until the end. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by Richard C. Harb
i've read most of linda howard's books, and i'll have to say that this was the best yet. i liked the way everything was set..and even though Rafe is determined, so is Annie. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2000 by katie kelly
This story sizzled from start to finish. When Linda Howard writes a really good love story (and this one was), there's just nobody better.Published on Aug. 2 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org