by Susan Spencer Paul

October 2006
ISBN: 0-312-93389-4
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Mass Market Paperback

He is a powerful nobleman with a timeless lineage. He is handsome, almost to the point of beauty. He is much more. He is Malachi Seymour, Earl of Graymar, the most powerful wizard in Great Britain. He is the Dewin Mawr whose duty to protect and guard the magical people who are in his care is unswerving. He is alone.

As a young child, when it was foretold that he would one day rule over the rest of his kind, there was no mention of a mate, an unoliaeth. Malachi has accepted this, and watched with approval as his closest cousins have found their loves. Frankly, he is too busy to realize his loneliness most of the time. Between the mortal activities as the Earl, and his magical jurisdiction, he scarce has time to call his own. And now he finds himself besieged by the incessant inquiries of an author who will not take “No” for an answer.

Sarah Tamony’s next project is a history about some of England’s magical families. She has collected scores of legends and folk tales, and just wants to interview a few more people before beginning her book. The Earl of Graymar is at the top of her list. She cannot understand his reluctance. Surely he realizes that no one is actually going to believe what she is writing could be true? Honestly, while she personally believes in all things magical, most people will just see it all as an elaborate tale written to entertain. Most people never believe what is right in front of them. This book will be no different.

Author Susan Spencer Paul has saved the best for last in Touch of Desire. Throughout the trilogy, readers have learned more about Malachi, and longed for a story about this powerful sorcerer. Ms. Paul has delivered in fine fashion. Sarah is the perfect counterfoil for Malachi, and watching the sparks fly is most entertaining. The entire Touch series is a must-read for fans of both the historical genre, and those who like a little magic in their books.

Reviewed in September 2006 by Paula.

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