Review – Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel @KarissaLaurel

Book & Author Details:

Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel
Published: 12th February 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she’s the only one who believes Mina’s death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina’s death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen’s past, the more she’s torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she’ll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.


At the end of the last series, I said that I would definitely be reading more by this author.  And here we are!

And so this book?  Yup. I loved pretty much everything about it.  I didn’t even mind the flashback narrative style, which worked really well in the context of the story.

And as for the story itself – fresh and engrossing from start to finish.  Don’t get me wrong – this is not some brand new genre that the author has invented – but the plot itself is handled in such a matter of fact way, that the reader is pulled along with it to the climactic scene.

The characters, the story arc, the relationship development- all of these things came together to produce an engrossing story.

Every page, 100% enjoyable.

What would you give up for love? (Don’t ask me to give up books – please!)

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.



purchase links

Amazon (universal link)

About the author

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between.

Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.

Karissa also crafts, paints, draws, and harbors a grand delusion that she might create a graphic novel someday.

author links

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One comment

  1. I haven’t read anything else by Ms Laurel – my review is almost ready to go live today – and I loved her world building and the mythology that she took inspiration from. I just couldn’t bond with Rikki and was a bit impatience to find out what had happened to Mina (reading the blurb, I was expecting more of a tracking down a killer murder thriller) but it’s great that so many readers have loved this new book already! x

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