Phantoms Touch by Julie Leto Paranormal Romance Mass Market Paperback - December 2nd, 2008 4 stars What would you do if the ancient sword you coveted was magically enchanted? Phantoms Touch is an amazing tale by Julie Leto filled with magic, sensuality and sizzling tension. In the day, Aiden is trapped within the weapon, his magical powers minimized, existing as a phantom instead of a man. In quest of Aidens freedom, Lauren and he must dispel the power of the sword. Phantoms Touch is the second in the series by Julie Leto.
For years movie star Lauren Cole has coveted the sword her husband bought for her, then kept behind glass in their home. The previous main characters did nothing for me, I didnt enjoy them and I had a hard time buying into their story.
There should be several more to come in the series, as well, and I would like to read them, too.
Aiden Forsyth is from 1747 and has been searching for his missing sister, who he and his brothers believe was taken by the evil Lord Rogan. She decides that Aiden would be the perfect hero to be cast in the next Athena movie alongside Lauren. Lauren has to try to help Aiden dispel the sword's power, as well as stay alive, because someone has targeted Lauren for death. Aiden has the curse of being placed in a sorcerer's sword that the evil K'vr group wants for the power it holds. Aiden, along with Lauren, must try to break his curse and make sure the sword does not get into the wrong hands. I will continue reading because Leto leaves open some loose ends, especially regarding the missing Forsyth sister and her relationship with Rogan, the evil sorcerer who is never seen, but the main catalyst for all the action.
The sword in Lauren's possession is in fact gypsy cursed which has imprisoned Aiden Forsyth since 1747. Aiden aches to touch Lauren for real when he finds himself standing before believing that Rogan's gypsy curse has been lifted. Aiden wants to go search for his family and to get to know Lauren better. Dr. Ben Rousseau is a professor of Romani studies along with Cat Reyes are searching for Romani artifacts relating to Forsyth Family and Rogan. Another mysterious man is also searching for the sword only wanting it's power and greed. I definitely want to see more of Aiden and Lauren's story as well as getting to know more about Ben, Cat, and Paschal too.
I began on book 2 of this series but quickly realized that this world and plot Ms. Leto has created, is simply done better justice when it is read not as a stand alone, but as a series (Book 1 Phantom Pleasures). The plot, while slightly confusing to me at first, until I read Phantom Pleasures (Book 1 of Forsyth Phantoms Series), was fast paced and kept me hanging on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was next. I simply can not believe I discounted this genre before but Mrs. Letos gives this genre flair and passion and I cant wait to read the next installment in this series, Kiss of the Phantom.
In Phantom's touch we get to meet the another Forsyth brother - once cursed inside an object, this time a magical sword, Aiden is released by Lauren Cole, an actress (quite a scandalous profession in Aiden's time).
This sequel had the same problems as the first book in the Phantom Series, most significantly that all the characters appealed to me but no single one grabbed my interest.
overall this book was alot better than i expected. it was a little weird at first because its so unusual in romances but overall i think itd be better if more took a page out of this book.
I didn't read the first, I shall be amending that asap, but it wasn't necessary to follow the story arc.