Touch the Sky (Mated by Fate, #2) by Kari Cole
Series: Mated by Fate #2
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: September 24, 2018
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Keep to yourself. Focus on the job.
Sheriff Vaughn Ellis’s very existence as a rare double-shifter defies the natural order. It also makes it extremely difficult for him to get close to anyone. To trust anyone. It’s nothing Vaughn can’t handle, until a seductively sweet woman arrives in Black Robe, and suddenly he can’t think about anything but her.
The product of a witch/werewolf pairing, Hannah Cochran gets the odd-wolf-out thing. But when she uncovers a major threat to the lycanthrope world, she finds herself playing nice with the sexy sheriff. Abiding by the law isn’t usually Hannah’s style, but nothing catches her breath quite like the commanding attraction she feels toward Vaughn.
Working closely together only intensifies their fated connection, making it impossible to deny—or resist. Hannah fears that getting involved puts Vaughn in danger. But when she becomes the target, it’s Vaughn who’ll have to decide which rules he’s willing to break to save the woman he can’t live without.
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This book is approximately 89,000 words
Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton
Touch the Sky is the second book in Kari Cole’s Mated by Fate series. I did not read book one and, though some things are referenced, don’t feel like I missed anything. As a werewolf/witch hybrid, Hannah Cochran has always had a touch of psychometry, but almost a year ago her ability morphed into something out of control. She can’t touch anyone or anything without seeing their entire lives, past and present, flash before her. She’s on the run with a stolen flash drive several agencies are trying to find when she ends up in Montana. Her cousin is a witch and Hannah believes she can help her get a hold of her psychometry, but more is happening behind the scenes than she knows and it isn’t long before she and everyone in the Montana pack is threatened.
Sheriff Vaughn Ellis is a loner. As a dual-shifter – Eagle and Wolf – he’s been shunned pretty much his whole life. Though he’s been sheriff for several years, he still holds part of himself back from the pack, because he knows they disapprove of him. Hannah – or Cassandra as he knows her – accepts him for who he is. But she’s hiding things, and he’s determined to get to the bottom of what.
I liked the writing and the premise. The world was interesting and grabbed me from the prologue. Cassandra/Hannah got on my nerves now and again with how cagey she was and I didn’t like that her past 10 or so months were kept such a mystery to the reader. I had already pretty much figured out what happened. Why it had to be hinted at but not explained didn’t make sense. I liked Vaughn more, but his waffling about his feelings was kind of frustrating, too.
Still, the second half of the book picked up and I ended up enjoying the story. Enough that I’m looking forward to the next book and I may go back and read the first.
3.5 out of 5