Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Touched by Fate: Psy-IV Team, Book Two by Jami Gray


As a specialized consultant for the Department of Defense, Risia Lacoste understands the bargaining chip of a well-kept secret. When her current assignment threatens to unearth her deeply-buried skeletons, she’s forced into a high-stakes game of lies and loyalty where even her ability to foresee the future can’t predict the winner.

Darkness lies under the skin of every man, and PSY-IV Team operative and touch empath, Tag Gunderson, has the demons to prove it. Scarred by betrayal and disillusionment, he’s not Risia’s top pick for a partner in the game, but he’s all she’s got.

As the game draws them deeper into a pit of intrigue and their list of enemies grows, will Risia trust Tag with more than her secrets or will his demons destroy them both?

About the Author:

Jami Gray grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and was adopted at the age of fourteen to suddenly become the fifth eldest of thirty-seven children. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and three minors: History, English, and Theater. (Decision-making was not her forté at the time.) Shortly after marrying her techie-geek hubby (who moonlighted as her best friend in high school) she completed a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix Oregon.

Now, years later, she’s back in the Southwest where she’s outnumbered in her own home by two Star Wars-obsessed boys, one Star Wars-obsessed husband, and an overly-friendly, 105-pound male lab. Delving into the wild paranormal worlds where romance collides with suspense and Urban Fantasy is queen, Ms. Gray manages to salvage her sanity. Or so we let her believe…


Risia Lacoste is a psychic who can see everyone’s future but her own. And, unfortunately, her visions come unbidden and take a whole lot out of her. But, they—along with her spectacular good looks—help her to con secrets out of men who want to harm our country. She’s also great at getting into and out of places she’s not supposed to be in. But when her latest subject uncovers her deepest secret and blackmails her with it, Risia’s boss, Colonel Delacout sends Tag Gunderson to help.

Tag’s the last person Risia wants to see. A touch empath, he can see a person’s darkest secrets with one touch, and he carries his own demons. To make matters worse, he apparently hates Risia, but she finds him terribly distracting despite her best efforts to ignore his sexy body and good looks.

Tag and Risia set off to derail her subject’s plans to sell a computer program that would allow the owner to hack into all US government computers. That means s/he could learn all of our secrets—including the locations of our troops (submarines included), and covert operatives all over the globe from the CIA to their own teammates. And he knows she’s onto him.

Touched by Fate was a page-burning, action-packed thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from the minute I picked it up until I finished it. Book two in the Psy-IV Teams series, Touched by Fate stood perfectly well on its own, and while I wouldn’t mind reading the first book, it certainly isn’t necessary to understand this one. Ms. Gray also introduced the characters for the third book, but she did it so subtly, I didn’t realize it until I read the blurb for that book. Now that’s how to write a series and keep readers coming back for more! Kudos, Ms. Gray. I highly recommend Touched by Fate: Psy-IV Teams, Book Two.

Author Website:
Warnings:  S, V
Length:  312 Pages
Digital Price:  $5.99

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