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A Touch of Ice (Everly Gray Adventures #1)

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From USA Today Bestselling Author, L. j. Charles:
Everly Gray's fingers are a magnet for trouble.

When she touches photographer Mitchell Hunt and sees the image of a dead body, she dives into the murder fingertips first. Life takes a turn for the dangerous when she discovers the body is related to a small-time crime family that accidentally stepped on the toes of notoriou
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published September 10th 2011 by Amentino Publishing
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Jill  Lynn
Sep 21, 2011 Jill Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Know what this novel needs? MORE READERS! It is a sparkling gem of a book with a great premise, awesome characterization, and stellar writing. Main character Everly Gray has a gift, although she doesn't always see it that way. When Everly touches people with her fingertips, she sees images of their lives. Her psychic fingers, which she refers to as her "hinky touch thing", come in handy in her profession as a personal coach, but as far as social situations, she's become a bit of a recluse. She g ...more
May 03, 2012 Cat rated it liked it
The editing, or lack thereof, really irritated me throughout the entire book. Besides funky margins, there were typos (i.e. commas in random places), grammatical errors, and a few other things (maybe even a sudden switch of character names) that really bothered me. So for ratings - editing: 1, story 3.

The premise of the book is very interesting, although the author mainly skips over Everly's life prior to what takes place during this time frame. It didn't really make sense to me why El (don't ge
Elizabeth Witt
Aug 01, 2015 Elizabeth Witt rated it it was ok
Confusing read

It seemed the author just wrote words instead of weaving a mystery. I found myself constantly going back and re -reading chapters because I got lost or something didn't make sense. Characters and plots that came from nowhere and were left up to the reader to figure out. Don't know if I'll try another book from this author again.
Oct 21, 2012 Lindsay marked it as kindle-i-own-to-read
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Karin Corneau
Dec 29, 2016 Karin Corneau rated it it was amazing
Another gem I found on Kobo while looking for some new reads to take on vacation. This did not disappoint and I am already in the middle of book 2.

It took me awhile to get used to the authors style of writing. Once I found the grove, I was able to get right into and I am falling in love with Everly. She is a fun character who is just a magnet for trouble. The cast of characters for this book are wonderful and I am waiting to see what happens to them in the rest of the series. I hope that Mitch
Allen Hill
Jan 02, 2017 Allen Hill rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I found the characters and premise interesting. The first book, _A Touch of Ice_, explored the protagonist's ability while also giving us an exciting plot line. There are also romantic interests and challenges.
Nov 28, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
This has been quite a week for me to be reading books set in my home state of North Carolina. This marks the second book I'm reviewing this week, alone.

A Touch of Ice was brought to my attention by the blog "Pixel of Ink" when it was available for free. I read it, and am giving it two stars because two stars qualify as "it was ok", an it was ... okay.

This book follows the tale of a sort of psychic person named Everly Gray, who also goes by the nickname, El. She lives and works in what I am led t
Deborah Kehoe
While reviewing the note about the author on Amazon, I knew that what I would be reading would be an unusual take on a murder mystery. The author, L. J. Charles, is a past yoga instructor, who, when deciding to write full time was driven to the paranormal genre because she wanted to include her life experiences with energy into her stories. This might raise question marks to the average reader, but as the daughter of a woman who left her career as an Interior Designer, moved to North Carolina to ...more
Wendy Hines
Jan 14, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Everly Gray has ESP fingers. Everything she touches, material items and people, gives her a glimpse of something in the past, the present or the future. She doesn't date much because her dates usually end in disaster when they touch her and she 'sees' something disturbing that turns her off.

Her best friend, Violet, is a private investigator. Violet knows about Everly's gift but not many others do. When Everly has a bad vision about herself as an old woman in a rocking chair, they go to the beac
Emilie Davis
Sep 22, 2016 Emilie Davis rated it it was amazing
Great concept for a mystery!

I enjoyed this book - ever so slightly off of the mainstream.
It was different from many of the others books I have read, but there was still a freshness about it that I kept me reading. You will enjoy this book, I promise.
Denise Zendel
Jun 24, 2013 Denise Zendel rated it really liked it
Everly Grey, the main character, is a 20-something life coach who is able to “see” things when she touches objects or people with her fingertips. Her partner in crime, Violet, is a suburban private eye – or is she? Violet knows about Everly’s gift and loves her all the same.

Everly has a disturbing dream of an old, regret-filled woman sitting in a rocking chair, tormented by choices not made and paths not taken. She figures out it’s her in the rocking chair and she makes a conscious decision to
Jeanie Jackson
Delightfully intriguing books about friendship, intrigue, romance and a little touch of ….something special. Everly Gray has been almost hiding in her home for the last 10 years. She has a little problem; she has a psychometric talent. Imagine never being able to visit a hospital for fear of accidentally touching something that has been part of a tragedy. Imagine never being able to touch someone you care about without being afraid of invading their privacy. Every person and thing she touches se ...more
Carol Piner
May 23, 2015 Carol Piner rated it it was amazing
I knew that L. J. Charles was from the South the first time I saw the word "Damn" used like it was an entire sentence. You see, down here we have the gift of emphasis bred into our very bones from our Mamas and our GrandMamas. They used that word a lot when they stared at us through the glass door standing there with a policeman. Damn. Another hint was the total irreverance of the humor. Thank you for getting that humor into writing. We are all in a better place for it.

Her novel, A Touch of Ice,
Adrienne Testa
May 05, 2012 Adrienne Testa rated it it was ok
Everly Gray as the ability to see visions with her finger tips. Problem with this story is it is so convoluted through the first half of the book, the reader would give up before it straightens out. The author is trying to tell a story and give too much info all at once that gets confusing, Everly becomes part Stephanie Plum and part Eve Dallas until the last five chapters of the story.
Everly's friend and neighbor Violet has secrets, a PI who retired from being a sniper. The town's cop is her b
Nurse... please record the time of death at 21%. The patient did not survive this train wreck even though I did CPR for a good while. ~Dr. Reader

This story has me conflicted. I like the idea of the heroine getting images from touching things, but the way the author tells the story makes it irritatingly unbelievable. The four characters introduced in the first 1/5th of the book say and do things that don't make any realistic sense. If these were real people in my life, I'm pretty sure I'd be star
Jun 24, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
I have ready the sample of this book so many times, I actually thought I read to book. I purchased the box set for my nook on sale because I needed a long read for a road trip.

After I realized I had not read them, I was HOOKED!!! I love all of the characters in this read. El is the main character and cannot control her curiosity. She has a magic "touch" that allows her to see the actions of others when she touches them with her fingertips. In this book she helps find a killer and almost becomes
Mandy Blake
Apr 09, 2015 Mandy Blake rated it did not like it
I really wish I could give this book 0 stars. The writing was all over the place and extremely difficult to follow. No flow whatsoever. Nor character development. The author would veer off on random plot lines, like she was just throwing random thoughts out, but they never materialized into anything. The narrator/antagonist was just annoying. Damsel in distress with zero confidence in herself, looking to others for support, and just awkward. She honestly just sounded like an idiot most of the ti ...more
Interesting book. Nice premise with her "magic fingers." My only criticism is the opposite of what I would normally say. I often sigh in frustration at books that are written from what is called "deep point of view." In other words, you get every thought, every quivering, every anxiety that ever enters the characters mind. IMO, most of those books go overboard in helping you understand the inner workings of the main character. This book tries to do that but I don't know, it was missing something ...more
Alexandra Bogdanovic
Oct 03, 2016 Alexandra Bogdanovic rated it it was ok
I am giving this one star for the concept and one for the story.
The writing itself was horrible, to put it nicely. I think what bugged me most was that the writing was so disjointed. This was especially troubling in the beginning of the book when, as a reader, I was trying to connect with the characters. In fact, I was so distracted and put off by the writing that instead of making a meaningful connection and becoming engrossed in the story, I found myself wondering whether I should keep readin
Jul 04, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really liked all the characters they are interesting and have enough of a unexplored back story to make me want to read more, but weren't so mysterious as to make me feel disconnected. The story itself was interesting and the touch thing El has is different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading the same plot I have read a million times before.

I kind of hate the whole maybe love triangle thing. I don't know why but it reminded me of the Stephanie Plum/Joe/Ranger thing which I found exha
Bette Jacobson
Jan 26, 2013 Bette Jacobson rated it really liked it
Psychometrics is the ability to relate associations from an object.
Why not just from the fingertips?
This paranormal story isolates one of the psychic’s tools into a believable tale. Each character is so well-developed you can see and smell them. The action is on-going but always allows a period of reflection, so you don’t become overloaded with the not-so-normal.
Romance, mystery and the out-of-the-normal are all the elements of a good story. Ms. Charles combines all these elements into a fast-
Jun 02, 2015 Ashleah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I got the eBook version for free on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try.

This book felt like it kept going and going and going. And then it was suddenly over. It kept my interest, for the most part. The story was interesting enough, but there were a few sections that just dragged on and pulled me out of the story for a bit.

Another thing that pulled me out of the story was the editing mistakes. I'm not sure if the book was even edited at all. There were many typos and grammatical errors that re
Mar 19, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVED it!! A true gem, I picked this book up as a .99 cent special and I am THRILLED I did. Everly is an awesome lovable character. Her friend Violet, an "innocent" PI is a great supporting character. See, Everly has this "hinky" touch thing, every time she touches things with her finger tips she "sees" into people's lives, mostly the past. She is a counselor (daytime profession) but other than that she stays at home where those hinky fingers can't get into trouble. Until one day....
Janet L. Hage
May 26, 2015 Janet L. Hage rated it it was amazing
Good enough to be read at least twice which I have

This book has it all sexy redhead clairvoyant that reads people with the tips of her fingers, best friend who is a PI, hot photographer boyfriend working for a secret organization, government agencies, bad guys, really bad guys, police and a ditsy patient of the redhead's. All together makes for a fast moving romance, mystery, action, thriller. Well drawn characterization add to story line. Adult readers . Sexual content is mild but violence is c
I purchased this one in a bundle with the second book an a novella. Overall, I liked the story and the premise. I think Everly's gift is developing and becoming stronger and more intense. Mitchell is a good guy but I think he is too nice. I am intrigued by the ending and hope this is a seque for a relationship with Pearce.

The book is not a gripping intense mystery/thriller. The story is about El and her evolving gift and what it means to her, her life, and how it affects her relationships with
Oct 31, 2012 Ali rated it really liked it
What a great book! Very well written, and El was likeable right from the get go..the author did a great job of making her very strong, gifted with a "6th sense" if u will so i dont spoil anything, and yet vurnable at the same time. She was so very real from the begining, that you can almost picture her as your neighbor. I love that the other charecters were very mysterious you could tell that something was there, but it was written in a way that you ended up 2nd guessing yourself. I can not wait ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Stefanie rated it liked it
I enjoyed the characters and story line of this book. However, there are some timeline issues (for example in an entire scene they refer to her visiting someone in the hospital as earlier that morning when it was the previous day and there was a whole action scene between.). There are other areas that needed a good run through by someone else before it got published. It also needs a good copy editor to clear up the typos. Overall, though, I enjoyed the storyline. I would like to read the next bo ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it wasn't an easy read. I had problems remembering which character was which and who had done what.
Candice Mckinney
Sep 29, 2016 Candice Mckinney rated it really liked it
Everly Gray is always careful about what she lets her fingertips touch since she receives images from people and objects. But then she dreams about a dead man which is troubling to her. She and her friend Violet are at the beach when they spot a man taking pictures of El. They confront him about the pictures, El touches him and sees images of the dead body.

This is one of those books that has been on my kindle forever and I wonder why I did not read it sooner. Very good premise, good characters
Oct 31, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
This was a fun, light hearted read! I enjoyed all the elements this book provided: mystery, thriller, romance, comical, and a hint of supernatural. It altogether made for a great story and I pretty much couldn't stop reading once I started! This is NOT a young adult novel and there are very much adult situations. This didn't really bother me (as it wasn't anything too graphic). I just wanted to point out that this is for mature readers only.

I've already started the 2nd book in this series and ca
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