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A powerful but pampered lord, Chariz has no interest in a single slave thrown at his feet, until he finds out the man is no slave at all. Oriel may be an empath-or a Magician-or a charlatan, even, and his mysterious allure draws Chariz closer. But Oriel's touch is a prize that others crave, too, putting him in mortal danger. Chariz must decide whether he will pay the price ...more
ebook, 82 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
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Jun 03, 2010 Jenre rated it really liked it
I have to admit I’m a bit of a sucker for the redeemed rake or the dissolute young man who is brought to his knees by the love of an innocent. In this novella, Clare London has taken that theme and added a paranormal twist and a fantasy setting which I found only enhanced that theme and freshened it for those who may have been tired of reading it in a historical setting.

The dissolute man is Chariz, son of ‘The Lady’ who appears to rule the city in the stead of her absent consort. His family conn
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May 22, 2011 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
As with many of her books, 'Touch' by Clare London, had me under its spell with the first line. The fantasy element gave the setting an extra layer, in which extraordinary, unbelievable things could happen.

No wonder Chariz was bored. There was nothing to challenge him; outwardly, he had everything, but inside he was hollow and empty. When Oriel came into his life, with his gift of empathy and selflessness, Chariz was shown another side of himself starving to be revealed. Oriel was everything he
May 20, 2010 Betryal rated it liked it
3.5 actually and not just a 3 star.

I have to ask if this story is new. I really had a strong pull that I'd read this already or maybe one very similar to it.

Handsome, tough, uptight, intimidating Chariz's life all goes awry when impacted by the sudden intrusion of Oriel when thrust at his feet, literally. Then you have Oriel who's shy, a do gooder in most cases towards mankind, not a servant and no slave but to that of his own curse he is just that. A pair Fated to meet. Both enamored; charmed b
Mar 08, 2011 Clover rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, paranormal
really good fantasy story. a writing very poetic as always with Clare London.
the world created by the author is very interesting and the characters are strong.
In this novel, Oriel is a slave who possesses an unusual gift: once he connects with other people, he is compelled to serve them (regardless of whether or not he wishes to do so) by giving them their deepest desires. That can range from turning fallow fields into productive fields, to making barren women pregnant, to serving the sexual needs of the person who feels desire for him. Basically, it's anything at all. (The author doesn't really explore any limits on his gift very well.) When he meets ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I needed a short quick read and this provided in that sense. The premise was interesting and had a lot of potential but the world wasn't elaborated enough to really immerse me. Understandable with how short it is. I found that I did not connect with the characters and rather disliked the main one. I also found the ending rather unsatisfying... Not a bad read, but not a particularly strong one either. I guess I was expecting more based on the other really strong reviews
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Oct 23, 2011 Mara Ismine rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Some interesting twists and turns in this one - not just a master/slave story. The ending wrapped up a little too quickly for the rest of the story; a little too pat, a little too easy, or maybe I just didn't want it to end!

This was one of the covers I voted for in Elisa Rolle's 2010 awards and marked for further investigation.
Jul 24, 2010 Ami rated it it was ok
I'm sure that others can enjoy this more than myself. It's my problem, and my problem only ... that I really can't connect with story that sets in something too "fantasy" with strange names and strange talking language *shrugs*
4.5 Stars

Honestly, this was a COMPLETELY different book than what I anticipated from the blurb. I thought it would be the same old 'slave captures Master's heart' but it was so much more than that!
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while f ...more
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