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Touched by Darkness (The Sentinels #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  726 ratings  ·  70 reviews
An exciting, new Urban Fantasy Romance release.

After seven years on the run, Dr. Kara Cantrell believes she and her son, Alex, are safe. She’s wrong.

Kara settles in the sleepy town of Zorro, Texas, convinced that she and her child have escaped the sinister reach of a supernatural underworld. But the appearance of Damien Morgan, a dangerous, alluring man with superhuman abi
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2007)
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★Moonrise Books
Dr. Kara Cantrell's main goal in relocating to a small, sleepy town halfway across the country is to protect her son, Alex. Alex's father, being part of a supernatural world Kara was only beginning to understand, was brutally murdered. Devastated, Kara was left without the answers she needed to keep her son safe... but the supernatural world won't let them get away that easily.

Alex's father, Richard, was part of an otherworldly species known as the Sentinels. And now that Alex's abilities are g
I came to this author thanks to a tweet where someone was talking about her Sfi Fi romance (in comparison with Last Hour of Gann).

I downloaded a sample of that book, then realized she wrote a UF series too and the first book was free. So why not? (Damn me to Hell and back. I keep repeating the same mistake...)

First, let' me clarify this is not a UF, not even a UF romance (if that really exists :). This is the usual paranormal romance, and honestly it's in the low range of them.

It's not a spitefu
Actually, it should be darned grateful it didn't get DNFed. Why? The first 50+ pages were one long What Would I Do moment. Then...

You get the real grit about what is involved in the whole Sentinel/Conductor non-relationship. Frankly, it skeeves me out. Ok, to be honest, I do not like it when sex is reduced from an entanglement to a ah... meaningless religious ceremony or something. And I *really* don't like it when the H shrugs at the possibility of pregnancy (because apparently a ghost suit is
Touched by Darkness is a great start to what is sure to be an exciting series. This book is about a woman who has had a difficult few years while raising her son who has special powers. She meets a man who is like her son and together they unravel what is happening in the town they live in. This book has it all. Action, suspense, mystery, romance, and emotional ups and downs. This book was well written with good descriptions of the characters, the events and everything in between. The action mak ...more
Sentinel Damien Morgan arrives in Zorro, Texas to expose a Belian murderer and protect a human woman whose ability as a Conductor allows her to magnify his power. Kara’s young son, Alex, is just beginning to show his own Sentinel traits. His father was killed by a Belian, and Kara doesn’t care to get involved with another warrior from Atlantis because it means risking her heart all over again. Yet when one person after another dies by violence in this small town, she realizes there’s no choice. ...more
Christine Rains
Dr. Kara Cantrell moved to Zorro, Texas with her son Alex because nothing exciting ever happened there. It was quiet and safe. Until the murders started and the gorgeous Damien Morgan showed up. Kara senses immediately that he's a Sentinel - a protector of good and warrior against the evil Belians - and flees his presence. She can't go through the nightmare she experienced with her husband years ago. No more Sentinels in her life. Except her son is one, and untrained, he's a beacon to the Belian ...more
I can't decide whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. I finished reading it, and it was OK. I just have major objections to one of the main premises of the book. Sex is power, I don't think anyone denies that. But the first half of this book if fraught with the spectre of rape and Stockholm Syndrome. "If you want to save the town, and the world, from this supernatural killer, you MUST have sex with me." His charm and the guilt trip eventually wear her down. And because he's a supernatural STUD, all ...more
H.L. LeRoy
What a terrific book! Touched by Darkness is a completely original and exciting urban fantasy romance that will keep you hooked from the very first chapter. The characters are deftly drawn with real emotional shadings that pull you into the world and don’t let go. Tightly paced, the book is a master class in how to write with passion, soul and intelligence. Every single page has depth to it and serves the story, adding atmosphere and tone as it moves the reader forward.

Touched by Darkness is thr
wow! what a book!! Touched By Darkness will grab your attention and not let go.

From the very first page to the last, this book had my complete attention. I can't read through the night because my eyes lose focus but I reached for the book again first thing in the morning. Tonight, I mean this morning, I simply couldn't put it down. I kept rearranging my glasses because there was no way I could stop until the last page. Not once did I figure out who the Belian was. Usually I can figure out who th
Samantha K
Not quite sure how to rate this one. I'm thinking 2 1/2 to 3 stars for the romance and 4 stars for the paranormal story. I read the book expecting more of a paranormal romance rather than a paranormal story with some romance so I was a bit disappointed. The writing was good and the story original and interesting but the heat factor wasn't here.

It took until about 70% into the story for them to have sex and that scene was a big let down. The H and h had all this amazing pent up sexual energy due
This not the usual genre that i usually read. I was quite impressed with the book! I am looking forward into reading the next book.
What would you do if your only son was born with powers and you knew that a bad entity would try and find you ? Would you do everything in your power to keep your child safe?
The book kept me wanting more to find out what happens! I give this book 5/5 stars!!!
Jennifer Erwin
This was slow for me to get into, I don't like the characters or their interactions, so I stopped at 85%. I'm giving up. It feels like a "B" rated movie that is trying to portray itself as an "A" rated movie. I love "B" rated movies, especially when they know they are "B's". This just felt like it was trying to hard, and fell way short.
Lorraine Carey
She Had to Embrace the Darkness to See the Light~
Touched by Darkness was my first read from Author Catherine Spangler. I am passionate for the Paranormal and this one was very different from the usual read.
Kara is such a strong women and had to live a life she did sign up for; one who married a Sentinel, watched him die, has a young son who has inherited his father’s gift, and falls in love with another powerful Sentinel. A Sentinel is a being from another realm, (Atlantis) and reborn to save
I really wanted to smack the mother upside the head. If not for that, maybe I might have gotten into the book a bit more. But there were other problems as well... for me at least.

It is well written, which was very nice. But ugg... the female lead just made me want to shake her... hard.
While the concept was interesting and the writing is decent, I found the pace of this book too slow for my liking. That and the heroine, whom I found exasperating and unappealing made it a heavy go. Hopefully , in the next book the pace will pick up.
What a unique and awesome story line!! Just wow!

I have to admit that when I began reading this the prologue was a little misleading. I honestly wasn't sure if this was going to be something I enjoyed or not. However, it is simply extreme backstory and the rest is written in a more contemporary way.

I loved the mystery and thrills in this book. I can honestly say that I was trying to figure out the "who done it" up until the very end!

The romance, while extremely unique and interestingly paranormal
Jayne dArcy
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Paulina Woods
After seven years on the run, Dr. Kara Cantrell believes she and her son, Alex, are safe. She’s wrong.Kara settles in the sleepy town of Zorro, Texas, convinced that she and her child have escaped the sinister reach of a supernatural underworld. But the appearance of Damien Morgan, a dangerous, alluring man with superhuman abilities, upends her quiet existence. Damien realizes that Alex is a fledgling Sentinel, and Kara is a matched, psychic conductor for him. She wants nothing to do with
Laurel Richards
Pros: I like the whole fictional world in this series, with its Sentinels and conductors against the Belians. The story flowed well, and I found the characters interesting and believable for the most part. The plot held my interest.

Cons: I thought the heroine acted a little stupidly sometimes, ignoring her instincts and common sense when danger was around, though this was only the case a couple of times. I wish the pacing had been a little faster. The story dragged for me a bit in the middle.
J.C. Cauthon
This is not my first Catherine Spangler novel. I've read some other things by her. That being said, this read was kind of a toss up for me. I loved the idea, I loved the supernatural-ness of it. And I loved Alex and Damien's coldness. But Kara made me want to slap her.

She spends three quarters of the novel hoping everything will just blow over and that her son will not be hurt simply because she had a traumatic experience with the last Sentinel she was involved with. "You know what, darlin. Put
I’ve been reading a lot of less romantic novels recently, so I was very excited to start Touched By Darkness. Romance is my other reading passion, so I go into a kind of withdrawal if I don’t feed my hopelessly romantic heart.

Dr. Kara Cantrell has a lot to hide because her past brought her into contact with an alien race that she is genetically compatible with helping. That help got her in quite a lot of trouble, so she has been in hiding with her young son.

Enter Damien, a Sentinel (basically on
Supernatural beings that aren’t werewolves, witches or vampires? That’s what you get with this book. It’s part one of a trilogy about a group of beings named Sentinels, reincarnated from Atlantis, by way of another galaxy. Sentinels are tasked with killing the evil beings from their world, called Belial. Since it’s an older book(although a re-release I think), it may not be a new read for you, but once I found it, bought it and started it, I read it non-stop and totally enjoyed myself along the ...more
As far as paranormal devices in fiction go, the Sentinel/Conductor pairing is unusual. This alone makes the story worth reading. Damien and Kara share a tense relationship that takes the larger part of the book to loosen up. Both are strong and hard-headed. And Damien seems to be just a bit socially ignorant. Or maybe it is just arrogance. Or both. At any rate, these are great characters that you want to root for!

I am also a sucker for a story with a cute kid! Kara's son Alex is the cutie in thi
Let me start by saying that it was a good book. It was written well and the characters seemed well developed.

So why am I only giving a 3 star rating? Well, I may be a little harsh on this rating, sorry.

This book is a paranormal book. And paranormal isn't really my 'style' of book. The most of read is vampire and I've read only about a hand full of those. I thought maybe I was ready for this 'type' of paranormal but I honestly wasn't. It just didn't work for me. Because of my lack of interest i
Since there is no half star marks, I am giving this one a 3.5 officially!

This was my first Catherine Spangler book and I snagged it free from amazon. I was hooked by the summary and went ahead and dived right in. Ok so first off, as I began reading, I felt like I had missed something. I went back to make sure I started at the beginning and made sure that this was the first book in the series. It might have just been me, but I was confused by the authors introduction of the Sentinels and the Bel
A fast read. I would have liked to know more about the Atlantis link which shapes the whole Sentinel issue though. The first sexual scene bordered on assault where the woman was in pain and tired. I didn't like the premis that sex was necessary for the best Sentinel/Conductor investigation. It should be about emotions not duty or religion. Thankfully the book got better in the last 15%. As a first in a series I am interested to know how this new fantasy entity world will play out.
Mad about
Kara has done the best she can keeping her son safe since his father died but he's inherited more than his looks and where ever they go they'll no longer be safe, something which is hard for Kara to accept.

Their sleepy little town has been a haven for them but a spate of murders has brought a Sentinel to town and to their door.

Good little read that had a lovely ending. Great freebie pick up
Lee French
This book delivers exactly what it promises, with well developed characters, a solid mystery, and just the right balance between plot and romance. The writing is seamless - every time I picked it up, I had trouble putting it back down.

While this book does have sex scenes, they dance an elegant line between explicit and implied. The romance between the two characters is believable, and I really liked the tension involved in it. This isn't my usual fare, but I'm making an exception for the author'
Lucy Lopez
good read, interesting story line

I like the story line and the history behind the characters. It's different in this world of vampires and werewolves, yet the "Mexican" characters need a class or 40 in Actual Spanish. The Spanish is terrible and at times makes no bloody sense. Shame
Jackie O'Donnell
I was surprised by this novel. It wasn't like your normal paranormal romance. There was always that edge of will the characters fall in love and be able to catch the villain. Damien and Kara connected wonderfully. I cant wait to read the next book in the Sentinel Series.
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Catherine Spangler is a bestselling and award winning author of the Shielder series (futuristic romance)and the Sentinel Series (romantic urban fantasy). She is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and a RITA finalist and has received numerous other awards and honorable mentions.

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