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Touch of Evil (Thrall #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,346 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Kate Reilly has a hard time trusting people.

Six years ago, the love of her life turned her over to the vampire parasites who call themselves the Thrall. Katie survives the powerful bite of the master parasite only to discover that the Thrall's venom, coupled with her own natural psychic ability, has transformed her. Now she is next in line to be the Thrall Queen--and each
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Tor Paranormal Romance
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Alex Harmon
Jun 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
What awful, plodding, meandering, unrealistic, misconceived drek.

I swear to Christ, tricked me into reading this poor excuse for Vampire/Werewolf erotic fanfiction starring some superwoman vampire who wants to have sex with a werewolf fireman. A Goddamned werefolf fireman. A werewolf fireman.

Werewolf fireman.



Along the way during her quest to get the puss' beaten by the Werewolf. Fireman. ( 0_o ) she has to visit a pack of 20-something shirtless werewolf men who are impr
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read romance, and this book had everything that reminded me why I don't, but I've been getting free eBooks from Tor, and I started reading this book before I realized what it was. And since I have this compulsive need to finish every book I've started, I was stuck.

But, the story itself was fairly interesting. The whole romance and sex stuff felt thrown in, actually, rather than the whole reason for the story. I haven't read many romance novels, as I said, but I wish there were o
**I received this book for free from Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy Romance
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Touch of Evil is the story about a race of sentient parasites with a psychic, hive society that considers everyone on earth Prey. Only a very few humans have achieved the status of "Not Prey"---those who pose a threat to the hive. Mary Kathleen "Kate" Reilly is one of those people.

6 years a
Aug 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Seriously, I mean it.
Ew. Ick. BLECH!

If In the Midnight Hour was a definite hit from Tor's free ebook giveaway, this was the corresponding miss. Took many of the same elements -- magic battle between good and evil, paranormal romance, heroine with a difficult family background -- and came up with a book so awful that the only reason I finished it was to be sure none of the characters I cared about died. Which points out one of the few good aspects of the book: the characterization was pretty good.

However, this was ou
(2.5 stars)Touch of Evil is a mixed bag. There were aspects of it that I liked a great deal, and aspects that didn’t work for me.

First, the good: C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp’s vampires and werewolves are different from the usual fare. The vampires in Touch of Evil are victims of a parasite and ruled by a hive mind; the werewolves are matriarchal and not tied to the lunar cycle.

Kate’s “Not Prey” status, which is a sort of vampire diplomatic immunity, may be the most interesting plot device in Touc
Mar 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
First, I want to say I enjoyed the first of the Sazi tales and thought I'd give this new series a shot. That being said ...

I cannot understand the glowing reviews on this page. First problem - the main character Kate. She is uninteresting. A stereotype of the "strong and independent" female heroine -- owns her own apartment building but won't charge the high rents the neighborhood commands because she just doesn't have the heart for it. She is also the resident 'handy-man' who does all the repa
Lori Schiele
Attempted to read in February 2015 after reading all eight of their Sazi books about shapeshifters. I decided to give this new series, about vampires known as the Thrall, a try, however, I couldn't get into it. Rather than give up, I decided to put it aside and try it again later. Maybe it will be better some other time, although I was very disappointed since the first series was such a great one.
Khristine Stain
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Should I even rate this If I couldn't get past page 95? Is that illegal and someone with revoke my goodreads membership? I hope not. But I could not keep silent about this novel...

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Cid Tyer
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
Okay, so I don't care for romance books, however I read the synopsis for Touch of Evil before I really got the idea it was a romance book. I was already kicking myself for wanting to read it because it's a vampire - werewolf - psychic - adventure! Oopse. I still wanted to read it so I figured I'd go ahead and read it. I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't a whole lot of blatant "romance" typical stuff going on. The book was much more plot driven than I'd thought to give it credit for.

Catherine Fitzsimmons
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is the story of a woman with supernatural abilities caught up in a battle for succession to the throne of the vampiric parasites known as the Thrall. This was another free ebook from Tor, and it wasn’t until I had finished the book that I realized it was a thriller romance. However, even taking that into account, I found the lead characters and relationship terribly trite, and the narrator more than a little Mary Sue. I hate to use the same descriptor as I did for another novel I so recentl ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Touch of Evil has one of the most unusual takes on vampirism that I've seen. They drink blood, but this is not shown as being sexy or romantic. The vampires here are more like parasites that don't just feed off of humans, but sometimes use them as Hosts for their offspring.

That is where Kate comes in. After surviving a vampire attack while trying to save her ex-fiancee, she still has a connection to the hive mind of the current Queen of the Denver hive. The Queen not only wants something from Ka
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
So I have to start by saying if any book needed an index or prologue with in depth history this would be it. I dont think I understood what the hell was going on until more than halfway through, and Im surprised I stuck it out. There was just so many new terms and types of creatures that I couldnt really figure it out. Even at the end Im not sure if Ive completely got it. Katie is kind of psychic and you find out that in the past she got into a fight with a 'queen' and got bitten but didnt get i ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
So here's the thing about the Cat Adams team: they're just not that great when it comes to romance or sex. Seriously, it kinda reads like some technical manual trying to be less dry. One partner can kiss or suck the other's nipples, this often brings pleasure. Once the man orgasms, his penis will become flacid. Like that. Bad.

What they are awesome at is letting the characters have a life and friends outside of the scope of the book. This is something more rare and precious than writing good roma
Jess Haines
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and urban fantasy novels
Shelves: horror
A new, vicious breed of vampire has come to town. With a queen-run hive-mind mentality and a parasite spread through their saliva, these are not your average Louis or Edward. Kate has to find a way to maintain her status as Not Prey -- before she ends up as the next Thrall queen.

TOUCH OF EVIL is a deviously delightful romp of a horror novel! I enjoyed this from beginning to end. Though the romantic element offered in Kate's new tenant (the werewolf firefighter-slash-calendar-model) was a bit rou
Sep 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Flat, cheesy, stereotypical characters. Ultra powerful, yet down to earth female lead. Big hunky fireman love interest. Vampire drama. Terrible novel. Ugh. I actually took a picture of my cat stretching when this book was close to him and it looks like he is taking a crap on it. Good stuff.
May 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
no...just no. eleven pages in and i already know this is gonna be crap
Erin Penn
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
If I hadn't just lived through a crazy week of going in dozens of different directions every single day, I would not believe the book. In one day Kate, the Main Character (MC), received a concussion, meet a new love interest, repaired the trim of her rental townhouse, picked up a job on the phone for her courier business, investigated stuff even though not a detective after being hired by one of the most politically powerful men in the city, survived a kidnapping attempt at a hospital (where som ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
* Unwarranted & unwanted detail means an INCREDIBLY slow story - I don't care about what meals the MC makes in bulk, or where her laundry is. 'Serving' the wife trespass papers from her husband was a completely ridiculous tangent.
* The characters wink allot. Who winks, unless it's ironic, it's either weird or creepy.
* Not logical - "not prey", in nature you kill what threatens you; Also why aren't the authorities doing more to stop the Thrall.
- Bryan goes missing overnight, yet doesn't make
Tiffany Lynn
I can never understand how the characters in books such as these can so easily jump into being "in love", but then again I must remember I actually picked this one up from the romance section (how I got there, I'm not even sure!) so I can't say its surprising. All in all, I didn't love the book, but I didn't hate it either. It was really easy to read and had a different kind of vampire. And for the first time ever, I found myself on the side of the werewolf! I can't say I'm going to run out and ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. Adore Tom.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Touch of Evil is the first time I’ve picked up anything by C. T. Adams or Cathy Clamp. I’m not sure how I’ve never heard of either of them before this, since they’ve got a lot of books under their (collective) belt, but I’m glad that I finally read something by them.

In this series, the Big Bad are vampire-like creatures known as the Thrall. The Thrall are parasites that require a human Host, whom they eventually take over and kill. The Thrall operate through a hive mind, led by a Queen, who expe
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
The concept of the series is interesting but the editing was horrible. Vampires aren't really vampires but are parasites that invade a human's body and make them a Host. They are known as the Thrall. The human population is divided into two categories, Prey and Not-Prey. The Thrall is connected to every human they feed from and have a Queen just like a hive of bees. Unlike vampires, these creatures can only inhabit a body for a few years. The main character in the series, Kate, is a psychic that ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Oh I so hate giving bad reviews, so I'll start with the good. First, I liked the idea of the Thrall. It was a different take on vampires, making them not vampires at all, which was fine by me. And I did think the story was pretty well written, but I bought it as an advertised paranormal romance and I really didn't get that at all. Yes, there was a guy, but... I didn't feel any romance and it certainly wasn't central to the story. In fact, it probably could have cut out the guy (a werewolf firema ...more
For the past 3 years all books in the trilogy have been in my possession awaiting being read. Despite the abundance of mixed reviews I anticipated a bit of unique lore, lots of action, horror and fantastical feats from the main character.

I was rewarded with a pretty good flow of story, nice mix of characters that had major and minor roles in supporting Kate's character and actually found myself easily following along with both the plot and the different identities/relationships of everyone popu
Sep 01, 2008 rated it liked it
I really liked the book, but the only reason I didn't give it more than 3 stars is because the heroine left me a little ambivalent.

On one hand I liked that she was strong and could take care of herself. BUT...I also felt like she had a bad case of ADD. The propensity to ignore the important stuff (like paying bills, among other things!) because she wanted it to go away was annoying as hell. And what was with the starting on something then being sidetracked by something else a few minutes later?
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
The best part about this book was the interesting take on vampires. It was refreshing to see them represented as parasites, rather than soul-less sexy dudes. (Although there's nothing wrong with the sexy dude in romance novels, I must say.)

Overall, though, I thought it was confusing and disjointed. There were a lot of details and loose ends that never popped up again or got resolved by the end. The plot, rather than being well-crafted, seemed sort of seat-of-the-pants, like it wasn't really thou
Sarah Marie
I hesitated to read this book when I was at the library, but I finally gave in and checked out the 3 books in the Thrall series. I started reading and I was surprised that I thought it was really good. As the book progressed, I really liked how tough Kate was and that she was a strong character. The love interest in the book is Tom, who is a firefighter and werewolf. I liked Tom and thought that Kate and Tom were a good match. I'm a big fan of vampire books and I thought it was kind of refreshin ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The authors have a new take on vampires, and it's quite interesting. They make them out to be parasites that lay eggs that will eventually destroy their host. It is quite a fascinating story, and I'm looking forward to reading the other two books that are out in the series to see what happens with Tom and Katie! I loved the fact that the story is set in Denver, I'll have to go looking for the locations described in the books, some I recognized, and others I didn' ...more
It's ok. The timeline makes no sense so found it hard to enjoy when I couldn't figure out how someone could sleep through a whole 24hrs and then everything ends up relating to 'yesterday'. Wait, didn't you sleep through yesterday? Basically you have a week of action that is then meant to happen in what appears to be less than 48hrs. This book was recommended to me, so I'm now reading the series, thankfully there's only 3, but am not really enjoying it. Kinda like pulling that hangnail, you know ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I quite liked this book. I read it in almost one sitting so I was enthralled. Kate is a courier with psychic abilities. She is also 'No Prey' which means that she is a equal with the Queens that rule the nests of the Herd. She is now wanted as a queen because of her psychic abilities but does not want to be taken over by one of the parasites that she would need to allow to hatch so that she can become queen. She meets a werewolf called Tom and they hit it off. Read the book. It is a series. It a ...more
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Also known as Cat Adams, a dual-partnership writing team with Cathy Clamp.

She spent seventeen years in the Denver metro area and now resides in Texas with a large dog and pet cats. Office work provided a living while she pursued the goal of becoming a novelist. Forming the partnership with Cathy Clamp was the catalyst that led to publication and the two have enjoyed a long and fruitful collaborati
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