Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
For Speakeasy’s first published story, Touchstone is intriguing and one of my favorite reads in the World of True North. Here’s the thing about Karen Stivali’s book:
- Its characters, Phoebe and Sam, are lovely together. I know that’s a strange term, but there is a mystical underpinning to their coupledom that truly qualifies them as soulmates. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before to the extent that there’s almost a paranormal feel to it.
- The ancillary characters to this story, namely Sam’s aunt and her sister, so remind me of the aunties in Practical Magic, and you can’t help but love wizened good witch characters who help guide the hero and heroine.
- Sam is only an alpha character in the bedroom. He is a Renaissance man: well-traveled, insightful, compassionate, and emotionally connected. You cannot help but love his character in this story.
- Phoebe’s entrance into the story is one of my favorite beginnings for a heroine even in its horror. She is the reason for any strife between them, but Stivali rectifies that quickly so that Sam and Phoebe can live in their bliss.
- I love the mysticism of this story. I’ve not read this focus in a romance yet, so I found it alluring and insightful. I think most readers will love that bent to this story.
And finally, what’s not to love about Colebury and its connection to our favorite characters in Sarina Bowen’s universe of characters. There are cameos from Griff, Alec, and others. Even more, we’re introduced to other future Speakeasy characters.
Once I began reading Touchstone, I simply couldn’t put it down. In fact, I broke one of my rules about reading ARCs: I read it out of turn. This is a testament to Karen Stivali’s storytelling and character development. If you haven’t downloaded this ebook, you should grab it now.
In love and romance,