Thursday, February 2, 2017


Title: A Touch of Lust
Series: A Feather’s Touch #1
Author: Michelle Horst
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2017



The way of the commune is the only way I know. Born into sin, I have to repent daily.

If we follow the laws of the Brothers, our sins will be forgiven, and they will take us with them to The Promised Land. All I have been taught is that I’m bad, shameful and a whore.
But, in the deepest part of my heart I can’t help but wonder about life. Is the way of The Order really the only way?
I listen to the teachings. I watch my sisters as they dutifully do what they’re told.
With every passing day I can feel my faith slipping away. How can I believe in something that feels so wrong? I feel like an outsider.
I feel like I don’t belong anywhere until I meet Liam. The first man to show me what love is turns out to be just like the rest of them.

I’m done putting my faith in men. I’ll save myself.


Cults - I have this intense hunger for revenge against them.
Because of them, my sister took her own life.

Instead of getting my revenge, I get Mila. She changes things. But when I begin to unravel the secrets of her past that revenge comes back. I can’t forgive her for belonging to a cult. I blame her.

There’s only one problem, somehow that love I felt for her is coming back and my hate is turning to lust.

In the end I’m the one who needs saving.

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Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
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Mila and Liam both have experience with living in a cult.  For Mila, she was born into it, unlike Liam who ended up there part-time after his mother joined.  The way of the cult is the only way that Mila knows.  As long as Mila follows the laws of the Brothers, her sins will be forgiven, but she must repent daily along with accepting her punishment for her sins.  Liam knows what life outside the cult is like and knows that the ways are wrong, but goes every other week to protect his sister.  Unfortunately, he was not able to protect her and he can’t move past the anger of failing his baby sister.  Mila begins to wonder about the teachings she receives daily and if this is the only way.  When at fourteen, she is promised to marry another she needs to escape because deep down she knows this is wrong.  Now she lives her life in fear that they will find her and take her back and punish her even worse than before.  Then she meets Liam and there is a connection and finally feels loved, but needs to protect him.  
Liam has loved Mila from the first moment he sees her, yet it takes him two years to finally ask her out.  He thinks she is shy not knowing the deep dark secrets she has.  He does see her panic attacks and wants to protect her.  When one secret comes out about how she needs to go back to the cult, he blames her and walks away.  He walked away but can’t stop loving her.  Will they be able to save and protect each other?
Don’t let the cover or title fool you as this book is about the struggles that Mila and Liam face because of their experiences in the cults.  They may have been involved with different cults, but each had a major impact on where there lives go and how the future was impacted.  
The events are unpredictable  The author has a way of writing this story that even when things don’t work out as planned and that sometimes the bad trumpets the good.  You still are in love with the story.   The life lesson is to learn to live when you have failed and forgive yourself for things that are out of your control.  
“...but we’re only human after all.  We’re not gods.  We have no control over the choices other people will make.  It was a hard lesson to learn, but it’s one I’ll never forget.” Liam
This is one book that you will not be able to put down as you navigate through this journey that Mila and Liam are on.  There were times that I just wanted to strangle Mila for not opening up, yet at the same time, I totally could see the fear she felt.  
“Fear will either make you strong, or it will drown you.”  Liam
The development of the characters were great and I really love the supporting characters as they were a major part of this and I’m hoping they will be getting their own books.  Was I surprised at some turn of events.  This story didn’t travel the path I thought it would.  
“Nothing in this life is permanent.  You have to appreciate the people you have in your life, while you have them, because tomorrow, they might be gone.” Liam
There were a few things with the story that have kept me from giving it a full 5 star rating.  At times the story felt as if things were missing.  "After the three years," things moved quicker than the rest of the story, so a part of the ending felt rushed leaving questions like what becomes of some of the characters. The ending needed to have more, especially since this was a story about life not going as planned.  I can’t really explain it in more detail without spoiling it.
The author states that this book almost didn’t happen.  I am glad that it did happen because she takes the topic of cults and writes a story filled with emotions.


My first instinct is to cover myself, but the scorching look in his eyes makes me stand still.

My conscience screams at me that this is wrong, but it’s quickly silenced by the sinner in me.

“Don’t look at me like I’m your ticket to the promised land, babe. I’ll only lead you to hell.”

Heat spreads through my body and tiny tongues of desire lick at my skin.

“You make me want to be a bad girl,” I whisper. My voice is hoarse with sinful need.

I want to feel his touch. I want to be defiled by him.

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International bestselling author of Predator, The Monster Series and many others. She loves writing anything from Young Adult to Suspense Romance.

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