Review: Unseen Touch by Arvel Amaya

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Title: Unseen Touch (Paranormal Crime Unit The Touch #1)

Author: Arvel Amaya

Publisher: Amaya Books

Genre: Gay (Romance, Suspense)

Because I’m starting to write a gay romantic suspense novel, I wanted to check out some books that are similar in terms of having the paranormal elements as well as gay romance and mysteries or suspense/thrillers. This book has quite a lot in common with the kind of world I’m creating (but with plenty of differences as well, thankfully). In this world, paranormal abilities and crimes are common enough that there’s actually a division at the police to deal with them: the PCU, or Paranormal Crimes Unit.

The book (I say book loosely; it’s more of a novella) charges right into the action by introducing the detective Henri, who is currently working at a private detective with the gift of reading objects. Henri is a pretty typical crime detective story character, but I liked the fact that his gift gives him almost more grief than it’s worth, between headaches, fatigue and really bad visions.

If the story had just been about him, it would have been pretty typical hardboiled mystery fare. Instead, the author takes a risk and adds another element. Not just a gay romance. Gay romance with a golem, of all things.

You don’t see that very often!  I loved the risk that this writer took, and I think she actually pulled it off. With the paranormal elements and the unusual romance, I found this book very enjoyable, and I plan on getting the next book in the series. Those who love erotic gay fiction do get the sex they crave along with a fun and exciting plot. Best of all the prose is nearly invisible, which means it’s well edited and clean.

Viva la difference!

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