Friday, February 08, 2013


Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2)
By Nancy Straight

Ebook Published November 22, 2012 by Smashword
Paperback Published December 4, 2012 by Createspace

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(Technically: 4.9)
(Rounded to 5 STARS on Goodreads)

Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother’s secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family.

Camille and Drake don't know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid, but who among them can be trusted?

A supernatural benefactor forces Drake to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be.

**Gasping, holding chest** I think I may of had a small heart attack at the end of this book. After getting a copy of the book last night, I hid under the covers with my iPad from my hubby and read all the way through. **Too anxious to sit.. pacing** I NEED Straight to finish the third book ASAP or I just might have an aneurysm. 

OK, you may be thinking I am being a HUGE Drama Queen (OK, so there may be some truth to that) but you might give me a break once you've read CENTAUR LEGACY. In this second installment we are treated to a smorgasbord of delights. There are a host of new characters introduced including one of my new favorites: Lacey. I just wanted to jump into the book and give her a big bear hug, fist bump and high five all at once. My hope is that we will get a whole lot more from her in book three. I want to give Straight a big smacking kiss for expanding some of the secondary characters, like Brae. **Squeezing into cheer skirt and jumping with pom poms... GO B.R.A.E... GO BRAE!!!** What a scrumptious treat! We even get his point of view during the book, along with others. 

The third person POV was better clarified with narrator labels. However, all the characters' POV sounded a bit too much like the same person, so I hope they are more clearly delineated in the last book. The plot thickens with more intrigue, betrayal, and twists that rival THE EXORCIST chick's neck. We see the a much more intricate weaving of story lines. One regret I have is we had no interaction with the other Strayer boys or Gretchen. 

Details were expanded and previous characters that were hinted at were given their time to shine. Cami finds her own skin and blossoms into what I was hoping for. Even the gods had been given voices, much to my delight. Straight delved into Cami's past and gave us new insights into her background and ancestry. I was a bit confused as to how the arrow would be effective other than stabbing that old bat Zandra. 

As for tension, it was as tight as your skinny jeans after being force fed 5 plates of Thanksgiving dinner at your Grandmother's. Honestly, I thought I would have to reach for my inhaler in order to breathe at certain points. Some of you may know that I get very defensive of fictional characters when I think they have been "tortured" enough. My hubby says I could be the world's first Fictional Character Defense Attorney. Aagh! Enough torturing poor Drake! WHY? WHY? WHY? I made my hubby run out for more tissues last night. The emotional torture was acute.

Through insurmountable odds, world travel, personal revelations and OMG-HOW-COULD-THIS-HAPPEN events, Drake and Cami model what real commitment and loyalty are. How refreshing in this cynical age. We plunge into agonizing decisions and tread through the consequences.

With enough twists to launch you into orbit, romance that just might combust your clothes, anguish enough to make you wear sack cloth with ashes on your head, mystery to wear down your nails from biting and a cliff hanger that dropped my heart into my toes, CENTAUR LEGACY has just the right combinations of ingredients. Master Chef Straight baked this novel to near perfection and I am literally on my knees begging her to finish book three as fast as possible!