Gracie’s Touch by S.E Smith Review

Gracie's Touch Book Cover Gracie's Touch
Zion Warrior's #1
S.E Smith
Science Fiction ~ Romance
November 20, 2015

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance brings another action, adventure, and suspense-filled story to transport readers out of this world.

Gracie Jones was little more than a child when the Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them and they became known as the Freedom Five. At seventeen, she made a decision that turned the tide on the war between Earth and the Alluthans but in exchange she gave up all that she knew.

Kordon Jefe is a Zion Warrior and commanding officer in charge of the Confederation of Planets military. When an unknown species begins attacking some of their outer settlements, he is assigned to discover who they are and stop any cost.

Gracie unknowingly finds herself stranded millions of light years and hundreds of years in the future in a distant galaxy on an undeveloped moon. When an old enemy threatens once more, she does not hesitant to use her knowledge to try to stop them once again. Only this time, it is not just Earth she will be saving but the Confederation itself.

When their two worlds are thrown together, Kordon is unsure what to do with the strange, delicate creature that fights and behaves unlike anything he has ever encountered before. One thing he does know, he plans to keep her.

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I would have given this book 4 stars if I wasn’t upset with the cover. Usually I am a big cover snob, I know that is really bad but I can’t help it. Some times I can look past the cover and move on, but I can’t. The reason why I am upset is because the main character Gracie, is described as a strawberry blonde. The girl on the cover looks like she is regular blonde. I either read it wrong or the picture I have in my head of this character is completely off.

(Picture to the right, is what I think a strawberry blonde looks like.)

The other thing I didn’t like about this book was the fact it had so much going on. It was event after event, I don’t think that Kordon or Gracie we around each other enough to fall in love. Maybe it was because this book did not show us all of the interaction between them, besides the sex. Seriously I think this book could have been stretched into at least two books. It had enough plot ideas for that to happen. If you don’t want spoilers skip the next paragraph and start reading again on the next paragraph. (I am not putting details or say everything so the story is not ruined.)

Okay the book starts off as Gracie going into space to blow up the mother ship to the alien race that has been attacking Earth for the past 5 years. After she blows the ship up she is blown into space and get stranded on an unknown planet. Only to be found by Kordon and this men. (This is where I think the rise of the story could have started.) After being with them only a short while Gracie ends up finding another ship and going after it to destroy it, like she did to the last one. (After Kordon and Gracie become a couple) Now I think the book could and ended here (after the mother ship blows up) and the author stretch out the time Gracie and Kordon were together. Or even seeing her build relationships the other member of Kordon’s ship. (We could have been left on a cliffhanger begging for more) The reason I think it would have been better this way is because the reader would have fallen in love with the characters. Hell, I would love to read about the 5 years of Gracie was fighting on the earths surface. Or even  just a year from the time she was sixteen to when she went to the mother ship. It would have meant more of an impact with the characters or the reader having the same feelings of heartache as Gracie.

The reason I kept reading this book, is because it is a science fiction romance. I needed my fix and even if this book was like riding a roller coaster plot wise. I still like the book which is why I left the three stars. I liked how Gracie was such a fighter in this book, she always stood up for her self and was very independent. I think she was a strong female character and that is why I like this book. Plus Kordon was totally an Alpha Male. SO that was a major bonus.

Zara Lethallan