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.
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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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Title: A Touch Of Lust
Author: Michelle Horst
I'm not quite sure what I expected when I started reading A Touch Of Lust - maybe a bit of suspense, angst, drama for certain, action and romance, tons of it, because let's face it, when I read a novel by Michelle Horst, that's what i associate with her - the capacity to make me feel love through her words. Now, A Touch Of Lust was completely different. It was painful, unexpected, and every sort of wrong but in the good way. It made me stand up and listen, it made me want to keep reading when i know that i should be heading off to bed. But most of all, it made me think that not everything that we hear is what it truly is. There's always an underlying story behind every action, and it's important to listen with both your ears and eyes.
Mia and Liam met when they were quite young - heck, Mia wasn't even legal when they did, and all because she rebelled against the fact that she was supposed to be married off to another member of her cult and when she met Liam, she needed an out. Only too late to realize that Liam was unable to handle it and ran, unable to take more pain after the death of his sister. It was crushing, i won't deny that because it's such an important part of the book (for me at least), and i wondered just how these two could learn to trust and forgive so many, even one another (and maybe themselves). Michelle Horst did a great job in bringing forth all the emotions that she did while writing, and i was truly amazed at the storyline. It's the kind of read that you need to experience at least once, or more, from this author.
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