Published by Hyperion on June 18, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
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Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time--this time from a bakery. Why can't she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her head-to-toe black garb, her face the only skin she chooses to reveal. But Anna Marie doesn't have a choice. Her skin, her touch, is a deadly weapon that must be concealed. She accidentally put her first boyfriend, Cody, in a coma when they kissed. Horrified, she ran away to Jackson, Mississippi, where she's been living alone in a cramped apartment and scraping by on food stamps.
Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. He's just like her--completely alone and also on the run. To elude James's mysterious and dangerous family, the pair takes to the highway. As they cross the country, their simmering attraction intensifies and they both open up about their secretive pasts. James reveals that his true name is Touch and he christens Anna Marie Rogue. But with danger at their heels, they know they can't run forever. Rogue must decide if she'll unleash her devastating powers once again, which she swore never to do, in order to save the only person who seems truly to understand and accept her.
Quick show of hands, but who actually remembers Rogue’s name? Because I know that every single time I hear or read her name I spend a moment wondering who that is exactly. In Rogue Touch Anna Marie is twenty years old and she’s just been fired. Again. Which, I suppose, is to be expected when you can’t risk touching anyone ever and end up dressing like a Goth girl just to avoid that.
She meets James around the same time and when she goes on the run he goes with her. At first it seems he’s only there to rescue her, but it’s quickly revealed that he’s on the run, too. While on the run the romance between the two slowly builds, and James reveals that he’s not exactly from around here, and his real name is Touch. He’s the one who gives Rogue her name and henceforth in the novel that’s what she sticks with.
What I really loved about this, though, was the slow build to the romance. Too many books have the romance thrown in as an after thought or forced on the characters. Here it’s believable and understandable that they would slowly start to fall in love. After all, they’re in each other’s company all the time and it forces them to get to know each other on a deeper level.
On the other hand, for a book based on the X-Men I would have expected a lot more action. Unfortunately, since most of the time was spent in a car while on the run we were limited to how much action there really could be. This book wasn’t a character driven novel, though, so the lack of action made it tedious at times.
Still, it was an interesting and unique look at a young Rogue and how a single romance shaped her. I enjoyed the book, and I can appreciate what Hyperion is trying to do in making chick lit novels based off of the female super heroes. Although it’s a little patronizing (I certainly didn’t need any chick-lit novels to adore super heroes and Rogue when I was younger!) I can still enjoy a good book.