What if your touch could kill?
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.
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Anna Marie has had a tough life. She gets by living in Section Eight housing in Jackson, Mississippi, and relying on food stamps because whenever she finds a job, something bad always happens. It doesn’t help that she has white streaks in her hair and that she wears long sleeves, gloves, and leather no matter how hot it gets and won’t touch anyone, not even a handshake. One night she meets James, a guy who is probably the only other person in sultry Mississippi who dresses like her. The two end up on the run in a stolen car. James calls her Rogue, and she calls him Touch. It turns out that he is from another world: Arcadia, an imperiled utopia. It takes a lot of creativity to write a love story with a heroine who can’t touch her lover, not to mention bridging a 10,000-year age difference and two vastly different home planets. Amazingly enough, Woodward succeeds, putting a fresh spin on Rogue, a Marvel Comics X-Men regular, in this entertaining and thoroughly original romance. --Diana Tixier HeraldReview:
"A lost chapter from Rogue's past, told with elegance and conviction and attention to detail. Really entertaining."
―Mike Carey, writer of X-Men Legacy for Marvel, Unwritten for Vertigo/DC, and author of the Felix Castor novels including The Naming of the Beast
"An interesting take on Rogue, as her powers take her down a path I never would have imagined."―Chris Claremont, author of X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand tie-in novels
[An] entertaining and thoroughly original romance.―Booklist
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