Shadow Touched

Shadow Touched

Shadow Touched

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“Shadow Touched” by Becky Moynihan is the riveting opening to the “A Touch of Vampire” series, masterfully blending paranormal romance elements with young adult fiction’s intricate dynamics. Set against the backdrop of Rosewood, Maine, the story introduces us to a world where the line between normalcy and the supernatural is perilously thin.

“Shadow Touched” kicks off with McKenna’s unsettling move to a new home in Rosewood, Maine, setting the tone for a story ripe with mystery and the supernatural. McKenna, nearing eighteen, craves stability and friendships but finds herself ensnared in a web of paranormal intrigue instead. The eerie whispers and the haunting presence of red eyes signal that McKenna’s life is far from ordinary.


From the outset, McKenna’s experience at Rosewood High spirals into the extraordinary. Unusual symptoms – a fever, strange noises, and visions of claws – plague her, alongside sightings of those mysterious red eyes. The intrigue deepens as McKenna navigates attention from the school’s enigmatic figures, including Reid and the inscrutable Lochlan, hinting at a world beyond her understanding.

The narrative cleverly intertwines McKenna’s personal mysteries with encounters that hint at a broader paranormal community. The revelation that Lochlan and Kade are vampires introduces the first piece of the puzzle, positioning McKenna at the heart of a potentially world-altering prophecy.

As the story unfolds, the tension between McKenna and her supernatural counterparts escalates, culminating in a steamy yet complicated dynamic. The emotional depth of the story deepens with heartbreak and revelations, challenging McKenna’s resilience and her grasp on the paranormal world she’s entangled with.

The book’s climax delivers an explosive mix of action and emotion, leaving readers both devastated and eagerly anticipating the next installment. The narrative masterfully balances the revelation of secrets with the introduction of new mysteries, maintaining a gripping pace throughout.

The protagonist, a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, is eager to shed the weight of her aunt’s secrets and lies. Yet, she carries a heavy secret that follows her into the night in the form of a mysterious, red-eyed shadow. Her hopes for a fresh start in Rosewood before embarking on her college journey are quickly complicated by unexplained phenomena and the arrival of two enigmatic new students who seem unnervingly interested in her every move.

Lochlan D’angelo, one of the new students, embodies the allure and danger of the unknown. His aloof and mysterious demeanor sets the stage for a captivating enemies-to-lovers and fated-mates narrative that is heartrending and irresistibly alluring. As the protagonist is drawn deeper into a world filled with vampires, werewolves, and witches, “Shadow Touched” excels in unraveling a complex web of secrets, challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and the world around her.

Moynihan’s writing shines in its ability to create a palpable tension and anticipation. The narrative is skillfully paced, balancing moments of thrilling danger with exploring deep emotional truths. The steamy romance that unfolds is thoughtfully developed, offering readers a compelling blend of passion and vulnerability.

Its fresh take on traditional paranormal elements sets “Shadow Touched” apart. The author reimagines vampires, werewolves, and witches in a familiar and entirely new way, breathing life into the genre. The book’s exploration of identity, belonging, and the search for truth adds depth to the enthralling paranormal adventure.

“Shadow Touched” evolves from a young adult to a new adult paranormal romance, weaving steamy moments with the complexities of discovering one’s identity in a world filled with vampires, werewolves, and other beings. The character development is robust, particularly for McKenna, whose journey from ignorance to a pivotal figure in the paranormal community is compelling.

The portrayal of forbidden love, alongside the exploration of McKenna’s unique paranormal heritage, adds layers to an already engaging tale. The story is a testament to the allure of the unknown and the strength found in facing it head-on.

“Shadow Touched” is a standout addition to the paranormal romance genre. With its strong, relatable heroine, intriguing antihero, and a world teeming with supernatural intrigue, this book promises to be the beginning of a series that will captivate and enchant readers. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of forbidden romance or the thrill of uncovering hidden truths, “Shadow Touched” offers a compelling narrative that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Shadow Touched

Some truths are best kept in the shadows . . . At nearly eighteen, I’m months away from escaping my aunt’s secrets and lies. Except, I’m harboring a big secret of my own.

A red-eyed man cloaked in shadow has been stalking me at night. I wanted Rosewood, Maine to be my final destination before college. My chance at normalcy. But strange, unexplainable things are threatening to derail my plans.

The red-eyed man followed me here, and he’s not the only one. Two hot guys transfer to my new high school right after I do. They track my every move, especially the aloof and mysterious Lochlan D’angelo.

As I’m sucked into a dangerous world embroiled in secrets, I start to question everything I’ve ever known. Including who I am.

SHADOW TOUCHED is the thrilling first installment in a steamy upper YA/New Adult paranormal vampire romance series. If you like enemies-to-lovers and fated mates, heartrending twists, a tough heroine, and a sexy antihero, this book is for you.