Touched by Abbey MacMunn

Touched by Abbey MacMunn
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (206 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

When inquisitive antique dealer Cami Wilson learns she’s the revered offspring of an immortal mother and a mortal father, it’s not just her hybrid status that has her all flustered. The title comes with her very own super-sexy guardian.

Jaded immortal Joseph Carlisle has only one thing on his mind; his sworn duty to protect the hybrid from those who wish her harm. Anything else would be complicated. That is until they meet.

Chemistry sizzles between them but there’s a problem—the hybrid’s curse. Cami’s touch, skin to skin, proves near fatal to her and all immortals, Joseph included.

But the fated lovers discover her curse is the least of their concerns when a friend’s deadly betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.

I loved the concept of Abbey MacMunn’s story and the opening certainly swept me into the tale. It has a great premise and fast pacing, fitting into a young adult or new adult genre, depending on how much sex is deemed acceptable, as there are full blown sex scenes within the book. The main character has all the seeds for a great fantasy read. A mysterious past, a dangerous faction out to get rid of her, and a handsome man (and his brother) on the sidelines.

All the components to make this book a fantastic read are there. However, it really didn’t work for me. The pacing was far too fast for me to believe the love story and the love scenes lacked real steam because of this. The characters were a little flat because more time was spent on their relationship than the pacing and conflict that should have been surrounding them in the first half. Instead of progressing the main fantasy plot, there was an attempt to further the protagonist’s sexual relationship, making it edgy by placing the ‘event’ in a location other than the bedroom, but this location has become somewhat of a tired trope and didn’t distract me from the lack of plot progression.

In addition, some of the locations in the book were disappointing. There was a stereotypical, traditional, drafty castle and a dungeon. I was hoping for something more. I wanted to know more about the characters the protagonist met, the world that she had become a new member of, and the people that surrounded her. I wanted her to react with more passion against the faction out to get her, to put up a real fight rather than be led through the motions. She becomes a passive character, protected by those around her, and more involved in the romance subplot than the main fantasy plot.

Of course, more ‘traditional’ fantasy tales can be really effective, and I certainly think this book would really appeal to the younger market due to the focus on a whirlwind romance. The fated, guardian angel style of romance and the unusual supernatural element to the protagonist will keep a younger (mature young adult to new adult) audience wondering what will come next. The book introduces a supernatural world I’m sure they’d be eager to get to know, and it would be an excellent gateway book to the wider genre.

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