Friday, August 9, 2019

Review: Shadow Touched by Harper Wylde






Publication Date: 6/6/2019

Series: The Veil Keeper #1
Rating: 3.5 Stars






Official Blurb: 

My name is Lorn, and I’m a witch. Or at least, I thought I was. 

Turns out, things aren’t always what they seem. 

My magic has always been different from others of my kind—untamed. Something to hide, even in my own world, along with my monster-filled dreams and odd ‘episodes.’ 

When my entire life is turned upside down with a single drop of blood, the mysterious magick I’ve been trying to hide finally catches up to me. 

Deserted and stranded on my own, four strangers offer me asylum and a place to call home. At least, for now. 

With the help of Dason, Chayton, Axel, and Kota, I’m discovering the truth about myself as my past and my future collide. The world I grew up in was a lie, and now I’m learning how to use my magick, who my enemies are, and that the beasts stalking my sleep are actually real. And they’re my problem. 

Surrounded by deadly threats, the guys and I navigate a world full of supernatural creatures, each with their own agendas, to gather the intel we need to defeat the darkness. Hopefully for good. 

There’s danger in the shadows, but I’ll be dead before I let it win. 

And I’m just getting started.





I have to admit right off the bat that I haven’t really read much in the reverse harem sphere outside of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, and I honestly didn’t know how I would feel about that aspect in this new series debut by Harper Wylde.  However, the hesitation that I felt diving into this story was soon met with a little surprise. Good and bad.  The story itself was engaging. The storyline wasn’t something that I had found in all my years of reading PNR so that definitely was a win.  The reverse harem aspect was treated with a slow burn affect, which for someone like me who usually doesn’t read that type of romantic story, was nice. 


But where did I not love this book?  It was a bit of a slow start as world building is to a multi-book series. Also, the sudden revelation of.. hey, we are your mates could have been executed a bit better in terms of how that information is revealed. Her acceptance seemed way too fast for someone who had her entire life ripped away from her, and her parentage throwing her into an entirely different set of problems. The addition of more men to the furry group love at the end pushed it a bit over the top as we barely got to know the men in her current circle right now.  I understand that dramatic flair of adding in even more men at the end, but again, the right execution wasn’t there for me.  It wasn’t believable or as believable enough since we are talking fictional people and worlds here.

That being said, this one was a middle of the road for me. Would I continue on with the series? Probably not, but it’s not a definite no either. 

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