A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

TBR Challenge: Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu

on October 15, 2014

The theme: Romantic suspense or paranormal romance.

Why this one: It’s both! I seem to have a knack for finding those. And the second in the series I started last month, so I’m moving along. Though still not entirely sure I want to be.

I thought Shadow Touch was better than Tiger Eye. Unfortunately, it’s quite a good book of the sort I kind of hate now. Serials killers, sadists, torture out the wazoo. The villains in the story are, appropriately enough, like a Russian nesting doll — every time you think you’ve met the worst bad guy, boooing, another, even more horrific one appears.

Our hero and heroine meet while they’re both being tortured by an Evil Organization. Both are psychic — Artur sees the history of people and objects when he touches them, Elena can psychically heal. Their minds come together to help each other. The romance itself is very sweet, as uncertain as a romance between two psychics can be — Artur in particular has little experience with love or sex, because of the problem of touching people — and I liked the mutuality of it. There’s some time spent on a series arc, which is intriguing, and the suspense is effective.

I just personally don’t have much tolerance for stories about serial killers and torture these days. Life is scary enough. So I’m not going to grade this, but if you’re a tough reader who likes a soft romance, go for it.

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