Andre has been on the run for a long time. It doesn’t matter that he wants a home, that the wolf in him wants a pack. Running is the only way he can stay safe and that’s all that matters. His truck has run out of gas in a small Michigan town and, at least for now, it’s a place to stay. Andre can’t speak, but he’s a good man and the local pastor recognizes this. He asks Andre to help with a memory-impaired local who needs live in care.
Thomas ran from home as soon as he was able. He ran from the memories, from his father’s abuse, and from a town that refused to let him live as a gay man. Now, he’s forced to come home to address his mother’s worsening Alzheimer’s. He just doesn’t expect to find an attractive stranger living with her. It’s lust at first sight, but Andre has dark secrets, secrets that could put everything he cares about at risk. That includes Thomas and his mother, who have somehow become the pack Andre always longed to have.
Moon-Touched focuses on a mute shifter running from a dangerous enemy and a human who has more than a few painful memories. The author does a decent job of setting the scene and establishing why Andre is so necessary for Amy, Thomas’ mother, and for her care. It does seem a stretch to think of letting a complete stranger in to care for this woman, but that’s one aspect of the story you just have to roll with. We don’t know much about Andre’s past and I think a bit more fleshing out of his backstory would have worked to give context and depth. He and Thomas are still intriguing characters and, despite the story’s shorter length, I think there’s still enough here to work.
My biggest annoyance is the romance itself, or rather the lack of it. Moon-Touched relies too much on insta-lust/love to set up its protagonists. There’s just no evolution with regards to the romance and it moves too swiftly. Additionally, Thomas accepts Andre’s shifter side without batting an eye. It’s ridiculous how little he seemed to care about it considered he never knew shifters existed before. It strains the confines of credibility and is another aspect of the plot that just needed more development. The antagonist is a caricature and nothing more. He pops up at the end and serves as an unnecessary foil. His appearance just wraps up a plot thread that was never that important to begin with.
Moon-Touched is a perfectly average shifter novel that is fine if you’re looking for something sweet and to the point. I wanted more development and a romance that was richer and more powerful. If you like shifter love stories, you might enjoy Moon-Touched; it just didn’t leave much of an impression on me.