Fae Touched

Book 1 in the Fae Touched Series

Abby isn’t human…she’s only pretending to be.

Abigail MacCarthy considers her gift more of a curse than a blessing. Her ability to walk between the realms of Earth and Faery is rare; her kind almost extinct. After years spent under the control of a covert, government-run agency, Abby has managed to escape. She’s eluded recapture by hiding as a human in her temporary home of Memphis, Tennessee. But the ruthless director who wants his valuable asset returned is not the only threat to her freedom.

Abby has to evade the local Fae Touched races, a magical community of wolf shifters, vampires and witches who would demand her allegiance for themselves if her true heritage was revealed. With no intention of exchanging one prison for another, Abby sticks to a strict set of rules to avoid discovery. When the foolish decision to break one of those rules leads to an unexpected encounter with a sexy wolf shifter and the vampire queen he’s sworn to protect, Abby has to choose what’s more important—keeping her secret—or saving a life.

Samuel’s duty is to his Clan of wolf shifters, his region’s queen and the Fae Touched who live in his territory…until he meets Abby and his priorities quickly change.

Samuel Walker is commander of the region’s Guard, and responsible for keeping the magical community in the ESC region safe. His task proves more difficult as tensions between the Fae Touched and their human neighbors escalate daily. When his queen is targeted by an unknown adversary and is saved from assassination by magic that shouldn’t exist, Samuel is suddenly torn between responsibility to his people and protecting the beautiful halfblood he wants to claim as his own.

Abby knew using her magic would have consequences. Every day spent living alongside the Fae Touched risks further exposure—and her heart. Returning to a life on the run will be tough, but leaving the Alpha she is rapidly falling in love with may be the hardest thing she’s ever done.

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“Let her go, Tucker,” Alpha Samuel Walker ordered his beta, his deep growl rumbling directly above Abby’s head. “Now.”

As head of the Guard, Commander Walker was one of the highest-ranking Fae Touched in the ESC. As the príoh of the region’s Ferwyn Clan, he was in charge of every shifter in the territory and Alpha of its strongest pack. Though he was several inches shorter than Tucker, he was no less formidable. Built like a boxer with a broad chest, defined arms, and a thick but flat waistline, Clan Walker’s leader radiated authority. There was no doubt in Abby’s mind which male currently sandwiching her was the more dominant wolf shifter.

In contrast to his intimidating demeanor, his sandy-blond hair was disheveled. The jagged layers stuck up in every direction around a ruggedly masculine face, the disorderly style softening the sharp angles of his high cheekbones and square jawline.

Abby’s fingers itched to straighten the beautiful chaos, despite her escalating fear. Rather than give in to the ludicrous temptation, she death-gripped the articles in her hands.

What was wrong with her?

“I said back off, lieutenant.” Samuel glared at his subordinate, golden-brown eyes narrowing.

Tucker raised his brows and released her abruptly.

Abby lost her balance and backpedaled into a solid wall of warm flesh. Hopping forward with a squeak, she teetered on her thin-heeled pumps until strong hands grasped her biceps from behind and steadied her.

Samuel didn’t let go, cupping the side of her neck with one hand while maintaining his hold on her arm with the other. He leaned down until his nose bumped her temple and drew in a lungful of air.

Abby’s heartbeat skyrocketed. Everything she’d done to stay off the Fae Touched community’s radar could be wiped out with a single whiff.

“Be calm.” He inhaled again, his thumb making small circles at the base of her skull, the rough pads of his fingertips resting over the rapid pulse in her throat.

Was he kidding?

“I need to go.” Her skin grew damp with sweat, her silk shirt sticking to her back. Abby wanted desperately to break the deceptively gentle hold and run. Instead, she held perfectly still, resisting the instinctive urge that all prey possessed to flee from a dangerous predator. Running would only make things worse—if that were even possible.

“I’m not going to hurt you,” Samuel said. He wrapped the long fall of her ponytail around his knuckles and brought the captured blond ends to his nose. “But I need to know what species you are.”

“I…I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The fingers tangled in her hair were inappropriately intimate, even for a Ferwyn male. She sensed the commander wasn’t purposely trying to scare her, but he was doing a bang-up job of it anyway. “I’m human. Untouched by Fae magic,” she told him, working to control the quiver in her voice, and failing.

She had always been a miserable liar.

“Commander, what are you doing?” Lady Rose interrupted the tense exchange, hands on her slender hips. “Release the girl so we can finish up here.”

Abby waited, hardly daring to breathe while Samuel slowly unraveled her ponytail from his fist and stepped away.

“Thank you,” she said without thinking, the polite response written into Abby’s DNA at birth and honed at her Southern mother’s knee. No matter how inane-sounding the reply, she was grateful for anything that placed distance between them. Anything that kept the powerful Alpha from figuring out who she was. What she was.

Her legs felt like they wouldn’t hold her weight, but she managed to maintain a slow, steady pace toward her boss and the impatiently waiting vampire queen.

“Close your mouth, Noah.”

Abby glanced back at Samuel’s clipped words.

It was another mistake.

The commander’s eyes glinted more yellow than brown under the harsh lights of the boutique, his attention squarely on her instead of the young shifter by the door. His penetrating gaze bore into hers as he brought his knuckles to his nose and sniffed.

Abby turned and bolted.

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Fae Touched

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Lisa Rae Roman

Spring 2019

ISBN-10: 0545791340

ISBN-13: 978-0545791342

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