Book #29 of 2016: The Keeper by Rebecca E. Neely

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Nick Geary, jaded clan leader of human guardians the Keepers, is doomed to love a human woman who’s forgotten him, time after time, for thirteen years: Libby Klink, a skittish accountant who’s as terrified of her recent and strange intuitions as she is of her mundane existence.

When Nick is ordered by the clan’s guiding force to seek Libby’s help in defending the clan against enemy Betrayers, romance sizzles as the pair forms an unlikely alliance in their desperate search to discover the key to the clan’s salvation—which Libby alone holds.

But a haunting secret could cost Nick everything, and in a race against time, both will be forced to choose between their hearts and duty. Can their love, and the clan survive, or will the very forces that drew them together ultimately destroy them?

I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

I am on the fence about The Keeper. There are parts I liked and there are parts that I wish were done differently.

The Keeper is the first book in a paranormal romance series. Keepers are a group of people (as human as they can be) who Keep humans. I don’t mean slavery kind of keeping, I mean these people help humans out. They are your good samaritan guardian angels that you briefly remember or can’t remember at all. Then there are the Watchers, basically they are angels who tell Keepers where to go and who to protect. And then there are the bad guys, the Betrayers. They cause the chaos.

Okay, now that that’s done, let’s start with the writing. I like Neely’s writing. It is simple and quick to get into. The writing isn’t Shakespeare, which is great because I want to relate. And, with Neely, I can relate with her writing style. The imagery is good and I could see everything she wanted to convey. She also did a great touch in using a sense that isn’t usually seen in books: Smell. I could smell what her character smelled. Awesome job.

However, I found the story to be lacking in bits. When there was action, it was good, but I wish there was more to the characters. Libby took the information Nick gave her very well. She didn’t seem to fight him and it was very much an insta-love relationship on her end. As for him, he’s been in love with her for a while. So, I can work on his end. Libby seemed a bit far fetched in that regard.

I also didn’t care for the physical changes that happen. Whereas I do understand, I just wish that a bespectacled heroine would stick around. I am going to give Neely big kudos on keeping Libby’s biggest quality though. As a fellow sufferer, it was great to see it being used for something other than debilitating. I would elaborate, but it’s a big thing in the book and I don’t want to spoil.

Over all, the story wasn’t the greatest, but I did like it. Sure, I would change a few things, but I think that goes with other readers and other books. The Keeper is a quick book and a fast read. It would have taken me less time if I haven’t been sick during reading it. For romance readers, you may like it.

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