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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Review: THE KEEPERS (Heather Graham)

Title: The Keepers (The Keepers Trilogy #1)
Author: Heather Graham
Rating: 3.5 of 5
Format Reviewed: PDF Copy provided by Harlequin
288 Pages, 4.21 x 6.62 x 0.76 in
October 1, 2010

Harlequin | October 1, 2010 | Mass Market Paperbound

At the core of New Orleans lie the otherworldly vampires and shape-shifters that hide in plain sight among mankind. As one of the Keepers, an elite group possessing superior skill and strength, Fiona MacDonald''s duty is to maintain peace in a place where one vampire''s bite could ignite war. When Detective Jagger DeFarge, a vampire, is called in at the discovery of a body drained of blood, both the detective and Fiona must join uneasy forces. Jagger will stop at nothing to find the murderer— including working with the sensual and suspicious Fiona. As more die, it becomes clear that this isn''t the work of an ordinary vampire. No one is safe. So when the killer''s attention turns to Fiona, will Jagger risk destroying his own species to protect the woman he so passionately desires?
The Keepers: Three extraordinary sisters, balancing the duties of their birthrights and the yearnings of their hearts…

 Disclaimer: I try my best not to provide spoilers in my reviews, however, sometimes in order to be effective in my review of the novel, spoilers may happen unintentionally. If you want to avoid any possible spoilers, please refrain from reading. 

 I've been a fan of Heather's Graham for a long time. It was Heather Graham's A Pirates Pleasure that introduced me to the world of fictional romance novels. I was lucky enough to receive Heather's Graham's novel, The Keepers along with the other two novels in the trilogy from Harlequin Nocturne.

The Keepers is a novel which takes place in New Orleans, during our present time. The town is just beginning to come back to life after the devastation of Katrina. This story begins with a short prologue introducing the reader to the underground paranormal community that lives amongst the human populous in New Orleans. It also gives us a quick briefing on who the Keepers are and what their roles are within the paranormal community.

There are two main protagonists in this novel, one of which focuses on Detective Jagger DeFarge. Not only is he a well loved police officer in New Orleans, he is also a respected Vampire who is constantly trying to keep the peace between the human world as well as his own underground world. He is accompanied with Keeper of the Vampires, Fiona MacDonald as the novels second POV. She along with her two sisters preside over the underground paranormal population, keeping the peace and making sure things run smoothly. Fiona is an interesting character and I felt she could have been slightly more developed. In terms of likability, she fell flat for me. There wasn't a lot going on with her, although she had one of the most important parts in the novel.

This first novel in The Keepers Trilogy was really well done, aside from my subtle dislike for Fiona. The plot of the novel was interesting. There were enough twists and turns to keep the reader in suspense throughout the whole novel. I really enjoy how Heather Graham sets up her murder mysteries. There is always the romantic element weaved within the plot, but it never overpowers the actual storyline. Graham also incorporates a touch of the Gothic, adding to her novels an eerie feeling throughout.

The only problem I found with this story was the lack of depth and passion in Jagger and Fiona's relationship. Everything felt a little rushed. From the time both characters make contact in the story, until their eventual pairing. You can sense the care and love that is present in the relationship throughout the duration of the novel, but it lacks a depths and urgency that Heather Graham is able too and has created in her other works of fiction.

I think that readers will enjoy this story immensely. It is hard to not get caught up in the world Graham has created and the beauty of New Orleans. The inclusion of the New Orleans landscape, architecture, and overall imagery is a beautiful touch in creating a believable world.

I can't wait to dive into the next two stories and immerse myself into this mysterious world of Keepers and paranormal beings.

I recommend this novel for an +18 audience since there are sexually explicit scenes, although extremely tasteful and not graphic in any nature.

*A special thank you to Emma at Harlequin for providing me with this book.

For more information about the book you can visit the Harlequin Website, browse The Keepers, follow them on Twitter or visit their Facebook page.  Happy reading!


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