Thursday, November 21, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Keep You From Harm" by Debra Doxer



They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

This book caught me off guard.  It was moving along merrily as a nice New Adult romance.  Raielle is a recent orphan when a brother (she didn't know existed) comes to claim her.  She's from California and he lives in upstate New York.  This book works great as a fish-out-of-water story.  Raille (who is beautiful, laid-back and knows her own mind) meets Lucas, a BMOC (Big Man On Campus), and the relationship, though rocky, takes off.  I enjoyed this getting to know you period filled with misunderstandings and hot attraction.  Then BOOM, the author throws a wrench into the story by introducing a paranormal element.  Normally, I would be annoyed by this left turn but this narrative is strong and compelling.  The last quarter becomes an intense mystery that left me at the edge of my seat.  Ahhh, beware of cliffhanger.

In an often crowded field, this one is a nice standout with unexpected turns.  I can't wait to find out what is next. 

Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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