Keeper of the Light

Gabrielle Evans
Keeper of the Light
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
March 2011
Book 1 of Wicked River
LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Mated for over a decade, Damon and Tate have searched long and hard for their zeta. When they meet Ryah at the county rodeo, they know instantly she's their missing mate. Unfortunately, she's also married, and the laws of their kind prevent them from claiming her.

When Ryah's husband publically attacks her and Damon rushes to her rescue, she knows it's time to accept his offer of help. Discovering the men she loves are vampire/lycan hybrids is unexpected but not as surprising as learning she is a lycan herself—and born to a destiny she never could have imagined.

Things are further complicated when Ryah's marriage is revealed to be a sham. That doesn't mean her husband is going to let her go without a fight, though. And a lot more rests on her safety than just happily-ever-after.

Warning: This book contains physical abuse of the heroine by the villain.

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Apr 27, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
195 people found the following review helpful
KEEPER OF THE LIGHT is the first book in Gabrielle Evans' new Wicked River series. Like a high speed roller coaster ride, you have the click, click, click, slow start then she slams the reader into free fall with her action packed tale of these hybrid creatures and their struggle to find love. And just like all good thrill rides….watch out for the blind drop!

Ms Evans' Gavolot hybrids are unique in their blending of lycan, vampire and demon. They initially present the reader with some challenge in understanding but eventually their natures are revealed and clarified.

Damon and Tate are mates and completely devoted to each other but they both know something is missing….their zeta, the third person that will make their unity complete. They know who their zeta is but can't claim her because she is married to another and pack law forbids interference. So the two eat dinner every night at the diner that Ryah works at just to be near her and watch over her.

Ryah never stood a chance. Suffering through childhood with a mother who was a drug addict and abusive, she marries a man who is a drunk and abusive. Ryah cherishes the friendship that she has with Damon and Tate. Even though she wants out, her husband has threatened to hurt anyone she cares for if she tries to leave him, so to keep the two men safe she stays and survives the beatings he dishes out. When Carson shows up at the diner and starts to beat Ryah in front of everyone, Damon shows up and stops him and they finally convince her to leave him.

With the love and support of the two men in her life, Ryah starts to find her courage and belief in herself when a shocking discovery puts everything on the line. Bur Ryah is stronger than she thinks, and this time she has something worth fighting back for.

While this book for me started out slow and the abuse that Ryah suffers at the hands of her husband is difficult to read, the story that grows from there is so worth sticking it out. I appreciated the strong female character that came from the broken girl you first meet. The relationship between the three is incredibly hot and the sex is inventive at times. I liked the fact the roles for the three seem to change throughout the book so we get to see each of their strengths.

If you are looking for a story with a different twist in the lycan world, then I think you will enjoy the world that Ms. Evans is creating. I found this story unique and sad and funny and sexy and I look forward to the next book in this series.
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