Finder's Keeper

Shira Anthony
Finder's Keeper
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
September 2017
Book 1 of Heart's Gate
LGBTQ, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

The truth might ruin his dreams—or make them come true.

When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker—Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half–red fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds—a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn't.

Orphaned at a young age, Zane never learned he comes from a long line of mystical Keepers. Kit needs Zane's help to protect the Gate, but how can he tell Zane of his legacy when that will crush Zane's dreams of traveling the world? If he takes up the mantle, Zane will be bound to the Gate, unable to leave it. But when Zane realizes Kit's true nature, and his own, he'll have to make a choice—fight to protect Kit and the Gate, or deny his destiny and any chance of a future with Kit.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Nov 08, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
47 people found the following review helpful
Cuddly and adorable, Kit is a housemate I would love to keep. I want to "kiss him and love him and squeeze him and hug him and call him George. He can be my very own bunny rabbit." Kidding aside, aptly named Kit is a half red fox spirit. He guards an important gate between the spirit and human world. Unfortunately for Kit, he's been neglected for five long years. He languishes away as he waits for his human counterpart, a keeper, to finally show up.

This symbiotic relationship between a keeper and guardian should be easy to talk about, if one was raised in a supernatural environment. In some ways, Zane was raised to be able to easily accept this information. His sister reads tarot cards and believes she is a medium. Zane prefers to be grounded in reality even as he dreams of traveling the world. A potential big drawback with being a keeper is being locked to one location, never to travel the world. Zane's future as a keeper conflicting with his desire to travel makes Kit wary to bring up the Keeper responsibilities. This leads to Kit not getting what he needs and he continues to waste away.

I liked both Kit and Zane. They are a perfect match. Their sweetness exudes from the pages and a reader may end up with a bit of an overdose in consideration. The two of them are working so hard to be thoughtful for each other that they end up cross purposes. This makes for a plausible conflict with a lovely resolution. From a character perspective, Ms. Anthony does a great job in developing endearing characters. She also creates a world I want to visit. The spirit world sounds fantastic. The little glimpses of it as well as hints of possible trouble are intriguing. There are several threads which are left hanging and hook me into the next book in this series. I will be eagerly awaiting the following book. I want to learn more about Kit's father. Also, the reveals about Zane's past just come about as this story ends. So many questions and so few answers!

The romance in this story is a slow build up and moves into a comfortable companionship. For me, the heat was not there. It is more a sensual loving to create the beginnings of a long lasting bond. This paranormal romance is recommended to m/m readers who enjoy sweetness with a happily ever after and a promise of more to come.
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