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Finder’s Keeper by Shira Anthony

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Finder’s Keeper by Shira Anthony

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Book Series
Dreamspun Beyond (Book 4); Heart’s Gate (Book 1)
About the Author
I’ve always been a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after.  But at some point I remember thinking, “What comes after the happily part?”  I think that’s why I’ve always been drawn to stories that focus on what happens after the two main characters realize they love each other.  How do they make it work?  How do they stay together?  Why do they stay together?  Those are some of the questions that inspired me to write the Blue Notes Series.
 
Each Blue Notes Series novel is a relationship-driven story that seeks to answer the question of how real men make relationships work.  Each story can be read independently of the others and in any order, but all of the characters inhabit the same, classical music universe and connect in ways that are often surprising.  There’s a little bit of me in each of these novels, and many of the storylines are inspired by my own experiences as a classical musician (violinist and opera singer).

If you’re looking for a change of pace from contemporary romance, you might want to check out my high fantasy, sexy pirate shifter/mermen trilogy, The Mermen of Ea.  The series is complete, although I’m considering a follow-up story about two of my favorite secondary characters.  -Shira 
Publication Date
September 15, 2017
Available Formats
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Pages
236
ISBN
978-1-63533-878-2
ASIN
B0756ZPFWG
Excerpt
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
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.

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Dazzling Start to a New Series
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4.0

I was intrigued when I read the summary for this book. A half-human, half-fox spirit gatekeeper to the realm of the spirits?  This was going to be a whole different ballgame! Boy, was I right.
 
Zane is a clueless Keeper, the power source that Kit needs in order to operate the Gate and stay strong himself. Having been orphaned at a very young age, he has never gotten the history of his family and how necessary he is to the continued operation of the Gate. Kit has served the Gate and the Carter household for 200 years. His strong spirit has been severely weakened by five years without a Keeper. Now the two have to figure out how to not only live with each other, but what to do with an attraction that just won’t quit.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  The premise is so unusual that it was captivating almost from the start. I say almost because the very beginning is a bit slow, though I promise it’s worth it.  There is a lot of background on Kit and his service that needs to be gone through, but Zane’s obliviousness to everything makes his portion of the beginning drag things out.
 
From there, however, it picks up considerably and turns into a well-spun intrigue of a story.  The Gatekeeper and his servant, Lor, a very cheeky demon, have constant conversations that are both amusing and informational. Zane’s twin, Ren, plays an integral part of the story, as well, even though she is nowhere near Ohio. A trip through the Gate with Kit brings us Traalo, mayor of the village of spirits that has sprung up around Kit’s Gate. With diverse and charismatic characters, you become fully engaged and desperate to know more.
 
The story takes place in Cleveland and in the spirit village, and while Cleveland is pretty much a minor backdrop, the village is simply incredibly written.  The imagery is such that a solid picture forms in the mind, and you can easily walk with the characters through a wonderland. 
 
The character growth on both sides is enormous and messy, a realistic expectation followed through beautifully.
 
The chemistry is instant upon meeting, but Kit is an innocent, and it’s a very slow buildup that takes you three quarters of the way through the book before they act on their attraction. Even here, though, paranormal twists come through, and it makes for a delightfully sexy time.
 
By the time I reached the end, I was thrilled for both Kit and Zane, wishing that the incredibly adorable Lor had someone of his own to love, and hoping against hope that there would be more books on this line. 
 
Finder’s Keeper is a curious twist on the paranormal, to be sure! It’s worth a solid four stars and a hearty recommendation, and I was so excited to learn that it IS actually the first in a new series!  I look forward to seeing where things go from here.

**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.**

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