Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of things floating around her. One day ago, Jo's sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino. Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he's real lucky, she won't die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.
©2013 Donna Augustine (P)2014 Donna Augustine
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"Great start to a promising series"
I was not sure what to expect from this book, it was a happy surprise in the end. I love Jo's spunk and attitude! The whole book is in her POV, so ya kinda have to like her. She has dumb girl moments, but they seem more connected with her youth. She really does kick butt when she puts her mind to things!
I would have loved to get into the other character's heads, especially dishy Cormac. There are times you get hints of a romance but it is more about the suspense than the love in this book.
Really great supporting cast, love Buzz, Dodd and Ben. I wanted more of them and really hope to see them play bigger parts in the rest of the series. I might have held more of a grudge against them if I were Jo, but they are just too lovable to hate!
No steam other than the chemistry. I hope that changes cause these two are ripe for love!
The story has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I was with it from beginning to end, not a dull moment to be found.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Laurel Schroeder, who rocks! I love all the sass she add to Jo and the gruffness of Cormac. Great pace that keeps the story moving and accentuates the action scenes. She is terrific and I can not wait to hear her in the rest of the series.
Overall this is a great read and sets things up for the series beautifully. I am excited to see what is to come and unravel the secrets of the Alchemists.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
"Impressive and Enjoyable"
I enjoyed the originality, the subject matter, and the characters in The Keepers. I knew this would be good but it was better than I even thought. I like Jo and Cormac and the story line is great. Not predictable at all but I can see where a few of the other characters could come into play later in the series.
I wouldn't compare The Keepers to any other books. I just look forward to moving on to the next in the series.
Laurel Schroeder brought Jo's character to life. At the beginning of the story I thought she sounded edgy until I soon realized Jo IS an edgy person. She did a wonderful job with this book. I'm glad she voices the whole series.
I almost did listen to this book in one sitting. Until the wee hours of the morning and finished it whenever I woke up.
I received this audiobook foc in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Exciting & Adventurous!"
I will always say audio is better than reading myself. As much as I enjoy reading, I tend to miss things and not understand some pronunciations. Looking something up to see how to pronounce it only distracts me from the storyline. In audio format, I can kick back & listen to the story & relax!
Most memorable would be the sexual tension without actually having any sex in the book!
I don't recall if I have ever heard this narrator before. As a rule, I don't pay much attention to the narrator names.
I loved the protection Cormac always gave Jo, along with constant kindness & consideration. Nothing beats a really strong hero & heroine!
This is a really great read! I loved it & look forward to the next book in this series. I love series too. In a series, the story can continue on & on. The author did a fabulous job writing this this book. I was thoroughly entertained & listened to this book in 1 sitting!
"Stargate with a Fae twist"
I would put it in the top 10%
I did listen to it in one day
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review
great story. Jo is spunky and Cormac is the dark, sexy stranger we all want!! Downlaoding 2nd book as I type this. Cant wait to find out what happens next.
Great story. it just gets aggravating that Jo is sooo stubern! Hopefully by this point, she has more trust. I will be getting the 2nd bk though 😃
Great narration! It always makes the story more interesting. The storyline kept my attention 'till the end. A mix of Fantasy, science fiction, and romance. All balanced perfectly.
"Enjoyed the story but not the narration"
The story is good, you can tell the series is going to get even better as it goes along. I love this author's H's. The narration is a real downer. It is flat, when there is intonation, it is off and it was distracting. I am going to keep going so I hope the narrator finds her grove.
I loved the storyline. I honestly can say it was different than other books that have The Keepers. What are the keepers? That you'll have to read to find out for yourself. This story includes alot of supernatural beings, like the fae and shifters. I am so excited to find out what will happen in the next story.
Suzan Lynn Lorraine did a fantastic job with her narration of this story. I found myself immersed from start to finish. I thought her voice was very soothing and flowed smoothly throughout. I had no trouble with distinguishing characters in this story so that's always a good thing. I look forward to listening to the rest of this series. I give this story a 5 rating!
"A Good Start"
The tough edge of Jo
I’m going to start with the narration which was good but I kept feeling like the story was more of a old style detective/murder mystery rather than a end-of-the-world, fantasy romance. Schroeder’s voice is strong, clear and well trained in breath control. The protagonist, Jo, needs a savvy, smart-mouthed no-nonsense voice and Schroeder fills that aspect nicely. The story moves at a quick, steady pace with no noticeable errors in editing.
The author uses a lot of old one-liners and saucy talk for Jo, but the accompanying characters don’t seem to be developed enough to truly fill out the story. And, we know Cormack is handsome, Jo has told us over and over and over…..but he doesn’t appear to be a well-rounded character either. Overall there is still too much unknown, it could be that romance novels are like this and I’m not in the loop because I don’t read them, but I like lots of detail. The information on people or abilities is not fully defined but I expect that to change as we move on in the series.
The opening paragraphs are rather mediocre. I’m disappointed that we don’t get a better picture of why the foster families rejected her. What were the weird things? She alludes to the reasons she is “broken” however details are the bread and butter of a really good story and this one is sadly lacking those.
Obviously Cormack is hundreds, if not thousands, of years old so I find it hard to believe that he would just all of a sudden up and fall for a street hardened 22ish year old with few people skills. Yes, she is beautiful and has power, even if unrecognized, so maybe she classes up to her potential. I hope she doesn’t stay a hardened snot forever as that gets really old. The “loyalty” contract was easy to figure.
If Cormack “knows” Jo’s every move then how was it that he didn’t know when she was being attacked? He seems to know through some sensory power connection with her whenever something serious happened prior and then to drop the ball on this attack is odd. If it’s because he was preoccupied with another woman then that’s a possible explanation but not a very convincing one. Also, I’m a bit surprised that the whole Vitor (sp?) angle hasn’t been played up more in this first book; I’d think under the circumstances of getting shot and with his good looks, subtle power and kindly manner she might have shown more interest. That relationship moved too quickly by.
I opt to believe the end of the story isn’t Jo’s final encounter with her father. The scene at the mountain was quite well done. This is a decent story so far. Looking forward to the next book in the series and hopefully more answers.
This audiobook was given to me by narrator Laurel Schroeder and Audible in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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"Adventurous, sexy, and funny"
I was given a free audiobook edition of the Keepers Alchemy book 1 on the goodreads website in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jo is a 20 something woman working her way through college as waitress at a casino. She has grown up in foster care, and has a scrappiness about her, a "Don't mess with Jo" vibe.
One day, she stumbles across a man transforming into a monster, and her millionaire boss Cormac, who seems at this point to be less of a boss and more some kind of mobster, orders her death.
That's when things get weird. Because Jo doesn't die, and now Cormac wants her help instead of her death. And Jo discovers there is a lot more to who she really is than she ever would have imagined.
The Keepers book 1 is adventurous, sexy, and funny all rolled up into one. 4 stars
Ok story , listen to the same tale again, girl meets strong, hansom man who is there at the right time to aid her.
But , of course she /he fghts the attraction to only to become a pair fighting bad monsters ect.
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