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The Magician's Keeper

Admittedly, not what I expected – which is neither good nor bad, per se.

Dora is a half-giantess, who lives with her human father and longs to find love and understanding. She finds both in the form of a magician prisoner she’s tasked to guard, Evander “Bear” Gordon. When extremists who despise magical beings – and who may have been responsible for her mother’s death, as well – try to kill Bear and her on a prison transfer, Dora helps the man escape. Together, they discover what has been denied to them for all their lives from the opposite gender, and struggle as they try to outrun their pursuers and survive.

Like I said, this wasn’t a story I expected. It was, in all honesty, quite thrilling and hot, and the pace was fast during the chase. There was a lot going on, and there were a lot of things that added to the enjoyment of this book. Dora was a sweetheart, and yet she hid an inner, personal strength that only Bear could bring to the surface. Bear himself was a true gentleman, though he still had urges like any guy around the object of his affections would, and I liked how he made her feel special and love herself more.

However, there were a few parts that didn’t feel right. First and foremost, Dora’s naive nature at times. I get that her father made sure she lived a life as shielded from the world’s cruelness as possible, but come on, after a few incidents, she should have been somewhat used to people trying to trick her. Or use her. And though she did her very best at being tough and independent, I didn’t really appreciate how the males around her kept either insulting her, or blaming her musk for wanting her. Especially that creepy dude who couldn’t decide whether he wanted to kill her or screw her raw – I’m still shivering just thinking about it!

All in all, it was a nice story, and if I was any other person it might have ranked a bit higher. The problem doesn’t lie with the story itself, but me and my personal sensitivities.

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***