My Brother’s Keeper
By Alanea Alder
Bewitched and Bewildered, book # 5
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 4.15
- Captivation: 4
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 4.5
- Literacy: 3.75
Book Description: Two hundred years ago Kendrick Ashwood had a premonition that showed him the gruesome image of his baby brother being killed in the line of duty while serving with the Alpha Unit. When centuries go by and Keelan is still alive and well, he begins to relax. He believes that his prayers sent to the Gods to make him wrong this one time have been answered.
As Kendrick feels his godsdaughter’s magic flare out of control he immediately merges with her in an attempt to rein it in. That is when he learns of the tragedy that has taken his only family away from him.
Using every resource at his disposal he immediately heads for Lycaonia to find out for himself who would be suicidal enough to harm his brother. What he finds shocks him to his core.
Anne Bennett gets a phone call that changes her life. Her new best friend Keelan has been hurt and his commander is asking her to move in to help take care of him. Her heart breaks when she hears from his family that the dreams she has been having of them together were shared by Keelan and that he was meant to be her mate.
Upon meeting Kendrick, her entire world is shaken. His more mature appearance and perpetual frown makes him look more like the man from her dreams than Keelan ever did.
As the Alpha Unit races to find the enemies who have stolen Keelan’s soul and covered Lycaonia in black magic, Kendrick begins to uncover dreadful truth behind the necklaces. When turning to Anne feels more natural than it should, Kendrick faces the fact that Anne truly is his mate.
As the paranormal world teeters on the brink of chaos, he finds himself protecting not his brother’s mate, but his own.
Captivation: Wow, a new favorite. The mystery compounds, the character’s complicated connections and personalities continue to intrigue. I did put this one down more often than the prior 4 books, but more in contemplation than boredom or frustration.
Sizzle: The intimate relationship in this book is slightly more intense than priors due to the complicated plot and development itself. It is, however, just a little more tingle-inducing than the others prior (for me).
Romance: My first through in ending this book and thinking of the relationship building is… “huh.” Not a bad one, more of a semi-surprised, “I did not see that one coming” type of reaction. The humor of the other main characters abounds, keeping this book lighter, but the plot itself brings a different level of intensity. The relationship for Kendrick and Anne is a slower development, but no less interesting read than the other books in the series.
Enjoyment: This book changes the feel of the series in general. The light-hearted humor that comes with Meryn and her minions in combination with the other characters keeps this one lighter, but the intensity and seriousness of the series plot spirals to an emotional climax in this book, changing the levity of the series as a whole.
Literacy: Though I continue to wish otherwise, the grammatical errors yet again continue. I get tired of finding different ways to write this statement, when the errors continue to be the same over and over again. Luckily the story itself saves this book and the series from poor ratings, however, the grammar errors sit at an annoying level of distraction.
Overall, I continue to love this series, even more as it moves along. The lack of true resolution for the plot is starting to become more obvious, though this book does make a good change… however, the plot of the series seems to have more of a television episode type feel, where the main plot just continues with one new mystery after another.