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by Heather Graham
Miniseries: The Keepers
Category: Paranormal Romance
Back of the Book
At the core of New Orleans lie the otherworldly vampires and shape-shifters that hide in plain sight among mankind. As one of the Keepers, an elite group possessing superior skill and strength, Fiona MacDonald's duty is to maintain peace in a place where one vampire's bite could ignite war. When Detective Jagger DeFarge, a vampire, is called in at the discovery of a body drained of blood, both the detective and Fiona must join uneasy forces.
Jagger will stop at nothing to find the murderer— including working with the sensual and suspicious Fiona. As more die, it becomes clear that this isn't the work of an ordinary vampire. No one is safe. So when the killer's attention turns to Fiona, will Jagger risk destroying his own species to protect the woman he so passionately desires?
The Keepers: Three extraordinary sisters, balancing the duties of their birthrights and the yearnings of their hearts…
It doesn't take long for fear and desire give way to infatuation and sex in this paranormal crime thriller. With three sisters who maintain the peace between and behavior of the paranormal community Fiona was born with a winged birthmark giving her responsibility for vampires, Shauna has the fang and has the werewolves, and Caitlin has a changing mark so she gets shape shifters. Their parents were also keepers both having all three marks had given their lives in the line of duty.
So, someone is sucking all the blood out of women and leaving in the raised mausoleums of NOLA. The lead detective for the NOLA police is also a vampire. He and Fiona are attracted to each other, but it takes a couple of chapters for Jagger and Fiona to hook up in a big way.
Graham is a crowd-pleaser—has written over one-hundred novels and novellas. The publishers and the public like her style. It is written in a casual paperback style. The story moves along at a good pace, the protagonists are sketched as likable, forthright, hard working, etc. We are a bit less certain of the bad guys. The evidence would seem to indicate that that a vampire is committing the crimes. It is the patness of the theory that makes it feel wrong, not only to the characters, but to us as well. Denial that it is a shape shifter plants the seed of doubt in the vampire culprit. Or could it be one of the lesser species? The cops have their work cut out for them and the clues are few and far between.
There are several sex scenes in the book and one can believe that real caring and emotion that develops between Jagger and Fiona. As far as Ms. Graham's style in writing the sex goes, I felt she stepped fairly gingerly around it. It is just not that hot. And, I felt the suspense was a bit watered down as well. Abilities and facts about the paranormal species are conveniently arranged to fit the scene of the crime, so to speak. The dialogue is good, very realistic. The interactions between the species is great, especially in the inter-species meetings.And, there is a great balance between dialogue and action moving the plot forward and exposition doing so.
She has very good skills in writing and developing a plot, dialogue, etc. The characters were a bit typical and sketchy. The heat a bit lukewarm. If I used a scale this would get 3 of 5 points, not a bad book, not an unpleasant read, but not my first choice.
Random Quote from tor.com article above: "Unsure if a book is an urban fantasy or a paranormal romance? Check out the cover. Usually, half-naked woman=urban fantasy; half-naked man=paranormal romance"