Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Finder’s Keeper
Author: Shira Anthony
Series: Heart’s Gate #1
Heroes: Kit & Zane
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: 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.
When Zane moves into his late cousin’s brownstone, he expects the chance to start over and maybe travel the world a bit but instead what he finds is Kit, the supposed caretaker, and he’s not sure what he’s to do with him. Kit, though, knows all too well who Zane really is – the Keeper – but Zane doesn’t seem to know anything about the world Kit is so much apart of. Kit’s happy Zane is finally there but doesn’t want to ruin Zane’s chance of having a happy life. Unfortunately, as Kit weakens, his abilities to keep the Gate safe is compromised and he ultimately reveals his true self to Zane. Now Zane has to choose between his destiny with Kit or a life possibly traveling the world.
This was such a great little story. I’ll be honest, I didn’t read the blurb before I read this one. I saw it was by Ms. Anthony and requested it right away so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I really enjoyed seeing this story unfold though. I liked that Zane didn’t know what was going on and how Kit tried to put Zane’s interests first. The little glimpses we see of Kit holding things together at first were really fascinating to me especially since he’s a kitsune. Not enough stories about kitsune’s, IMO! Zane was an intriguing character too, though. I liked that he was so naive about things but then was really determined to embrace who he was without making a fuse about everything.
This was a pretty good story but I had a few niggles with it. For one, I liked that Zane is introduced as clumsy and has all these things happen to him. We find out why that is but I missed the fact that he stops being so klutzy in general. I get the danger portions are taken out but that wasn’t 100% all it was so I felt like that was just pushed to the wayside. Also, I liked that this was a slow-burn sorta story BUT I felt like it took a little too long for things to really get going with the book. I almost put it down because things weren’t happening fast enough for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I loved the world building and I loved the idea of the guardian/Keeper roles and how they keep the world safe from malicious demons/ghosts. I enjoyed Kit and Zane as characters and the relationship that they formed. I’m looking forward to getting back to this world and seeing what character gets their story next!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the apublisher in return for a fair and honest review.*