Monday, September 30, 2013

eARC BOOK REVIEW... Keep You From Harm by Debra Doxer


Author: Debra Doxer

Release: September 27, 2013

Age Group/Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance

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Book Description:
They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.
There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.
Then I meet Lucas…
His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.
But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I never could have imagined.

About the Author

Debra Doxer has always loved to write. She also loves to read, often finishing several books a week. Debra works as a writer in the network and software security field. For fun, she writes fiction novels.
Debra lives with her family outside of Boston and is currently working on her next book.

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The good: Refreshing and intriguing plot; good pacing, and likable characters.

The bad: Nothing that I could pick up on.

"With great power comes great responsibility." 
--For some reason, this is the first thing that popped up in my mind when I learned of Raielle's secret.

Raielle is just your average teenage girl EXCEPT she isn't exactly normal. She has a secret, well, gift if you will, that can be seen as an endowment or even a curse.

After her mom dies, she finds herself in the custody of a brother she never knew about and moving to a new school.

Enter Lucas. Lucas is the your typical high school ladies man. At first, he and Raielle don't get on with one another but as fate would have it, one situation leads to another and the two can't deny that they're somehow meant to cross paths.

Now with a growing undeniable attraction for one another,and Lucas holding his very own secret, it seems that the secrets that brought them together could be the very own that tear them apart.

My thoughts:
Over all, great read!! I must have read this in about four hours and was very intrigued with all of the suspense and trying to figure out what was going to happen next.

I felt very bad for Raielle as I could see her dilemma at every turn. With her gift, people will be greedy and will always want a piece of her and a lot of it she can't control herself. Her gift, like everything else, has it's limitations and with that there are dire aftereffects that may follow if she doesn't use it right. 

"You have to be careful, Raielle. Everyone wants a piece of you. You need to be smart. Don't let people use you for their own purposes." 

As for Lucas, I also sympathized with him as well. Due to a "fallout" with Raielle's grandmother years before, it has affected his home life and in the end he has to sacrifice a lot of his childhood toward being the man of the house and taking care of his brother while his dad is away and his mom is in her moods.

I am now very curious as to where Ms. Doxer plans to take the next book in the series since at the end of this story it kind of leaves you at a semi-cliffhanger. Well, actually, I take that back. It's not a cliffhanger but it does leave you hanging as to ponder what's in store for Raielle (and even Lucas) as now the stakes have risen considerably and their relationship has taken a standstill.


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My Rating:

-Overall : 8.5
-Plot : 8.5
-Writing : 8.5
-Characters : 8.5

-Cover : 8.5

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