Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Finder’s Keeper is one of those stories where one of the main characters arrives at a place, in this case an old brownstone bequeathed to him and his twin sister by an unknown uncle and immediately feels a connection. Ties to that place and to the handsome man he finds making him coffee and breakfast the next morning. Not instant love feelings but something that goes deeper. An emotional tie that somehow Zane can’t explain away, not that he really wants too.
I have to admit to having felt those from time to time. I’ve never really tried to categorize them. But you walk into a place, across a landscape or gaze into a stranger’s eyes, if even for a passing second and there’s a spark of recognition that isn’t possible, or a feeling of coming home when you’ve never been there before. In a way, Anthony uses that as a basis for her story of Finder’s Keeper only here the relationship between house and family, Gate and Keeper is almost cellular as well as spiritual.
Anthony makes it more realistic for Zane to accept his feelings for the house and its caretaker by having Zane and his sister orphaned at a young age as well as giving a difficult romantic history for Zane. All of which would make a house and new location suddenly look like a very attractive path if you’re looking to make a home. Especially if you feel as though you’re being led there. Which Zane is.
I liked all the characters Shira Anthony fills her story with and there’s quite the collection here, including Lor the demon, and Zane’s sister who I really could have used much more of. I hope that’s rectified in the next stories. I even really loved the romance here. I don’t think instant love has a place here. As set out by the author, their attraction and yes, love for each other is believable. The only thing that semi-irritated me towards the end was the dithering Kit did over the relationship binding, ignoring what Zane was telling him. Once yes, but repeatedly? That started to feel forced.
Oh Kit, he was amazing. I loved the Kitsune element here and hope that somehow the author will find a way to bring Kit’s father into future stories. Anthony has built so many intriguing minor (who knows) story threads into Finder’s Keeper that I can’t help but hope they will be fleshed out in future sequels to come. Lor the demon alone needs his own story too. And he’s not alone.
I’m loving this new Dreamspun Beyond line from Dreamspinner Press. If you love paranormal or supernatural romances, then Finder’s Keeper, the first in a new series from Shira Anthony is just the thing for you.
Cover art by Aaron Anderson. I just love this cover. Just the right element of spookiness and a gorgeous otherworldly model. Perfect!
ebook, Dreamspun Beyond #4, 236 pages
Expected publication: September 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English
Series Heart’s Gate #1 setting Cleveland, Ohio (United States)