Series: Bewitched and Bewildered #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Also in this series: My Commander, My Protector (Bewitched and Bewildered, #2), My Healer, My Savior
Also by this author: My Commander, My Protector (Bewitched and Bewildered, #2), My Healer, My Savior
Reading Challenges: Start On Your Own Shelf Challenge
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.
My Brother’s Keeper is book 5 in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and it continues to bring the magic! In this book, we get a bit of mate confusion, more scary reapers/super ferals, more Meryn, and plenty of magic!
Kendrick comes to Lyconia because his brother has been injured; when he arrives he notices that there is something terribly wrong and he will have to use every bit of his magical knowledge to try and get him back. Anne met Keelan and she believed they were mates. She dreamed about him, he dreamed about her. But, when she meets Kendrick she realizes her dream was about him, not his brother Keelan! Awkward!
While each book focuses on a different couple, you must read them in order to really fully understand the character dynamics and story arc. My Brother’s Keeper features the complicated romance of Kendrick and Anne, but the plot of the reapers/super ferals and the impending danger has been building for several books now.
One thing I appreciate about this series is its empowerment of women. Meryn is odd (I think that she would likely be diagnosed with something like high functioning ASD with her struggle in social situations and fixation on specific interests) but she is revered for being a brilliant strategist. Rheia is a doctor who saves many in the town. Elizabeth is a powerful politician type. The men are the braun but the women are the brains and the heart. This balance is what has made the series so appealing to me. My Brother’s Keeper is no different. Anne is an astute nurse who has learned to anticipate the needs of doctors and patients and truly wants to be the best nurse possible. It’s admirable for sure.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how trying I find Meryn at times. So much of everyone else’s story is taken away from by her. As I said above, she is a fascinating character, but she is a bit over the top. That is my only struggle with books as they continue on.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: shifters, fated mates, witches, vampires, Fae
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »The overall story arc is still open but Kendrick and Anne are settled « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Of course! Fated mates and all « Hide Spoiler