Book Reviews

Keep Me Safe by JS Harker

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Agents/Spies / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 25-March-2020

Book Blurb

A new city. A stolen statue. And a conspiracy.

He’s been searching for something more.

FBI Special Agent Jesse Dawes grew up on his great-uncle’s stories about hunting paranormal creatures with the Department of the Weird and Occult. Hoping to follow in his footsteps, Jesse moves to St. Louis. But secret government agencies don’t have open recruitment. Instead, he seeks out mysteries on his own, and he thinks he’s uncovered one in his new neighborhood…

Protecting the naïve is his number one priority.

Agent Bryce Reynolds knows the average civilian would run in terror if they encountered half of what he does. He can’t share his life with just anyone, so dating’s out of the question. Usually. A chance encounter with Jesse makes him wonder if taking a chance on someone new is worth the risk.

Before Jesse and Bryce can contemplate a relationship together, a wealthy heiress’s strange statue is stolen. Jesse is determined to pursue every lead, even the bizarre, while Bryce tries to protect him from the truth. But how can Bryce keep Jesse safe when Jesse insists on running into danger?


Book Review

I greatly enjoyed this book.  This hit all my happy buttons – the perfect amount of dramatic tension between the main characters, engaging secondary characters, and tandem subplots that kept the story moving smartly along.

I’ll start with the main characters – Jesse and Bryce. Neither one is perfect – Bryce tends to be overprotective and Jesse too bullheaded to know when to back off. While the romance moves smartly along, it never felt like “insta-love”.  The sex scenes were about three pages long, which for me, is my perfect length – like a dot of siracha sauce, a little heat but doesn’t overwhelm.  Jesse and Bryce work for different agencies and typically there’s a lot of “alphabet soup” posturing.  Here I thought the interagency fighting was kept to a reasonable amount and enhanced their relationship rather than detracted.

As I mentioned, this has some engaging secondary characters, namely, Alex.  He’s rough around the edges, has enough attitude to make *me* grit my teeth, and, is a perfect balance to Jesse and Bryce. His dry humor and wit had me chuckling more than once.

There are several plots going at once in this: the romance (already touched on above, nicely done), the evil shadowy thing (paranormal aspect), and who’s trying to kill Jesse (mystery!). I thought the author wove the three together quite deftly and in the spirit of no spoilers, I’m only going to say I enjoyed all three.

There were only a handful of items that detracted from the story, and only in that they were cliché’s and could have been easily avoided. Which I also won’t divulge because, again, spoilers.  

If you enjoy a splash of paranormal, if you like your FBI and government men, if you enjoy a romance that blossoms in the face of adversity, there is a pretty good chance you’ll enjoy this story. I certainly did!  

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 270 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-March-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Keep-Me-Safe-JS-Harker-ebook/dp/B085NC3CW9