Keeping Karma

o-keeping-karmaTitle: Keeping Karma
Author: Tory Temple
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 24th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 138 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.6 stars out of 5
2nd Edition

Alex Myers is keeping deeper secrets than just his pet ferret, Karma, who is illegal in California. Both Alex and his twin sister, Tabitha, can “hear” the thoughts of animals. It’s an ability he puts to good use working at an emergency animal clinic while studying to become a veterinarian.

One night, local animal-control officer Dylan Travers comes into the clinic with an injured fawn, and it doesn’t take the two men long to act on their mutual attraction. But the closer they become, the harder it is for Alex to keep Karma and the rest of his menagerie from Dylan. And then there’s the matter of his ability…. Will Dylan even believe him if he tries to explain?

Add to that debilitating migraines from especially “loud” animals and a scheming coworker threatening the clinic, and Alex needs Dylan’s support more than ever. Alex just wants to keep his job, his pets, his lover, and his sanity. But he can’t do it alone.

Keeping Karma is sweet and low angst with a lot of hot sexy times, but too many time jumps left me feeling disconnected from the characters and story. Worse, the biggest time jump happens at a point critical in Alex and Dylan’s relationship. It had potential, but fell well short for me.

I have a couple of nitpicks for this story…

The cover: why use the dog and a rabbit? Sure, Alex takes Dylan to the county animal shelter and they play with the bunnies and kitties, but Alex owns a cat, a ferret and a snake. It would have made far more sense to me to include the cat and the ferret, instead of a bunny and a dog.


The sex: there is a lot of sex in this story. Some of it’s hot but I feel like it got in the way of the character development. A lot. I would have preferred one or two less sex scenes if it meant getting proper romantic story development.

However, my main disappointment is with the story’s ending, which doesn’t provide a clear resolution. Throughout the story we have glimpses into Alex’s reluctance to share his gift with Dylan. It’s understandable, right? If my boyfriend suddenly told me he could hear animal’s thoughts I would think he was insane until he could prove it.

What’s even worse to me though is this is the 2nd edition. I would have thought someone would have corrected at least the ending along the way before publishing it again. Alas, no, the audience is left with a completely unsatisfying ending.

too much

It had potential, and I’d be willing to try some more of the author’s work, but I’m sorry, adding my little nits together with the ending…I cannot recommend.

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Galley copy of Keeping Karma provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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