Title: Finder’s Keeper (Heart’s Gate #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #4
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 15th 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters
Page Count: 236 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
Every time I start reading a paranormal book, I convince myself I don’t really like paranormal and I always end up showing me how mistaken I was. This wasn’t different, I really enjoyed it.
What I liked the most about it was the whole concept, a gate, a guard and a keeper. I was so interested to see how everything would work and what it mean for the main characters. The book cover had me thinking it would be more sinister than it actually was, but I wasn’t disappointed by it. The paranormal part of the book was one of the best things about it, although there were times when it became a little confusing to understand some aspects of it, especially at the end.
I liked both main characters but there was some mystery around Kit that was especially attractive to me. I did had a little issues about him, exactly because of the mysterious vibe I got from him. I think the story might have been a little better, and it would add something more to that feature, if it was told only from Zane’s point of view. I also have ambivalent feelings about Kit’s hesitance, sometimes it was really sweet, but there were times when it became too frustrating.
I felt a little underwhelmed by the romance. I had a hard time trying to connect emotions with Zane and Kit, and even though I liked them as characters, I don’t really care much for them as a couple.
Overall I had a good time reading it. It was very entertaining and it had a nice plot.