Thursday, January 27, 2011

Keeping Claire




Title: Keeping Claire
Author: K B Alan
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419929779
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Ryan is in the business of security so when he’s alerted to suspicious activity within his company, he has to act fast. His investigations lead him to one employee in particular – Claire – and Ryan soon decides that the hands-on approach is the best option when it comes to dealing with her. After an intense showdown in his office, it’s obvious to Ryan that Claire is running from something or someone. Intent on hiding her true self from him, he’s determined to use every power he has to figure out the real girl behind the calm façade.

Claire has managed to keep her head down and do a good job up until now but it seems she has outstayed her welcome this time. She never should have gotten so comfortable in this life and is appalled that she has put everyone around her in danger, just because she got lazy. She should have moved on a long time ago; before she started considering her colleagues as friends and certainly before her boss started to appear in her dreams.

With Ryan getting too close and the ever present threat of her past catching up with her looming, Claire is in trouble of losing control over everything she has worked so hard to put into place. She’s so tired of running…If only she could feel safe enough to let her guard down and rest for a while.

Keeping Claire is a fantastic story that captured my imagination from the start. Claire is a great character who really spoke to me. I wanted to know what she was running away from and why she was so adamant at keeping herself void of all emotion. She brought about so many questions and I was desperate to keep reading until I had my answers. I loved how balanced this story was; not relying on this strong, mystical being coming in and sweeping the girl of her feet but instead focusing on Claire’s life and the role Ryan plays in finally allowing her to move forward. Ryan too is a great character with substance. One thing is for sure, these two are the most stubborn people I have ever read about and are absolutely perfect for each other, if only they can look past their flaring tempers.

The chemistry between the two is just so sexy and perfect in keeping with the bubbling emotions underneath the surface throughout their encounters. I really hope I will one day get to read what the author has in store for Jacob, Ryan’s business partner, as I would jump at the chance of visiting this world again.

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