In Review: Keep You From Harm (Remedy #1) by Debra Doxer

Posted November 14, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Keep You From Harm (Remedy #1) by Debra DoxerKeep You From Harm by Debra Doxer
Series: Remedy #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: September 25, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Secrets… 

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart. 

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built. 

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

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in review my thoughts

The cover for this book absolutely drew me in. The synopsis sounded fascinating. I’m pleased to say the book itself absolutely lived up to the cover and the blurb. Unique and unpredictable, this book was impossible to put down.

“Emotions are dangerous. So are expectations.”

When Raielle discovers her mother’s body, she’s heartbroken. When the police officers who arrive tell her that her brother is on his way, she’s shocked. She didn’t know she had a brother. It was just one of the many secrets her mother kept from her. Of course, Raielle is keeping her own secrets, too. She and her mother possessed the same magical ability that allowed them to heal the injured or sick with a simple touch. But their gift comes with rules and exceptions, as well as the potential for danger if anyone finds out. So, as Raielle moves across the country with her brother to join the family she never knew she had, she is determined to keep her secret.

When she first arrives in New York, she sets eyes on a gorgeous and mysterious guy at her neighbor’s house. She becomes fast friends with the neighbor, Myles. He’s a closeted gay guy who is friends with some of the most popular people in their school. (Very progressive, this school, apparently.) I loved Myles. It was nice to see a gay character in a book that wasn’t a total stereotype. The mysterious guy is Lucas, one of the most sought-after guys at her new school. Because of her looks and her new girl status, Raielle gets a lot of attention from her new classmates, some of it more positive than others. After one of them confronts her about talking to her boyfriend, Lucas rescues her… and then walks away. He’s hot and mysterious and catches her attention. He’s also friends with Myles and they share a number of classes, so they keep getting thrown together.

“I wonder if my physical reaction to him will ever approach something close to normal.”

The more time Raielle and Lucas spend together, the stronger the spark, the attraction they share grows. Raielle knows nothing good can come from opening up to him, despite his efforts to be there for her. Lucas is confused by her. He’s used to girls throwing themselves at him. That’s not Raielle’s style. One night as they’re hanging out at a club, Raielle spots a guy that she’s sure she saw outside her old home in California. When she tries to talk to him, he disappears and she tries to find out information about him from one of his bandmates, a total manwhore that she goes to school with. This starts off the gossip mill – and Lucas’ jealous streak. It gave him a little kick in the butt to make a move. They admit their feelings and thus starts their relationship.They’re both keeping secrets, but those are bound to come out with time, too.

“You keep saving me from rabid blondes,” I tell him.
“You keep pissing them off,” he answers.

I adored Raielle and Lucas together. For two people who appeared to have it together, they were both broken and finding each other helped. After an “accident” in which Lucas’ arm is broken, Raielle can’t help but heal him. It’s then that the secrets start to come out and they find the connection between their families might ruin what they have now. A series of realizations and events is set in motion, complete with a heartbreaking twist that took my breath away and a cliffhanger that left me desperate for more.

But, don’t get me wrong. This story isn’t all about Raielle and Lucas’ romance. It seems that nearly every character is keeping a secret – some significantly more dangerous than others. There were moments in this book where I was on the edge of my seat, not even coming close to guessing what would happen next. The character development in this book was great. It goes without saying that I connected with Raielle and Lucas (swoon), but the secondary characters were nearly as fantastic. I already mentioned Myles. Raielle’s other close friend, Gwen, was fantastic as well. In Myles and Gwen, Raielle had two wonderful friends. I liked that in this book, the characters nor their actions, were completely stereotypical. Raielle’s group of friends was rather diverse – personalities and people you wouldn’t normally see as friends, but it seemed natural in this book. In addition to the suspenseful moments, there were sweet ones that make me sigh, and one sexy scene that was truthfully more NA than YA, in my opinion, but it was tasteful. The story sucked me in and didn’t let go until I finished the last page. Have I mentioned I can’t wait for the sequel?! What a cliffhanger.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

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