Series: Keeper of the Veil Book #1
Author: Zoe Forward
Blurb: The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch…
Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn’t a clue that she’s a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there’s the whole “dimension-hopping” issue that she can’t quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan―the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.
And there’s the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.
May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn’t forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat’s unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas―like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he’s turned his back on his druidic ways, he’s still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell…
Thoughts: The paranormal genre is really my go-to genre of choice, and this one seemed like an interesting selection. For the most part, it was….and I loved the idea behind it, however there were a few problems with it and they just became too much to overlook in the overall scheme of things. I liked the characters themselves and their story, and – while they were not perfect by any means – they were interesting and entertaining to read about. They had their ups, their downs, their highs, their lows, their emotional moments, and their sexy ones. For me, the problem lies in the background and world development. I like the idea of Pleiades witches, druids, and gods and goddesses – and I get that Kat is the “lost” witch – meaning she has no idea who she is, what her powers are, or even what she is capable of, but the way it is written and portrayed to the reader comes across as really confusing. Particularly the dimension hopping – for example, “She wondered if she had an identity in this world and Googled herself. She typed in the webpage of her clinic in North Carolina and discovered her staff was completely different. At least she wouldn’t have to worry about running into herself.” Uhm, say what?
Granted this is the first book in the series, so I can hope that these issues kind of iron themselves out as the series progresses. Some of the most popular and well-known paranormal series often had a rocky first book – it’s not easy fleshing out those first characters and building a whole new world in general.
When it comes to the title, I didn’t see that Matthew did that much ‘protecting’ in my opinion – but that’s just me.
Overall, not quite what I was expecting.