I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Keepers: Christmas in Salem by Various authors
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Published by Harlequin, Nocturne Pages: 304
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This holiday season, armed with love and passion, can the Keepers stop the reign of Darkness?
Christmas is coming to Salem, but so is an evil force that threatens all mankind. In this memorable collection led by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, four powerful Keepers must save their community as a strange, eternal night creeps over the town. Forced to choose between their time-honored responsibilities or the lovers their hearts desire, these four extraordinary women must risk their own happiness to save the holiday. But Christmas is a time for miracles, and as each Keeper's greatest longing is met, the Season of Light returns. Don't miss this magical holiday collection from Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathleen Pickering and Beth Ciotta.
The Keeper: Christmas in Salem is an anthology with stories from four authors. I don’t normally do anthologies because I just don’t get into them but since this one was a paranormal Christmas read I decided to give it a try.
Do You Fear What I Fear by Heather Graham
This story opens with this darkness moving in on Salem. It started gradually but now it is Christmas Eve and there is verily any daylight left. Nobody has a clue where the darkness is coming from and it’s up to the Keepers to find out what it is. Samantha is Keeper of the Vampires and she doesn’t think it is something that the vamps could do but she still has to make sure. She is also in charge of her families traditional Christmas Eve party. Daniel is a vampire that Samantha was in love with and then he left. It was seen as taboo for the keeper and a vampire to be together and she told him to go, but she hoped he would stay. Now he is back because he was sent by the council and Sam sees it as the council not thinking she can do things on her own. Can Daniel convince Sam that he came back for her?
The Fright Before Christmas by Deborah LeBlanc
Rebecca is Keeper of the Five Elements and Sam has asked her for help finding out what the darkness is, so it starts off with a meeting of the elements. When Quieten shows up late it is because one of his black holes has gone missing. If they don’t find Teezee it could disrupt the universal balance. Vaughn was the other person whom Rebecca had to beat in order to become the KOTE, but she also had a crush on him. He left abruptly after they kissed one night and he hasn’t shown back up till now. She is not happy to see him but she also knows she needs his help in finding Teezee. Vaughn is back to try and win Rebecca’s heart and he hopes it isn’t to late.
Unholy Night by Kathleen Pickering
Katie Sue is the Keeper of the Selkie and is also in love with one of them, Jett. They don’t get to see each other much since he only sheds his Selkie skin for a few days before he goes back into the water for seven years at a time. It’s not the best thing for a relationship, but he could give up being a Selkie and take on a human form forever. It’s something not to be taken lightly and he believes it is what killed his mother. While they are absorbed in each other inside a sleeping bag on the beach someone steals Jett’s coat. If he doesn’t get it back he is trapped on land forever. Jett knows it is a shapeshifter who has stolen his coat and it’s a race against time to find it before the shapeshifter destroys it to make potions.
Leo the shapeshifter is infatuated with Katie Sue and wants her for himself. He stole the coat to make himself more powerful so he can break away from his master. His master has something to do with the darkness that has fallen on Salem and even though that doesn’t bother him he just wants to be free of his master and make Katie Sue his.
Strange things happen and Katie Sue and Jett will have a lot to decide.
Stalking in a Winter Wonderland by Beth Ciotta
The keepers are starting to figure out where the darkness is coming from and now it’s up to June, Keeper of the Witches. June feels bad because she hasn’t been paying close attention to her job as keeper. She just got word that her uncle died making her the new keeper and she had to move back to Salem. Salem brings up a lot of bad memories for her, one of those is Baz. Eight years ago she found out that she had been under a love spell and that her and Baz were not really in love. Hurt she took off to do research on witches and wiccans and all their rituals, but now she is back. Now she has to work with Baz to try and track down a wizard who is responsible for the darkness and being so close to him brings up a lot of bad memories as well as good. Baz knows that she was hurt, but he didn’t have anything to do with the spell and things were really a lot of misunderstandings. Baz has always been in love with June if she would just give him another chance.
June has an idea to bring the people of Salem together and help break the darkness spell. Defeat the negativity with good will after all it is Christmas. It takes all the keepers and those in the community to band together to shed some light on their Christmas day.
The Keepers: Christmas in Salem is an anthology that takes a main storyline of The Darkness and then spins it over four different stories written by four different authors. Each author took a a keeper and spun a story around them and included the darkness with the last story finding an end to the darkness.
All the stories were okay in their own right and there was a little repetitiveness, but I don’t see how they could do the four stories without some bits of rehashing from the other stories. I have only read one of these authors prior to reading this and I thought each story was okay, but I think it is much to hard for to put four stories into one sort of main story. I think I prefer anthologies to have separate stories that don’t have anything to do with the other except be from the same genre.
Overall I will say that it was an okay holiday read and if you like paranormal anthologies you might like it.