Book Review: The Gatekeeper (The Keepers: L.A. 0.5) by Heather Graham

Blurb: Elven detective Saxon Kirby is under pressure to find out who left a gnawed body at a Las Vegas tourist attraction. He already knows what is responsible: a werewolf. The Keeper of the Vegas werewolves is supposed to control his charges, just as Keepers have kept vampires, shifters and other paranormal races in check for over a century. But the local Keeper is weak and there is nothing to stop the murderous wolf--except Saxon.

Saxon's investigation leads him to Calleigh McGowan, a half-werewolf, half-Elven dancer who entrances him with her sensual moves and promise of carnal pleasure. She's a sexy distraction Saxon doesn't need--even if Calleigh has her own reasons for hunting down the rogue werewolf. But in order to catch the killer, they'll have to put their lives--and hearts--on the line.

Look for more stories in The Keepers: L.A. series coming soon from Harlequin Nocturne, starting with Keeper of the Night by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham

After missing Harlequin's previous Nocturne mini-series The Time Raiders, I was interested in checking out another one of their new series. This time around we have The Keepers and if it's anything like the novella, The GateKeeper by Heather Graham, it should be an interesting entry. I notice that Harlequin has been rebranding themselves as more than just an old school romance publishing house. With additions of new genres YA, Mystery and thrillers to name a few, it looks like Harlequin wants to appeal to all readers.

The Gatekeeper started the series off well and was nicely packed in a novella. For a busy gal like myself, I was glad to be able to zip through a full story without having to keep coming back to it. Some may find this novella a bit too fast moving but for those with a time crunch and a pentiant for enjoying episodic fic, this might be right their alley. I felt the story started out a bit too slow for my liking (I may be in the minority for those who like long beefy reads) but as the story progressed to an action packed ending, I was happy to read through. I must confess, I was a little nervous about Ms. Graham heading up a paranormal thriller story after she only wrote contemporary thrillers, but I was sold in this new world by the end. She doesn't offer much new in the way of paranormal world building, much of the story lies in preconceived notions of favorite paranormal creatures. However, Ms Graham does deliver for those looking for a paranormal comfort read with enough thrills and action to keep such a reader invested.

The Time Keepers Series
Keeper of the Night by Heather Graham (January 2013)
Keeper of the Moon by Harley Jane Kozak (March 2013)
Keeper of the Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff (May 2013)
Keeper of the Dawn by Heather Graham (July 2013)