Monday, July 4, 2011

SkyKeepers by Jessica Andersen

Title:  Sky Keepers
Author: Jessica Andersen
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: NightKeepers #3
Main Characters: Michael & Sasha
Release Date: August 2009
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $6.39
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:

In this sexy series based around the Mayan doomsday prophecy, a group of magic- wielding warrior heroes called the Nightkeepers are ready to fight the demon creatures of the underworld to prevent annihilation...
When prominent Mayanist Ambrose Ledbetter goes missing, his daughter Sasha tracks his remains down to an ancient temple. Before she can recover from the shock, she is kidnapped. Slick and charming recruit Michael Stone rescues Sasha from her imprisonment and feels an instant attraction. But he doesn't dare get involved, with the threat of his dark side growing stronger and the powers of sorcery on the rise. Both Michael and Sasha will discover a new passion together and one they have to admit to in order to change their worlds...

My Review:
OMG, this book broke my heart- specifically, Michael broke my heart. After going black ops with the FBI, where they created a psychotic "Other" within him, Michael spends most days trying to maintain control of his mind and life. The "Other" is a sociopathic assassin that lives within him. The FBI has secured that part of his personality within his brain, but when the NightKeepers magic kicked in, the walls within Michael's mind securing the "Other" came tumbling down. He has worked diligently to rebuild those walls through mental will and meditation, but when the NightKeepers rescue Sasha from her year-long imprisonment, something about her reacts to the "Other" and once again, Michael finds himself on the verge of losing control.

Michael knows that he might be a danger to Sasha and the other NightKeepers so he tries to keep his distance. Sasha, though, is not willing to accept that. She knows that something is going on with him, but she can't figure out what exactly that is.

To complicate matters, Sasha was raised by her father who was insane (yes, the certifiable kind) a lot of the time so she has a few issues with people who have a bit of mental instability. Michael was originally chosen for the FBI program because he showed early signs of multiple personalities and possible schizophrenia. Michael is aware of this which affects his perception of himself. He also knows Sasha's issues and is determined that he is not the man for her, regardless of how much he wants and loves her.

This is a really emotional book. Like I said at first, Michael broke my heart. Mental illness in itself is a sad prospect, but when the person is aware that they are sliding into it and doing everything possible to control it and be a better person to no avail, it's heartbreaking.

I won't give you any spoilers except that it does work out for Sasha & Michael (but you should know that...this is a romance novel which means a HEA is pretty much guaranteed.) This was another brilliantly crafted addition to the NightKeepers series. This one kept me guessing and the twists and turns were absolutely shocking. I had no idea where this book was going to go from one minute to another and I loved it!!

The series:
1. NightKeepers- reviewed HERE (A rating)
2. DawnKeepers- reviewed HERE (B rating)
3. SkyKeepers- this review (A- rating)
4. DemonKeepers- review coming this week (A- rating)
5. Blood Spells- review coming this week (A- rating)
6. Storm Kissed- reviewed HERE (A rating)
7. ??? January, 2012 (Sven's book)
8. ??? September, 2012 (Anna's book)
9. ??? October, 2012 (Rabbit's book)

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