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Review by Suze
Kate's mother raised her daughter to be independent and she taught her not to trust anyone. Kate has unique magical abilities and therefore she could be useful to a lot of people and they don't always have good intentions. When someone murders her mother Kate is on her own. Her mother told her about important artifacts and Kate tries to steal them. After a night with Declan she is the new owner of his key. She breaks into his home, but robbing him and his brothers doesn't go according to plan.
Kate is being hunted. Declan wants back what's rightfully his and his enemies want Kate because of her powers. Kate would rather remain on her own, but because of the precarious position she's in she does need help. Even though she stole from Declan he's nice to her. Their night together might have meant more than just a way to get closer to her goals. Declan is a keeper and his purpose in life is to protect Sienna, his witch, with everything he has to give, but that doesn't mean there's no room for Kate in his world. Will Kate eventually have enough faith in him to make the right choice, so she won't be another victim of a battle between good and evil?
The Keepers: Declan is a fast-paced adrenaline rush. Declan has to protect his witch, he has to run a business together with his brothers and he has to chase Kate and make her trust him enough to accept his help. That isn't an easy task. He's kind, strong and gifted. He fights for what he believes in every single day. Kate becomes part of the war against those who want to use their magic for total control, wether she wants it or not. She has a lot of raw power, but she isn't a trained witch. Kate hasn't reached her full potential and needs help to control herself. She's strong, independent and fierce, but she has no idea where her strengths and weaknesses lie. She doesn't want to be part of Declan's world, but she doesn't have much of a choice. They do have a lot of chemistry and he's incredibly patient with her, which was wonderful to see. There's hardly time for breaks, but between the battles something beautiful has the chance to blossom.
Rae Rivers writes about war, power and magic, but her stories are also about true love and family. Her main characters fight for their happiness and for what is right. Their enemies play dirty games and Declan and his brothers and witch need to keep up with known and unknown enemies, which is quite a difficult task. I couldn't wait to find out if they would succeed or not. The story ends with a fantastic battle that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really like this series and think The Keepers: Declan is another great story about an amazing magical family.
The Keepers: Sienna is a fabulous fee prequel. I'd advise you to start with this novella, so you can get to know the series and read it in its correct order.