Release Day Review ~ Keeping Karma by Tory Temple
Title: Keeping Karma
Author: Tory Temple
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Category: Paranormal: Other, Erotic Romance
Alex Myers is keeping deeper secrets than just his pet ferret, Karma, who is illegal in California. Both Alex and his twin sister, Tabitha, can “hear” the thoughts of animals. It’s an ability he puts to good use working at an emergency animal clinic while studying to become a veterinarian.
One night, local animal-control officer Dylan Travers comes into the clinic with an injured fawn, and it doesn’t take the two men long to act on their mutual attraction. But the closer they become, the harder it is for Alex to keep Karma and the rest of his menagerie from Dylan. And then there’s the matter of his ability…. Will Dylan even believe him if he tries to explain?
Add to that debilitating migraines from especially “loud” animals and a scheming coworker threatening the clinic, and Alex needs Dylan’s support more than ever. Alex just wants to keep his job, his pets, his lover, and his sanity. But he can’t do it alone.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2009.
***A copy of this book was provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest and fair review.***
Alex Myers works part time as a receptionist at an emergency animal clinic and shelter while going to school to become a veterinarian. With a year left until he can work as a Vet Tech, his boss allows him to help with the animals when needed, giving him valuable hands-on learning. Little do they know Alex possesses a special ability to hear the thoughts of the animals around him.
Alex meets Animal Control Officer Dylan Travers one night when he comes into the clinic carrying an injured fawn he found on the side of the road. He's immediately attracted to Dylan but doesn't act on it until a week later when Dylan comes back to the clinic to ask Alex out for breakfast. From then on, Alex and Dylan begin a passionate relationship.
Alex is scared to tell Dylan about his ability knowing that Dylan would never believe him. But as their relationship progresses it becomes harder and harder to keep his secret. Alex is determined not to lose Dylan, after all, how many men would accept him and his small menagerie of pets, including Karma, his illegal pet ferret?
This was a fun read. I enjoyed Alex and Dylan and thought they were cute together. Their relationship was fairly easy throughout the book, it moved quickly but didn't feel overly rushed. I had a bit of a hard time feeling like we really got to know Dylan, mainly since the story is only told from Alex's POV, but there was nothing about him that I didn't like.
The villain in the book was a bit over the top. I couldn't understand exactly what made him behave the way he did or his reasons for hating Alex. I'm not sure if it was explained and I missed it or if we never really learn the reason. Either way, I wished we were privy to a little more backstory there.
Overall the writing was good and the story was cute. This was an easy read with very little angst and lots of smex!