Review: Keep You From Harm by Debra Doxer

Posted September 30th, 2013 in Uncategorized / 16 comments


Remedy Series #1

by Debra Doxer

Publisher: Self-Published (Sept. 25, 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA, New Adult
Format: eARC (320 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)


They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

At A Glance
I was very pleasantly surprised by Keep You From Harm. The emotions run deep in this one, and Doxer leaves us wanting more.

The Good
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a paranormal story when I went into Keep You From Harm, and in a way it’s not hardcore paranormal. It reads like a  YA Contemporary Romance with high school and family drama. But it’s also so much more. It has depth. It has betrayal, death, and love. Then the paranormal aspect hits and it amps this book from good to awesome.

I love how even from the blurb you don’t know what to really expect. I can’t even mention half the stuff I want to mention because then it would ruin the surprise, but believe me, Keep You From Harm has a lot going on.

I connected with Raielle right away. She has had a hard life, but she has remained a good girl with good grades and manners. She’s also a loner because friends and boyfriends can be dangerous. Her secret is too big to ever reveal or accidentally let loose while occupied with other things. I was so happy when Raielle got to finally have a semi-normal life with her brother as a guardian. She meets some great people at school right away. And though Lucas, the cute, aloof guy in school, is rude in the beginning, we see that he really is a great guy. But, sweet baby chesses, does her life go downhill quick. Raielle cannot catch a break. Nothing is as it seems and even with the love of a good man supporting her, Raielle has to make some tough decisions that will change her whole life. Really, her life is so unfair, especially for someone so young.

Lucas kind of pissed me off at first. He has this chip on his shoulder that makes him lash out or act distant. But, really, we learn Lucas is amazingly loving and supportive, he just has a hard home life. Near the end, Lucas made me giggle like a school girl every time he was around. It’s hard not to fall for him. He has a way with words…and with that damn irresistible smile of his.

I was actually very surprised by all the twists and turns. Seriously SHOCKED. Keep You From Harm can punch you in the gut sometimes. Things go from bad to worse, then we get a CLIFFHANGER ending. Not a huge cliffhanger really, just an open ended ending. But the impact of this ending was amazeballs. It amped up my star rating half a star. And you guys know me, I HATE cliffhangers. But this one just worked for me. It was perfect.

The writing was great, it flowed well. The plot was perfect and the characters kept me reading. I can’t wait to read the second book of this series.

The Bad
Really, the only thing that bothered me was the slow middle. Also, this book is depressing at times, so be prepared.

The Snuggly
Raielle and Lucas fit well together. Both are moody but Raielle was more logical. Lucas has a lot of outbursts and sulky moments, which frustrated me and Raielle to no end, but they do make a cute couple despite their ups and downs. I love how they had each other’s back so easily.

HOTNESS ALERT. Wow, that one sex scene blew me away. I am still shivering, and we don’t even get full on sex. But DAMN!!!! It almost hit new adult territory.

Final Thoughts
Want. Second. Book. Now. Keep You From Harm is so worth the read. It has all the elements of a great, entertaining book that will leave you wanting more. Even when I was super depressed by this book, I was still enjoying myself. Highly recommended.

“Look, after Friday night I needed some time to think. I guess I needed a little space.”

I nearly laugh at that as I stare at him through a haze of hurt. “You needed space after our one date?”

His jaw clenches. “Don’t minimize that night, Ray. It was intense, and you know it.”

“It was intensely disappointed,” I say even though I don’t mean it.

His eyes flicker with humor. “Ray, you blew up all my expectations the moment I laid eyes on you. Nothing about you is what I expected. Do you know what the most unexpected thing is?”

I shake my head, having no idea what he’s going to say.

“Knowing that everything we do, you’re doing it for the first time with me. No one has ever made you feel the way I want to make you feel every time we’re together. When I’m finally inside you, I’ll be your first, and I’ll know that no one has ever done the things I’m going to do to you, You’re not what I expected, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”


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16 Responses to “Review: Keep You From Harm by Debra Doxer”

  1. Ashley

    Huh, from the synopsis I wouldn’t have expected this to be paranormal either. Interesting! But it is kind of cool that the synopsis is a bit vague. It’s intriguing.

    Awesome review! I might check this one out.

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    This sounds good and I do not mind a little paranormal woo-woo. The synopsis is vague and sometimes I enjoy is so nice when a book has more depth and I am curious about the ending. Wonderful review!

  3. Chene Sterckx

    This sounds like a great book. I probably would not have noticed it just from the blurb but I thought your review was great 🙂 its always great when a book blows you away! Great Review Jennifer 🙂

  4. Giselle

    Ooh this is definitely my type of read AND that cover is kind of awesome! I love vague blurbs which makes me want to read it without really knowing what I’ll be getting into. Actually most of the time I rather not read a blurb at all and go into a book completely blind because it just make sit better to learn what it’s all about at the same time as the characters you know. Anyways, going off topic here haha. Raielle sounds like a great protagonist and I’m glad Lucas grows on you once you get to know him. And dude I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THAT ENDING IS!!! >.< Awesome review, doll! I hadn’t heard of this one before but it’s def, on my radar now!

  5. Braine TS

    True confession: I don’t read blurbs. I rarely do. But on the rare chance that I do, I appreciate it when it keeps the plot as mysterious as it can. I dislike spoilers and as much as I can, I want to read a book with minimal expectations. I like to be surprised and be taken for a ride.

    Sounds like this book falls into that category. Great find, haven’t seen this around the sphere.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I have to start doing the whole no blurb thing. It made things so much more interesting not knowing what to expect. Don’t know why I hadn’t tried it before.

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    Awesome! I love seeing that there are so many surprises and that even with a cliffhanger which I know you usually abhor, you are excited about it and wanting the next one so badly. Fantastic review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  7. Pabkins

    Ehh sounds like it could be interesting, I hate slow chunks but hey it happens sometimes. What I can’t get past…is the cover. ack

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