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Saturday, January 19

Review: Brother’s Keeper by Elizabeth Finn

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Title: Brother’s Keeper

By: Elizabeth Finn

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

My Copy: Ebook from Author

BookWhisperer Rating:

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Trapped in a web of hate with no escape, a young woman discovers her attraction to the man determined to protect her may be her undoing. Will time run out, or will he find a way to protect her before her abusive father kills her?
When Rowan is awarded a ballet scholarship to Michigan State University during her senior year of high school, her life’s dream is finally realized. Having lost her mother at an early age and being subjected to the abuse of a destitute drunken father, she has known unimaginable loss and heartache and been left wanting for a better life—a life now within her grasp. But with one ill-fated phone call, her life is turned upside down.
Logan is Rowan's best friend’s older brother whose career is taking off as he prepares to graduate law school and move cross-country to the prestigious law firm that has offered him a very lucrative contract. When Rowan finds herself at Logan’s mercy after he inadvertently learns of the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her father, their lives become intertwined in a way neither ever imagined nor wanted.
In an effort to protect her, but with his own hands tied by her unwillingness to report the abuse, Logan strikes a deal requiring Rowan to stay with him whenever there is a chance her father might be on a drunken binge—which is often. For her agreement and cooperation, he will keep her secret. Soon, their time together weighs on them both, and they find themselves constantly tempted to step outside the bounds of their supposed platonic relationship. But there is no point. The devastating fact of the matter is their lives are moving in opposite directions—a relationship destined to die before it even has a chance to live.
The ever present clock plagues them both as it ticks off the days until they are parted. But one all important question remains—after he leaves, how will he protect her from a father intent on hating her until the day he dies … or the day he kills her?

our thoughts

Here are a whole lot of things that I liked about this book:

I liked that the scenes were told from either Rowan’s POV or Logan’s POV. And it wasn’t just a ‘this chapter was told by Rowan and the next one is told by Logan.’ It was a scene expressed by Rowan’s character and then Logan would either replay it and what it meant to him or pick up from where she left off. It was brilliant; I was never wondering how the other felt because Finn let us know both character’s feelings.

I liked how Logan found out about Rowan’s father and the abuse. It wasn’t something that he or his family suspected; the realization came very sudden and quick for him. One night, Rowan calls her best friend (Logan’s sister) and he picks up her cell phone and takes the call to help. It was something that he had to take and digest.

I liked the deal he made with Rowan. Anytime her father is drinking, she must stay with him. This allowed Logan to realize there is more to Rowan than his sister’s best friend.

And the hot, steamy scenes together weren’t that bad either ;) hee hee

The only thing that threw me off a bit was the very fast beginning and the very fast end. The beginning is told by Rowan and basically a run down of her life so far. I get that we need to know the past but I felt like I just hit the ground running and was confused of which direction I was going. Same way about the end, the story needed to be wrapped up but weeks would pass between paragraphs and it felt rushed.

All and all, this book has some a very touch subject that surrounds it, abuse. It made me cringe but it did ring a bell of truth. However, I thought Finn did a wonderful job writing about it and how Rowan recovers not only physically but emotionally. Finn set up a great support system, even though some didn’t know what was happening, it was what helps Rowan.

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