Keeping Karma by Tory Temple is a very sweet love story. Between the sweet and sexy heroes, fun storyline, a mean villain and super cute animals-including an adorable ferret named Karma, make this enjoyable romp has everything needed in a fast and full filled read.
Alex Myers has a secret. Ever since he can remember, he’s had the ability to hear animal’s thoughts. Because he knows he can help the animals get the best possible care, he’s going to school to become a veterinarian. In the meantime, he works at a local animal care clinic and spends a lot of time with the local animal shelter. Even though his secret helps the animals, it also comes with a price. Many times when an animal in under stress or hurt, it also causes Alex to have horrible migraines, but even though this gift can be a pain, Alex basically tries to embrace it and make the most of it as he can.
When animal control officer, Dylan Travers, brought a severely injured fawn into the clinic, Alex was not only mesmerized by the handsome man, but by his kindness and the care he tries to give to the animal as well. When Alex realizes that Dylan might be attracted to him as well, this excites but also worries Alex. Telling others about his gift, especially potential boyfriends, has never turned out to be a positive experience for Alex. Plus, he’s not sure how understanding the animal control officer will be when he finds out that Alex also has a ferret named Karma that lives with him; especially since owning a ferret in California is illegal.
To Alex’s surprise, Dylan shows some persistence about going out with him, so he agrees and the men hit it off very quickly. Even though Dylan sweetly understands and turns a blind eye about Alex having Karma, Alex still decides to keep his gift a secret from him. As time goes by, it becomes harder to share something that Alex has deliberately kept from his lover.
When Dylan finds out about Alex’s ability will he be able to accept the truth? When Alex discovers an illegal underground selling ring of the shelter animals, it puts his life in danger. Will Dylan be able to save Alex and the animals in time from the heartless criminals?
Keeping Karma was a pretty fast moving story. I thought Alex’s gift was truly an amazing one, but I also felt empathy for him because of the isolation that his gift can cause him to have. He and Dylan are a very well matched pair. Both men are honorable and likeable heroes that I enjoyed getting to know as I read the story. There was a strong chemistry between them that I appreciated, and I enjoyed watching them fall in love.
There isn’t a lot of angst in this book. It’s got a villain that I truly hated, but it basically is just a sweet and lovely romance. The inner conflict that Alex has about keeping his gift from Dylan tore at my heart, and Dylan’s initial reaction made me want to shake some sense into him. I was happy to see them work things out and rejoiced how everything turned out in the end.
This was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Temple and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed her easy style of writing and I’m looking forward to reading more book written by her. Ms. Temple also has a very interesting website that I enjoyed.
Here is the link if you are interested:
Alexander Myers and his twin sister Tabitha were born with the incredible ability to "hear" the thoughts of animals. Alex has managed to keep this a secret and has actually used it to his advantage for his job, working in an emergency animal care clinic and volunteering at the animal shelter while he studies to become a veterinarian.
One night while Alex is working the front desk, Dylan Travers, a local animal control officer, comes in with an injured fawn. When Alex and Dylan become involved, it gets harder and harder for Alex to keep his secret. On top of that, Alex has a little menagerie of his own in his apartment, including a ferret called Karma, who he's not supposed to have as a pet. As the two men become closer, Alex worries about how Dylan will react if Alex tells him about his pets and then his special ability.
Add to that debilitating migraines from especially 'loud' animals, and a dangerous co-worker who Alex butts heads with, and life is suddenly far more exciting than Alex would like. Will he be able to keep his job, his pets, his lover and his sanity?