Time for another Mom recommended read! Keeper of the Night by Heather Graham was lent to my by my mom and after months of collecting dust on my shelf, I finally got around to reading it. I read it as part of the two book version, but I have reviewed the two novels separately, beginning with Keeper of the Night.
Rhiannon is a young woman with a destiny, a destiny to follow in her Father's footsteps as the Keeper of the vampires for her region. When bodies begin piling up around the city she and an Other detective must team up to stop whoever is responsible. Desperate to prove herself and to protect her family, Rhiannon and her cousins investigate those around them in an attempt to untangle the lies and stop the murderers before anyone else looses their life.
The setting is modern LA with the addition of various super natural races all living in relative secrecy. Each of the races are touched upon briefly and the history of the Keepers is explained as well. With that background knowledge provided, the story begins right away with Rhiannon and Brodie meeting. Beginning the story it was very clear right away who would end up dating who and that their love story would be of the insta-love variety. I don't consider this an outright negative way of handling love, but if this bothers you as a reader, then this may be a book you'd want to skip.
Rhiannon gains confidence in herself as the book progresses and seems to loose confidence in her cousins. She becomes more protective, seems to loose faith that they can take care of themselves, (which is interesting since they are both also Keepers like she is) and yet at the same time feels safe enough to become romantically involved with Brodie while all of this is happening.