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The Keepers Box Set (Alchemy, #1-4) by Donna…

The Keepers Box Set (Alchemy, #1-4)

by Donna Augustine

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Oh boy, this one was bizarre. I blew through this series in a couple of days. I enjoyed the story. I thought it was a unique twist on the ever growing number of apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic lit out there. There was something to be desired in the core relationship however and I think that is the reason I look back at this series with less fondness than it deserves.

Cormac is a rude, selfish, self-absorbed and abusive character. He has the female lead killed in the first half of book one! He is sneaky, dishonest and manipulative; Emotionally destructive, bossy and explosively temperamental. Jo rightfully loathes him from the get go and refuses his advances and his orders and his mandates and she goes off into the world with him in her rearview mirror. Then he sets his sights on her friend, now he is out of play so naturally she has to be jealous. And then his controlling nature and abusive monopoly on her time is because he needs to keep her safe and that is just SO sweet, all you want is the best for me, so how can I say no? He FORCES her into a marriage without her consent, without her knowledge and knowingly creates the unbreakable contract that essentially keeps her imprisoned in his hotel, in his circle, in his life. And that is just the sweetest thing ever because he loves her SO much he would go to those lengths to keep her in his life. He abandons her, returns and expects to take up the same all consuming role in her life because he is older, wiser and more in the know. I loathe him.

Jo had so much potential, she was strong and had a will of her own and had survived this long in her broken life without any one to fish her out of trouble, she was going to be a doctor and she was going to succeed, rising out of a bad situation and never using it as an excuse for why she failed. In walks billionaire handsome guy and suddenly she needs rescuing, she has no will of her own and she turns into mush. Yes, she is headstrong throughout the entire series, butI get the impression that she argues more for the sake of argument than to win an argument. That dialogue is tossed in there to create the impression that she is not bending to her new boyfriends will like straw but it's a flimy facade for the true fact: she lost her backbone.

This could have been saved. If Cormac had failed in making Jo his wife/slave, if they had stood on even, ground, equals in the end, if she had chosen someone else, if he had shed the visage of abusive dick head to reveal his soft squishy side and THEN things started rolling romatically. Because they ended up together and madly in love despite the epitome of disfunction and domestic abuse, the story died and it's only resounding boom was the crash of a female lead with all the potential in the world, taken out by a misoginystic ass-hat that never deserved her.
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