Book Review – Keeping Kellan by Amy Aislin

Keeping Him #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 204
Characters: Kellan/Brant
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Brant Harkrader is done living by other peoples’ rules. He may not know exactly what he wants out of life, but he’s perfectly happy letting that question figure itself out while starting a new job as a tour guide.

Too bad the one thing he does want—his sister’s BFF—only sees him as a little brother.

Or so he thinks…

Kellan Shelby-Briggs has never shied away from going after what he wants. And what he wants is the important contract that will put his brand new company on the map—and Brant.

Too bad Kellan’s career keeps yanking him away just as things heat up between them.

Now that Brant is back in town—up close and personal in Kell’s living space—can they finally get the timing right to go after the love that has eluded them both for too long?

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I loved Brant when I ‘met him’ in book 1 of this series, so am happy he’s getting his own HEA, in this story that picks up several years later. I enjoyed this low angst, feel good friends to lovers romance, with its strong emphasis on family and found family. Kell and Brant are both good guys who are passionate about their work, and each other.

I liked how Kell and Brant’s past experiences impacted the way they react to situations in the present. I thought that was realistic, but I also liked how they were finally both able to move forward and put it behind them. I enjoyed how they danced around their mutual attraction, second guessing that the other felt the same way, but that part of the plot didn’t drag out. The issues they had to work through felt real and every day, and I really liked that they talked about things rather than let miscommunication become the plot.

I enjoyed catching up with Ethan, Theo, and Casey from Keeping Casey, and loved the supporting cast of Kell and Brant’s friends and families. Except for Brant’s stepdad, Jerome. He’s not a nice person, and I felt for Brant with his mother taking Jerome’s side to keep the peace, and how Brant lets her get away with it. I liked how that part of the story played out. It felt realistic, yet built bridges too.

Wendy, in particular, totally rocks. I’m hoping Carter gets his own HEA. I liked him. Ollie needs a mention. He’s totally a character in his own right and an integral part of the story.

I loved the epilogue. It was a perfect glimpse of the future for Kell and Brant.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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