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40 Souls to Keep

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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  227 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Seven years ago, Jase awoke with the mystical power to heal people—and no memory of his past. The only clue to his identity is the number forty tattooed on his arm. Driven by a mission he doesn’t understand, Jase follows his visions to those he’s meant to save. He is convinced that the fortieth person he’s drawn to—a little girl named Macy Pearl—is the key to finally learn ...more
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published November 19th 2012 by Carina Press (first published 2012)
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MLE
Nov 20, 2014 MLE rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, arc
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book seemed interesting at first, but the characters, and execution left me wanting. I found Jase to be a very manipulative, and unlikable person. It seems like his power was wasted on him, and his petty and shallow self. Having worked customer service jobs, the Burger King incident really pissed me off. He could have cost that kid his job, and he felt nothing. Sorry, I hate people who take advanta
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Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Long Review & Spoilers

The mm-romance was well written, but the characters were plain, the plot had holes, and the ending was scant.

The Characters

+ Jase, the nomad protector

While much of the story was told in Lucas’s PoV, most of the character development occurred with Jase. However, it raised more questions than answers about him. I liked Jase’s mysterious persona in the beginning but by the middle of the book it irritated me. I did like his decisive use of mind-controlling ability,
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Paul
Feb 18, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS
For a M/M paranormal novel this is really different and quite an original story. Yes there are some slight crossover ideals but in the end this novel stands up in it's own right.

The story is a sad one of such loneliness and of utter confusion and despair for the MC that you really get swept into this book from the beginning. It could also fall under UF as well as paranormal but either way if you love these genre's then chances are you'll love it too.

It's mysterious beginning leads onto
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Elspeth
Mar 17, 2013 Elspeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, arc, meh
This book wasn’t much, I cant say I hated it because the story never had me emotionally involved. I am even having a hard time writing this review because I just found the book so meh, its hard to come with a conversation topic.
So this review is going to be short, and not so sweet.
The plot started off interesting, but then we had a time skip I am not overly fond of time skips, but I kept reading anyway cause well this is a NetGalley book.
So I pushed forward.
Now about the romance...Yeah, I didn
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Jenna Howard
Nov 09, 2012 Jenna Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-romance
I almost hate to tag this as an erotic romance because, despite the M/M content it wasn't an overly erotic story for me. It was, if I dare say it, a little on the sweet side.

This was...one weird ride and yet...I rather enjoyed it.

First I had two heroes I loved reading about. Jase and Lucas. Both are out to save souls just via different methods. These are two warriors who don't rely on weapons or violence. They're fighting for those who don't seem to have it in them to fight for themselves. Jase
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Shirley Frances
For me, this is one of those books that could have gone either way in the rating department. Although it had all the elements I love to have in a story, I can't help but think that there was something missing. I loved the concept the author, Libby Drew, brought forward - how a normal man goes from everyday life, to a life where his only purpose is to save people. Jase's journey through this ordeal was a trying one. Imagine not knowing your name, your age, or having no idea what you are supposed ...more
Icedave
Nov 23, 2012 Icedave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating:
somewhere between 3.75 and 4 stars.

Genre:
paranormal m-m-romance novel with mystery elements.

Content & Reading:
+ main characters: likable, felt for Jase
+ secondary characters I liked: officer Carla Martinez
+ interesting story idea and plot
+ I really liked the first and the last chapter
o here and there the pacing seemed to be slowed down either due to descriptions of surroundings/background storys (esp. in 2nd chapter) or because I wanted to know what happens next (see also Shirley Fran
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Monique
Jan 04, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
This story is heart poundingly good. I loved the plot. It was what interested me about this particular book in the first place. I went into this hoping there would be a great plot, characters that I'll fall in love with, and mystery and action. I can assure you that I wasn't disappointed.

I love Jase and Lucas. Their story wasn't erotic so if you are going into this expecting explicit, hot love scenes, then you will be disappointed. Their relationship is more sweet and sensual than steamy. While
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Cindi
Aug 11, 2013 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2012, on-blog, arc, net-galley
4.5 stars

This is a very unique story. Seven years earlier, Jase woke up on a park bench with no knowledge of how he got there or of even who he was. The only hint was a tattoo of the number 40 on his arm. He finds out later that he has special abilities and in order to regain his memories he must save 40 people using those abilities.

Lucas works for Child Protective Services and goes to a home to retrieve a child, Macy, who witnessed the murder of her parents. Macy is the 40th person that Jase mu
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Annette Gisby
Oct 22, 2012 Annette Gisby rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
This book has more of a plot than some M/M romances I've read, but that isn't a problem for me, I like a bit of a plot with my romance. The book opens with a man awakening on a park bench with no memory of his past, or even who he is. A kindly grandmother takes him home, feeds him and gives him some money to help him on his way and calls him Jase, the name of her dead son. Before he goes, Jase senses that she has cancer and more than that, he senses he can heal her. He doesn't know how, but just ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I loved this, it was very, very good. There were problems, sure, but it was so original and interesting that I didn't care. I coudln't put it down. I want you to keep that in mind because I've been sick so this review is crap. Sorry. Don't take it as disinterest in the book as I am wont to do. No, this is pure disease-born lethargy.

It's so great that the little girl isn't gorgeous, she's ordinary, not particularly attractive. Realistic.

Hospitals here are required by law to take you whether you
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Mtsnow13
Okay. First things first, I enjoyed the narration. Don't know if I would have enjoyed reading it as much. Content-wise, much of this was predictable, but the narration helped me get on a roll of wanting to finish the mystery.

For a paranormal murder-mystery, this wasn't bad, but the villain was almost a give-away in the first part of the book! That bummed me, but I did like seeing Lucas's way with Macy as a (for once) decent member of Child Protective Services. In so many books, these individuals
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Cay
Jul 16, 2013 Cay rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars

I really loved 40 Souls to Keep. It's a funny (really funny!), well written paranormal/urban fantasy with fantastic characters (Jase and Lucas and their chemistry sort of reminded me of Ty&Zane)

Why this book doesn't have more (positive) reviews is a mystery (maybe because it doesn't have that much sex in it??)

And awww, the ending was perfect. Recommended!
DL
Dec 04, 2012 DL rated it really liked it
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Sara
Nov 07, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-booklist
Summary: Seven years ago, Jase awoke with the mystical power to heal people—and no memory of his past. The only clue to his identity is the number forty tattooed on his arm. Driven by a mission he doesn’t understand, Jase follows his visions to those he’s meant to save. He is convinced that the fortieth person he’s drawn to—a little girl named Macy Pearl—is the key to finally learning the truth…

Social worker Lucas Jacobson has made a promise to protect Macy, orphaned when her parents were brutal
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Candice
Oct 26, 2013 Candice rated it liked it
I can't really write a review at this time, so I'll just highlight bits and pieces. I am slightly confused as if I even liked this or not. So for that reason I am throwing a 3 up there and making it stick. There were parts I really liked and others not so much.

THE SPOILERS ARE VERY SPOILER-Y, so don't read them if you haven't read the book!!!!

What I liked:
The concept. Unique to me since I've never read anything like it.

Jase!


What I didn't like:
Lucas. Arrogant and shallow. I couldn't stand hi
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liz
Dec 18, 2015 liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
3.5 Stars

This is only the second time I've listened to an audio book before reading the ebook. I really enjoyed both the story and narration here. While the mystery aspect was somewhat easy to solve, the relationship and writing are very good. I like Libby Drew's style, and this book is more evidence of why I'm a fangirl.
Pjm12
Oct 19, 2012 Pjm12 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. I guess it's not a new idea, but saving people without the motive of atonement adds an interesting twist.

Jase is developed with the use of flashbacks, but not having any memory of his past makes him a blank slate really. A gorgeous and wise slate.

Lucas is wonderful in both snark and compassion. He has the best lines, although Macy's somber demeanor and prophetic words add mystery and tension.

Not so much with the graphic hotness - more sexy and hopeful. These boys are on
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Preston
Mar 22, 2016 Preston rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not a good sign when listening to an audiobook the mind keeps wandering and eyes start closing. Started out okay and went….ZZzzzz.
Nadège Richards
Nov 13, 2012 Nadège Richards rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
40 Souls to Keep really drops you off in the middle of the drama, and that's something I can truly appreciate. It's new and fresh, riveting and exactly what I needed to revive my reading dry spell! Though the beginning was somewhat confusing, the reader is soon thrown into this man's jarring world and his race against time. Drew has created a very passionate read I think many will connect to. 40 Souls to Keep is heartfelt and sincere, and has left me in tears more than once. This will be a book ...more
Jenn
Dec 19, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This is one of those great paranormal reads that feels like it's almost a contemporary. The whole mystery of Jase's mission seems almost plausible and a really interesting take on the idea of good and evil. But the thing that made this book really shine for me was Lucas's character. When you read the blurb and start off with the story of how Jase started on his mission, it's easy to think that Lucas will fade into the background. He doesn't. His wit, sarcasm and cynicism were so crisp and a perf ...more
Ari
Jan 20, 2013 Ari rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I give 4 stars for all Libby's story I've read, guess this one is not an exception too ^o^

edit after finishing it
3*
A decent paranormal mystery though it's need to be more clearer about the who, the how and the why.
But I'm a bit disappoint with the romance plot, I was expecting a stomach-fluttering romance like Libby always write, but I didn't find it here. Jase & Lucas relationship felt more casual to me.
Alexandra
Aug 19, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
A lovely romantic suspense story, brimming with spookiness and the humid beauty of Florida. There is a powerful redemption story at the center of this book, and it was hard to put down between readings, simply for how well Libby Drew writes her characters - from the (neutral-good) manipulative Jase and his curious abilities, to snarky and big-hearted Lucas, to the innocent girl in the middle of everything, and a twisty-turning alliance of support characters. Exceptionally well-written and well w ...more
Dana
Feb 16, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I really enjoyed this story. It reminded me a little bit of the tv show Tru Calling. With some people fated to help those in need, and some fated to stop people from getting help it seems like a battle between good and evil. But it's not that clear cut and I really wonder what the grander purpose of it all is. Is it fate, or a supreme being? That mystery is not solved during this book, and there is a question about if either side is good or bad. I loved the romance, the paranormal aspect, and th ...more
Bea
Jun 21, 2014 Bea rated it did not like it
En realidad el libro es bastante bonito, muy dulce y romántico, y aunque el "malo" es evidente casi desde que sale,la historia está bien hilada y tiene sentido. La forma de escribir en sí también es bastante buena. Da gusto encontrarse libros en los que todos los diálogos tienen sentido y no resultan cháchara incoherente de relleno. Es uno de esos libros que cuando llegas al final te da pena y quieres seguir leyendo algo más.
Podría haberle puesto fácilmente 4 estrellas, salvo por algo que cuenta
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Maria (aka Fashionta)
Reviewed for Confessions from Romaholics

Review at Confessions from Romaholics

I can’t even begin to fathom what it would be like to wake up somewhere and have no clue as to who you are. This is precisely what happens to Jase when he wakes in the middle of a park. With the smell of burning leaves, and a quiet yet insistent voice asking if he’s alright, from where he’s been asleep on a park bench. Jase comes face to face with a young boy named Christian who finds him, and along with his grandmother
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Jane Stewart
Good mystery. Kept my interest. But weak spots in the plot, the paranormal rules, and unanswered questions at the end.

STORY BRIEF:
In 2005 Jase awoke with amnesia and the tattoo 40 on his arm. Instinctively he knows his purpose is to heal people. He has visions of one person and finds that person with a sort-of-built-in-GPS-system - the way metal is drawn to a magnet. He heals that person and then wanders until he has visions of the next person to heal.

Most of the story is 2012. Jase is still wan
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Shirley
Dec 22, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from 40 Souls to Keep. Sure, it sounded interesting and there was enough of a paranormal aspect to catch my interest. The surprise came when I became totally emotionally invested in these characters.

This was an intense book. Much more intense than I originally expected. The emotion was raw, mainly because of the pain that all of these characters experienced. It may have had something to do with the fact that there was a child involved. Not just any child, bu
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Christi Snow
Nov 19, 2012 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
My Review:
This book was so good. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but it far surpassed whatever those expectations were. What makes this book so good is the incredibly creative story line... so imaginative and even a little bit eerie that there could be people like Jase and his counterparts out there....and what they are is real live angels and "others" working to balance the world in different ways.

Seven years ago, Jase woke up on a park bench with absolutely no recollection of how h
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Erika Williams
Dec 03, 2012 Erika Williams rated it really liked it
I wanted to love this book. I started off loving the book. The premise was so intriguing that for two days I did not want to put this book down. I stayed up late reading it one night even though I knew that I had to go to work the next morning. I crafted dream interviews with Libby Drew. Somewhere about two-thirds of the way through the book, the story just lost me. I think it was because the solution to the mystery aspect was simply too obvious. It was staring me in the face even while the hero ...more
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