40 Souls to Keep
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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
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Published November 19th 2012 by Carina Press (first published 2012)
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MLE
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 advantag...more
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,...more
Jenna Howard
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...more
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
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...more
Elspeth
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...more
Monique
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...more
Annette Gisby
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
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...more
Sara
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...more
Cindi
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...more
Cayce
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
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Candice
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 him....more
Pjm12
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...more
Nadège Richards
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
Ari
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.
Bea
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...more
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...more
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...more
Shirley
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...more
Christi Snow
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...more
Bubbles
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
DarienMoya
3.5

This is going to be one of those books that you really love or sort of hate; I am somewhat stuck in the middle. The idea behind the book is somewhat brilliant, and the writing is excellent, I am just very dissatisfied with how it all came together, even though it does have the power to keep you from stop reading. A great effort by Libby Drew, but by the end I kind of stopped caring for the MCs.

A man awakes in a park with no recollection of how he got there, or who he is. A young boy is also a...more
Stephanie Collins
Ok… I have to say this.. I want more of this world and stories of these poor souls who get saddled with the job of helping souls in trouble.



Jase wakes up on a park bench with no memory of his past, who he is, what he is supposed to do or anything… He's got a strange tattoo of the number 40 on his arm but no idea why. He's helped by a woman and her grandson who inadvertently show him what he is supposed to be doing with his life. He can heal people by taking their sickness and pain in to himself....more
Erin
Such a fantastically unique book. I don't think I've ever read anything like it and the main characters are so lovely together. This book was such a pleasure to read. Give it a shot and you'll be hooked on Libby Drew.
Romance
DNF - Too much detail. Pages on alligators and every single thought that crossed a mind. It was just too much. I was skipping to conversations because the detailed thoughts were driving me crazy.
Lori
I love this book. Drew creates compelling, 3 dimensional characters. This is not, as many GLBT romances, a thin plot providing hooks to have lots of sex. This is an interesting story about two people who eventually come to love one another. The mystery isn't really one--it's fairly easy to figure out--but it doesn't matter unless you're a hard-core mystery buff. Watching the characters figure out the mystery while they slip in and out of danger is tension raising. Aside: I love the cover art. Br...more
Helen Shaw
Loved both the MC's and mystery just the way I like it. Yes, I was fairly sure who the bad guy (or gal) was fairly early on but better that than throwing something or somebody at the reader ala John Grisham right at the end. Was pleased with the twist and it was well fore-shadowed. All my "oh crap hope she clears that up" were cleared up. The action was a little slow in a couple of spots but probably necessary. Excellent job of setting. I could hear the mosquitos and feel the humidity and as a n...more
Hpstrangelove
I find that in original stories, as opposed to fanfiction, I look more for plot than I do for hot sex scenes. This one has both. I love it when an author can take me by surprise, too. Maybe I'm too easily fooled, but I didn't see this one working out the way it did. Nice touch of the supernatural without going overboard. Good for readers who like m/m with a plot and not too much violence.
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