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The Keeping

(Law of the Lycans #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,096 ratings  ·  957 reviews
Ryne Taylor was a sexy bad-ass Alpha set on establishing a new pack. Melody Greene was a journalism student researching his work as a photographer-or so she said. But could Mel really be trusted or had she stumbled upon his secret? And if she knew, could Ryne save himself and the pack he'd left behind without enacting a deadly ancient law known as The Keeping? Sequel to Th ...more
Nook, 347 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Smashwords
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Scott-robert Shenkman
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So I read Ms. Charles’ “The Mating” and I fell completely in love with her (OK, I mean her writing, I really don’t know her personally – though I’m sure she’s a lovely woman) and I got hooked. I love werewolf and wolf shifter stories and I have read A LOT of them. So I’m quite discerning, and I normally would never pick up a book with “mating” in its title (or “bred” for that matter). But I read the synopsis, grabbed it, and read it in one day. Bam! I have a new were author high on my charts. Bu ...more
I recently reread this story. I am a big fan of Nicky Charles larger stories and the world she has created so I thought I would reread this series from start to finish, in order.

I changed my review from 5 stars to 3 stars. I still really like the broader story here and learning what happened to the photo Ryne took but the interaction between Ryne and Mel came off as much more sexually aggressive and non-consensual this time around.

I understand what is being communicated through the weird sexual
Tori Carmon
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kristy Mills
So again, I can't believe these books are free. I feel like I should have paid for this. It was a bit slower moving than the first book in the series but the story was still good. I enjoyed the fact that Kane and Elise made several appearances as well. I also liked that those appearances were usually from Kane's POV, because most of the first book was more from Elise's perspective.

First, I will say that I wished that Ryne had more of an inner struggle with his feelings for Melody. There was defi
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Terrific book and continuation of the series. I loved The Mating, but The Keeping was even better. So different from anything I've read in the paranormal genre, and I have read a lot, YA and adult reads. The main characters in the first book, Elise and Kane, and Ryne and Melody in the second, have great chemistry. The secondary characters are not just in the background, they are significant to the story line, as is re-visiting the beloved characters from The Mating. Such vivid and well tho ...more
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm really surprised that novels by this author are FREE.
I mean, they're pretty good reads.
There were a few grammatical errors but not that many to stop you from reading. I could probably count them on one hand.
Definitely not a novel for teens - so is The Mating.
Reading this felt like being on an adventure. It was exciting and interesting and hot.
Kane was hot and intense in The Mating but Ryne... holy hell.
He's snarky and dark and slightly mean, but really and truly he's lonely. Love stories ar
Another fantastic book by Nicky Charles....I am loving this series and very grateful that to get them free so thank you Nicky.

I loved the interaction between Ryne and Melody and am really looking forward to reading Bryan's & Daniel's story too as they are loveable rogues! I also liked catching up with Kane & Elise and had a very sad moment when Kane was forced to send Elise away.

If you like PNR then you should enjoy this series and as it is free you will not loosing anything....They must however
S.C. Stephens
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite stories, The Keeping, sinks its teeth into you early on and does not let go. With secrets to be kept, lies to be uncovered, and a romance that seamlessly shifts between love, lust and hate, Nicky Charles has magnificently weaved together a story that is funny, fascinating, gripping and incredibly sexy. A must read!
I just did a quick skim through of this one rather than a total re-read.
I wanted to be ready for reading the 3rd book ; )

This book is more cohesive than the first in the series. A nice flow and interesting characters.

The photograph of Kane in wolf form becomes the proverbial 'bad penny'. It was bought by a mysterious collector who hires a woman (Mel) to go undercover and search out the photographer to find out more about the 'wolf'. Mel
Melanie tracks Ryne to Kanes' pack and learns where Ryne h
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic sequel to The Mating and I can't wait to read the next in this series! ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the second book in a three book story arc in this series. The plot of a soon to be reporter hired to snoop into the life a werewolf was good. The new villain presented in the story is great. The twist at the end will leave you gasping and going What?! I loved the descriptions and depictions of small town life in Canada. The reader will definitely find themselves emotionally attached to these characters.

So why only two stars? The female lead character Mel (Melody). She is extremely naive.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Kami Dodson-Perry
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
"The Keeping" book #2 of the Law of the Lycans series was another good read by this very talented author.

This part of the story focuses on Ryne & Melody Greene. Melody was hired by a very wealthy man (Greyson) to interview Ryne Taylor about his photographes. Mr. Greyson is who purchased the photo of the werewolf Kane (Ryne's brother). Aldrich is a sleezy & you dislike him from the beginning. I disliked Mr. Greyson as well but as the story unfolds & you get to the last 20% you realize Mr. Greyso
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worth-it
So I've just finished this book.

Ryne and Melody.

All I can say is that reading this book just opens up the knowledge that surrounds the Lycans or the types like Kane and Ryne

Melody is the supposed reporter hehe which didn't do much for her *coughs*.

I'm not really drawn to her as a character. She's okay but just not that into her character. Even though she was a bit annoying I guess it came with Ryne playing her around. Even though Melody worked for the creep Aldrich I was totally like wishing tha
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn’t like this book as much as THE MATING. I thought it took A LONG time to get where it was going (especially in the first half) and it dragged quite a bit in places. I also didn’t care for the many different POV’s--although I suppose some of this was necessary to the story, but a lot of it went on too long and in too much detail. And, I didn’t like the romance as much as in THE MATING--it didn’t ring as true and seemed quite a bit more seamy. I wasn’t as convinced of the feelings in this b ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first one. It was still a decent read - especially for a free download - but I was put off by the characters and the storyline dragged in the first half. Most of the beginning of the book is just from Melody's pov and she barely has contact with Ryne so we get a lot of her putting around supposedly trying to dig up info on Ryne but she doesn't really do anything so that begins to get dull. Then Ryne is hot and cold in his treatment of her. This autho ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was a free ebook I got a long time ago. It is worth buying the book, but no. It is only offered as a free ebook. Cool eh?

I loved the Canadian style of writing! Awesome werewolves with great romance!! It is not a short story.

This is the second book to The Mating. It is a continuation of the series with a different set of main characters. This story was different than the first; meaning some writers write exactly the same things over and over, but there were no skippable parts to this one ;
Penelope Fletcher
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book entertained in fits and starts. A slow beginning and it seemed to take ages for Ryne (the book hunk) and Melody (the leading lady) to meet. Worse, Melody seemed...a little slow. But then, boom, the passion and intricate relationship between the leading couple was hot like fire, and the bar sex scene had me jumping my boyfriend bones. My thumb protested loudly the next day, for I sat for five hours straight flicking through the pages on my iPhone, unable to stop reading. Nicky can work ...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Again, this is a free ebook, so no complaints!

The Keeping was a great sequel; Nicky Charles enriched her already elaborate world of Lycans. That said, it kind of dragged in the middle - or maybe that's just me being impatient. I also had some really good laughs with this one, particularly when I read "were-bear", lol. The ending was a cliffhanger, but I didn't have a problem with it because I had The Finding all set.

I loved the tension between Mel and Ryne, whethe
T.E. Ridener
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These books are delicious. Sink your claws into them and enjoy the ride. The characters are intriguing and you will feel you know them by the time you're finished. Nicky Charles is a genius. I absolutely loved these books. The Mating is my favorite, but I did like them all. I started this series in hopes of getting out of my own writer's block, and I must say Miss Charles sufficiently helped inspire me--so thank you! She's got a way with words, sex, and romance. I am definitely a fan. I recommen ...more
I recently reread this book and it was still just as good as the first time around. I like all of Nicky Charles' writing so far. This is classic PNR with a touch of erotica. Great stuff. ...more
Allison Winchester bean
Read this so long ago, before it was a published book.
Kyleigh Hubbard
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This was much better than the first as far as the writing goes. Story was good but dragged a bit. Characters were stronger and the plot was a little more interesting. Ryne's personality was not at all as it seemed upon his introduction. The author's attempts to make him heartless and all BA from the first book didn't fully carry over. He was definitely a jerk, and ran very hot and cold. While there was method to his madness, it still came across a little flat. But there were a few quirks the aut ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ive got to say these books are great, Ive enjoyed all the books from the series so far....did i mention they are free!?!?
So The Keeping was slow at first but i really got into it, some of it had me sat here open mouthed (Ryne sneaking in Mels bedroom during a dream) that bit of the book didnt appeal to me what so ever i actually found it a bit disturbing.
I thought Mel was a quirky and stubborn character and i quickly came to like her, Ryne on the other hand (although the good looks and muscles
Jenny Delandro
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
we learn more about Ryne
We learn more about Melody - she is a penniless student - so why did Greyson choose her

She is paid a shitload of cash to get an interview witha reclusive photographer, Ryne
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Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, 2011, shifters, pnr
While I enjoyed this book I didn't think it was as good as the first one. I never did warm up to the couple that was the focus of the book, Ryne and Mel.

There were lots of things that skived me out. Lucy and Mel talking about sex with Ryne and how he was like a pair of pants that don't fit and you give them to a friend who might fit better and Ryne's night time B&E.

What I really liked about this book was the town. They were charming and the small town nosiness had the ability to be overwhelming,
I can not believe I was able to finish this book. I really couldn't get into this book, it just wasn't for me.
It starts out with Melody finding Ryne to do an interview about his photography. But when she does find Ryne she discovers it's not going to be easy to get this interview. He is a very private person, and he doesn't want her snooping around his house, or his life. Ryne just wants Melody gone, but something is attracting him to her, and he can't figure out what it is. Melody also can not
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Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:

In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and

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Law of the Lycans (9 books)
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  • The Finding (Law of the Lycans, #3)
  • Bonded (Law of the Lycans #4)
  • Betrayed: Days of the Rogue (Law of the Lycans, #5)
  • Betrayed: Book Two - The Road to Redemption  (Law Of The Lycans, #6)
  • For the Good of All (Law of the Lycans, #7)
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