Jess denies God. In his infinite wisdom, he’s taken everyone she’s ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn’t met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God’s good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked.

Justin’s general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed ...
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Jess denies God. In his infinite wisdom, he’s taken everyone she’s ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn’t met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God’s good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked.

Justin’s general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed him her keeper. Justin’s convinced he can mend her broken relationship with her maker, but in the process he learns a thing or two about his own humanity.

Never mind falling in love, that’s not supposed to happen. In fact, it may even be forbidden. Jess just wants Justin to understand her plight, and he wants to protect her from a world she doesn’t know.

If neither are equipped to save the other, then whose soul will live and whose will perish?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012964175
  • Publisher: Astraea Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 906,697
  • File size: 368 KB

Meet the Author

Monique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author.

On her eighth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said "write whatever you want, just write." And so, a love affair with words was born. She wrote poetry and short stories in high school and college, until 1993 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

After her mother's death in 1998, Monique fell into a deep depression and found herself unable to write. Nine years passed, and only on rare occasion did she attempt to write with no luck.

Finally, in 2007, under the urging of friends, she sat down and pecked out her first novel. It was raw and unpolished, but the process had been unquestionably cathartic. The next three years were spent filling her hard drive with seven complete manuscripts.

At the beginning of 2011, Monique decided it was time to edit the work and share it with the world. She hopes you enjoy the ramblings of a deeply southern girl raised in a state rich with heritage and love.
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  • Posted June 7, 2011


    The Keepers, by Monique O'Connor James, is extraordinarily captivating. This beautiful story had me an emotional basket case! I was filled with angst, longing and elation. I found myself holding my breath, while my stomach tensed, as I waited to read what happened next. It is a story, many who've suffered with loss, can relate to. A story that you can get lost in. A story that lures you, from Chapter One, to the end.
    The Keepers was written in third person. The flow of the story is impeccable. The author gives such vivid details in her debut paranormal romance novel and offers the reader, a story that will stick with them, for days. The reader can identify the compassion that the author put forth in her story.
    Jess is a lost soul. She's lost her faith in God and fled to New Orleans, to escape her many losses, back home. She's seen the guardians, all her life, but she ignored them. Justin loathes humanity, but he is intrigued by Jess. He wants to protect her from the demons that try and claim her. Guardians are not supposed to fall in love with their guarded. Could he be the key, for Jess to restore her faith?
    I was extremely sympathetic towards Jess. She'd suffered more loss than one person could handle. I longed for her and Justin to be together and found the humor in their bickering; they'd fought like an old married couple. Justin is definitely a character you could embrace yourself in to. What girl wouldn't want to pet a HAWT angel's wings? Vi, was my favorite character; she was full of exuberance and a blessing that Jess needed in her life. Rory, Justin's brother possessed so much loyalty to his counterpart. Although I adored most of the cast, the villain in the story, was so real, I couldn't help hating him!
    I look forward to reading the second book in this series. I highly recommend this book for the young adult and adult. I boast five stars for The Keepers!

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

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    This Book Will Change You...

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Autumn

    Jessica Hunter has seen more than her fair share of tragedy in her young life. Her father dies when she is a child and then she is forced to watch as her mother, her best and only friend, is ravaged by breast cancer. Her only reason to hold onto sanity is her younger brother, Jordan. Each sibling has developed a different coping mechanism. Jordan seeks solace in alcohol and Jess would like nothing more than to hide from the entire world.

    After her mother’s funeral, she takes off to New Orleans to spend some time and try to work out in her mind how God could have abandoned her. She finds herself walking into a bar and meeting the incredibly beautiful Vi. The two instantly hit it off and become friends. The group of gorgeous boys sitting in the corner is a totally different story.

    Blake, Rory, Lathan and the haunting Justin are almost too beautiful to be true. They are brothers that reside in New Orleans and work at the casino at night. Jess tries to fight her powerful attraction to Justin and after he saves her from being attacked on her way home, she knows it is a losing battle.

    Justin is not what he appears to be on the surface. He is an angel sent to watch after Jess and keep her from harm. He is supposed to ensure that the demon that wants to hurt her doesn’t get the chance. He is also not supposed to fall in love with her.

    How can an angel that despises humanity for abandoning God fall so completely for a girl who curses God for all she thinks he has taken from her?

    I devoured this book in one night. I knew from the beginning when I could picture the city in my mind and even smell the flowers that this was going to be an exceptional book. It broke my heart, it made me cry, it gave me hope and made me believe that maybe love can be strong enough to conquer even death. Read this book. It will change you in all the ways only a great book can…

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Pleasantly surprised

    I originally bought this book for my teenage daughter. This is generally not my type of book. However, I started reading the book one morning and finished it at 3:30 a.m. the next morning. I believe people of all ages should give this book a try. Enjoy

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    Evocative, seductive, imaginative and fun

    Jess's brother sends her home to their parents' apartment in the French Quarter after their mother's death. She promises to call him every day. But will New Orleans open Jess up to new experiences, or will it just imprison her in memories?

    The New Orleans of Monique O'Connor James' novel The Keepers is a lively city with night life, alcohol, neighbors and parades. Post-Katerina, its carefree personality has returned, and Jess quickly falls in with the amazing Vi while watching LSU play football on the TV screen in a bar. Every time Vi speaks, Jess hears the ghost of her mother's accent while the reader drifts deeper into the smoky atmosphere.

    Four brothers, svelte, muscular, and simply gorgeous, deal cards, adding excitement to the scene. And then there's Jess's mother's Bible but Jess isn't going there anymore. God doesn't help. He's betrayed her. So she shuts his book in a drawer.

    Maybe God's real. Maybe he isn't. The reader doesn't have to share Jess's belief or unbelief to enjoy her tale. One of the brothers proves delightfully drawn to her, and she to him. But there's a beautiful restraint in their care for each other, watchful, protective, wary of boundaries-of which there are more than meet the eye.

    Another stranger has fallen for Jess, and his desire is more immediate, more dangerous, and much less restrained. Soon Jess is embroiled in a battle of good and evil, never quite sure which side is which or where she really wants to stand. Temptation is palpable, and beautifully portrayed in a later scene where memories are dredged to yield the broken swords of guilt.

    Occasionally wordy and introspective, this novel rides on a quick clever storyline, complex plot, great characters, neat imagination and evocative scenery. It draws the reader to question and take sides in a battle you're never quite forced to believe in, while Jess runs through streets and cathedral in search of an ever-elusive safety, and the almost-invisible Keepers keep watch over her.

    Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Amazing Book a Must have

    Hea everybody Anne here with my review on The Keepers by Monique O'Connor James. I was given this book and allowed myself 2 weeks to read it, now obviously it didn't take me that long in fact I broke my record by reading it in 2 and a half days, and here is why..<br/> Have you ever suffered a tragedy so great that it made you question your faith? Yes most have, this book has a gift for you, it can show you that things do have a reason for happening and even though it's heartbreaking and tragic, love and solace can be found in even the most unwilling of places. <br/> Jess had already lost one parent, a memory she had as she stood looking at the casket of her mother. Now she was gone too with only one person left to hold onto Jess renounced God for all she had suffered in her life. Her brother forced he to New Orleans where he assured her things would get better, while he handled business back at home. Unwilling to see the bright side Jess runs into an unlikely friend that would start a change she never could have seen coming. <br/> Justin was perfect, to perfect for the likes of a heartbroken girl who had given up everything, including her sanity she thought. While Jess struggles to pull out of her self pitying depression, a battle has erupted around her. A series of close calls and strange feelings leave Jess broken and bruised, all along her quarrel with Justin and his back and forth moods is leaving a mark on her self assurance. Justin and Jess become wrapped in a complex story of good and evil as well as soul searching rights and wrongs. Can good really win over evil or is it all a game of chance. Love is an unfaltering key in this book from character to character and beyond, they can never doubt what they have been given, because once you give up on love no matter how insignificant you think it is or it hurts to much to bear it, it's the glue for our world and beyond.... <br/> This book was amazing the descriptions and details were amazing and they pulled you into the story several times bringing tears to my eyes. I felt the plight of the characters and the twist at the end was so dramatic and unexpected that i had no choice but to stop and sigh. I give this book 5 out of 5 and i am eagerly waiting on the next installment... <br/> Thank you Annewallace

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    A Beautiful Angel Story!

    When I first saw this book was so based on religion, I was hesitant to read it. Not because I don't believe, just because I am not hardcore religious. I decided to give it a try because I had heard so many great things about the book. And that is one of the greatest things about it. This book focuses heavily on God, angels, good, evil, and all of that, but it isn't overwhelming at all. The religious aspect makes the book even more interesting and oddly calming, in a way.

    The characters in this book are simply amazing. You have Jess, the girl that's broken and lost everything, and Justin, the angel that hates humans with a passion and doesn't like the situation he's stuck in. Watching the characters grow, especially Justin, was incredible. While Justin still doesn't like the human race at the end of the book, he has learned to love, to be jealous, and maybe even experience a slight amount of pain at the end. Dawson was a great evil character. Another brilliant thing about this book, is that the setting is almost a character itself. While Jess navigated the streets of New Orleans, I was deciding that I wanted to visit there myself. I loved and enjoyed reading about all the characters, even the minor ones. They are all loveable and I found a few similarities between me and Jess. I laughed at the begining where she has problems with her sandals. Been there, too.

    Another thing that shocked me about this book is how much emotion the book evokes. I cried the last half of the book because Monique made Jess' pain very real. I've always believed that only a great book can make a person cry, and that is very true for this book. Amazingly, at the very end of the book, my tears ceased because the end left me with a satisfied feeling. I felt even better knowing that there will be a second book called The Watchers.

    Everything a person loves about a book is in The Keepers: Romance (though it is different than other romances, in a good way though), action, a great plot that is original, a fantastic setting, loveable characters, beautiful writing (I enjoyed the bits of information Rory and Asher threw in)sexy angels, and a breath taking ending. Oh, yeah. It has a pretty cover too. What's not to love?

    If this book is on your TBR pile, or if you've been thinking about getting it, get it now! You won't be disappointed!

    *adds book to favorites shelf* Now, I want a signed copy!

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  • Posted June 7, 2011


    This story is very captivating. From the moment you start reading, you will not be able to put it down. It will make you go through all the emotions; a roller coaster ride from tears to laughs and everything in between. The author developed the characters in a way that allows you to feel like you know them. The book touched home in so many ways and I have a feeling it will do that for everyone. It is well written and easy to follow. It is a great read for adults and young adults. Even my eleven year old son loved it! I can't wait to read the sequel. I'd definitely love to read other books by the same author! It's fantastic! I can't say enough good about it! You just gotta read it!

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