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Book Review: Koishi (Gatekeepers #1) by Annie Nicholas



Author: Annie Nicholas
Title: Koishi
Series: Gatekeepers
Book #: 1
Genre(s): Paranormal romance
Release date: January 30, 2013
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Length: 152 Pages
Heat level: Explicit, but sex itself doesn't dominate the story.
Review copy provided by: Author, in exchange for honest review, without any other type of compensation
Reviewer recap: Sandra is desperate to save her sister from the cancer that ravages her body, even going so far as to take a chance that dragons and magic are real. She's heard about a dragon gatekeeper that has a magical item that can heal her sister, so she sets out to find him, unable to imagine what she's really getting herself into. Koishi is content with his life guarding the gate, but when an American woman shows up on his mountain wanting to meet with "the dragon", he finds himself a new toy. Neither of them could have guessed how things would play out.
Writing style & finesse



Character development

Likeable/relatable characters

Plot tension

Flow & pacing

Heat &/or sexual tension

Total Score
8.8/ 10

User Rating
4 total ratings



Really fun, I laughed a lot!


Felt a little too easy sometimes.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a quick fun, sexy read – look no further! Koishi is a paranormal romance full of goblins, dwarves, and dragons around every corner. You won’t be left wanting and will finish with a smile. It’s really a must-read!

Posted June 20, 2013 by

Full Review

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

The only word that keeps running through my mind to describe this story is “fun”. The author is a good writer with a lot of witty humor that keeps you reading and enjoying from beginning to end. The characters each had their quirks and all contributed to the funny factor.

The teasing banter between Sandra and Koishi is amusing and occasionally even sweet. Their chemistry is good, but not over the top, and when they got down to it, they were hot. I did feel that Koishi had more depth to him than Sandra did. Sandra, while likeable and all, seemed a little two-dimensional. What you see is what you get with her. Koishi showed a little more evolution throughout the story in different ways so it was really to his character that I was particularly attached.

The plot itself was pretty predictable, I won’t lie, but it was exciting and fun which made up for it and kept me reading anyway. Koishi’s very dragon way of looking at things felt very authentic and stayed true throughout and that too brought the book up in stature. This was truly just a fun, pretty light-hearted read all around.

Memorable Quotes

Well, you know what they say about Asian food…

“Yes, he especially enjoyed the little dogs you brought.” The small bundles had been tender and their hair very short so they didn’t tickly when swallowed. They went well with a movie.
“The Chihuahuas?”
“Yes, those. You should buy a few breeding pair and start producing them. He’ll buy whatever you bring.”
Moe grimaced, but nodded.
Why did humans frown upon him eating dogs? They were delicious. He’d even sent his crazed mother a basket of them as a present. He would have loved to see the expression on her stern face when those arrived. She never played with her food. Her warrior nature wouldn’t allow such nonsense.

At least he’s honest and up front about it.

“They would kill me.”
“And I won’t?”
Urgle prostrated himself at his feet. “Mercy, great dragon. I no warrior. I a humble blacksmith. I no fight worth shit.”


He led an army consisting of creatures with the general IQ of a tomato.
He stood on the edge of the battlefield, at the entrance to the dwarven colony, and watched as a goblin ran from a group of dwarves. He kept looking over his shoulder at his assailants until he ran into a large boulder.
Ishi shook his head. Tomatoes were smarter.

If you liked…

If you enjoyed Koishi, you should check out Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. It’s a story about a thief who steals from a dragon and all the repercussions that follow. It’s another sexy paranormal romance, but while it’s got its fun moments, there are some more serious elements such as political machinations to it as well.

Koishi is…

Buffy Kennedy

Aspiring author and avid reader. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and am a stay home mother of two.


    Sophia Rose

    I love dragon stories and this one does sound fun. Hilarious quotes!


      It really is, and thanks, I actually laughed out loud at the first and last ones, so I had to include them and I loved Urgle – he’s such a goofy little creature.

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