Cairan and Malik are fraternal twins
who lost their parents at an early age. The boys were raised
in a monastery and shared a special love. Life is good until
their village falls ill and they donít have the medicine
needed to make the villagers well. Father Owen sends Cairan
with provisions to another larger parish to get the medicine
needed while Malik stays behind to help with the sick.
Problems along the way keep Cairan from returning. Time
passes and Cairan is told all have perished in his village
including his brother. His adoptive family is extremely good
to him as he grows up. But, when a photo shows up in the
paper with a man he knows is his long lost brother, he makes
secret preparations to go find him.
Malik knows Cairan is on his way to him
after 15 years. The brothers have always has this special
mind connection and after all this time it seems to have
come to life once more. When Cairan gets to Malikís
territory, Malik sends his men out to pick him up. Now that
he has his traitorous brother in his possession, what will
he do with him for leaving him to rot all those years ago
and never coming back to be with him?
Cairan is a wonderful warm man, while
Malik is hard and cold. The time they spend together once
they meet again commands a whole passel of emotions. My
heart broke when they were separated for what they thought
was forever. My heart ached as Cairan was punished for
something he had no control over as a teenager and when
Malik endures the pressures of his current life. But when
they finally begin to communicate, the relationship is
heartwarming and hot. While the book ends happily, this
story is not hearts and flowers. I enjoyed My
Brotherís Keeper, but I can see where not all would.
It is a poignant read with violence and brothers that care
for each other in the way of lovers.