Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker

CRONIN’S KEY by N.R. Walker

Pages:          265
Date:           June 9, 2015
Details:        No. 1 Cronin’s Key

The blurb:

“NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn't always what it seems.”

My thoughts:

This was a highly enjoyable read. Fast-paced, mysterious, thrilling, sexy and romantic I don’t think there is a single boring word, never mind sentence, in Cronin’s Key.

We’re thrown straight into the adventure on the first page and the action doesn’t let up until the very end of the story. Cronin, the age-old vampire and Alec, the human policeman, were wonderful together. Of course the fact that they’re fated means there’s an instant and very strong attraction between them but that doesn’t mean everything falls into place from the very first moment. Alex initially resents being fated, even if he can’t deny being away from Cronin has become impossible, and I liked that about this story. It would all have been a bit too easy otherwise.

Because the premise of the story borrows from various historical events and cultures the reader is given quite a bit of information. I’m rather impressed that the author managed to tell me exactly what I needed to know to understand what was happening without ever making it feel as if she was over-feeding me or dumping facts on me.

I find myself rather fascinated with Cronin and Alec now and can’t escape the feeling it won’t be long before I purchase the sequel.

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