Bethany reviews ‘Cronin’s Key’ by N. R. Walker. Self-published on March 13th, 2015. 309 pages
Why I read this book: I love N.R. Walker’s book. I love vampires. Win win.
We were provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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Oh holy moly I loved this book. After I read the excerpt when I put up the Book Blast for this book I knew I HAD to read it. Well that and like I said above, I love N.R. Walker and Vampires, so yeah there was no way I wouldn’t read it.
I loved Alec from the very beginning. It was nice to see that he was ok with “weird” and didn’t fight the idea of Vampires. Oh but he did have issues with the whole “fated” thing, and you know what I got that, I understood his hesitation to believe in fated mates. Cause think about it, it was basically talking away his choice to decide who he wants to spend time with, who he wants to get to know. Would Cronin be someone he would have wanted to date, someone he would be attracted to? Well that question will be answered but not right now, lets get a few other things out of the way.
Cronin, oh my goodness I adored Cronin. A thousand plus year old, Scottish Vampire, with rust colored hair and the ability to leap where ever he wants, who believes in the fated mate. Just yum!!! But while Alec has issues with fated mates, I love how accepting Cronin is about it. He just knows there is not stopping it, no way to change it. And he is ok with that, it is something he has seen and something he know that works. Its something he wants, longs for, has waited MANY years for. So when Alec doesn’t readily accept it, it can’t help but hurt. Yes he knows it is a lot for Alec to take in, but that doesn’t make the sting of Alec’s question any less painful.
I would do love to tell you how things work out for Cronin and Alec, but unfortunately that would give too much away. All I will say is the chemistry between them is explosive. Some call fated mates “insta-love” and most of the time I don’t like that, I would not call this an “insta-love” story. Yes there is no doubt that they belong together but, they don’t just fall into bed together the moment they meet. Which I highly enjoyed. I liked seeing how the author played things out. I have read a LOT of paranormal book and I am always curious to see a new take on a Vampire story, and how the author will make it their own.
And make it their own N.R. Walker did. The secondary characters were fantastic, every single one of them. She takes the “normal” vampire story and twists it and turns it and makes them people you want to know. People you enjoy reading about, people that when the story is over you want more of. My one issue is how they feed, again this is where every Vampire story is different. I would have like that to have been different, but when I look back at it I realize it would not have worked for Alec and Cronin.
N.R. Walker is a brilliant storyteller. One that I know when I open one of her books I will not be disappointed. This was no different, it is one that I know will be re-read many, many times. And when I got to the end and saw that there would be a book two , will all I can say is that made me squeal just a little. Ok, maybe a lot. I highly recommend reading this book, if you like hot cops, sexy vampires and a real awesome take of a history lessons. Well done N.R., well done.
Read my review for book one here: Cronin’s Key II
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way. She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal. She’s been writing ever since…