Monday, May 18, 2015

ARC Review: Cronin's Key II by N.R. Walker


History isn’t always what it seems.

With the battle of Egypt behind them, Alec and Cronin are enjoying the thrill of new love. Though fate doesn’t wait long before throwing them back into the world of weird.

They know Alec’s blood is special, though its true purpose still eludes them. And given Alec’s inability to be changed into a vampire, Cronin is free to drink from him at will. But the ramifications of drinking such powerful blood starts a ripple effect.

With the help of Jorge, a disturbing vampire-child with the gift of foresight, Alec and Cronin face a new kind of war. This time their investigations lead them to the borders of China and Mongolia—but it’s not what lies in the pits beneath that worries Alec.

It’s the creator behind it all.

In the underground depths of China, amidst a war with the Terracotta Army, they will find out just what the Key is, and what Alec means to the vampire world.

Dani's rating:

Of course I jumped on this book like a drowning man on a life raft, and of course I loved it.

It's N.R. Walker.

It's vampires.

Enough said.

This book has the same blend of magic, suspense, and mystery as the first book.

This time, Cronin and Alec fight an army of Terracotta Vampires and the puppeteer who rules them all.

A child vampire who speaks in tongues predicts the future. But the future is a riddle.

Alec must solve the riddle or die. The other choice is FOREVER.

It wasn't enough. It would never be enough. Never touch enough, never taste enough. They would never be close enough.

Alec and Cronin's bond turns dangerous. Alec's blood is powerful; it's ancient; it's the KEY.

I love Alec and Cronin and their ultimate Fated bond.

Cronin growls a lot in this book. Seriously, he growls. ALL. THE. TIME.

I only wish this book had more steam. The first two scenes were fade to black, and even the wild fucking at the end was ... muted.

When I get two powerful men who are terribly in love and LUST, I want to see them EXPLODE on page. We don't get much of that here ... barely enough, I'd say.

But there is history and action, friendship and family. The writing flows, and there's never a dull moment.

Oh, and did I mention the ending?

No? Well damn, listen up:

Indeed, it's a HEA! I can't think of a more perfect, glowing, magical happily ever after for these men.

Also: KILTS. Albeit briefly. But still.

P.S. Will there be a third book in the series? I'd gladly partake of another delicious dose of Alec and Cronin with more on-page steam, please.

But there are so many interesting secondary characters ... Kennard, Jacques ... the possibilities are endless. Not that I'm hinting or anything. *clears throat*

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  1. Angela:

    Great review.

    I just had to read Cronin's Key (normally i'm not a big vampire fan) because it is wrtitten by NR Walker and that means i just have to read it, and i'm glad i did :)
    i look forward to the second part.

    1. I feel the same way about NR Walker. If you liked the first book, this follow-up is a must read.


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