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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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...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
FourStars Detective Alec MacAiden of the NYPD has had a few miraculous near-death escapes in his time. But it isn’t until he watches a dying man turn to dust in front of him that learns of the forces protecting him. Alec is The Key to the survival of the vampire race, and he is also the fated mate of Cronin, one of the vampire elders. Alec is taken into protective custody before he learns of his destiny, and must spend therest of the story working with his new vampire friends to protect himself, his father and the entire vampire race from a crazy, evil Egyptian vampire. This book starts fast and then speeds up. Walker’s world building is done at a frantic pace. I had to flip back and re-check in a few places. These vampires exist in a very conventional urban fantasy narrative. While well written and well developed, there isn’t much to distinguish Walker’s vampire world from others in the genre. I really like the characterisation in this story. Alec and Cronin are well drawn, likeable and believable. Supporting characters like Eiji and Jodis add a quirky charm to the story. This is an action-packed urban fantasy story. There is some romance and a little sex, but for most of the book, the focus remains on the action. Walker has left room for sequels and it will be interesting to see how her characters and the ongoing story develops. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah
I'm going to start off by saying this is an overall series review because in my honest opinion there is no way you can read just one, once you start book one you won't want to stop till you reach the final page of book three. Alec and Cronin are perfect together and even though they are the center of the series, the secondary characters will burrow their way into the spotlight and the reader's heart. Eiji brings some much needed comic relief at times and others he always has his friends' back and fully devoted to his mate Jodis. I don't often read vampire tales but I have loved every one of them and Cronin's Key is no exception, as a matter of fact it has quickly moved to the top of the list. NR Walker has created a world that reminds me of a sexy Twilight meets Indiana Jones, the best of paranormal, history, and romance.
I have found my new favorite book series! Detective Alec MacAiden of the NYPD has seen and experienced some strange things in his lifetime but when a man turns to dust right in front of his eyes he’s about to come face to face with a reality he couldn’t have imagined even in his wildest dreams. Alec quickly finds out he’s not your average human. His destiny is connected to vampires and the man he is fated to love is a powerful vampire elder named Cronin. Things get complicated pretty quick in the storyline and it’s start off with a bang but what do you expect with vampires, fated mates and an apocalyptic battle with a vampire who’s trying to resurrect ancient Egyptian Gods. This isn’t exactly your average day in New York and while most people under the circumstances would probably freak out and have a panic attack Alec focuses on the now and takes everything in stride. Ok, so vampires exist, fate has set him up with a hot vampire and a crazed vampire is after him. Don’t get me wrong Alec isn’t exactly sitting back quietly while all this is thrown at him. He’s questioning things and taking a stance. He’s definitely unsure about what is going on but his curiosity, open mind and strength of self allows him to deal with and compartmentalize all the weird going out without flipping out. If he’s going to be thrown into strange circumstances without a choice he’s going to try and take some kind of control of the situation. Alec’s an intriguing and entertaining character. His sarcastic funny attitude and his ability to adapt to his circumstances make him a likeable guy. Too bad all of his jokes didn’t get the laughter they were due but hey it’s hard joking around with vampires who have been alive for thousands of years and know nothing about pop culture. I absolutely loved Cronin. He’s adorable. I really liked his serious and reserved attitude. His sweet naïve nature when it came to relationships made him enduring and soulful. I was cheering for Cronin and Alec to come together but on their own terms and I’m glad they let fate guide them but didn’t let fate dictate their feelings. They let their feelings progress and develop naturally. The slow build up of their romance was more than worth the read. I do have to say that my favorite characters were Eiji and Jodis. I hope at some point we get a novella focusing on them. Those two made me laugh on a number of occasions. I can’t wait to see how things go down when Alec teaches Eiji how to drive. I imagine hilarity will ensue. Cronin’s Key is urban paranormal romance with lots of action and a touch of ancient Egyptian history and mythology. The characters are fleshed out, the connections occur at a natural pace and the storyline build up makes for a suspenseful read. Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
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Well written very romantic can't wait for sequel