Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Cronin’s Key
Author: N.R. Walker
Series: Cronin’s Key #1
Heroes: Alec MacAidan/Cronin
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 265 Pages
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Release Date: March 13, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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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.
Review: Cronin is a very powerful, very old vampire who has been waiting over a thousand years for his fated one. Alec is a detective who has dealt with weird stuff happening his entire life and isn’t completely surprised when Cronin appears out of thin air and whisks him away. That level of strange is the beginning of the fated ones’ relationship.
Alec knew there was more to the world than what most people believed or saw with their own two eyes, but it wasn’t until he instantly and intuitively trusted and agreed to go with a paranormal into the unknown that he really started to question his entire life. Cronin was in heaven when he finally found his forever mate, but Alec is still coming to terms with, well, everything. He questions everything, including the fact he has no choice but to choose Cronin. Alec isn’t intentionally being a jerk, but he hurts Cronin, a lot.
These two love birds don’t have a lot of time to play meet-and-greet as there is a vampire war beginning and Alec is the target. This is book one in a new series and so we are given a lot of information on the characters, and the world they live in. The twists and turns are many, and though the ending was fulfilling, it wasn’t finished. We know there is a lot more to Cronin and Alec that will be broached in the next installment, and I am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.
I love vampire stories, and this one was a cross between an adult version of Twilight and a Dan Brown novel. That is a compliment. I love that there is a plot behind the sex, even though the sex was pretty hot…and humorous. Many things to like about this one, and I can’t wait for the sequel.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*