Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Cronin’s Key III
Author: N.R. Walker
Series: Cronin’s Key 3
Heroes: Cronin/Alec MacAidan
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 193 Pages
Publisher: Blue Heart Press
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: History isn’t always what it seems…
Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence.
Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder.
This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.
Review: Alec and Cronin are back and better than ever. We have yet another grand adventure for our vampires and their fiercely loyal, and just plain ol’ fierce, friends. Too bad this one took a huge emotional toll on a couple of those friends. I knew it was inevitable, but I was sad at the same time. It helped tremendously getting to know those who passed, and the I loved the visits from the vampire afterlife. Poor little Jorge, five years old and a conduit from beyond the grave. That’s just tremendously sad, but brilliant storytelling at the same time.
This is the final quest, at least for the next two hundred or so years, for our vampire key and his trusty sidekicks. NR Walker has a really creepy imagination, and I am left in awe of how well she comes up with such ingenious fights for our guys to become embattled in. I am always left worried and chewing on my nails, even though I know it’s going to end well. But that’s what I love about her writing, you know it, but you are still left a tad bit unsure.
My heart was drained over Alec and his aging human father. I could feel his grief and worrying over living an eternity without his dad. I am sooo glad that this story ended on a happy note, because I felt such an attachment to Alec and Kole and would have been devastated otherwise. The reader is left to make their own ending on that front, and mine was unicorns and butterflies. Now I just have to hope this is the last book in the series so that doesn’t change. Just kidding!
The sexy time between Cronin and Alec was still hot, but seemed to be a little less frequent. Apparently fighting strange stone statues and vampire wolves can put a heavy damper on your love life. But, I loved these guys, I loved their friends, and I loved their quests to save the human race and vampires alike. It’s an amazing romance and action thriller all rolled into one. NR Walker is an automatic read for me, and I have yet to be disappointed. If you haven’t read any of her books, then I implore you to just do it, as a matter of fact, start with this series.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*