The Salisbury Key by Harper Fox ~ Book Review by Beverley

This is the first book by Harper Fox I reviewed and one of the first books I left a review for on Amazon. I thought it relevant to Throwback Thursday that I use the review from my first read with a few later observations. I’ve read this book several times 🙂 It’s nice to see I followed through with my desire to read all her work…

The Salisbury Key Title: The Salisbury Key

Author: Harper Fox

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars


Can love repair a shattered life in time to save the world?

Daniel Logan is on a lonely quest to find out what drove his lover, a wealthy, respected archaeologist, to take his own life. The answer—the elusive “key” for which Jason was desperately searching—lies somewhere on a dangerous and deadly section of Salisbury Plain.

The only way to gain access, though, is to allow an army explosives expert to help him navigate the bomb-riddled military zone. A man he met once more than three years ago, who is even more serious and enigmatic than before.

Lieutenant Rayne has better things to do than risk his life protecting a scientist on an apparent suicide mission. Like get back to Iraq and prove he will never again miss another roadside bomb. Yet as he helps Dan uncover the truth, an attraction neither man is in the mood for springs up against their will. And stirs up the nervous attention of powerfully placed people—military and academic alike.

First in conflict, then in passion, Rayne and Dan are drawn together in a relationship as rocky and complicated as the ancient land they search. Where every step leads them closer to a terrible legacy written in death…

Warning: Contains bombs, archaeology and explicit M/M sex, not necessarily in that order.

Beverley’s View:

(My initial review was August 2012) – Thank goodness for Harper Fox who realises that M/M romances do require plots, good characterisation, and good grammar. Add memorable narrative twists and turns which keep your interest, as well as the odd steamy sex scene and you have a wonderful read.

The said sex scenes are never gratuitous and often so tender that you feel like screaming to writers of M/F romances to take notes. Her descriptions of Salisbury Plain,  the scenes underground and the ancient city are beautifully written treats and continue in the vein of her book ‘Scrap Metal’ where her descriptions of Arran are just breathtaking. I’ve already downloaded more of her works and am looking forward to reading everything by her.

October 2014 – As it happened I recently visited Wiltshire and Avebury Henge and Silbury Hill, which lie almost on the opposite end of Salisbury Plain from Stonehenge. My reading of this novel was still so fresh in my memory that I found myself telling my Husband as much about Harper’s book as exchanging discussions on the history and spiritual nature of the place. This is the sign of a brilliant novel that long after you have read it real life can still plunge you back into the story and descriptions therein. This title is a firm 5* the enjoyment of the story and narrative charm continues long after you close the book.

Buy Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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2 thoughts on “The Salisbury Key by Harper Fox ~ Book Review by Beverley

    • I love T and F too Suze294. I think Harper Fox is someone whose work I would buy without ‘checking’ as she is consistently wonderful!

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