Author: NR Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Caroline’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Teresa’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/22/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
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.
I was late to this series only having read book 1 a few days ago. It’s always the books that you put on the back burner that are the ones that end up being the best, or that’s how it always seems to work with me.
After finishing the first book I was left, like everyone else I’m sure, clamouring for book 2. When I got offered it as a review book I was ecstatic and terrified! What if it wasn’t as good? What if I didn’t like the outcome? I was totally invested in Alec and Cronin and wanted their HEA over everything else!
I needn’t have worried. NR Walker gave me everything I hoped for and then some in Cronin’s Key II!
When we left Alec and Cronin in book 1 it was with the knowledge that their work wasn’t finished. They had saved the day, beaten the Queen but the elusive vampire bite that both men had set their hearts on for their forever didn’t work. Cronin seemed able to bite Alec as much and as often as he wanted but the end result was like neither had imagined.
The biting is now one of their problems. Vampires don’t ‘grow’ once changed but suddenly Cronin is noticing a difference in his powers and the only thing that could be causing that is Alec’s blood. Alec is changing too but with no one they can trust to ask for advice the small group have no idea what is happening.
There is also a new crisis to attend to which sees them having to head to China and deal with the deadly Terracotta Army. They count on their allies once again to save both the vampire race and Alec’s life.
The thing I love most about this series is the tension. I would love to have seen more on page sex purely because the author built the tension between them so well. To actually have been able to read it would have made the pages explosive. The changes in them meant it became more difficult to be apart, again the tension the author brought to the pages pulled you into the story and kept you right there in the moment.
NR Walker is a god when it comes to suspense!
The secondary characters were once again amazing but this time we get introduced to Jorge. A child vampire, he has two sides, and is one of the scariest things Alec has ever come across. He may well hold the answer to the latest test but when he only speaks in riddles and channels two personalities Alec isn’t sure if he is a help or a hindrance.
The ending is simple; solve the puzzle or Alec will die. Everyone is more than aware that if they lose Alec they will also lose Cronin as the vampire cannot bear to live without him. The answer as always is in Alec’s blood that is the easy part, first they must work out who is really behind the awakening of some very long dead vampires and put a stop to their plans.
Just as an afterthought to the author – please tell me this isn’t the last in the series – Kennard has a story to tell I am sure 😉
Fantastic follow up to book one! Cronin’s Key II had all the sex, adventure, and humour of book one and answered all the questions we were left with.
I loved Cronin and Alec. They were perfect for each other. We didn’t see as much relationship building in this one, but their love came through.
The adventure was great even if the focus seemed more on Alec’s difficulties as the key than the external threat. Not that this was a bad thing, just different than the first book. It was still entertaining. I enjoyed the twist in history with Genghis Khan and the terracotta warriors.
Though this book wraps up the series nicely, there is definitely room for more adventures from this duo and I would love to read them. I hope the author considers writing more about Cronin, Alec and their friends!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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