The Keeper of the Key

Debra Smith
The Keeper of the Key
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Pink Petal Books
Release Date
November 2012
Book 1 of Shangri La Secrets
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

Kate, an everyday book store owner, is thrown into a world of danger after receiving a letter from her deceased husband. She follows the clues into the arms of Xander, a tough guy she can't stop herself from wanting. Her passions ignite from a single glance, and she is unable to control her desires. Her love isn't enough to save her, because a human can never survive a vampire's hunger.

Xander admires the fiery temper of the seductive human he's determined to help. She must follow the dangerous trail onto which her dead husband's message leads, for it ends in the mythical land of Shangri La. In an effort to save her, Xander bonds them together, sentencing her to death unless he can reverse the blood tie. Though he craves her touch, he's forced to push her away while they battle their way to the chaos at the heart of Shangri La. Can he protect her from her family's secrets and find a way for both of them to survive, or will their love be lost in the pits of a crumbling castle?

Book Review by Christine Blackthorn (author,reviewer)
May 05, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
THE KEEPER OF THE KEY is a paranormal erotic romance creating a new, parallel world intertwined with ours.

Kate, a book seller, receives, one year after the death of her husband, a last present from him--a letter and a locket. This present sets her on a route to discovery in her search for the magical land of Sangri La.

Her first step, following the clue her dead husband left her, leads her to find Xander, a vampire who, after binding her to him in an attempt to save her from some slavers, promises to help her in her endeavour. An exciting chase with plenty of danger, sex and emotional upheaval ensues.

What did I like? I admit that I was not impressed with the book though there are aspects of it which were highly enjoyable. The style is beautiful in places, the language an easy flow of imagery. Some of the dialogue is witty and made me laugh; others is believable and draws the reader in.

But there is a lot I did not like about the book, most of it linked to the female character. She is hard to like, let alone respect. To say that she is naive would be a compliment. She follows seedy strangers into dark alleyways without a second thought and tells her whole life story to the first guy in a run-down bar. By chapter eight, I was cheering on the other side. The sex, whilst acrobatic and interesting in theory, was described in language so full of purple prose it was hard not to cringe--most of it mere description rather than a creation of sensual images pulling the reader in.

Overall, this book has a lot of potential, the world building could be fascinating and novel, the dialogue showing the possibilities in the characters, but it is hard to see that under the guise of the simplistic characters and uninspiring eroticism.
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