The Keeper of the Key
by Debra Smith
Adult Paranormal Romance
Published November 15, 2012 by Pink Petal Books
*Ebook obtained directly from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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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 responding to. Her body ignites from a single glance, and she is unable to control her passions. Despite her love they are doomed to fail, because a human can never survive a vampire's hunger.
Xander admires the fiery temper of the seductive human he’s determined to help follow the dangerous trail her dead husband sent her on, ending in the mythical land of Shangri La. In an effort to save her, Xander bonds them together, sentencing her to death unless he can undo 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 to be together, or will their love be lost in the pits of a crumbling castle?
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I adored this story!! Debra's creativity deserves 5 stars all by itself!
From page 1, you're immediately drawn into the main character's life story: Kate. The letter coming from her deceased husband throws her world into a great world of unknowns. On her quest to follow the directions in the letter, Kate goes in search of Xander. She honestly needed smacking upside the head a few times while she was making her "jump in head first without thinking" kinda decisions (like entering the bar then following strange men into an alleyway). Well, she finds Xander thank goodness because he has to save her from her own stupidity. LoL Can you say - enter sexual tension?! Yum. I immediately loved Xander's bad attitude & alpha male personality (I know, I know, why do I always fall for the rough around the edges sort, LoL) but you start seeing other sides of him - Like the fact that he's a vampire. You never really get an in depth perception of any of the characters - just small glimpses into their lives - so you sort of have to build upon your own imagination when you're thinking about what really makes the characters...well, them.
Debra keeps you on your toes, throwing new twists & discoveries at the reader every few pages so you're never bored. I enjoyed the plot & loved the creativity of the events that unfold.
I would've liked more as far as the depth of the characters but overall, it wasn't a deal breaker for me. Kate is annoying here and there, but I never wanted to throw the book across the room because of it. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Xander & Kate so I look forward to seeing where the story goes!
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating: 2.5 Stars - hot cover but didn't connect it with the story
Characters: 4 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Climax: 3 Stars
Ending: 3.5 Stars