Review: Keeper of the Key

Reviewed by Shelly

One day, while she’s going about her everyday business in her book store Widow Katherine Collins gets a letter from her dead husband, Tom. In the letter, Tom has given Kate some clues to follow and one of them leads her to Xander. Born a vampire, Xander becomes both protector and lover for Kate. Will these two end up together or will Kate’s family secrets keep them apart?

A very fast paced story, I read this in a very short time span and was glad I did. Once Kate’s adventure starts, there’s not a lot of down time for her. After discovering the existence of Shangri La from Xander, Kate is on the run to save both Shangri La and to find out what dastardly deeds her father has in store. Kate is mentally and emotionally a strong woman, especially in light of her husband’s recent death. She’s got a quiet, dare I say ole school librarian way about her –from the clothes to her love of books– that I really enjoyed. I thought the writing for her was smartly done and allowed her personality to come through loud and clear.

I wasn’t sure about Xander and his motives for bonding Kate to him. I thought it was interesting, his timing for doing that. But most surprising to me, I was a little disappointed that these two jumped into bed so soon. Of course, this was promptly followed by the dreaded ‘I love you’ – Kate didn’t know him well enough to say that she loved him, lusted after him yes, but love, no.

I’m really hoping that there’s a follow up to this because I would like to find out more about Kate and her brother Devon’s relationship; Crystal the werewolf and Devon’s relationship; and my fav – Trevor of the Nymphs (can’t wait for him to charm the wrong person).

The sex was frequent and hot. If you’re looking for a little paranormal romance and vampires with your bed time snack, this would be an good choice.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B

*ARC provided by author for review

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Keeper of the Key
by Debra Smith
Release Date: November 15, 2012
Publisher: Pink Petal Books

Review: Transforming Love

Reviewed by Shelly

Daddy’s girl Jenifer Koning (of the Koning clan) decides that an adventure across the great state of Colorado will cure her boredom. While she’s on her travels, she runs into a bit of car trouble and has no choice but to hoof it to the nearest place for help. After being on the road for a few miles, she comes across Gryph’s bar where she meets a host of characters, including scrumplicious, alpha male, and bar-owner Gryph.

After meeting Gryph, Jenifer finds out about her heritage and her role as part of the Koning clan. The attraction between these two is strong and Gryph knows she’s his but Jenifer’s not going to go down easy. To win Jenifer’s hand the men of the clan compete in a slag, a contest of cunning, power and might where the winner claims her. But, but, but… there’s a twist in there that was unexpected and I gave her kudos and a GO JENIFER!

I was very impressed with novella by an Indie author. It’s strong and has great promise for future stories in the series, yeah Kane I’m talking to you. Sorry about that folks, I’m back from the edge.

Now the thing is that Jenifer is a bit of a spoiled brat but she’s likable and I didn’t have the urge to either smack her down or tell her to shush it. And goodness gracious Grpyh is something oh so nice, he reminded me of a frozen chocolate bar – you just wanna keep licking away at the yummy goodness on the outside until you got to the middle (get your mind out of the gutter.) He’s quite the beat the chest while yelling ‘I am Tarzan’ mentality but he really cared about Jenifer and in the end his sacrifices on her behalf are what every girl wants. And just in case you’re wondering, heck yeah the sex is how shall I say this…? Yeah, sexy. That’s it –sexy.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: A-

*Book provided by author for review

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Transforming Love
by Debra Smith
Release Date: August 25, 2012