Book Reviews

Cronin's Key IV: Kennard's Story (Cronin's Key 4) by N.R. Walker

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / Vampires / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 20-February-2019

Book Blurb

Kennard and Stas have been enjoying being newly bonded mates, hidden away for the last six months in Stas’ cabin, deep in the forests of Northern Russia. When they get a visit from Alec, Cronin, Eiji, and Jodis, Kennard and Stas decide to return to London where they get news of a supernatural disturbance in India.

Excited for a new adventure, the band of friends embark on a journey like they’ve never seen before. Following a trail of snakes and serpents, they slip through gates into timeless dimensions all over the world, leaving them without their vampire powers. Even Alec is powerless as they follow a trail of gates and doorways to their final destination.

But the bad guy isn’t who they think it is, and Kennard will need to draw on his past to save their future. Because history is never what it seems…


Book Review

“Our universe grants every soul a twin-a reflection of themselves -the kindred spirit – And no matter where they are or how far away they are from each other- even if they are in different dimensions, they will always find one another. This is destiny; this is love.” – Julie Dillon

It is said that you can tell who your real friends are when they stick by you, not just through the easy times but the hard times as well. Cronin and Alex know that they can always depend on their close-knit group of friends, anytime for anything.

In spite of the fact that Kennard has had lots of people around him who support, and often fear him, Kennard has been lonely, especially since his best friends Cronin and Alec, and Eiji and Jodis, have bonded. Kennard has resigned himself to being alone, believing that it will never happen for him; that is, until he meets Stas, a mountain of a man who is his exact opposite in in almost every way, but, nonetheless, his soulmate. Now that they have finally accepted their fate, they are happier than they have been and are burning up the sheets several times a day, perhaps trying to make up for lost time. They have retreated to Stas’s remote Russian cabin where they believe that no one can find them, that is, until they receive flowers from Cronin and Alex. They should have known that Alex, with his mental gifts, can find anyone, anywhere, any time.

Kennard calls his friends, thanks them for the flowers, and invites them to come for a visit. He and Stas make themselves presentable and await the arrival of their friends.  Alec’s ability to jump through time and space ensures that they are there in a few moments. The group engage in small talk and good-natured teasing for a while. Kennard decides that it’s time for him to go back to London and check up on things. Alex jumps them all there in record time. Stas is completely overwhelmed by the opulence of Kennard’s London apartment and, even more so, by Kennard’s club and office. He finds it remarkable that Kennard would want to stay at his cabin, out in the middle of nowhere, when he has all this, but Kennard assures him that home is wherever Stas is. Back at the apartment, they reminisce about their past adventures. Things have been relatively quiet for the group for a while now. When they begin to discuss a disturbance that has been felt in India, they almost simultaneously decide to go to investigate it.

This book was shorter than others in the series, but not any less adventure-packed. I was so elated when I realized that this was Kennard’s story and that he was finally getting his well-deserved happy ending. Not only that, it was good to see that Kennard, who has always felt kind of left out because he has no superpowers other than those afforded to him by his vampirism, finds that he is unique in a way that the others’ gifts can’t match. I loved all the flashbacks reminding me of facts from the other stories and the camaraderie between them. It was nice, after all they have been through, to have some easy times. Thanks, N.R., for another fascinating story about vampires who, despite their “snacks”, are the good guys.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 156 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-January-2019
Price $2.99 ebook, $12.00 paperback
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