Friday, November 9, 2012

Review: The Keeper of the Key by Debra Smith

Title: The Keeper of the Key
Author: Debra Smith
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: Nov 15th 2012
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Length: 41,000 words

This book is the author's debut release with a traditional publisher. With the potential in this book, I see many additional stories in her future. Stars are awarded for Structure, plot, characters, and dialogue - the setting was the weakest element in the story. 

The mystery surrounding the letter from Tom, the heroine's dead husband, pulls the reader immediately into the story. Then the author introduces Xander to create the much needed romantic tension. The story never lags, and it pushes forward toward the HEA with just the right amount of gusto.

As a reader, the story must draw me into the story within the first chapter; a book will quickly become a DNF if the plot is not intriguing. The author perfectly placed twists and turn throughout the story never allowing the reader to become complacent.

Strong characters and dialogue made this story increasingly more intriguing. I enjoyed watching the character struggle to assimilate into each others lives.

The author's only misstep came with providing a strong sense of setting. The story did not take advantage of descriptive words to develop a clear picture of the characters’ world. 

I hope to see a future installment that includes Devon & Crystal.

Disclosure: The author provided this e-book to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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