Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Salisbury Key


Title: The Salisbury Key
Author: Harper Fox
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-369-8
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

To be published Feb. 22, 2011

Daniel thought he had everything he could ever want. His career was going better than he expected and his relationship with the man he loved was as strong as ever, or so he thought.

The Salisbury Key is one of those stories that I can’t decide whether or not I liked. The characters were interesting. Daniel is a young archaeologist whose career is going great. His passion for finding hidden treasure is only challenged by his passion for his partner. Jason is Daniel’s much older partner, as well as Daniel’s former professor and current mentor. The two men have been together for three years when Jason dies. The guilt, anger and confusion Daniel goes through is totally understandable. Even Jason’s actions, to some extent, can be understood by the reader. Readers will also find that during this confusing time, Daniel turns to Rayne, the young lieutenant who enters his life after Jason’s death believable. While these characters are intriguing on their own, I did not feel as if they formed real connections. With Daniel’s daddy issues and Jason’s many secrets, their relationship never has the chance to form a real love match, which comes through clearly. Then there is the match between Daniel and Rayne which, for me, did not have the feel of a deep connection either.

It was the story line that I enjoyed the most in The Salisbury Key. From the beginning, it is clear that Jason is hiding something. I stayed up late in the night reading so that I could find out just what was going on. I was surprised by what Jason had done and who else was also involved. Once everything became clear, it was easy to see why Jason behaved the way he did, even if it was the coward’s way out.

For me, while The Salisbury Key was weak in the romance department, I found the secondary story line very interesting.

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