10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An engaging debut,
This review is from: Key to Conflict (Mass Market Paperback)
'Meet Gillian Key. She's a Paramortal psychologist who can treat the mental distress of nonhumans. And she's a Marine Special Forces operative who can get physical with them when the situation calls for it...
Gillian's two worlds collide when she travels to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to counsel the local master vampire, Count Aleksei Rachlav. His therapy serves as the perfect cover for her special ops mission: to infiltrate local vampire factions who may be allied with Rachlav's enemy-the legendary Dracula. As a brewing turf war between those who see them as food begins to rock the paramortal realm, Gillian finds herself caught in the middle-and at the mercy of her dangerously attractive host. Her professional ethics tell her to keep her distance, but besides being both a healer and a fighter, Gillian Key is also very much a woman...'
'Key to Conflict' is the first novel in the interesting Gillian Key Series.
I have rated this novel as four stars, however throughout the book the stars vere from three to a four and a half rating-and a five stars towards the end. The plot is gripping and extremely interesting (especially the Egyptian angle). With the introduction of more characters, the book comes more into it's own and the dynamic between all the characters finds a better balance. I found it interesting once I had gotten my head around the monologue/history updates-esq paragraphs. I initially found this novel difficult to get into, due to the heroines (and others) seemingly constant and contradictory behaviour/emotions/attributes, however I found myself intrigued by the new world that was being depicted and I am glad I read it. By the end of this novel, I was interested to find out what happens next and grew to like the characters. Not the best start to a series, but with great intriguing moments the sequel can only be better.