CROSS KEYS by Ally Shields – REVIEW

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When the first wanderer—a common elf who isn’t authorized to use the portal—is

spotted on the streets of New Orleans, the king assigns Kameo Ryndel to capture

the elf and bring him home to Elvenrude. But before she can intervene, he’s

shot and his body stolen by the gunmen. Just as puzzling is the appearance at

the scene of Seth Lormarc, an Elite elf from a rival guild and heir to the

centuries-old feud between their two families. <br />

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Seth is in New Orleans at the behest of his grandfather to find out who was

behind the portal breach that could expose their existence to the world of men.

His best lead is the intriguing Kam Ryndel. When he stakes out her apartment

and finds her sneaking out in the middle of the night, dressed in black and

leaping to the top of the nearest building, he realizes she’s more than a

beautiful woman. That kind of feat requires magic. Ancient magic. <br />

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As their paths cross and draw them deeper into a mysterious conspiracy,

attraction sparks between them, but there’s little time for romance. The portal

breach is tied to an illegal smuggling operation that has come to the attention

of the human CIA. And the stakes are raised when Kam and Seth discover a band

of rebels deep inside Elvenrude that offers nothing except violence and destruction

of their world.

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Caleb nodded absently at the departing couple,

then returned his gaze to Kam. “I’m serious. It’s time you became more involved

with trade matters. In fact,” he paused, “you have several decisions you should

be making. When are you coming home?”

“I’m here now.” She clamped down on a spark of

anger. Why did every conversation with him lead into demands about the future?

“You know that isn’t what I meant.”

She stiffened. “It’s too soon for any long-term

decisions. I like where we are now.” A storm was gathering in his eyes, and she

took steps to head off a fight. The King’s Harvest Ball was hardly the time or

place. She tilted her head and looked at him. “Are you about ready to leave?” A

diversion was in order before she lost her temper and said something she’d

regret. “I have to be back in the city by early morning, and I can think of

better things we could be doing.”

“More than ready.” His smile held a provocative

edge. “Shall we start our round of goodbyes?”

“I’m going to visit the ladies’ room, then I’ll

catch up with you.”

“Don’t be long.”

She ducked her head and hurried away, anxious

to get out of sight before he realized just how annoyed she was. She shoved the

door open into the hallway a little harder than was necessary and ran into a

solid body. She stumbled, throwing out her arms for balance.

“Oh, I’m so sor—” Strong hands caught her, and

she looked up into Seth Lormarc’s glittering green eyes. “You!”

His eyes widened in surprise. “Do I know you?”

A spark of unexpected awareness ran up her

arms, and she tried to shake off his grasp. He held tight until she was steady.

“No, but I know who you are.” She looked pointedly at his hands. “Take your

hands off me.”

“No problem.” He released her and stepped back,

a smile parting his lips. “Are you always so charming?”

She frowned at him, ready to give a sharp

retort, then hesitated, realizing how rude she’d been. “You’re quite right.

Mother would be appalled at my manners. Thank you for your assistance. Now, if

you’ll excuse me.”

“Certainly.” He moved to one side.

Her throat suddenly dry, Kam hurried past and

down the hall. Insufferable Lormarcs. She entered the powder room and took a

deep breath. The mirror revealed her heated cheeks, and she dipped a

handkerchief in the water basin to cool her face. Why had she reacted so

strongly, been so impolite? Was it the lazy smile he’d made little attempt to

hide or just her anger at Caleb spilling over onto the first male she saw?


Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along the

Mississippi River and currently resides near Des Moines. Writing has always

been a part of her life, but in 2009, after a career in law and juvenile

justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing. Her first urban fantasy

novel, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book One) was published in 2012 and

the seven book series was completed in 2015. She loves to travel in the US and

abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields can

be contacted through her website or twitter (@ShieldsAlly).

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A fantasy adventure novel with a romantic twist. Paranormal modern day elves from a parallel universe trading with earth.  YOu have Kam the main character who is a kick ass elven working for the king.She is smart. strong, caring and loyal to her home ” Elevrude”. She is absolutely ready to break any rule and do anything to protect her home and the people she loves. The fact that she refuses to accept her feelings and attraction to Seth which is clear to  everyone around makes the story more enjoyable.

its a great fantasy read with your magical elven and romance mixed together and it works. I didn’t come across any grammical errors which is always a plus for me. A great storyline and adventure. you will love this book. give it a read you won’t regret it.

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