4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Contemporary Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Fated Mates Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless m/m Magic Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Mystery Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Rating vampire

Audiobook: Cronin’s Key III by NR Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie


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History isn’t always what it seems…

Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence.

Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder.

This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.


Review by Dee

This is the last of the series. It follows Alec and Cronin finally discovering the extent of Alec’s power and the ultimate reason for his being the key. It is a fitting end to series, (although I would like to see Kennard and Sasha as a short story of their own – yes that is a plea to NR Walker J). Cronin’s Key is great series, one that I have reread several times.

Wow! The narration, excuse me, the performance by Joel Leslie is practically flawless. It felt like I was listening to an ensemble cast of performers instead of just one person. Each character was not only distinct, complete with the accent – Cronin (Scottish), Alec, Dad, cops (American), Eiji (Japanese) to name a few, but Joel transitioned into each character, during conversations, so well that I truly thought I was ‘watching’ a TV show/film. The characters all flowed into each scene or conversation seamlessly.

I highly recommend this audiobook unreservedly. I can’t express how much Joel Leslie blows my mind with this and his other performances. He is truly a master of his craft.

 6 0f 5 stars – It was hellamazing!



Review by Morgan

(Book reviewed here previously)

If you’ve been following along, we met Alec and Cronin in book one – fated mates, one human one vampire. It took until book two for them to finally complete the bonding process and they risked everything for the conversion. Now we finally get to see just what a “key” is made of and what he can do with his newfound talents.

It’s not a surprise when I tell you that Alec ends up with not one, or two, or three, but ALL the vampire skills and it’s a bit overwhelming. There is yet another crisis to save the world – a portal which opened up upon his conversion allowed in, the Zoan (sort of gargoyles, lycan, werewolf… creatures who are very bad and can stop time!)

In the end there is lots of drama – some loss of good friends – some reconnecting with past friends and lots of ooey gooey lurve between Cronin and Alec.


I’m having a hard time rating this… on the one hand I really liked that we got to spend so much time with Alec and Cronin as a couple and I loved that we got to see all the cool things Alec could do! That was amazing. By then end of the book I really felt like their story was complete and that’s a great feeling.

However, I missed the electrical connection we saw in books one and two between Alec and Cronin as there were few smexy times and most of the book was devoted to the conquering of the Zoan. So I missed the “romance” in this romance.

I appreciated the tied-up loose ends and the really happy future that got laid out for our MCs and the nice, tidy ending for some of the secondary characters, but I missed spending time alone with our guys.

Overall, it was a great series and a nice ending and I recommend it to fans of the series highly.

3.5 of 5 stars


Again Joel Leslie does phenomenal work with this. All those unique accents and the emotion! So wonderful! Highly Recommended as the best way to enjoy this story!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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