Title: The Key
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Release Date: November 16, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
My Copy: FREE FROM AMAZON
Rating: 3 STARS
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
This book was okay for me. While I love Medieval/Historical Romances, this one just didn’t quite do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book, and i’m sure others will enjoy it more than I did. There is a lot of deceit going on in this book. Gah! I was beginning to think that one thing was this, and turn around and it’s another. I applaud Rema, the heroine, because she is so strong and fiercely protective of her family. Although I love a well narrated story, this felt like too much for me with the different POVs. Yes, it’s interesting to get a good impression on the characters, but sometimes it felt like I was in a maze and couldn’t get out. I don’t like when a book does that to me. The romance was good and I appreciated Darmik’s character. He is like a balm to Rema and he keeps her head above water.
Then there are the evil characters. Lennek, is just deceitful. I think the book would have been flat out boring if it weren’t for the shadiness of these characters. All the secrets and lies are well placed and that helped me stick with this book. The cliffhanger at the end? Why? Seriously, give me something other than that. I’m not sure if I’ll jump right into the next book just yet. I have others that I need to chop off my TBR list first. But, all in all, I did enjoy it somewhat.