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Keystone (Crossbreed Series Book 1) Paperback – January 13, 2017
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"Nicole Poole narrates and does a stellar job of capturing the characters. . . . She gives each character their own unique voice and captures their emotions perfectly through her tone." ---Caffeinated Book Reviewer --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Dannika Dark is the USA Today bestselling author of the Mageri series, the Seven series, and Closer. When not writing, Dannika enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side. She lives in the South. Visit Dannika at dannikadark.net.
Nicole Poole, an Audie Award-nominated narrator, is the recipient of both AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards. She is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Raven is what is known as a rogue. She is undocumented as far as the Mage world is concerned and wants nothing to do with the vampire side of her heritage. Since she has no standing in the Breed world she can’t work, so she has to scrounge for meals and shelter. She is making it her business to take out the worst of the worst Breed criminals. She gets nothing but the satisfaction of taking one more bad guy out of the world. She has no idea that she is making waves with the criminal element in the breed world. When she is approached by an underground group named, Keystone, to come work with them, she jumps at the chance to finally have a home and get paid for what she already does.
Raven is already a good character. She is so real, flawed, but down deep a good person. She’s got snark and a bit of an attitude, and at times she isn’t the best at taking orders. She’s been a rogue for a long time. Now it’s time for her to learn to play well with others. Will that happen? I can’t wait to see how all that goes as the series progresses. Christian is a member of Keystone and a vampire. He was enigmatic, with a side of bad boy in the Mageri series, but with this book, we see another side of him. Oh, he still has his mysteries, but we do get to see a different Christian. This Christian is more than a little attracted to Raven, and she to him, but he doesn’t believe that he has a capacity to love. Wouldn’t matter anyway, as they are not allowed to be together due to the Keystone rules. There’s also interesting and finely drawn peripheral characters that were part of the Keystone group and I enjoyed getting to know them as well.
I am not going to go any farther into the story due to spoilers. I will say that this book is full of life and death moments and plenty of action. To me, the pacing was pretty perfect and the writing outstanding, as always with this authors work. The action was balanced with the moments of Raven going through the whirlwind of finding a new life. And possibly the chance for a bit of romance with Christian? Only time will tell. I am already chomping at the bit for the next book.
The author has told us to expect twists and turns in this series and I can’t wait to see where it’s all going. I have a feeling it’s going to be quite the ride and I am excited about the whole thing.
Highly recommended to adult urban fantasy, and paranormal romance readers may enjoy this as well.
Raven Black, a rare Crossbreed, is a homeless rogue; she cannot register with either Breed to become legal because of her other half Breed. I stead she uses public bathrooms, bars, empty dumpsters, and diners for food, cleaning up, and sleeping. She goes to Breed bars to charm Breed into feeding her when she can't afford it- and tries to charm Christian Poe into giving her onion rings. But he does t fall for it.
When she sees Breed killing, she feels she needs to right the wrong and kills the guilty party, but doesn't know how to use her Breed gifts because she's been abandoned.
One night while sitting in her spot at a diner, a gentleman offers her a card with the promise of more- a place to shelter, even call home. A sort of legal status. And companions.
She tries it out- only to be partnered with Christian- a vampire who is untrustworthy, and who doesn't trust her either. Can they make it work?
This book, the first of the Keystone series, was a great first book to introduce all the characters and the different Breed in the Keystone house. I really enjoyed the sexual tension love=hate that Raven a d Christian have for one another. It's going to be especially tricky when they have to work together in the future. I can't wait until the next book comes out!
If you're not familiar with Dannika Dark's other urban supernatural fantasy series, The Mageri and The Seven series, you may want to read them first, as you would get more out of this series if you understand the city of Cognito, the different Breed, what they are, how they live, and what their gifts are. Christian Poe is a vampire in The Mageri series. If you want to know what he did before he arrived at Keystone, that's a good place to begin.