Sunday, March 15, 2015

Raising Cain (The Key Guardians #1) by Kelli Ireland

3.5 "She Pissed Me Off" Stars

Back Cover Blurb -
Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you.

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight.

Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.

When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.

Talk about a love-hate-love-hate relationship! My feelings volleyed back and forth so much while reading this book, that I couldn’t decide whether to toss my iPad across the room or re-read the book all over again. In the end, I ended up doing neither and thank God for that, because that could have been a pretty costly little temper tantrum.

This book was not one that captured my interest quickly and after reading several chapters, I found myself thinking it was pretty ridiculous and I was laughing out loud at the sure absurdity of some of the content, but then something changed and about halfway through the book, I found that I could not put it down, because somewhere between the eye rolling and scoffing, the book managed to suck me in and thus the emotional volleying began.

In Raising Cain, we get a paranormal tale that is a little different from the others in the genre. The werewolves aren’t hunky men and the vampires or damphirs in this case aren’t on the top of the food chain. It is a world where the demons and angels run supreme and everything else is background noise. We have a likeable heroine in this story, if not a little wimpy and air-headed at times and our hero, well…I was throat punching him as often as I was hugging him throughout the story. He takes alpha male to the extreme and the feminist in me hated him, but the bad boy loving bad-ass girl in me wanted to take him on. With this being the first in a brand new series, it falls to a few of the “first book” traps, but it does show a lot of promise and potential and overall, I was glad that I kept reading it.

Overall, yes, I would recommend this book to the readers of the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy genre, it has great potential and if you can make it past the first 25% of this book, I think you will find that you will really enjoy what this book has to offer. This book does have a lot of violence and most the characters tend to have a potty mouth, so fair warning, I myself LOVE all of that, so it didn’t bother me in the least, but more sensitive readers, please be warned. As for the second book in the series, it will definitely be on my to-read list and if Ms. Ireland can keep up the momentum, this could be a very fantastic series!

Happy reading, until next time…

I would like to thank NetGalley and TKA Distribution for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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