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REVIEW: “The Salisbury Key” by Harper Fox


Can love repair a shattered life in time to save the world?

Daniel Logan is on a lonely quest to find out what drove his lover, a wealthy, respected archaeologist, to take his own life. The answer the elusive key for which Jason was desperately searching lies somewhere on a dangerous and deadly section of Salisbury Plain.

The only way to gain access, though, is to allow an army explosives expert to help him navigate the bomb-riddled military zone. A man he met once more than three years ago, who is even more serious and enigmatic than before.

Lieutenant Rayne has better things to do than risk his life protecting a scientist on an apparent suicide mission. Like get back to Iraq and prove he will never again miss another roadside bomb. Yet as he helps Dan uncover the truth, an attraction neither man is in the mood for springs up against their will. And stirs up the nervous attention of powerfully placed people military and academic alike.

First in conflict, then in passion, Rayne and Dan are drawn together in a relationship as rocky and complicated as the ancient land they search. Where every step leads them closer to a terrible legacy written in death Warning: Contains bombs, archaeology and explicit M/M sex, not necessarily in that order.


Gosh, I liked this book…a lot.

When you read a few books from the same author, you start to become familiar with their style, right?  Josh Lanyon will always have the “wait, that’s the end?” ending. Mary Calmes will always have the Jory/Sam remix.  And Harper Fox will wax you poetic until you bleed British blood.  There’s something comforting to that familiarity.

I have found that I really like Harper Fox books.  I don’t always love them, but I’m happy to continue to pick another one up.  I am so thankful that I picked up The Salisbury Key.  This book was signature-Fox-lovely, but the story itself was just really great.  I think this is the top of my list of her works.

There are 2 key relationships in this story and both are handled so…well…poignantly and powerfully and…fascinating.

One is a May-December romance that, as it’s layers are being peeled back and looked at closely, reveals a “father figure” need in the younger man.  It’s interesting as he begins to realize how much he relied on the older man…yet in the end, knew without a doubt that he loved him.  The other is a GFY-due-to-military relationship and I was less…certain…about the attraction here, but I was more drawn to the 2 MC’s.  I am a sucker for loyalty and utter devotion…and these two manage, in a short time, to take care of each other.

I know all of this is a bit cryptic and vague, but I don’t want to give too much away.  I will say that I loved Daniel and Rayne.  I also loved Jason and even Winter.  It was just a really strong group of characters in this book.  Pair all of this with a fascinating mystery/suspense storyline and I was enthralled.

So satisfied.



Ami – 3.5 stars


9848848Title:  The Salisbury Key
Author:  Harper Fox
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Pages:   213
Release Date:  February 22, 2011
Purchase Links:  Samhain, Amazon, ARe

5 comments on “REVIEW: “The Salisbury Key” by Harper Fox

  1. Sheri
    October 29, 2013

    Ooo, sounds rather satisfying…I’m thinking this needs to go on my tbr


    • syleegurl
      October 29, 2013

      Sheri, you really need to read Harper Fox. I know how you like the British-thing too! She does it SO well…dreamy-like. :)


  2. Kaje Harper
    October 29, 2013

    I really like this book, although I love several of her others even more (with Scrap Metal at the top of the list.) I’m jealous of the evocative, poetic quality of her writing that pulls you into the scene, but never feels overdone for deliberate effect. She has a knack of the exact perfect phrase that is wonderful. I’m not always onboard with her plots, but I adore her characters.


    • syleegurl
      October 29, 2013

      I think we may have had this convo over on GR once. I really liked Scrap Metal, it was my first of hers. But, I really, really liked the “darkness” of Half Moon Chambers. I think maybe I like each new book I read of hers more and more. ha! This one, for some reason (the nuances of the relationships, I think?), really entertained me and got me thinking. I’m reading “Life After Joe” next of hers. (with her new stuff coming out, I have to get cracking on that backlist!)


  3. suze294
    October 29, 2013

    I really enjoyed this one. Like Kaje, I think Scrap Metal is my favoured one, but I think because I’m British too, the characters just seem that extra bitreal when written by a British author – to do with the language I think. I do love others from other countries too though!!


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