The Legacy of the Key – Looking For An Alien Regency Romance?

Book Review : The Legacy of the Key
Ancient Guardians
By S. L. Morgan


Spoiler Alert!

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Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father proud.

After finalizing the last of his estate, and returning to pursue her degree in medical school, she has never felt so confident. While making her way through this world on her own, she is suddenly confronted with the truth of her existence, and the reality of her future.

It is when she encounters two alluring and mysterious men, that a series of extraordinary events takes place, putting Reece’s life in grave danger. With her life in the balance, Reece must blindly trust the two mysterious strangers; and when she does, she is brought into an enchanting world that is beyond her logical comprehension. This captivating land reveals new worlds and new dimensions to which her existence is paramount.

But it is once she falls in love with the stunning Levi Oxley that everything will change, and Reece’s life will be in more danger than ever before. Forced to return to Earth and face a Council of Worlds, Reece discovers there is more to this enchanting dimension than she could have ever imagined.

At a moment’s notice, even thru the fog of our denial, our journey can become
crystal clear. And within the revelation, once our fear subsides, we can find contentment and purpose if we focus on the things that matter most.
Trust—Courage—Love. (Courtesy of

Adult Point of View

I picked up The Legacy of the Key for free and wanted to read it because it had won awards. My advice would be to not bother. I like a good romance as much as the next gal, but The Legacy of the Key tried my patience.

The Romance:

Levi, an alien from a different dimension and an unquestionably hot guy, is very “Mr. Darcy” remote until he is at his home where he becomes all smiles; except for the occasional flash of a bi-polar disorder. Reece, is completely useless. She worries endlessly and is placated by statements like, “Trust me, I will tell you everything soon.” and “Let me escort you to your room so you can rest.” Maybe it is entirely unfair of me, perhaps Reece suffers from nervous fatigue syndrome and needs the extra rest. Then Levi takes over calling Reece, “my Love” and cannot remember that she has an actual name. At some point Reece decides she needs to show a bit more pluck and decides to train to help defend herself. She trains for one day. Whoopee! She shows so much progress by not giving up, she won’t actually be able to defend herself – she needs the men for that – but at least she won’t give up. What a relief! Every cliche of a kiss was used; they must trail and they must deepen. Please stop! I nearly drowned from cliches instead of kisses. Oh no, I have fallen into the trite too.

The Science Fiction:

Where was the science? Levi and Harrison had a fast car and explain that they travel through the mist to the new dimension with their cool horses. Reece has access to a key to protect the planet and all the other dimensions, however, she never gets to use it and has no access to the map in her mind. Oh well, Reece is useless again. The plot was really just in place to create a place for the dumb romance.

The Characters:

Predictable. The other noble women were spiteful and jealous. Levi’s sister was charming. The emperor and his wife were charming. The side-kick was charming. The bad guys must be bad because we were told they were bad, but nobody died so I don’t have empirical proof they were bad.

The only reason I am giving this 2 stars instead of 1 is because it is a clean romance. If you want a Regency romance there are much better options. If you like dribble you will like this one.


2 out of 5 stars

2 star

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Here are some books I would recommend : Beauty and Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. I would also recommend An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan or Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede.

I would love to hear about books that you have loved!



About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow cooked in a tagine. Weekly I get together with friends and go to yoga for a bit of mommy time. Some may find me quirky, I prefer to think I am one of a kind.
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