REVIEW: The Watchers Book One: In The Valleys Of The Earth – R.R. Pearl

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The Watchers Book One: In The Valleys Of The Earth
R.R. Pearl
LGBTQ Romance Action Adventure
May 19, 2020
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The only thing more dangerous than their chemistry...is their enemies!

Mild-mannered Xenoarcheologist Dr. Alec Coimhead and his best friend, Dr. Clemy Armistead, are certain that they have just found the ancient location of an apocryphal battle between demons and angels. Whisked away on a rollicking adventure, Alec finds himself under the watchful eye of Rafe, a taciturn mountain of a man with a mysterious past.

Working with the enigmatic Praesidium, which claims to have protected humanity for generations, Alec clashes with his ethereally handsome bodyguard. As the New Watchers pursue the rambunctious pair across the globe, Alec and Rafe will have to battle ancient terrors and mythical creatures come to life. Racing to the ancient tomb of a fallen angel, Alec and Rafe may lose it all - and each other - to save the world. The Watchers: In The Valleys Of The Earth is the first book in an MM Action Adventure paranormal romance series.

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

The world building and the focus on ancient biblical texts were the strengths of this first book in a new series by R.R. Pearl. Pearl has created a world where the stories of the bible are coming back to life-if indeed they ever left- in our modern day. The Praesidium and the New Watchers are organizations with vested interests in keeping the work Alec, Rafe, and Clemy are doing on their archeological dig in Egypt.

 

The adventure aspect of this story is well paced- even if there are a lot of characters and things going on to keep up with. The character of Alec was a bit confusing to me, as at times he reads as the expert archeologist he is, and at others more like a bumbling teenager. While the book follows Alec’s point of view and so we know more about him, there seemed to be a lack of information about his romantic interest and bodyguard, Rafe. Hopefully more will come in future installments of the series. Overall, the romance seems a bit rushed for me.

 

I really loved Clemy. She was funny when the story needed it and an anchor for Alec.

 

As a first book, a lot of plot lines were trying to get established and most of these were successful. Overall it is a good story and I will be looking forward to seeing how it develops in book two.

 

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