Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Elder Races (Book 6)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Format: Paperback, 304 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425255115 (Berkley/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0425255117 (Berkley/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Steph
Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…
As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.
To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.
Quick & Dirty: Aryal hates Quentin, and the feeling is mutual. Fed up with the both of them, Dragos sends them on a mission together, telling them to figure out how to work together, or they’ll be out as sentinels. So, naturally, they each decide to find a way to “accidentally” kill the other. Obviously, they’re made for each other…
Opening Sentence: Aryal floated and spun in the wild dark night.
This series has been wildly up and down for me, with books that I adore, and then some books that are a struggle to get through. Thankfully, Aryal and Quentin’s story is one of the former. This book was so much fun, and it has me eagerly looking forward to the next.
Aryal has never liked Quentin. She is convinced he’s hiding something, and as Dragos’ best investigator, has made it her mission to figure out what Quentin has done. Unfortunately for her, Quentin is now a sentinel, meaning she has to see him every day and work with him. This is not going well, as almost every time they see each other, a fight ensues. We’re not talking about a verbal fight; we’re talking a no holds barred, knockdown, drag out fight, with each person intent on maiming the other. After one such fight, Dragos finally loses his temper. Calling Aryal and Quentin into his office, he tells them they are to travel to Numenlaur on a reconnaissance mission. They must spend at least two weeks on the mission, no more than one month. Both Quentin and Aryal see this as an excellent opportunity to rid themselves of the other person. All they have to do is make the other’s death look like an accident. Not long into their trip, they realize all is not well in Numenlaur and have to band together in order to solve the problem. Will they ever admit to the rising attraction between them? More importantly, will they both make it out alive?
I think I’m one of the few people who actually liked Aryal in previous books. Sure, she’s moody and aggressive, but I always found her a refreshing change of pace from other side characters. I really enjoyed having her as the heroine. She’s surprisingly funny, and there’s a soft side to her that other people don’t get to see. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more of her in future Elder Races books.
I’d never really formed much of an opinion on Quentin in previous books, other than to think that if Pia liked him, he couldn’t be all bad. While definitely an alpha male, he’s not your typical alpha hero, which is nice and makes him a very good fit for Aryal. As with Aryal, he can be very harsh at first, but there are more layers to him. He cares deeply about his elven heritage, as evidenced by his reaction to seeing Numenlaur. There’s definitely more to him than meets the eye.
What I really liked about the romance here is that Aryal and Quentin’s personalities did not change as the romance progressed. They remain the same harsh people they were at the beginning of the book, but that ends up being what makes them perfect for each other. I wouldn’t have been happy with a suddenly nice and cheery Aryal, and I’m so glad that this did not happen.
As with all Elder Race novels, there is action among the romance, and that action is definitely intense here. From the moment Aryal and Quentin enter Numenlaur, you know something is wrong, and that tension just keeps building. I never wanted to put the book down, and that is always such a great feeling. Fans of the Elder Races novels will definitely not be disappointed with this one!
As Quentin watched, her gaze slid sideways toward him. The narrow-eyed glance she gave him was filled with pure evil. Then she down at Grym’s Glock, and her expression turned unhappy.
“You’re doing a really good job,” Grym told her, his voice mild and encouraging. “I know what you want to ask, so I’ll answer right now and save you the temptation. Dragos told me to shoot you if you said a word, so yes, I would do as he ordered. He didn’t say where to shoot you though.”
Aryal threw up her hands in a silent question.
Grym told her, “I’d probably tag you on your foot.”
Her mouth turned down at the corners. She shook her head and pointed to her forearm, while Quentin scratched the back of his head and stared at them. They were discussing in all seriousness which body part Grym was going to shoot?
“Okay, not your foot,” Grym amended. “I’d tag your arm. Satisfied?”
Elder Races Series:
1. Dragon Bound
3.5 True Colors
4.5 Natural Evil
4.6 Devil’s Gate
4.7 Hunter’s Season
5. Lord’s Fall
5.5 The Wicked
7. Night’s Honor (TBA 2014)
FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Kinked. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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