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Review: Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison

Title: Storm’s Heart

Author: Thea Harrison

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Elder Races (Book 2)

Publication Date: August 2, 2011

Format: Paperback, 336 pages

ISBN-10: 0425242668 (Berkley Sensation)

ISBN-13: 978-0425242667 (Berkley Sensation)

Reviewed by: Rachael

Synopsis:

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who don’t want to see her ascend the throne…

Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr’s best weapons. And he’s the one sent to protect Tricks when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them- a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

Quick & Dirty:  An engaging follow-up to Dragon Bound, full of sarcastic, snarky humor and a steamy, sweet romance.

Opening Sentence: You didn’t ignore a summons roared from the Lord of the Wyr in New York, since it usually heralded a disaster of some proportion.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I have read that most people where worried about reading Storm’s Heart because they enjoyed Dragon Bound so much. I was the opposite, I really looked forward to reading Storm’s Heart because I liked Tricks so much as a secondary character that I couldn’t wait to learn more about her. Add Tiago; an ancient Thunderbird, to the mix and it has to be good right? Absolutely! I enjoyed Thea Harrison’s second installment of the Elder Races.

We first meet Tricks in Dragon Bound as the PR face of Cuelebre Enterprises. At the end of Dragon Bound we learn that Tricks is really Niniane Lorelle, the heir to the Dark Fae throne. Niniane’s character was portrayed slightly different than in the first book, although she was still spunky and snarky, which was what drew me to her. I was put off with her being so insecure and whinny in the beginning, but after learning about her past and the way her entire family was slaughtered by her evil Uncle Urin, I understood her reluctance at wanting to return home to Adriyel to become Queen. Niniane was comfortable and secure working for Dragos and really hadn’t expected to ever return home so when faced with her destiny, she becomes scared and insecure and has to truly face her past for the first time. In the end, Niniane became a character that I could really appreciate and respect.

Tiago is a warlord, the head of Dragos’ private army and enjoys living tooth and claw, fighting wyr battles. Tiago is a Thunderbird, who is able to wield thunder and lighting. He is as ancient as Dragos and was once worshipped as a god. He has a very aggressive, feral personality that matches his beast form perfectly. Tiago is taken by surprise when he reacts so strongly to learning about an assassination attempt against Niniane and takes it upon himself to find her and keep her safe while she negotiates the dangerous, Dark Fae Political Court.

Tiago provides the support that Niniane needs to overcome her past and realize that she can be herself and still be Queen. Niniane tries several times to push him away because it’s not acceptable to the Dark Fae for their Queen to be involved with a Wyr. Tiago sometimes comes off as an over protective, domineering, Neanderthal that has no people skills, but watching his transformation to a behind the scenes supporter is awesome, because you know that he really cares for Niniane. It is funny to watch their banter as they go through the hardheaded stage of trying to deny their feelings and push each other to the edge. When they both let go and embrace their feelings it is hot and explosive, with several steamy scenes. I loved that Tiago cared enough to take a backseat and let her rule, when it completely went against his nature. He learns that he enjoys his role.

Storm’s Heart has a much darker feel, due to the violence of the past. Niniane and Tiago provide some humor but overall the storyline is harsher. It was also much slower paced and tended to drag somewhat in the middle. I was also disappointed that more of the story didn’t take place in Adriyel instead of mainly at the hotel in Chicago. Harrison continues to impress me with her amazing mythical, magical world. It was interesting to learn more about the political structures within the race and Harrison also introduces new races and characters along with incorporating previous characters as well.

Overall, Harrison provides a strong follow up to Dragon Bound. She has piqued my interest with the possibilities of future storylines and leaves me counting down the days until the next installment hits the shelves.

Notable Scene:

He glowered; thrown off balance by his own intense, unwelcome reaction. Rein it in, stud. Under the reek of smoke he could smell feminine perfume and – was that the scent of blood?

“Oh, you shouldn’ta done that,” Niniane said. Large upside-down Fae eyes tried to focus on him. “Breaking and entering. That’s against the law.” She sniggered.

Tiago took refuge from his strange feelings in the much more familiar emotion of aggression. “What are you doing?” he demanded. “What do you mean ‘go back to New York’? Do I smell blood?”

“I can only answer one question at a time, you know,” she said. With remarkable dignity, considering. “I am hanging my head over to hear the wind blow. I never did get that bit in the lyrics. Who hears the wind blow when they hang their head over? Hang their head over what? What does that even mean? Do you know?”

He had no idea what she was babbling about. Something about the stupid song she had been trying to sing. He pushed the door shut with a foot and strode over to stub out the smoldering cigarette. “This is disgusting,” he snapped. “Why haven’t you called? We’ve been worried sick about you.”

“Whoa,” she said. She looked up-or down, as it were-at Tiago’s crotch, which had stopped right in front of her. He was one scary mean-looking oversized barbarian, in black jeans, black boots and black leather vest. He bristled with weapons and anger, and muscles bulged everywhere. His crotch sported a significant bulge too. A very significant bulge. She licked her lips. She might be drunk but she wasn’t dead. She wouldn’t be forgetting this sight in a hurry.

Obsidian eyes glittered. “Tricks, what the hell? Seriously.”

The Elder Races Series:

1. Dragon Bound

2. Storm’s Heart

3. Serpent’s Kiss

4. Oracle’s Moon

FTC Advisory: Berkley Sensation provided me with a copy of Storm’s Heart.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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