Kinked (Elder Races, #6) by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #6
Also in this series: Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1), Storm's Heart (Elder Races, #2), Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races, #3), Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4), Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4), True Colors (Elder Races, #3.5), Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5), Kinked, Lord's Fall, Pia Saves the Day & Peanut Goes to School, Dragos Takes a Holiday, Night's Honor, Night's Honor, Dragon Bound, Midnight's Kiss, Midnight's Kiss, Dragos Goes to Washington, Shadow's End, Pia Does Hollywood, Liam Takes Manhattan, Pia Does Hollywood, The Chosen: A Novella of the Elder Races, Planet Dragos (Elder Races, #9.8), Planet Dragos (Elder Races, #9.8), Lionheart (Moonshadow, #3)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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.
Aryal, Wyr Sentinel and harpy, has been after Quentin for two years. She’s been relentless and she’s determined to bring him down as she believes he’s a career criminal. She goes so far as to spy on him one night through his bedroom window and gets an eyeful. Quentin soon realizes that Aryal was there and he goes ballistic. They’re hate for each other escalates and he attacks her in a hallway in the Cuelebre tower. Dragos eventually breaks them up and banishes them from New York. They have to work together and stay away for no less than 2 weeks, no more than a month. Obviously neither are happy about this punishment but as they both want to remain sentinels they accept. One of the reasons they’re so happy to leave as each believes that they can arrange it somehow for the other to be killed and then they wouldn’t have to deal with them any longer.
They’re mission is to head to Numenlaur to make sure that everything is well. The Other land is still recovering from an evil villain and Dragos needs to know that everything’s good. On the trip the couple goes from silence to hand to hand combat to love. Once Aryal finds out that Quentin isn’t the criminal she thinks he is she starts to see him in a different light and vice versa. Now this by no means translates into lovey dovey starry eyes for the couple. They’re still tell-it-like-it-is people and they still take shit from no one, especially each other. This is a bonus when they discover another evil force in Numenlaur and the threat must be taken care of.
I have to admit to not being a huge fan of Aryal’s over the course of the series. Yes, she was always a “in your face” character which I normally adore but she never really engendered extreme “like” in me. This book completely changed all of that. I think because she made such a great match for Quentin who was like that as well that they fit together perfectly.
In this story Aryal is really put to the test both physically and emotionally. They come across these shadow-type wolves in Numenlaur that tear her apart and she finds that she may never be the same harpy. This doesn’t stop her from giving her all whenever she can – especially after she mates with Quentin and knows she’s got an extra reason to fight.
Quentin has always been a favored character of mine. I didn’t know all that much about him but what I did know I liked a lot – this book emphasized that and made it grow exponentially. I adored how Quentin and Aryal interacted and fought and still ended up loving each other to death. They could be themselves – contrary, snarky…whatever and they’d still come back to the love. They found that the other calmed something in them each that had always been out of whack. They were the perfect match.
If you can’t tell I loved everything about this book – the seriousness of the situations, the emotions, the fights (both between Quentin and Aryal and between them and the villain), the humor and the friendship. All of that blended together to make an awesome book that I couldn’t put down. All I can say is READ THIS.
Rating: 5 out of 5