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.
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If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be "lacking." The best thing it had going for it was the narrator. A very sad state of affairs for one of my favorite series. This book added nothing to the build-up of the overall series. Instead it seems to be a subplot that branches off and leads to a dead end. In short, after pissing off Dragos (the Wyr King) for constantly fighting each other, Aerial and Quintin (two Sentinel soldiers) are ordered to a post-war devastated foreign land to prevent looters. They have to learn to get along because a big bad witch comes on to the scene and their survival depends on working together. They are attacked, injured, captured, and then escape. They fight the big bad witch who is trying to loot an ancient spell to resurrect her dead mate. They win. (Snore.) The title "Kinked?" Oh, right, because the author takes an attempt at character development involving BSMD - and miserably fails! The "kinky" aspect of the romance between Quintin and Aerial was so forced and clumsy it was appalling. I felt like I was reading a 13 year old write about what they envision as BSDM. I mean, there were velvet bonds and a lot of ordering around so it must be BSDM - right?
I really enjoyed hearing how these two abrasive personalities clash, then sort things out to become partners at work then finally find the safe haven in each other they both deserve.
Avid reader/listener. I enjoy a wide variety of genres, but have an affinity for fantasy fiction (magic,witches,vampires,etc) I have read anything I could get my eye/hands on since I was 5, with an extensive personal library ranging from the mundane to adult literature.
I get the power exchange brought up between the two leads in this book. two alpha personalities that need that intense connection to truly understand trust and love each other.
if you dont get the dynamic maybe just maybe you might after reading this.
Tell us about yourself! Love to listen to jazz, r/b and listen to erotic or a good paranormal sci-fi and " good narration is everything"
Aryal is my "GIRL" and KINKED is the perfect name!!!!!! There's plenty of action, drama, one part so so sad and it let you know Aryal is not the cold hearted "B" shes just a harpy that not going to take crap from anyone. Her and Quentin perfect! "VERY GOOD JOB THEA" I have enjoy every book
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Elven land of Numenlaur in the Otherworld, contemporary
Genre: Paranormal romance
Sophie Eastlake is a good narrator for this series. I think she's getting better as she goes along. She's good at carrying voices through the series. Dragos sounds like himself. Even Quentin, who was introduced in the first book of the series, still sounds like he did then. Good job, Sophie!
This was not my favorite book of the series. I didn't like Aryal in any of the previous books, and I didn't find her much of a sympathetic character in this one. I was neutral on Quentin at the beginning and pretty much felt the same way at the end. I do have to admit that the characters gained something over the course of the book. Aryal learned to see the Quentin who lived behind her prejudice and hatred. Quentin learned to accept the feral animal hiding behind his urbane persona and see Aryal as more than just a hateful woman. The plot involved these two enemies being assigned by Dragos to investigate what was happening in Numenlaur. What they see and find is mildly compelling, and the antagonist and her minions are nicely evil. As for it being kinked? Not so much.
This could be an interesting addition to the series, but if you skipped it, it really wouldn't matter.
I like it as it is. Very well written and the narration is superb!
When Aryal and Quentin realized that they love each other. Their love for each other was so moving! Beautifully performed by Sophie Eastlake.
She made all the characters so real. I love her performance. Always look out for books read by her!
Completely satisfied with all the books on the Elder Races. I hope Ms. Thea Harrison will continue to write more on Dragos, Pia and Liam and the Sentinels as well.
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
This is the 6th book in The Elder Races series and it was one that I was most reluctant to read. First, I have been so spoiled by Oracle’s Moon (Khalil and Grace) that it’s been hard to move off that plane of pleasure. Second, there is not another book in the series due out for a while, leaving me stranded in the wasteland of “NOTHEA” (including the novellas that I’m not particularly fond of). Third, I have not been a fan of the Sentinel Aryal (the Harpy)—I mean REALLY, a HARPY. And a Harpy that’s a total bitch to boot—I mean who DOESN’T like Pia? Aryal, that’s who and her description of Pia’s decision to take Dragos’ last name (Cuelebre) reveals the contempt:
“Last names -- they were like word parasites . They attached to people in strange ways, moved across cultural and political lines, traveled the world and reattached to others certainly at whim and seemingly at random. Why didn’t anyone else see how creepy last names were?”
Quentin, friend of Pia and newly crowned Sentinel (this guy can FIGHT) proves to be just another irritant to Aryal, who trusts no one and loathes everyone. She is onto Quentin like a tick on a puppy…festering with burrowing deeper into Quentin’s life, determined to find the evidence of wrongdoing that would discredit him.
Aryal, after spying on Quentin’s dominant coupling with an ‘escort’ finds herself attracted to him but hating him at the same time…you know where this is going. As Dragos is ‘want’ to do…he sends the pair on a mission together, a large portion of which is spent with each of them plotting to kill the other. No love lost here. And even though this storyline is predictable, Ms. Harrison lights it up with fresh dialogue and creative mythology of the Wyr, Elves and Other Lands. (I SO want to go to an Other Land).
Quentin’s description of Aryal on the plane trip that takes them to Numenlaur is so good you can just feel it. She’s “sharp like vodka straight from the freezer; hot like mulled whiskey”. Quentin is not immune to the sexual attraction either…so here we go.
Sure enough, through a series of events, unfoldings and bartering (you’ll have to read the book for that tidbit), the anger barriers melt slowly away to be replaced (albeit reluctantly) by friendship, trust and, of course, love. The banter between Aryal and Quentin is so engaging, so fun, so powerful and so pure…it is just a joy to be a part of it. And as misfortune befalls them both, the struggle to protect each other, to win the ultimate fight and to recover is quite profound. Each is tested in a manner that reveals their frailty and essence.
Many folks do not care for the ‘paranormal’ world but fail often to see the allegory that it is. The Elder Races series is a beautifully crafted sequence of ‘real’ concerns couched in a world of ‘make-believe’.
I have said it with all of these books….I love the mind of Thea Harrison and the creative force that must hold her at bay on many an occasion. I loved this book and the wonderful narration of Sophie Eastlake, who has spoiled me with her grasp of the story and the characters.
Sophie Eastlake, is as always amazing. And that is where everything else goes wrong. This is installment is unnecessary. It adds nothing to the series, is boring does not do either of the lead characters any justice. They deserved better. The attraction seemed forced. The sex, was at best boring and the play with BDSM was dismal. Wanted to love this as much as the rest of the series. Wish I had skipped it.
Thea Harrison has a knack for this genre. I got hooked with Dragon Bound and never looked back, just waited for the next installment. I have to admit that even though I do love ALL the books and ALL characters, up to this point Dragon Bound and Oracle's Moon were my two favorites. Now this one has just become another, Can't wait for Grimm's story and Grayden to find his own "cupcake". Narration couldn't be better, Sophie you do an excellent job.
This was good. The world she's put together is always fun but it's the characters that inhabit it that make all come together. This was no different. Good story, good plot everything is there.
Thought the narrator did a good job.
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