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?
This was one of the best books in the series. It was very hot and steamy told by one of the best narrators I have ever heard. I'm saddened that I will be finishing up this series but I am so happy that I found this series
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.
! 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.
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.
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