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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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.
I really love this series. The setup for this series is the modern world with the addition of the "Elder Races", also known as "the stuff paranormal / urban fantasy addicts like best". I think Thea Harrison has created some of the best pairings in this genre such as Pia the unicorn & Dragos the dragon, and Grace the Oracle & Khalil the Djinn. Fabulous! Sexy and witty and a good adventure/mystery with well developed and likable characters.
This book started out good. The two main characters had potential but they went largely undeveloped while the author concentrated on the "kink". All I could think of as I read the story was "Oh no! Not another Anita Blake! Please no!" All the other books in this series had just the right amount of sex thrown in as spice to an already great story. It's not like Ms. Harrison couldn't think of an interesting plot -- this is a great story. It's not that she couldn't think up the characters -- these had appeared in earlier books and had lots of potential. When does fictional sex go from spice to spoiler? I can't say but I know it when I read it. I choose to believe that Thea Harrison won't go over the cliff as have other paranormal romance authors. Please.
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.
This was a great story and a great listen. Sophie does a fantastic job as a reader and I'd totally recommend her. The story is good, not riveting, but good and very fun.
I was not to sure of this book but since the author had improved greatly, and the narrator had become a true connection between story and author, I thought I would give it a try. It was fabulous.
We all have a dark side, or may lack control in certain situations but to truly try to keep inner most feelings buried and only acting out to keep from imploding is too human a nature to ignore. We are talking of independent beings of different heritages and backgrounds, various ages and trying to respect the privacy that keeps leaking out in ways that can get you shunned or loved by all. Mix that in a school yard and you have social learning skills going backwards. That is why there are so many watching everyone so carefully just to keep them from leaving, not really being present, and difficult to communicate with.
Some release tension by yelling, some by dominating, some by seeing below the surface and then there are those few who cannot understand themselves so they do not want anyone else to figure out anything because the person of interest isnt able to tell whether it is true or false. Only after an action has been taken can they seen what others saw or suspected before the person did. Very scary position to be in..... for everyone but especially the person who couldn't see it in themselves.
This entire group of super beings is all this and more. The two major characters have qualities that they see in each other and do not like but dont recognize in themselves. Sure it shows differently but the mind set is the same. So, send them on a field trip and see who completes the task, do they both return? Can they work as a team? Do they care and if so about what or whom or why? Now add what becomes a highly dangerous assignment that should have been just about killing, or not, each other.
The situation they are forced to deal with also forces them to see strengths and weaknesses in each other and themselves. How honest do you have to be in a fight? Or when alone? or when together before, during and after the assignment? Can they figure it out? Their lives, not just their positions in the organization, is on the line. They have run out of time, they are forced to face themselves and each other. Is there a winner? Is there a team? Who will live or die by the last paragraph, so to speak.
Now that is what a real author does. Holds your interest in every sentence right up until the last word spoken. If you want to know how this author did? Take a listen. I listened twice. This is a keeper.
I did not want to read about Aryal and Quentin, but it was great...I hate that I waited so long to read it. I'm love with the characters in the Elder Races. Dragos and Pia is my favorite! Cannot wait for more. Also love Sophie Eastlakes voice.....
I'm not finished yet...will comment
Her voice is wonderful for the series.....Very distinctive with the characters
Sad when Aryal's wings were broken.....
Thea Harrison is a talented author who can take two enemy's thrust them together and slowly let love bloom. I adored this book. Waiting impatiently for the next one
Who can make a kick-ass, fierce, bad mouthed Harpy but a loyal Sentinel whose hatred and sworn revenge is entirely focussed on a sexy Alpha Sentinel (who's a mix of black panther/Fae/Elf) and turn it into a listen that's overflowing with action, adventure, mystery, secrets, raw gut-wrenching feelings, snappy dialogue, danger, humor and a HEA ending? Well Thea Harrison can and I rejoice at such a gifted awesome talented author.
As Aryal and Quentin's mutual hatred culminates, then reaches breaking point, it results in an explosive battle so Dragos is forced to send them on a mission knowing that they may well end up killing each other. However, as the mission starts they are forced to work together and the hatred and animosity reluctantly turns into a truce which brings surprising sizzling sexual chemistry then respect, compromise followed by support, feelings of mutual like ..... and finally love.
This story was like watching a bud slowly unfurling to become a spectacular flower as two badly flawed Wyr people slowly evolve and learn to trust one another and, as they do, hatred turns into attraction and friction turns into passion. Then the two dominant H/H finally understand each other and work together as a team and the passionate lovers, solidified by a sweet, touching, sometimes tender, sexy, raw drive to win at any cost, get caught in a life and death struggle against an evil Witch.
Worth a credit? This fierce battle of wills between two worthy opponents whose strong characters thankfully weren't changed to fit the plot but rather changed because of the plot and their kinked characters actually complimented each others which totally comes down to a very skilful author who knows, not only her characters needs, but her fans wishes too. So, credit-worthy ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY !!
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
I’ve never been a big fan of Aryal, though I’ve been a fan of harpies from other series. Aryal rubs a lot of people the wrong way, both readers and other characters in the book. She also has a way of holding grudges, even if she’s not a hundred percent sure why she has a
Quentin is part panther Wyr, part Elven and part Dark Fae. He isn’t proud of everything he has done in his past. But, he has fought his way into being a sentinel, the only one not able to fly, and he plans to do nothing to jeopardize his new job. Aryal is convinced that Quentin is hiding something and has burned all her bridges trying to prove it. When a fight between the two of them break out in the tower, Dragos sends the two of them on a mission to Numenlaur, which is a Elven land that was abandoned from during events in previous books. They must solve their issues or they will both lose their sentinel positions.
They start off the beginning of the trip plotting how one can kill the other without making it look like murder. Oh, and they have to be able to pass a supernatural type of lie detector, as well. There is talk of “hate sex” from the beginning, but murder is more likely. When they arrive at the cross over to Numenlaur, they notice that the people who should be guarding the gate aren’t there, so something must be wrong. They go ahead and cross to see what is going on. They find some pretty disturbing things in the Elven land. The land is mostly abandon, but should be completely empty. They are captured by a witch and are taken to the missing guards.
As expected, Aryal and Quentin have chemistry a lot sooner than they would’ve liked, but not sooner than I would’ve expected. They grow even closer with the conflict. As the title suggests, there is some BDSM in the story, but very light compared to what I’m used to. Both characters are very alpha, though I think that they like the idea of give up control to each other for short periods of time, just as much as they like have control of the other. Neither would be willing to give control to anyone else. The BDSM aspect seemed a little forced to me, because that is all the craze right now. While this story wasn’t bad and I ended up liking the characters better than I expected, I still think this is a weaker book in the series.
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