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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.

©2013 Teddy Harrison (P)2013 Tantor

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 11-07-13

Keep 'em coming.

I'm not into the bdsm stuff that is all the craze now, but I have to say it works if it is from both sides and in small amounts. Only one part towards the end that I felt could have been left out and I would have like the book better. Of course I love this series. This is not my favorite book in it, but it is still awesome. The book defiantly starts out with a hate/hate relationship. Thea Harrison has great character development and over time Aryal and Quentin come together perfectly. The Dragon Bound series is an immediate download for me. I have enjoyed the narrator, which is the same one as the rest of the series. Read in order for max enjoyment.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 11-07-13

The magic is back!

This is book 6 of the Elder Races series, and I think it's my favorite! Dragonbound, book 1, had a special magic to it and even though the follow up books were great they didn't have that all encompassing magic of book 1, this one does!

This is the story of Quinn, Pia's old boss and owner of Elfies pub, and newly christened sentinel of the Weir people. He's been under investigation for 2 years by Ariel the Harpy sentinel. She knows he's dirty, a law breaker, she just hasn't been able to prove it. The truth is Quinn is on the shady side of the law, it's how he has lived his life and its what he knows. He is also a total male alpha, handsome enough to get any woman he wants, and he dabbles in BDSM, but something is missing from his life he is bored.

Ariel is on a mission to destroy Quinn, anything or anyone that threatens the Weir needs to be eliminated. The fact that Quinn is now one of the seven elite sentinels sworn to protect the Weir way if life is NOT acceptable!

Great story, hot scenes, the heat between these two leaps off the page. I really hope we don't have to wait another year for book 7. If you haven't started this series you are truly missing out!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Get Kinked!!

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.

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Just ok...

Wow! I am a little disappointed... Not what I expected for Ariel's book. Although, Ariel is such a tough and blantly *itchy character, I should have figured her book would be difficult. I think if Quentin was a bit more dominate, and really strapped her down... maybe this would have worked...

I was so happy when Quentin joined the Sentinels...but he is contanstly fighting with Ariel, which pissed Dragos off... We really don't see Q and Pya togther much in this book... so I was a bit disappointed for that too... They are best friends, so Pya should have at least seperated a fight or two between Q and Ariel.

The smex was ok... nothing like Dragos and Pya or Grace and Khalial....

I like the story... but it was just not as good as the other books... I really hope Harrison gets her groove back... This feels more like a filler book, until the next big battle... or more like a book 2!

Good credit or sale if you have the other books... Don't buy... and just pass this up if you haven't read/listen to books 1-5

Narration was awesome... Eastlake is perfect for this series.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Oh so bad!!

Excellent paranormal series. I really appreciate this one. From the first book in this series to this one!! I'm loving them all. Cannot wait for the next!!

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Can You Say Love Hate Love

This is another great book about Dragos and his Wry. The sentinel harpy has always thought that the new sentinel was a criminal. What she discovers after the two of them get to fighting in such a way that forces Dragos' hand and he sends them on a mission together is nothing short of mind blowing. There is so much humor spiced throughout the book that I had several lol moments. Loved the story. Loved the ending even better. Well worth the credit.

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Well, it got my attention

What did you love best about Kinked?

I liked the two dominant characters. It was fun to follow the tension.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kinked?

The cabin. Yep, definitely the cabin.

What about Sophie Eastlake’s performance did you like?

I think Ms. Eastlake has done a great job with the entire series. She does a great job bouncing between the masculine and feminine characters. Convincing and I forget that she's there, which is a great compliment.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Elder Races get freaky :)

Any additional comments?

Good piece of escapism. Well written and well edited. This isn't my favorite of the series, but worth the credit.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 09-05-14

3.5 stars

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.

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  • Kathy
  • Broken Arrow, OK, United States
  • 09-02-14

What a Shock!!

I got sidetracked by the novella's, so it took me a while to get back by this book. I must say Thea Harrison through me for a loop with this one! I always thought Aryal and Grim would be the match, but Aryal and Quentin I would never have believed. When Dragos sends Aryal and Quentin to Numenlaur on a two-fold mission, I didn't think both would return and they almost didn't. The first part of the mission was to settle their personal fight and the second part was to ensure no one was there that shouldn't be.

It was fun to watch how they both thought along the same lines so much of the time and to watch how they slowly began to work together. Then when they were captured by the Russian Witch and the shadow wolves, they really come together with one goal in mind, kill the witch. When Aryal is hurt so bad that she may never fly again and isn't sure she wants to live, it's Quentin who gives her back the strength to go on and encourages her to believe that she will fly again. I loved when Thea had them tease about being the parents to the 3 young elves that the witch had also captured and how they got them to safety.

I think one of the most touching parts is when Aryal tells Quentin of the promise she made a long time ago to her mate. Not knowing that he would use those same words when she is having surgery to repair her wings. Not even Dragos could hold her at one point during the surgery, but with those words Quentin did.

Thea Harrison wrote a great story around two very dominate personalities and gives us a look into Numenlaur that we had to this point not had much of. As for Sophie Eastlake's narration, what can I say but she has done another great job!! Together they make a great pair!

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  • Mark
  • Lakewood, CO, United States
  • 01-08-14

Knocked it out of the park!

While I've enjoyed the entire Elder Race series, this quickly became my favorite. That Harpy is something else and it was a great read to see her character fully developed. The tension in this one builds beautifully and makes the climax oh-so worth it. Great author, great reader, great series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful