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Harrison's spectacular ability to deliver stories that have memorable characters along with intricate plotting and high-stakes adventure reveal that she is a born storyteller. There's no doubt that Harrison will soon become a genre superstar (Romantic Times)
Thea Harrison has created a truly original urban fantasy featuring a beautiful, quirky thief and a gorgeous, hot-tempered hero (Angela Knight, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)
Thea Harrison is definitely an author to watch (Anya Bast) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
He's a wyr warrior, a god of storms. She's the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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We've all read this book a couple dozen (hundred?) times before, regardless of the character names, environments, species, etc. The big, bad, beastly alpha male is blindsided by his sudden passion for some surprising little slip of a thing, who he worships for her sexy body and what he sees as her amazing inner strength. He shows this beguilement by trying to control every aspect of her life. Meanwhile, she squawks a bit at his overbearing manner, but secretly loves letting him overpower her and spends a third of the book fantasising about how else the barely human man might dominate her. Sound familiar? Yeah, I know.
I'm afraid this was a serious case of 'meh' for me. I didn't hate it, but it did little for me either. The issue is that it's a bon-bon. I can't even call it cotton candy, which a person will read for the simple ephemeral wisp of momentary enjoyment. No, this is something you go specifically to the store to buy, curl up on the couch with the box and purposefully indulge in. Indulge in what? Vicariously experiencing what it's like to have some über-male make you the absolute centre of his universe. That's what Tiago does to Tricks. He worships her with every ounce of his beastly self and it touches on some primal female desire apparently, because I realise a lot of people love this kind of thing. More power to you, but I need a little more. Yes, I think seeing the "holocaust of a male" go weak at the knees for his mate is sexy, but it's pretty much all he (or anyone else) did in this book. It's just page after page after page of him growling how sexy she is, or that she's his, or what he's going to do to her when they get to a bed, or how he'd do anything to protect her, or how he'd never leave her, etc. Redundant much? In return, Tricks drools over his muscled, dangerous body and scary, antisocial personality again and again and again. Yep, still redundant. None of this is helped by the tendency to use the same descriptives repeatedly. Tiago's face is described as some version of hatchet hewn or knife bladed about a million times.
There is a thin thread of plot-line tying everything together, but it's not much one. The world was essentially set out in book one and the characters were introduced (though by no means gotten to know) in the previous book. So apparently forgoing the character development was seen as acceptable. (There really isn't any.) So, without much in the line of plot, world-building or character development what do you fill 300 pages with? Yep, you guessed it, internal emotions, declaration off love and sex. That's about all you'll get here. As fantasy fodder it fits the bill, but if you're looking for ANYTHING more substantial it's a fail. There's no substance to it and there isn't meant to be. And while I can kind of see what people see it in, if it's all there is to a book it just feels cheap.
For 200 years Dark Fae Tricks has found sanctuary with Dragos (the lead from book 1) and his Sentinels. But Tricks (aka Niniane) has another identity; hiding the fact she is the true heir to the Dark Fae throne following the murder of her family. When her uncle is killed she has no choice but to step forward and take the throne, but before long the assassination attempts begin.
Tiago cannot understand why seeing Niniane hurt affects him so badly. He is considered one of the wyr's greatest weapons and is prepared to use all his skills to protect Niniane at any costs. Their attraction blazes between them, yet a Dark Fae Queen and a Thunderbird wyr have little chance of a future together.
Again this author has produced an absolutely fabulous fantasy romance. Tiago is a hero no woman in her right mind could ever turn down, whilst Niniane proves herself a worthy mate. There is plenty of entertaining verbal sparring between the pair, plus action and drama all the way as Niniane's hidden enemies escalate their attack to ensure she never ascends her throne. TH also again creates some breath-taking scenes which leave the reader an emotional wreck. I loved this book but I couldn't quite give it 5 stars because I thought "Dragon Bound" was a little more entertaining. 4¾ stars
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