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Hunter's Season (A Novella of the Elder Races Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Thea Harrison
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Book Description

Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards.

An A Novella of the Elder Races Novella

As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.

Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.

Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!



Product Details

  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098ZYB3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Elder Race novella September 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Assassin turned guard, Xanthe protects the Dark Fae Queen. She's by her side when attending events and meetings, including the ones with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. Handsome and powerful, a simple commoner like herself shouldn't fantasize about a man like Aubrey but when someone tries to kill him, Xanthe alone will be charged with his safety. Aubrey is still saddened by the betrayal of his wife when she tried to assassinate Queen Niniane. Xanthe is the first woman he has cared for since and knows there's more to the silent beauty than what she allows others to see. He'll use their time alone to bring out her passion and convince her she's much more than a simple commoner.

Xanthe hides her emotions well but desires companionship and love. The only male she has eyes for is one she believes she can't have. I didn't give much thought about Aubrey after reading Storm's Heart but there's more fight and stubbornness in him than I gave him credit for. He's kind to his servants and loyal to his queen but what I loved most was how he treated Xanthe. The only one who cares about their social status is Xanthe and he plans to convince her that doesn't matter, whether she likes it or not. Aubrey brought out a playfulness and passion in Xanthe that upon first meeting her, I wasn't sure she had. Before I didn't think of Aubrey as being an alpha but by the end I was convinced and loved every minute of it.

The ending surrounding the attempt on Aubrey's life and who was behind it was anti-climatic but if that was the tradeoff for being able to watch their relationship go from admiring at a distance to sweetly meaningful and hot, I'm more than ok with that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M. Nix
Format:Kindle Edition
Xanthe is a palace guard and an assassin for the Dark Fae and until recently she has been on a long-term assignment to get justice for her Queen. That assignment is finally done and all Xanthe wants is some quiet and time alone. That doesn't last long when she is called to the palace to speak to her boss, and the mate of her Queen and is quickly asked to become one of the Queen's personal guards. Of course Xanthe agrees to work for the new Queen.

Aubrey is one of the most trusted advisors of the Queen even after the treason of his late wife, Naida, and her attempt to murder the Queen before she was even crowned. Now Aubrey works as an advisor and also at getting his life back in order. One of the things that Aubrey has realized is that his life with Naida had been lacking in many ways. When an attack seriously injures Aubrey, it's up to the quick thinking of the royal couple and Xanthe to protect him.

Xanthe readily agrees to protect and care for Aubrey in secret. These last few weeks have shown her that Aubrey is nothing like his late wife and others of the elite who tried to destroy the royal family. He is nice and funny and shows that he cares for the people who work around him. Xanthe knows she can never express the feelings she has for Aubrey but being able to help him will be enough she hopes. Aubrey doesn't understand why he is with Xanthe at first, but quickly finds out she is his nurse and guard until he heals. Having Xanthe doing everything for him goes against everything that Aubrey believes in but at first there is nothing he can do about it. As Aubrey heals, feelings for Xanthe grow until the air is all but pulsing around them and then it explodes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aubrey finds love! September 28, 2012
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I liked this because I felt Aubrey really didn't get a fair break in Storm's Heart, with the dreadful wife he had. He is such a gentle hero. This novella solved that problem! Xanthe is an assassin turned guard for the fae Queen. Problems are still being worked out in Adriyel and since her cover has been blown she is honored to become a personal guard to Queen Niniane.

She has often watched Aubrey from afar and since he was married, nothing could come of it but there was no harm in admiring him. With the advent of her new position she sees him often because he meets regularly with the Queen to discuss fae politics. Of course he's ranked way above her but her admiration grows as she learns what type of man he is.

When Aubrey's life is endangered, Xanthe agrees to care for him away from the city, until the problem is resolved.

Great story, I could only wish it were longer and move involved but it really did not need more. This is a great short read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite piece in the entire Elder Races series! September 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Thea Harrison's Elder Races series. I truly, truly do. It's magical, full of amazing world-building, characters that light up the pages, and intense, passionate romance. All of the full-length books and novellas have been a sheer joy to experience. One of the most well-crafted paranormal worlds ever, and the romance is just incredible. If you have not experienced this writer's talent yet, get with the program!

That being said, of all the amazing pieces of fiction set in the Elder Races world, this novella is my favorite so far. The world-building was minimal, but the love story was one of the most beautiful I've ever read. I was touched beyond belief as I watched Aubrey and Xanthe's love blossom and consume them. Seeing as she had to care for him while his body recovered from a brutal attack, it was only a matter of time before their close quarters brought them closer together. It happened so naturally, so beautifully. Their reactions and inhibitions and emotions were so realistic and palpable. On the lighter side, I loved when Aubrey playfully teased Xanthe after he realized that she had a crush on him. And I love how he occasionally slipped out of his political role and said BLEEP. It made me laugh just as much as Xanthe. It's really hard not to love these two.

Of course, it did not hurt that Tiago, sexy beast that he is, had a few scenes. I sure do miss him, and he hasn't changed a bit. Always professional, but still putty in Niniane's hands. Heh. And they don't call Niniane Tricks for nothing. That's all I have to say about that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Nice continuation of series on fae.
Love a good romance and Aubrey deserved to find a true mate. The Elder series is a lot of fun.
Published 2 months ago by carrie wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely entry
Elder Races 4.7

Chancellor Aubrey Riordan was cleared of treason, despite the actions of his late wife. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. S. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More, more, more!
Published 2 months ago by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Thea's quirky sense of humor
I love Thea's quirky sense of humor, and her heroine never fails to win me over and wanting to read more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trish's Kindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning - this book is sold under the title 'Devine Tarot' in...
Be warned that this book is also sold on Audible as an audiobook under the novella title of 'Devine Tarot' combined with the other novella 'True Colors'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules
5.0 out of 5 stars True love
Great, great loving romance highlighting the quirks that we can place in front of our hearts and the joys that come when we let love in. Well written and simply brilliant.
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Bermuda
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully refreshing
It is fantastic to revisit the Dark Fae world, and to see Niniane and Tiago again. Unquestionably, they are my favorite among the mated pairs if the Elder Races. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Eisele
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunters Season
I am always transported to a wonderful place when I read one of Theas books.

Please never stop writing. Love your worlds!
Published 9 months ago by S. Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
An excellent short story of the Elder Races series. I felt it could have been a full novel, not just a novella, with the character development and the background that was given to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashley
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Thea Harrison resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. Now she writes in a variety of genres, including sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

You can check out her website and/or sign up for her newsletter at: www.theaharrison.com, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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