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Kinked (Elder Races) Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2013
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Praise for the Novels of the Elder Races:
“A dark, compelling world. I’m hooked!”—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Harrison delivers an epic story of myth, mayhem and love that is sure to keep readers satisfied and breathing fire!”—Fresh Fiction
“Thea Harrison is a master storyteller.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
A debut author at the age of nineteen, Thea Harrison had sixteen romances published under another name before she took a break to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She’s back with the Novels of the Elder Races, a new paranormal romance series. She loves to hear from readers.
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However, I just could not get into a story where the male character punched his future love interest in the face, and later pounded her head into the pavement. Another sticking point is that they both plotted to murder each other in the beginning, selfishly disregarding the effect this would have on the small band of sentinels responsible for keeping world peace among the Wyr and inter-demesnes.
These were not characters that I particularly liked, or cared about. I understand that her motive was to have a fierce heroine in this one. But trying to kill each other and the woman getting punched in the face and throttled by the man she would later love? ... No. Just...No. Somehow this worked in the movie Mr and Mrs Smith, but I don't know how the writers did it. Perhaps because neither one seriously was going to go through with their assassination attempt, and they didn't show Mr Smith actually kicking Mrs Smith - it was hidden behind the couch and somehow made to look like rough sparring. In this case, they were dead serious. And this was a major character reversal from the protective Quentin in Dragon Bound.
But I️ still feel kinda flattened after completing this book.
Quentin’s motive,his guilt, was hardly a risk and therefore lessened the gravity of the bargain he was making with himself and Aryal. I️ wouldn’t say their romance was trivialized as a result, but it made it less dangerous and cut any suspense of a future argument. I️ also felt like his proclivity for violence wasn’t explored well enough in the beginning for us to really grasp his “whip”. The analogy was extended for much of the book and I️ felt it would have been done better justice if we learned earlier who he was before he became a Sentinel. Even after we learned, I️ still didn’t feel the innate penchant he ostensibly had for violence besides the author saying he did.
Aryal was a bitching harpy, but one that I️ didn’t tire of! I️ was worried that this book would be packed with too many rejoinders that cut off emotional progression.. no such thing here! Next to Grace, she is my favorite female character in this series. The book took me some time to read-partially from my own responsibilities but also because there were a few slow but necessary parts. The feuding was fun, the pairing was passionate and that’s a solid combo for me to continue this series.
THE STORY: Aryal, the Harpy Sentinel, is angry. She knows that the new sentinel Quentin Caeravorn is a career criminal but she has been unable to pin anything on him after two years of investigation. Quentin doesn't like the harpy either. When the two end up fighting again, their boss Dragos has had enough. He send the two off on an assignment together to deal with their issues or end up killing one another.
OPINION: This is a seriously aggressive romance with lots of fighting and danger. This is a serious hate to love romance. In the beginning Aryal and Quentin are physically fighting one another. Although they end up in love, these two remain aggressive, dominant characters that are only willing to give in to one another. These are a genuine fighting pair both in love and in work. I love how their romance develops even though it is through their aggressive, argumentative natures. This romance doesn't cheat by making the hard edged Aryal sweet and traditionally feminine in order to show her love. She is feminine in a strong warlike way that fits her personality.
WORTH MENTIONING: I like seeing Dragos and Pia and their son Liam again.
FINAL DECISION: KINKED is an intense story because both Aryal and Quentin are strong willed rather violent personalities. I especially liked that Aryal remains true to her character and the story doesn't try to transform her but instead fully accepts her harpy nature.
CONNECTED STORIES: KINKED is the sixth book in the Elder Races series. It can be read as a standalone although there are continuing stories and characters that a new reader will have to catch up on.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.