Review: Kinked by Thea Harrison

Wednesday, October 30

Title:  Kinked*
Author:  Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #6
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Format:  paperback, ebook & audio book
Date/Year:  November 5, 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

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

My Musings:

Note:  KINKED is the sixth book in the Elder Races series, which is best enjoyed when read in order.  I would not advise trying to read it as a stand alone. 

If you’ve never read any of the Elder Races books, you’re missing out.  They are unique in a market which has been flooded with cookie cutter shifter stories.  It seems to me that most shifter romance books are the same anymore.  First you have the antiquated sexism, then the pack politics, that’s followed by the overwhelming angst, and finally you get the claiming of the mate.  It’s a formula which has been explored to death, and I’m over it.  I love that the Elder Races books don’t fit into that mold!  Their plots are well developed and intelligent.   The characters are three dimensional, they grow and change over time.  What I love most about the series though is how edgy it is. The characters have rough edges, the fighting is brutal, the sex is carnal, and vengeance is swift. 

KINKED is focused on Aryal and Quentin.  Aryal is a harpy and works as a sentinel for Dragos. She has been a part of the series since the beginning.    I think it’s pretty safe to say that her character had very few fans going into this book.  The only way I can describe her is by saying that she is a stone cold bitch.  She has a few close friends and they mean everything to her.  Anyone outside that group had better watch themselves.  She thrives on violence and enjoys hunting and eliminating anyone who threatens those she protects. 

Quentin is one of the newly appointed sentinels.  Aryal doesn’t trust him and has every intention of helping him to an untimely death as soon as she possibly can, she makes no secret of that.  Quentin tries his best to ignore her but her constant dogging finally pushes him to his breaking point.  It’s at that point where Dragos steps in and sends them on a mission.  They can either learn to work together, or kill one another, he doesn’t care which so long as they figure it out without endangering anyone else.

Aryal and Quentin both head out quietly plotting the death of the other.  What they discover is something neither of them is prepared for.  Their mission, which seemed simple enough, turns into something much more dangerous.  Their tempestuous relationship doesn’t exactly proceed the way they expect either. 

I’ve always enjoyed the books in this series, but I do believe KINKED is my favorite so far.  It combined all of the things I love.  There was a romantic relationship between two interesting characters.  They both evolved over the course of the story.  The action and adventures were exciting and dangerous.  The plot was smart and well thought out, but also had a few surprises.  None of those things are new to the Elder Races books, so I initially had some trouble figuring out why I loved this particular book so much.  I eventually decided it was the perfect balance of them which makes KINKED stand out for me.  I love a series which just keeps getting better and better.  Thea Harrison hit it out of the park with KINKED. Recommended.


Overall: 4.5 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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