Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #1
Also in this series: Spellbinder, Lionheart
Published by Self-published on December 13, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….
Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.
He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….
Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.
When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.
Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.
As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.
Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…
Moonshadow is the perfect example of why we don’t do our Top Ten of the year list until the year is completely over. I freaking adored this book. I kind of wish I’d read it on December 31 so I could honestly say I ended the year with a bang! It was that awesome.
I like the Elder Races series but have fallen a bit behind. When I heard Ms. Harrison had a new series starting that is set in that same universe, I was all kinds of excited. I wanted in on the ground floor of this. I’ve had a couple of disappointments this week so I went into this with a little trepidation but I shouldn’t have worried. In fact, I devoured this book. Presents went unwrapped and cookies went unbaked while I immersed myself in the gloriousness of a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court.
A mysterious estate, a desperate group of knights cut off from their homeland for, a kickass heroine, and a hero that made my top ten list of the year, Moonshadow had everything my fantasy/sci-fi geek side craves in a book.
Sophie, a witch who’s just a bit more, was tough, funny, courageous, extremely giving, and completely lost after having been wounded while working with the LAPD. She’s approached with an offer- a mysterious mansion can be hers but only if she can figure out how to get the house to open for her. Built on top of the site where the dark and light fae fought, it had just been sitting there for centuries, waiting. All that history and creepiness, such a lucky girl!
As for Nik, Oh My Word! Tall, dark, brooding, desperate to save his people, he pushed all my book hero buttons especially the alpha-asshole one, because boy could he be one. I could have happily read 300 more pages if they were filled with him.
“She knew she was an asshole magnet, and if there ever was an asshole, this guy was it.”
When Nik and Sophie meet up in person they are like oil and water. It was an alpha-hole vs. a heroine with a razor sharp wit. No shrinking violet, she met the big, scary, sexy warrior head on every time.
I liked that even with their less than auspicious beginning, they both were keeping an eye on the big picture. Yes, he was the definition of an asshole and was using her, but she wasn’t some naïve young thing who was clueless. She knew it but also knew she could help so she let him do it.
The book was filled with drama and suspense but suddenly some little humorous gem would have me laughing myself stupid.
“This. Is. Why. You Don’t. Kiss assholes. He gives you an orgasm, and all of a sudden, you’re washing his clothes.”
Obviously, since they pretty much couldn’t stand each other when they first met, this wasn’t a case of insta-love. Insta-lust yes, but not love at first sight. They fought it, but being in close quarters meant they actually grew to like one another before any emotions got involved. When they do start knocking boots, holy shamoly it was hot. Nik has it going on and he focused all that yumminess on Sophie.
I loved everything about this book and can’t wait until the next one comes out. In the meantime, I think I might do some rereads and catch on her Elder Races Series.
5 This Is What I’m Talking About Stars
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