Kinked by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #6
Also in this series: Dragon Bound, Planet Dragos, The Unseen
Published by Berkley on November 5, 2013
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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.
When I read Lord’s Fall, it was pretty obvious that Quentin and Aryal loved to hate each other. In fact, the term love and hate walk hand in hand kept coming to mind when they both verbally and physically sparred. Boy was I right. In fact, this book could have been titled Hate Fuck.
Their chemistry alone was in danger of melting my iPad, to the point where I could not freaking wait for that hate fuck to actually happen. I am not exaggerating when I say it was well worth the wait. There was some sexy give and take with these two and boy did it switch on some buttons.
I’ve always loved Quentin, and as the series progressed, even though we only got little snippets of him here and there, I kept finding more and more that caught my eye. He was mysterious and very loyal to Pia. As we found out in Lord’s Fall, he was also chock full of badass. To add to it, he had a secret and it was a bad one. Even though he had the best intentions to help a friend, something went very wrong and the guilt was crushing him. Once I got past my “Holy Shit!” moment when I found out what it was, I quickly forgave him.
As for Aryal, I’d harbored a serious dislike towards her since the series started. She truly embodied what a harpy is and she did it well. She was mean tempered, foul-mouthed, could hold a grudge for eons, and could not let anything go. Truly, she drove me bonkers. Much to my surprise, slowly but surely my opinion changed. At first, I was horrified poor Quentin got stuck with her, but by the end, I was totally okay with it. The heartbreak at the end and how she handled it just cemented my complete about face where it came to her.
Kinked did have a slower pace at times than I normally like, but in this instance, it didn’t bother me. There were lots and lots of emotions to get through, both of the good and bad variety and not just for Aryal and Quentin. The horrible situation with the elves became even more heartbreaking as they learn more and more about what happened. With Quentin being part elf, he’s struggling, as were the rest of the elder races. The couple’s reconnaissance mission becomes a fight for survival and the cost to one of them may end up breaking them both.
Even with the slow parts, Kinked was action-packed, emotional and sexy as hell. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Rating: 4 Best Bath Scene Ever Stars
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