Lionheart by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #3
Also in this series: Moonshadow, Spellbinder
Published by Self-published on October 15, 2018
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final story in her spellbinding Moonshadow trilogy…
King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.
A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.
Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?
Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.
For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.
Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Moonshadow, the first book in Thea Harrison’s series of the same name, knocked my socks off and earned a permanent place on my reread shelf. Spellbinder, the second book in the series, had some amazing high points but in the end garnered a decent rating, but not a gushing one. As for Lionheart, I loved the main characters, loved the premise, and it ended up being a good read.
Kathryn has always commanded respect in the Elder Races books. A close confidant of one of my favorite dragons, Dragos himself, I was excited for her to get her very own HEA. She has always been a strong character, confident in her abilities, and not afraid to go toe to toe with even the grouchiest of Wyr (yes, I’m looking at you Dragos, but it’s a fond, overindulged, aren’t you cute look when you’re grumpy look). In some ways, Kathryn was almost too calm and capable. I kind of wished she’d lost her temper a few more times than she actually did.
Oberon was mysterious, sexy, and a bit tragic. The poison used made him void of emotion, even though he knew remembered what it was like to feel them. Tragic as that was, that coldness to his personality made it harder to really connect to him at first. As the book progressed I ended up really liking him, but I never fell head over heels like I wanted to.
The last book in the Moonshadow Trilogy, Lionheart did a great job pulling everything together. I loved seeing Sophie and Nik again. I do wish we’d have had more time with Morgan. What I really hoped for was a meeting between him and Oberon, but that might have been too much to ask.
The problem was that although I enjoyed reading this book, it didn’t wow me like I really wanted it too. Even the final scene between Oberon and Isabeau didn’t fire me up and after all that had gone on before, it should have. Even without the wow factor, I longed for, Lionheart still had a sexy hero with a tragic past, a strong heroine, and eventually some serious chemistry to keep things heated up. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Rating: 3.75 Rounded up to 4 Stars.
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