Kinked by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #6)

Kinked by Thea HarrisonAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

Up until cracking this book open Dragon Bound and Oracle’s Moon vied for the top spot for me in this series. Both were books I enjoyed and find myself going back to several time to read the highlights. I do believe I’ve now added a third because I ADORED KINKED!

Before I started writing this review I noticed a bunch of people on Goodreads saying they didn’t like Aryal before this book and how Harrison managing to change their minds was nothing short of a miracle. I’m not one of those people. I have loved Aryal from the first time her snarky, over the top actions graced the page. She’s strong, capable and like a pitbull in combat. No one gets away from the harpy’s talons including the one man she’s determined to bring down, new sentinel Quentin.

These two hate each other with the heat of a million suns and they find every opportunity to snipe, attack and torture the other. Each one feeling they can best the other and nothing short of an atomic bomb is going to stop them…shoot that might not even stop them. Until they are sent on a mission together by Dragos with the clear warning: work your shit out or don’t come back. Now they are stuck in an abandoned Elven land being stalked by something neither one has experienced before and quickly realizing they are more alike than they thought.

Hows that old saying go? There is a thin line between love and hate….and Aryal and Quentin are exactly what that saying is about. They hate each other right up until the moment when the heat that has been building between them explodes in an attraction neither can deny. Hate sex is a violent and messy combination that results in some of my most favorite scenes this series has to offer! It’s gritty, it’s submission of the toughest personalities, even for a short time…it’s…AMAZING!

Quentin’s character is just so lovable for a lot of reasons. He’s always been protective of his best friend Pia and even though that sometimes backfired on him, he always had her best interests at heart. Once a criminal of sorts he’s turned over a new leaf in order to stand behind Dragos as one of his elite sentinels. He almost got Pia killed in book one and his guilt has led him to serve Dragos though he doesn’t always agree with him. Aryal is a thorn in his side that he tries to dislodge at every turn. When they get banished for two weeks he sees a side of her he thought nonexistent. Her womanly side. She’s brash and mean but she’s also soft in ways and wants to belong so badly that sometimes that need manifests itself in the wrong way. Those few who are close to her know her faults and accept her anyway because at her heart she always believes she’s doing the right thing. When she is grounded from flight due to a massive injury Quentin finds himself fiercely protective of her and he’ll do anything to ensure she doesn;t suffer more than need be. Though she hates relying on anyone Aryal can’t deny she needs Quentin and she’s quickly learning more about herself than ever before. She needs him, but not solely for protection, she’s quite capable of taking down their enemy, wings or not. No, she’s finds that she needs him for every other reason she thought she’s long ago given up. Love. Companionship. Loyalty to someone other than Dragos.

As always, Harrison’s engrossing writing will keep you at the edge of your seat. She’s a master world builder with depth and an eye for amazing characters. I have enjoyed each book in this series and I’m hoping that as she introduces new characters we’ll also get more stories. In particular, Grymm. I really want to know more about the stoic gargoyle with few words to say. He’s steadfast in his loyalty to Aryal and given his protective nature, he’d make an excellent subject to further explore. I can’t wait for more!

I give Kinked by Thea Harrison 4.50 stars! 

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