Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison

He’s a Wyr warrior, a god of storms. She’s the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who don’t want to see her ascend to the throne.

Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr’s best weapons. And he’s sent to protect Tricks when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

Tricks was one of my favorite characters in Dragon Bound. She was loyal, quirky and strong. She had also been through her share of trauma. Even though the Wyr were her sanctuary and basically the only family she had ever known, she wasn’t Wyr. She was Dark Fae, but she had kept herself hidden from them so long it was impossible to figure out how she could possibly take the position she was born to have. That, in a nutshell, is the entire premise of Storm’s Heart. Tricks has an unfathomable task ahead of her, one that she doesn’t want to complete, yet she knows she has no choice. In order to do it she has to leave all of her ‘family’ behind and go it alone. Fortunately Fate and Thea Harrison had other plans for Tricks’ destiny! ;)

I’ll admit, Tiago took me by surprise in this one. I didn’t really pay much attention to him in Dragon Bound. It’s kind of fitting actually because everything that happened to him in Storm’s Heart took him totally by surprise. His feelings for Tricks just kind of exploded. Once he recognized them though there was no turning back. I absolutely LOVE Tiago. I love the way he treated Tricks, his tenacity and his patience with her. It was a beautiful thing to experience from start to finish.

Were there moments of frustration and hair pulling? Of course! This was a couple that had everything stacked against them. There was no way that they could be together – even the other Wyr weren’t exactly happy about the possibility. What made the frustration bearable was that it was obvious that Tiago was not going to give up – regardless. I don’t want to give anything away because the tension was part of what made this book such a great read. Tricks knew that their relationship would never work and part of her always thought that Tiago was only there out of a sense of duty. She accepted the strength that he offered though and relished whatever time they did have together. Were there tears – yes – so be ready. There is no way to get through this one without a little bit of heartbreak. It’s totally worth every minute of it though, trust me!

Of course Tiago and Tricks aren’t the only characters in Storm’s Heart. The bad guys change as the story progresses. You find your loyalties changing the farther you read which of course makes it all the more difficult for the characters to figure out exactly who they can and can’t trust. Hence, more tension! Getting to know Aryal and Rune better in Storm’s Heart was also great. They weren’t always my favorite characters – once you read the book, you’ll know exactly where that statement came from – but I eventually forgave them (well, almost).

Okay, I know I’m gushing. I can’t help it. I am so glad that I was lovingly bullied into reading this series. (Bows to Amanda and Ashley.) I have the next book (Serpent’s Kiss) on my shelf ready to read. Hopefully this one will help me give Rune a total reprieve from my attitude toward him in Storm’s Heart. We’ll see. :)