Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison

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…

Strangely enough, I missed Moonshadow when it was first released, but once I noticed Spellbinder, the second book in the Moonshadow series, was available for review, it definitely got my attention. Why’s that so strange, you may be asking? Because it’s not only the first book in a brand new Thea Harrison series, it also introduces readers to some new members of the Elder Races. Enough said…

Sophie was amazing. I fell in love with her from the very beginning. She was slightly broken because of the shooting she barely survived, but she was brave, loyal and alone. When she was approached by someone offering her a way to acquire a mysterious property. She figured she has nothing to lose. She ended up getting a lot more than she bargained for – including maybe some insight into her past.

Nikolas was a little harder to read, but the more I got to know him, the more I liked him. He wasn’t used to someone as kind and genuinely caring as Sophie and her willingness to help kind of threw him. Just another reason to fall in love with her… that’s if he had the ability to fall in love. His one and only priority was to keep what’s left of his brotherhood safe and find a way home.

Action, magic, mystery and more… I’m thinking I’m going to like this Elder Races spin off series. Not surprising at all. As I mentioned, Spellbinder is next and it’s already way up on my TBR list. Stay tuned!

Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison

NightsHOnorOn the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.
The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….

I’m a huge fan of the Elder Races, but this is the first book that I’ve read that didn’t include the Wyrs and to be honest, at first I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about it. The more I got into the politics and dynamics of the Vampyre community though, I stopped worrying. It’s not that I didn’t miss the Wyrs and the characters that drew me into this series. It was more because I found a whole other group of characters that I wanted to get to know better.

Speaking of getting to know someone better, Xavier wasn’t an easy guy to get close to… not that Tess had any intention of trying. She was there keep herself hidden and hopefully protected. Plus, she was totally repulsed by vampyres in general. Not exactly a normal start for a romance, but it was also kind of an interesting twist in the genre, for me anyway.

Even though Xavier was more than a little private and at times withdrawn, it was obvious that there was more to him than what he showed people on the surface. Tess slowly began to notice that he may not be as bad as she once thought, but she still wasn’t willing to give everything she asked for.

There were a lot of characters introduced in Night’s Honor. I loved the dynamic between Xavier and his attendants. Tess tried his patience, but he still respected her. How he treated those who served him and stood beside him was part of the reason why he gained my respect, and eventually Tess’s as well.

I’m kind of hoping that we see more of Xavier and Tess in the books that follow in the Elder Races. That’s entirely possible, since the next book in the series features a couple of my least favorite vampyres from Night’s Honor. I’ve already started reading Midnight’s Kiss and I’m kinda warming up to Julian, but Thea Harrison has her work cut out for her to get me to get me to really care about him. (I have no doubt she’s up to the task 😉 )

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Dragos Goes to Washington (Elder Races #8.5) by Thea Harrison

DragosGoesToWashingtonDragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, needs to throw a party without maiming anyone. That isn’t exactly as easy as it might sound.
After the destructive events of the last eighteen months, the Elder Races are heading to Washington D.C. to foster peace with humankind. Not known for his diplomacy skills, Dragos must rely on his mate Pia to help navigate a battlefield of words and polite smiles rather than claws. With Dragos’s mating instinct riding close to the surface, his temper is more volatile than ever and the threat of violence hovers in the air.
Then the human spouse of a prominent politician winds up murdered and Dragos and Pia must race against time to hunt down those behind it before they are held responsible for the crime.

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, the latest novella in the Elder Races holds passion, peril, political intrigue, and revelations that will change Dragos and Pia’s lives forever.
Dragos Goes to Washington is the first part of a three-story series about Dragos, Pia, and their son Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three in order as they will be released: Dragos Goes to Washington, Pia Does Hollywood, and Liam Takes Manhattan.

I love series that introduce new characters with each installment. It’s a great way to keep a series fresh. I have to admit though, I’m really loving these mini novella series that Thea Harrison has devoted to Pia, Dragos and Liam. I enjoyed the first set a lot (Dragos Takes a Holiday, Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School) so I was really excited when I found out readers were going to get to spend some more quality time with the couple that started it all and their not so little Peanut 😉

For being a novella, these stories aren’t lacking in mystery, action, tension and plenty of smexiness. As much as I love the rest of the Wyrs and Elder Race, nothing quite compares to the heat between Pia and Dragos. There’s definitely a lot more in store for not just Pia and Dragos, but there’s plenty of tension brewing between all the Wyr and the humans. Plus Pia and Dragos have their own personal drama going on… the rest of this mini series within the series promises to be interesting. The rest of the novellas include Pia Does Hollywood and Liam Takes Manhattan. I can’t wait!

On a side note, I realized that there are two books in the Elder Races series that I missed. *gasp* I need to rectify that immediately! Therefore, Night’s Honor and Midnight’s Kiss are ready and waiting. Time to play catch up!

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Peanut Goes to School (Elder Races #6.7) by Thea Harrison

PeanutGoesToSchoolDragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I love this kid and I have since he was truly a little ‘peanut.’ I also love this little side-track journey that Thea Harrison treated readers to. Dragos Takes a Holiday, Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School may have been short and sweet but they have been packed full of awesome. 🙂

Liam is not your average little boy. He’s not your average Wyr. No one knows exactly what he’s capable of, especially Liam. I loved his take on the world around him and as usual, being inside this amazing little boy’s head was a treat. I loved getting to know both Dragos and Pia better through him. This is a kid who is surrounded by love and he gives as good as he gets.

This book also brought the ‘momma bear’ out in me. You’ll know why when you read it so I’m not leaving any spoilers. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that I admire both Dragos’ and Pia’s restraint.

One thing that I’m sure of is that there are amazing things in store for these characters. Even though the story arc with these novellas is over, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them being front and center. If you haven’t picked up the Elder Races yet, start with Dragon Bound. It’s the beginning of Dragos and Pia’s story. These characters have come a long way since that book and I have a lot of book bullies that I am eternally grateful for introducing me to them. You can thank me later 😉

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Pia Saves the Day (Elder Races #6.6) by Thea Harrison

PiaSavesTheDayIn the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…

I absolutely love these little side trip novellas that Thea Harrison is treating readers to. They are short, sweet and packed full of all kinds of feels. 😉 Pia Saves the Day is definitely no exception.

The description pretty much says it all, but honestly, you have to read it to get the full picture. Readers have seen Dragos vulnerable before, but not to this extent. Especially since he didn’t even realize it. Pia was beyond strong in Pia Saves the Day and there was just enough story here to set up some future scenarios.

It’s honestly all I can do not so share some quotes here, but the ones that I want to share the most would give too much away. If you are a follower of this series and you’ve previously side-stepped the novellas, I’m giving you some friendly advice. Don’t skip this one. Besides the perspective that you get from Dragos and Pia, there’s also Peanut – who once again stole the show. Needless to say, Peanut Goes to School, the next novella in the Elder Races series, has just been moved way up on my TBR list. 😉

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Kinked (Elder Races #6) by Thea Harrison

KinkedTwo 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.

This book grew on me the longer I read it. I have to be honest though, Aryal and Quentin were not my favorite couple. Their story needed to be told though and I’m guessing, that given their actions, they were pretty well suited toward each other. After all, who else would put up with them?

Honestly, these two were like the ‘brats’ of the Sentinels. Basically what Dragos did was give them a ‘time-out’ – which was deserved. I don’t think that there was a Sentinel around that didn’t agree. I think Dragos’ reaction to their behavior and the ‘straw that broke the camel’s’ back was one of my favorite parts of this story.

Readers knew that their connection was inevitable. The only people that didn’t know it were Quentin and Aryal. As the old adage goes, it’s not always the destination but the journey, and that’s exactly what Kinked was. These two characters had to get away from everything and everyone that they knew to discover each other. Because they were away from the rest of the Sentinels, there wasn’t much interaction with the rest of the characters. That’s okay though because they made up for it in the end.

There were crazy moments, sweet moments, sad moments and moments of revelation. Some of them I thought would be a little more dramatic than they turned out to be, but I’m not complaining.

Night’s Honor is up next, but there are two novellas on my TBR list that will hold me over until the new book’s release. Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School are two little gems that I can’t wait to pick up. 😉

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Dragos Takes a Holiday (Elder Races #6.5) Thea Harrison

DragosTakesAHolidayThe Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?

Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it’s no ordinary undertaking – and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together.

They’re determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.

And did we mention pirates?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Yes, pirates – but more importantly Pia and Dragos and Peanut. Honestly, I can’t get enough of these characters. Dragos Takes A Holiday is the perfect treat for devoted readers of this series. Not only do we get more of the intense heat that exists between Pia and Dragos, but we also get inside Liam’s (a.k.a. Peanut) head. Honestly, I’m not sure which POV I loved more.

Dragos Takes A Holiday takes the characters on a well deserved vacation. Pia baits Dragos into taking a short vacation with the possibility of a treasure hunt. Their vacation turns into more of an adventure than they expected. To add a little excitement to the trip, Liam becomes more than a handful, but he’s adorable. We get to see a side of Dragos that not many people see and I like that side. I love his devotion to his family and how he lets Pia ‘control’ him, to an extent. I love the tender side of him when he’s with Liam. I also love it when Pia tells him to go for it. You’ll understand when you read Dragos Takes A Holiday and if you’re a Mom – you’ll really understand. 😉

I also felt like Thea Harrison depicted Peanut perfectly. I loved his voice and his naiveness. He was sweet and precocious. His voice was perfect and his reaction to what was going on around him was priceless.

This may have been a short read, but it wasn’t lacking in content. It was the perfect short segue. That doesn’t mean that I can’t wait for the next book or it didn’t leave me wanting more. It just means that it was the perfect short bonus glimpse into the Elder Races world and a perfect diversion while readers anxiously await the next installment.

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Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5) by Thea Harrison

LordsFallIn the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…
Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear.

Well, some things are worth waiting for and Lord’s Fall definitely falls into that category. I’ve wanted more Pia and Dragos since I read the final page in Dragon Bound. Sure, readers were treated to a glimpse of them every now and then in the other Elder Races books, but those glimpses weren’t nearly enough. Besides that, Dragos is a totally different character when he is dealing with his Wyr than he is when he interacts with Pia. To be honest, he’s a jerk. (He’ll be the first to tell you that Pia makes him a better person, so see, it’s not just me 😉 )

Lord’s Fall had Pia and Dragos separated throughout a good portion of the book. That was OK though because they found ‘creative’ ways to be together. Thea Harrison also helped the illusion along by having them remember special moments that they spent together. Those moments were great because they showed how far they had come as a couple, even though they had only been together for a short amount of time. Switching the POV between the two also worked really well because there was a lot of crazy stuff going on for both of them. Through it all though, they were an integral part of each other. I love this couple!

Dragos and Pia weren’t the only characters that I loved in Lord’s Fall. A few new characters as well as those that readers have already been introduced to fill the pages with plenty of humor, action and tension. I loved the interactions between these characters. They are like a bunch of misbehaved kids at times, including Pia and Dragos, but they have their priorities where they need to be and are ready to go when danger strikes. On a side note, one of my favorite characters in this one totally took me by surprise. I never would have thought in the beginning that she would be my favorite.

Along with Pia’s mission to work out an alliance with the Elves, Dragos was hosting a contest to replace his lost sentinels. The crew that came out on top of that competition is going to prove to be an interesting mix. I can’t wait to see how well they work together – yes, there was a tad bit of sarcasm there. Just a tad. 😉

The final battle was brutal, the romance was as hot as ever and the dialogue was perfect. Severed alliances were strengthened (through gritted teeth and a lot of coaxing from their perspective mates – but it happened.) There were also some adorable and at times intense scenes with ‘Peanut.’ There just isn’t anything not to love about this series. Honestly.

I might have to start this series over soon. After I finished this one I didn’t want it to be over. the final chapter ended on a perfect note, but I want more – now! The wait for the next book is just too long. I know, I’m a greedy reader, but if you have been following this series I’m sure you understand. If you haven’t started the Elder Races yet, go find a copy of Dragon Bound now… you can thank me later 😉

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Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison

When Grace Andreas’s sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children–neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace’s impudence towards the Elder Races.

Readers were first introduced to Khalil in Storm’s Heart. It was a brief meeting, but enough to make you really not like or trust Khalil at all. Because of that encounter, I really never saw this one coming. I love it when an author can totally change your attitude toward a character. That’s exactly what happened in Oracle’s Moon.

Grace’s relationship with the Elder Races was forced upon her. She didn’t ask for it, but she couldn’t walk away from her responsibility as the Oracle. It chose her. Her new responsibility as guardian to her young niece and nephew made her new power even harder to shoulder, but she did it. It made her a character worthy of respect and sympathy. She was strong, determined and stubborn. I really liked Grace.

Khalil thought he had a handle on the situation. He was there because of the children. He had his reasons to want to be close to them and protect them. He didn’t like or respect Grace at all. Then he started to pay attention. Watching both of these characters transform is what made this a great read for me. I really wasn’t sure how Harrison was going to turn my attitude about Kahlil around. At the end of The Serpent’s Kiss, I started to no longer hate Kahlil, but I never expected him to turn into one of my favorite characters. Who knew? All it took was a chance to get to know him and find out where all the pent up pain was coming from.

The emotion and love shared between these characters was powerful and raw. Especially from Khalil. Grace’s snarky attitude toward him as ‘Bane of her Existence’ was perfect. They fought as easily as they loved and Grace not backing down on her principles where the children were concerned and torturing him with ‘thank you’s’ was fun. It was a great love story for so many reasons.

Readers got to spend some more time with Dragos, Carling and Rune in Oracle’s Moon. Not a lot, but just enough. I loved the interaction between Carling, Rune and Khalil. It was playful, unexpected and showed you even more of all their personalities.

I can’t wait until we get to spend some more time with Pia and Dragos. I’m beginning to feel sorry for Dragos. He hasn’t gotten much respect in the last couple of books. I’m sure things are going to get worse before they get any better, but it’s still going to be great to get more of the couple that started it all. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for? Picking up Dragon Bound was all it took to get me hooked. 😉

The Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a Queen on the brink of sanity has no one to rely on except the Wyr warrior whose conviction is every bit as strong as his passion.

In order to save his friend’s life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling—without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

Recently, Carling’s Power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee in fear. Despite the danger, Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help her find a cure for the serpen’s kiss—the vampyric disease that’s killing her.

With their desire for each other escalating just as quickly as Carling’s instability spirals out of control, the sentinel and the Queen will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent’s kiss

I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting from Serpent’s Kiss, but it wasn’t this. I knew that I was going to like the book, that was a given. I came into this series late, but it didn’t take me long to become a true fan. What took me by surprise wasn’t that I liked this book so much, it was simply because I didn’t expect to fall in love with Carling and Rune. It was a very pleasant surprise. 😉

So why didn’t I think I was going to get wrapped up in this story? Carling and Rune both irritated me in Storm’s Heart. I knew that Thea Harrison had a plan for these two, but I just didn’t see how she was going to turn my attitude toward them around. Let me just say, she did an amazing job. Even though Serpent’s Kiss shows a side to these characters that I didn’t expect, it didn’t take me long to get totally wrapped up in their story. I ended up loving them as much as I loved getting to know the other characters before them. Rune and Carling’s eventual love and devotion to each other was heart breaking because it seemed so hopeless and they fought it so hard. Everything and everyone seemed to be against them, but they put their trust in each other. Aren’t those the best love stories?

Carling and Rune weren’t the only surprises in this book. One of the reasons why I like these books so much is you never know what to expect or exactly who you should trust. Allies come from unexpected places and so do enemies. It keeps things really interesting and ensures that you will be turning pages till the very end.

I know I’ve taken my time jumping on the Elder Races band wagon, but there is one advantage to that delay. I don’t have a long wait for Oracle’s Moon, the next book in the series. I’m not going to spoil anything by saying more, just in case you haven’t read any of the books in the series. Let’s just say I can’t wait to see how Thea Harrison makes me fall in love with this couple. I have no doubt that she will, but it’s definitely going to be interesting.