Review: Kinked by Thea Harrison

Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #6
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 304
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 4 Stars
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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.

Elizabeth's Thoughts
Ayral and Quentin are fighting like cats and dogs. Dragos finally gets tired of their tantrums and banishes them from New York for at least 2 weeks. They must put their differences aside and work together to complete a mission or their hard-earned sentinel positions will be given to the next strongest Wyr in line. Can Ayral and Quentin put their hatred aside and do the jobs they’ve fought so hard to get, or will their tumultuous animosity destroy everything around them, including each other?

Quentin is racked with guilt over mistakes that nearly cost a dear friend their life and as a start on the road to absolution; he competed and won a place as one of Dragos’s sentinels. During his journey through the book, he finds that his guilt is misplaced and that he should look forward instead of dwelling on past transgressions.

Aryal is such a hard ass, it was nice to see her show emotion and have feelings. I was surprised watching her feelings of hopelessness experiencing devastating injuries that may ground her harpy for good. As she lost her focus, Quentin stepped in to keep her centered. It was really great to watch their hate transform into something strong and unbending. I have to admit, I didn’t think they would ever be civil to each other.

I really enjoyed watching two dominant characters try to deal with the sexual attraction and how they learned to compromise in submitting to each other 15 minutes at a time. The directness of Aryal’s sexual predilections kind of threw me a bit. I understand why this book is entitled, “Kinked.” Aryal and Quentin are both super freaks. Don’t believe me? Read the book.

My favorite scenes are with Dragos, Pia and their newborn Liam, aka the Peanut. They’ve always been my favorite couple in the series. I really enjoyed watching them settling into parenthood. And even though Dragos is a dad now, he’s still shows that he is the biggest baddest Power in the Wyr demesne as well as the world.

The book was action-packed from start to finish. While their HEA is a little unconventional, it works for Quentin and Aryal.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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