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Kinked by Thea Harrison
Published by Penguin on 2013-11-05
Reviewed by Jo
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.
Sentinel Aryal is a harpy with a very defined and rigid sense of right and wrong. Admittedly what she believes is okay is pretty different from most people, but she still has her boundaries. Criminals who get away with their crimes is most definitely on her wrong list and Aryal will do everything in her power to bring down anyone she believes has committed a crime. So far there are two people who are in Dragos’ tower who Aryal believes got away from Justice. One Aryal had to finally give a pass – Dragos’ mate, Pia. But the other one, a new Sentinel no less, Aryal is determined to bring to justice one way or another.
Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn, a panther shifter, is a man with a dark and some believe a shady past. They might not be too wrong if the truth was told. However, the one wrong that Quentin regrets the most he can never tell the one person who needs to hear about it. Quentin put aside his distrust of Dragos, fought and won and became a Wyr Sentinel to try and make up for that act which hurt someone he loved. Now Quentin works side by side with a boss who seems to be just waiting for him to go a step too far, his mate who Quentin loves like a sister, and a fellow sentinel – a harpy who is out for his blood and a pound of flesh, one way or another.
Dragos comes across Aryal and Quentin fighting yet again after being warned to learn to get along or to at least learn to fake it. Now they are being forced to partner up and head into the Elven Otherland called Numenlaur to make sure it is secure until the Elves can get over the shock over the last year and send a group to protect it for themselves. Both Aryal and Quentin wonder if both of them will make it back from this mission that has no end date – just that they can come home when they have figured out a way to end the hostilities between them. During this time Quentin also finally comes clean to Aryal on what he is hiding from her just to shut her up, and then her reaction makes him want to cause even more bodily harm. Neither Aryal nor Quentin believe this is possible with both of them still living, however it doesn’t take long before that hostility turns into attraction and that bursts into flames of passion.
They also discover that someone has been helping themselves to the Numenlaur homeland and a group of Elves are endangered. What began as a shaky partnership turns into a deadly and determined team to save the Elves and to stop the person behind it all. Passion has turned into love and even more that both Aryal and Quentin freely acknowledge, but whether or not they will live long enough to explore everything between them is the question. Help is on the way, but will it arrive fast enough for Quentin and Aryal?
Love and hate are just flips of a coin something these two Sentinels remember as passion bursts from hostility in Kinked. I knew that it would have to be someone extremely strong before Aryal would submit to having a mate, but I would have never guessed it to be Quentin. I loved finding out about just how Aryal thought and that she really was a softy on the inside for certain things. I knew that Quentin had things he was hiding and I couldn’t believe he actually became a Sentinel – that is until I learned what was behind certain actions that happened in previous books. Watching as Aryal and Quentin went from fierce mistrusting enemies to passion filled mates was an amazing book in itself, but when you throw in the danger and suspense and all the ass kicking they did to protect those unable to protect themselves and their property – it turned Kinked into a page turner I couldn’t put down.
Out of the entire Elder Races series, I have a couple true favorites and Kinked shot right up to the top with those books by the time I finished it. The emotional roller coaster between Quentin and Aryal is only part of the reason that I just had to make Kinked a Joyfully Recommended must read. I love the entire Elder Races series, but Aryal and Quentin’s story is one of the best out of it in my opinion.