Author: Thea Harrison

FALLING LIGHT by Thea Harrison

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FALLING LIGHT by Thea HarrisonFalling Light by Thea Harrison
Series: Game of Shadows #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation on 2014-02-04
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Jo

** Before you read this, you should first read Rising Darkness, the first book in the Game of Shadows series.  This review is starting assuming you have the knowledge from that book.

 

Mary and Michael are on the run trying to stay a few steps ahead of the evil that they followed from their homeworld so many centuries ago.  They are headed to the one woman who can join with them and help them rid the world of the evil once and for all, Astrid.  You would think that the danger that is on their heels would be enough to deal with right now, but they are also getting some of their memories back on their previous lives and the love they have had that has followed them down through the years.

 

Astrid has been in contact with Michael as he found Mary and they have dealt with everything that has been thrown at them, all the death and destruction, and she is torn on whether Mary is going to be the help both she and Michael had planned on or if the years and many challenges have weakened Mary.  They are finally altogether and the danger is definitely hunting them.  In the small amount of time they have to plan, Mary, Michael and Astrid gather their strengths and enter the final battle knowing it’s all or nothing.  Someone will die and someone will live on, the question is after all the years that Mary, Michael and Astrid have lived so many lifetimes and worked to end the evil, do they still have enough to win the day and save Earth from the horror that will happen if they lose.

 

For many, many centuries aliens have lived and died among humans while trying to end the evil that descended on Earth.  Now the time has arrived and it will take all the skill, sacrifice and most importantly a love that has lasted the entire time to win this battle.  Mary and Michael will learn all of this as they come to the end of their journey in Falling Light.  Once I was about half way through, I could tell that all the death, destruction and battles that have led to where Mary and Michael are now will be nothing to what would be coming.  I had to feel sorry for all the sorrow that Mary, Michael and even Astrid had suffered during their search to solve the wrong they were part of so long ago.  There were so many times I wondered if these allies really were going for the same aim and a couple of times I was positive they weren’t.  But once the final battle was going I could see my worries were totally off the mark.  I loved the way Mary and Michael not only survived with their love but helped one of the people who suffered after helping their cause.  Falling Light is full of danger and suspense with lots of action packed pages, but it’s tempered by the strong love between Mary and Michael.

 

SERPENT’S KISS by Thea Harrison

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SERPENT’S KISS by Thea HarrisonSerpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
Rune Ainissesthai is gryphon, a Wyr sentinel, and he is also the First for the Lord of Wry, Dragos Cuelebre.  In order to save a good friend and a fellow sentinel, Rune agreed to an unknown favor of Carling in the heat of the moment.  Now Rune is back home and has just gotten word that his time to repay the favor is now.  Rune has been given leave from Dragos and is now headed to California to see what he agreed to.
 
Carling Severan is a Vampire Sorceress, who also happens to be the Vampire Queen. Carling has been ruling the vampires for quite a long time, but for a while she has been dealing with a severe problem.  One that could risk all she loves and that is why she called Rune. However, Carling’s temper wasted that favor before it was even asked.  Good thing for her that Rune has decided he isn’t ready to leave Carling or her island yet.
 
Rune realized after meeting Carling again why he would agree to an unknown favor from someone that powerful – he was more than attracted to her.  Learning that death was beckoning Carling had Rune deciding to make sure death never won while he was around.  In a world there only the powerful ruled and survived, Rune and Carling will have to battle friends and foe alike to save Carling’s life and their love. 
 
A Gryphon Sentinel and a Vampire Queen find a love that will defy all odds in Serpent’s Kiss.  There was so much I wanted to say above but all of this seemed like too much, so I will just say you must read Rune and Carling’s adventures to understand all they go through to keep the love they find.  I have to say I was shocked a few times by the things they had to go through, both together and individually.  Rune and Carling might not have been a couple I would have picked but they proved that they were meant to be by the time I turned the last page.  Serpent’s Kiss has everything I love in a novel, passion, deep love that is mixed up with humor and suspense to keep me on my toes. 
 
I can’t wait to see the next chapter in the Elder Races series.  After you read about Rune and Carling, I have a feeling you will be waiting right along with me.
ORACLE’S MOON by Thea Harrison

ORACLE’S MOON by Thea Harrison

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ORACLE’S MOON by Thea HarrisonOracle's Moon by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
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Grace Andreas never thought about having to deal with her family’s legacy because she was the second daughter.  However when her sister and her husband are killed, Grace suddenly finds herself the mother of her sister’s two children and the new Oracle of Louisville.  Grace ended up with these powers cold and is doing a serious learning on the job routine.  All of this has shaken Grace and her self-confidence.  It’s doesn’t help that now she has two children who are depending on her and must deal with the call of the Elder Races along with others all while trying to figure out how to pay the bills.  Being an Oracle no longer pays – literally.
 
Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, fell for the two children that are now under the care of Grace.  He has serious doubts about her ability to keep them safe and has declared himself the guardian for both of them.  As such, he has inserted himself into Grace’s family house.  For Khalil there is a second reason to move into the house.  He also wants to show Grace the error of her ways on how she thinks and treats the Elder Races and to show them the respect they deserve.
 
Grace can’t believe that now on top of everything else she has a Djinn living in her house and that he seems to look down on everything she does.  Things change in their relationship as Khalil learns why Grace pinches pennies and lets the house be as it is.  While Khalil and Grace discover just how thin the line is in between annoyance and passion, someone is trying to kill Grace.  Now Khalil is mad and he will track down who is trying to kill Grace and harm the kids he has claimed.  He is also going to solve this problem of the Elder Races taking advantage of Grace.  Grace might not have wanted to be the Oracle at first, but now she is learning how her powers can help others have a better life.  For the first time since it happened, Grace sees just how important the Oracle of Louisville is, but has that vision come too late for everyone?
 
Can an Oracle and a Djinn discover how to keep the passion that has surrounded them when someone wants to end the Oracle’s visions permanently?  In Oracle’s Moon Grace and Khalil learn this answer and a lot others in their race against time.  I was amazed to see how badly Oracle’s had been treated for so many years.  From being treated as an honored deity to living hand to mouth was a wake up call.  I wanted to give Grace a hug several times just because she wasn’t letting her circumstances stop her from doing her best.  Watching the change in Khalil from an arrogant Djinn to an understanding and loving man was a journey all in itself.  I have to admit that I had to shake my head at the stupidity of the person trying to continue to harm Grace after Khalil had claimed her and the children.  I just knew that they would get what was coming to them when faced with a mad Djinn and a powerful Oracle with two children to protect.  I loved how the community came to Grace’s aid and how she in turn used her powers to help them.  By the end, I knew that no one would be taking advantage of the Oracle of Louisville or anyone close to her ever again. 
 
Oracle’s Moon takes you on a journey of despair, danger, passion and lasting love.  One that had me reading long into the night and hoping I wouldn’t run out of pages even though I knew the journey would eventually end.  I loved Grace and Khalil’s story for so many reasons and it became my second favorite of the series – right after Dragon Bound.  There is no doubt in my mind that Oracle’s Moon deserves to be Joyfully Recommended.  If you haven’t started reading about The Elder Races yet, I urge you to begin now – you won’t regret it.
 
 

 

DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY by Thea Harrison

DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY by Thea Harrison

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DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY by Thea HarrisonDragos Takes A Holiday by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #6.5
Published by Thea Harrison on 2013-11-29
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 94
Reviewed by Jo

The 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?

 

 

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Things have been pretty stressful around Cuelebre Tower with the Sentinel games, the marriage of Dragos and Pia and, of course, the birth of Liam, aka Peanut, just to name a few things.  Dragos has been giving all of his people some much needed and deserved time off, but like most of the people in charge there is one person he has forgotten – himself.   Pia has decided that they also need some time away and a family vacation is just the thing, but she will have to be very crafty.

Dragos is tempted by treasure and decides to take the family to Bermuda so that he can get in a bit of treasure hunting.  Of course, Pia is fully behind this decision and ready to go, with her guards in tow.  Even Peanut seems to be excited about visiting a new place.  What seems like a great vacation with some family time and some treasure hunting time quickly turns when some modern day pirates learn about Dragos’ hunt for a sunken ship and are just as determined to make sure they get anything that is located.  Even more stressful is that Peanut reveals some new powers in such a way that just might turn both Dragos and Pia gray before their time. He also discovers one major aspect of being a dragon.  Pia and Dragos are not going to let anything get in the way of their vacation, especially not some lame pirates and Dragos knows just how to take care of business and keep his family safe.

Pia, Dragos and Peanut go on a simple family vacation and a treasure hunting adventure which quickly turns in to a greater adventure than anyone expected in Dragos Takes a Holiday.  I was so excited when I heard about this book months before it came out and was more than ready to see just how anyone convinced Dragos to take time off.  I loved how crafty Pia was in getting what she most wanted – time away for everyone.  She really knows her husband well.  I also loved watching a Liam, aka Peanut, discovered new horizons and powers.  I can already tell that his life is going to be one big adventure; I just hope that Pia and Dragos are ready for this.  Watching as the vacation almost turned into a tragedy had me hoping that luck was still shinning on them all.  Watching as Dragos showed those who endangered his family just why it was such a bad idea, had me cheering for protective dragons and I know that if Pia could have figured out how to sprout wings and fly, I’m pretty sure she might have found a way to put on a bit of hurt herself.

Dragos Takes a Holiday is a book that brings a smile from the first page until the last with just a touch of suspense to keep it from being too sugary.  I have truly fallen in love with Pia, Dragos and Liam and I don’t ever want to fall out of it.  If you have been following the journey that Pia and Dragos have been taking as they discovered love and now have added to their family, then you will not want to miss this unique family vacation.  I have already read this book twice and discovered a couple of minor things I missed the first time.  Dragos Takes a Holiday is an absolute must read and yes, to me, it’s also a Joyfully Recommended book that I know will be opened up again and again.  

THE WICKED by Thea Harrison

THE WICKED by Thea Harrison

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THE WICKED by Thea HarrisonThe Wicked by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #5.5
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-07-02
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 134
Reviewed by Jo

The adventure of a lifetime might just end in turmoil, but when it includes meeting your future mate, who gives a hoot? A Novella of the Elder RacesFor a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia’s new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure. Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn’t know if he will survive the results. But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian’s inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they’ll have to rely on each other to survive the experience. Warning: When a librarian who likes to nest meets an owl Wyr who has always lived for adventure, their romance won’t just be fly-by-night...

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Olivia Sutton is a Reference Librarian and a symbologist who loves her job at the Ex Libris library.  However, when she is offered a chance to be one of three symbologists allowed to go into one of the oldest magical libraries put together by Carling Severan, a Vampyre sorceress, and to help catalog it and pack it up ready to move, Olivia jumps at the chance.  Now it’s time for the expedition, did I mention that the library is on a magical island, and has two very different emotions at once – embarrassment and attraction.  Just when you wished you could disappear at will, it never happens.

Sebastian Hale is an Owl Wyr and also the leader of the expedition and head of security.  Sebastian owns the company that was hired to make sure that everyone going after the library safely makes the trip to and from the island.  He is no novice on leading trips that could be very dangerous and making sure that everyone who leaves, arrives home okay with the mission accomplished.  When Sebastian meets Olivia, at first he isn’t sure if she can be trusted – after all she arrived with a Djinn and then he is highly attracted to her.

At first, the trip to the island went smoothly but just as they reach the area, they hit a dangerous snag that could have endangered everyone.  Finally, they reached Carling’s old house and Olivia is excited to begin but she is even more looking forward to giving into the attraction between her and Sebastian.  The attraction quickly turns into passion and Olivia learns about Sebastian’s greatest challenge and a curse.  Just when it looks like the expedition is going to be smooth until they are done, a betrayal happens that endangers Olivia and turns Sebastian into a deadly Wyr when the woman he loves is injured.  The greatest challenge is now before Olivia and Sebastian, can they find a way to lift the curse and have the loving future they are dreaming of?

A magical library and a dangerous expedition are all it takes to bring an overwhelming passion into being in The Wicked.  Sebastian is the true embodiment of a bad boy and yes he is very wicked, but in such a sexy way.  Olivia might have been worried that she was becoming dull but once she took the job from Carling and met Sebastian – dull is the last thing I would ever have called her.  I loved watching as Sebastian and Olivia fell for each other and became mates.  I can also tell you that I learned to never get an Owl Wyr mad or hurt someone that a Djinn likes because your outcome will not be pleasant.  And that goes double when an Oracle wants her way.  Sebastian and Olivia’s pathway to love might have been filled with suspense and danger but it was also so gripping that I didn’t want the story to end.  The Wicked is a fast paced page-turner full of passion and danger with touches of humor that will have you sighing as the last page is turned.  Of course, it’s also Joyfully Recommended from me to you as the latest in Ms. Harrison’s outstanding Elder Races series and one you won’t want to miss.

KINKED by Thea Harrison

KINKED by Thea Harrison

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RISING DARKNESS by Thea Harrison

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