Kinked (Elder Races Series #6)

Kinked (Elder Races Series #6)

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by Thea Harrison, Sophie Eastlake
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Praise for the Novels of the Elder Races:
 
“A dark, compelling world. I’m hooked!”—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 
“Harrison delivers an epic story of myth, mayhem and love that is sure to keep readers satisfied and breathing fire!”—Fresh Fiction

“Thea Harrison is a master storyteller.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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ISBN-13:
9781452655314
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Elder Races Series, #6
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Novels of the Elder Races:
 
“A dark, compelling world. I’m hooked!”—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 
“Harrison delivers an epic story of myth, mayhem and love that is sure to keep readers satisfied and breathing fire!”—Fresh Fiction

“Thea Harrison is a master storyteller.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Meet the Author


Thea Harrison is the pen name of author Teddy Harrison. She wrote her first book at age nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. Thea holds graduate degrees in philanthropic studies and library information science and has worked as an activist for a nonprofit consumer rights organization, a receptionist, an office manager, and a director of development and research. She lives in northern California. An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find, while on a never-ending quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

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Kinked (Elder Races Series #6) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Forced to work together, Quentin and Aryal would have to stay together despite their hate for each other. Frustrated with both of them, Dragos sends them on a mission to assess a situation in Numenlaur, the oldest Elven land. It is a dangerous mission, leaving Quentin and Aryal depending on each other. Though their feelings for each other were purely hate from the beginning, it quickly turns to lust. The sexual tension between was high but what intrigued me most was the break down of both their proverbial protective wall. Ms. Harrison did a wonderful job breaking their defenses and showing both their vulnerabilities for us to see. Humanizing these very strong and deadly characters was not an easy task I’m sure but Ms. Harrison still managed to do it well. Aryal and Quentin actually made me laugh. Not only they got on each other’s nerves, they actually tried to get at each other’s throats…literally. These two, really took the love-hate relationship to a whole new level. I enjoyed their relationship for the most part. However, there were some parts I didn’t quite enjoy. There were certain parts in the book that the hate between them was so strong that I almost didn’t believe softer emotions were possible. There was also a hint of BDSM that I thought was out of place, and possibly this book could do without. Don’t get me wrong, Aryal and Quentin were hot together, but again certain scenes didn’t appeal to me. It was such a treat to delve back into Ms. Harrison’s Elder Races Series again. I have always been a fan of this world starting with Dragon Bound the first installment of this series. Which is Dragos and Pia's book. I believe he is one of the first dragon shifters’ I’ve ever fallen for as well as the start with my love for Ms. Harrison’s work. With that said, seeing Dragos again in action and still having a strong love affair with Pia was definitely one of the highlights of this book. Seems like there are a lot going on in this world , but Dragos certainly is still in control keeping the peace within the races. Pia’s true being is still a mystery to the public eye , but I feel like something is brewing and this may be a big issue in the upcoming books. Though Kinked is not my fave of the series, it is still an enjoyable read and of course another good addition to the Elder Race series. Dragos Takes a Holiday will be releasing soon which I'm certain will be a great holiday read. ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the others in this series, but this fell short. The Whole bdsm thing seemed contrived . The plot was only hal way developed. The villain didn't make.sens. THe hero's big inner conflict just petered out. And the conversation about the strap on was way too much. It just grossed me out. And I have said this before, but it bears repeating. Penis is not a sexy word.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
When it comes to paranormal romance Thea Harrison is one of the best. Her Elder Races series is highly successful and the world building is both complex and believable. In the fifth book in the series, Kinked, readers are treated to a relationship between two very passionate characters. There is a fine line between love and hate for Aryal and Quentin and they both hit it head on. Harrison uses extreme circumstances and clever dialogue to move this story forward at a swift pace. Readers who love this series, will be very happy with the progression these characters take. New readers to the series may be a little behind, but will still enjoy this fiery relationship with all it's ups and downs. Aryal is no picnic. She is abrasive, harsh and down right mean at times. She has not been the most favored character by many fans of the Elder Races series, so it was quite the task for Harrison to change minds already made up about her. She was tasked with showing Aryal's vulnerability. Showing the reasons behind her behavior beyond the fact that she is a harpy. Making her appealing to another character and to the reader enough to make her believable as a heroine and as a lover. Harrison could have compromised and 'changed' Aryal to give her that chance at love, but I'm so glad she didn't. Aryal is that same abrasive, strong willed woman we first got to know in Dragon Bound. I liked the fact that Harrison finds someone who can really stand up to Aryal in Quentin. He was the perfect compliment to her exhausting personality. Quentin was a great hero. He had just as many flaws as Aryal. Just as complex and annoying as she was, but not. He has secrets and he has something to prove. His past was criminal and Aryal doesn't trust him. He can't even stand the sight her let alone think about loving her in the beginning. But it all starts with respect. Respect of Aryal's warrior abilities for her complete belief in her own path. Quentin can go toe to toe with this harpy and he doesn't give her any quarter. She might be a woman, but he doesn't care. She's dangerous. And so is he. What a combination! Readers are treated to a real love/hate battle of wills and when these two finally come together it is explosive. The romance between these two is a bit different from past relationships in the series. It is edgier, grittier, darker in a sense. They are both dominate in everything they do. They want to possess each other as much as love each other and their sexual encounters prove that out. I liked the fact that Harrison ramps the tension up between these two from the beginning, so that when it does break loose it's amazing. I liked the control issues they shared and felt it was very appropriate for these two characters. Beyond the relationship between Aryal and Quentin readers are still treated to a good story. Because of their hatred for each other Dragos believes the only way to solve their issues is to work together. He sends them on a mission into Elven lands to find out why a missing party has not returned. It turns into an adventure neither of them could have predicted. Though there is not very much new world building there is a lot of relationship building. I think Aryal and Quentin's story had to focus more on the two of them then on other things, but I would have liked to have felt like the rest of the story was just as important. As it is the other events in the book pale in comparison to the what is happening between the main characters.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Good but Could Have Been Great  I really enjoy the world of the Elder series and this love story features two great characters from this reality--Aryal, the Harpy, and Quentin, half Elf half Panther Were. The romance here is a great love/hate, enemies to lovers from two kick ass warriors who go toe to toe in every way.   I believe in their romance, love the causal comfort with Aryal's sexuality, and like seeing everyone again. This book makes me excited for Grim's book--whenever that might be.  I like everything in this book but I have one quibble and think there could have been a great deal more here and that the world and the character's deserve more than they received.  My quibble is that while the BDSM that is explored in this books is completely natural to these two leads, it still feels a bit like its following the 50 Shades trend to me and not quite native to the book because of that. It almost fits. This is just a quibble though.  What I want more of...Aryal is the bomb. Harpies rock. We did get a lot of great details of what she looks like in both forms but nothing but a few lines here and there on harpies or her personal history. This made me sad.  Quentin's background also get shortchanged. We are told his mother (the were) is dead and that his dad lives in Palm Beach.  I wanted way more history and detail. The action is interesting but the escalation is quick and kind of crazy. We have Elves running around in what really felt like a plot excuse and didn't need to be.  So, overall, I liked this book and will reread it I am sure but I am longing for something more that I know Harrison can deliver. 
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Kinked by Thea Harrison is the 6th book in her wonderful Elder Races series. I have been a big fan of this series from the start, and I couldn’t wait for Aryal’s story. I can safely say that the wait was so worth it. Aryal is a harpy, and I have always liked her tough kick ass attitude, as well as her being the lone women Sentinel on Dragos, the Lord of the Wyr’s team. But in the last few books, she became borderline unlikable, being downright nasty to others, including Dragos’ wife Pia. A big part of her behavior has been Quentin, a new Sentinel and someone Aryal has been investigating for awhile, to expose him as the crook she knows he is, but to no avail. Quentin, who is a hunk, and a black panther shifter, does have his own dark issues of things from the past that he has to deal with. He equally gives back his feelings of hatred toward Aryal. One day it goes too far, as they both jump at each other, violently fighting out in the open for all to see. The awesome totally powerful Dragos steps in and roughly separates the two. He gives them an ultimatum, an assignment back to Numenlaur, the abandoned Elven land, where the last battle took place. Dragos’s ultimatum….spend between two weeks to a month together on this assignment, and learn to work together peacefully or they will both be removed as Sentinels. What follows is an awesome action packed adventure that forces both Aryal and Quentin to work together to survive. But most of all, it was watching two totally dominant people with such violent hate for one another slowly change. The intense hatred fed the sexual spark that each tried desperately to fight. This was an intense relationship all the way through. It was really amazing how Thea Harrison took two highly unlikely people and made them Perfect for each other. In doing so, she didn’t make them like a normal sweet romance; it was hot, sexy, hardcore, with both releasing their animal magnetism toward each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two things. I really liked the fact that Ms. Harrison did not succumb to the temptation to make each hero bigger and badder than the last. One of my favorite books had a hero that was not the baddest ass in the book. He did not vanquish the villain and rescue the heroine. He started a fight he knew he couldn't win to buy time for the badass who could vanquish the villain to get there. And in the process won the heart of the heroine. So Dragos remains at the top of the heap where he belongs and other people get to be heroic too. KUDOS!! However she did fall into the trap of kink that seems to be so prevalent in books today. Not everyone is so bored with normal that we need kink to be titillated. I prefer the author start the scene, close the bedroom door and let my imagination run riot. Then the author can pick up again with the smalltalk after the action. Just my preference.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
Thea Harrison has created a world of Elder Races that draws you in with each book you read.  I couldn’t wait for Aryal’s story as she is one of my favorite characters and I wanted to know more about Quentin.  At first I didn’t think I would like this story, it started off with hints of BDSM which I feel was not necessary to the story.  Aryal is a strong woman with a hard façade.  To indicate that because of her personality she would need to have dominance games in order to have a sexual relationship is ridiculous and unnecessary in my opinion.  I kept reading because I hoped it would get past the BDSM and move on, which for the most part it did.  I ended up really enjoying Aryal and Quentin’s story. 
Sargon1 More than 1 year ago
This book will be one of my favorites in this series . A more unlikely couple you won't find. I ended up up loving both of them a lot. The book is a great read. I didn't rally care for either character until I read this book.
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N4ni37 More than 1 year ago
THIS IS SO WORTH THE WAIT Extreme hate is usually the indicator of extreme love, passion. Aryal and Quentin proved that this is true. It's about time they did one of the two: 'fight or...' When two extremists fall in love sparks aren't the only things flying in the air. You might have to avoid a knife or two. You are in for a crazy ride and an even more painful heartbreak. LOVED IT!
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This was not your typical romance but it worked for these characters. The final battle was a little anticlimactic but it was fun watching these two go from hate to love, and it wasn't instantaneous. It was a journey I enjoyed taking with them. Great job Thea Harrison!
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.75 stars: KINKED is the sixth full length novel in Thea Harrison’s paranormal series-The Elder Races.  This is Aryal (a Harpy) and Quentin’s (Panther/Elven/Fae) story-both Wyr Sentinels and acidic enemies. For two years Aryal has been searching for something to use against Quentin-she knows he is dark and dangerous and it is her gut feeling that he is hiding an illegal past.  Hoping to get proof, Aryal has stalked Quentin at every opportunity but on her lastest attempt, she goes too far and she and Quentin will find themselves banished from the Wyr and sent to Numenlaur-the oldest Elven land searching for signs or survivors in the now desolate Elven demesne. As the leader of the Wyr, Dragos tires of Quentin and Aryal’s animosity towards one another and gave them one opportunity to straighten up or be permanently banished from both the Sentinels and the Wyr community.   The storyline focuses on Quentin and Aryal’s building relationship as they uncover what lies behind the ruined city and beautiful lands of Numenlaur. What started as bitter and abject enemies will quickly become one of friends to lovers but not before some damage is done to one another.  Their relationship in the beginning can best be described as damaging and dangerous but in the end each will find their mate -but not before they encounter a strange new phenomenon that is directly linked to the Elven world and the castle where they will find themselves imprisoned and left to die. The world building continues from the previous storylines including Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5) where the Elven Other World was decimated by its’ own people.  Thea brings together some of the Wyr Sentinels in secondary roles as well as Pia (Dragos’ mate) having a significant impact on the life and death struggles of our leading couple.   Thea has proven that she has an amazing grasp of the fantastic as the reader is pulled into a world of her making.  The descriptive nature of the Elven Other World is beautiful in comparison to the damage and death toll exacted by a cruel and power hungry being.  Kinked is a story of betrayal and loss; revenge and retribution; danger and deceit.  But it is also about survival-not for the people of Numenlaur-but for two would be enemies who must join together in a fight for their lives or lose one another to an unseen enemy or themselves. Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic read from the elder races series. Every character has depth and Every love story unique. I was never very fond of the harpy but i have grown to love her and quentin both. I think the greatest tradgedy is how long i waited for this release only to devour it so quickly, I find myself waiting again for the next book. Please Thea im begging you to please write faster...
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