Night's Honor (Elder Races Series #7)

Night's Honor (Elder Races Series #7)

by Thea Harrison

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ISBN-13: 9780425274361
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Elder Races Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 642,612
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A debut author at the age of nineteen, Thea Harrison had sixteen romances published under another name before she took a break to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She’s back with the Novels of the Elder Races, a paranormal romance series. Thea lives in California with her family.

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ONE

Vampyre’s Ball, New Year’s Eve

Cautiously, Tess peered at the crowd through a side stage door. She might be able to control her behavior, but her body told a different story. Her mouth had dried out, her heart pounded and her palms had turned clammy.

All the monsters were beautiful. Vampyres loved beauty, and they were some of the most celebrated in all of the Elder Races.

Charismatic and elegantly dressed in black tie and couture gowns, Vampyres filled the banquet-style great hall. Some sat at large round tables in the middle of the floor, but many stood and mingled. Human attendants wove through the clusters of glittering creatures, doing the bidding of their patrons.

Most of the attendants were dressed in subdued, discreet clothing, but there were a few standouts, such as the dark haired woman wearing a diamond collar that flashed with brilliant fire. Barefoot, she wore a silk, champagne-colored sheath dress. The paper-thin material of the dress was short, barely covering the woman’s ass. Sapphires studded her leash, the end of which hung negligently on the slim wrist of her Vampyre patroness.

The redheaded Vampyre wore a black velvet evening gown and a haughty expression. She never glanced at her collared attendant, who shifted and turned to keep flawless pace with her patroness, rather like a well-trained dog. As the pair faced Tess, she saw that the collared woman wore a small, private smile. She didn’t look abused, and her creamy skin appeared flawless. If anything, she looked like she enjoyed being on display.

To the sides of the great hall and up on a mezzanine level were more private areas where the most powerful of the elite could lounge in comfort. Any Vampyre who was anybody of note in the Nightkind demesne attended the annual Vampyre’s Ball, even the Nightkind King himself, Julian Regillus.

Tess checked the number on her ticket. When she had joined the candidates, the line had gone out the back of the building and down the alley, but she’d finally made it inside. Now there were only three people ahead of her.

A new candidate took the stage. She had a California-girl style of beauty, tall and leggy with long, blonde tresses—yes, tresses—that had been styled to fall in thick waves around her perfect heart-shaped face and slender shoulders. Green eyes sparkled with a coquettish vivacity as she slipped off a short, red dressing gown. Totally naked, she spun in a circle on five-inch, nude-colored stiletto heels. Taking the microphone from the human, middle-aged emcee, she began a catwalk strut across the stage while she talked.

“Hi everybody, I hope you’re all having a wonderful evening! My name is Haley, and I’m so excited to be here with you tonight! I’m twenty-one years old, and I’m working on my bachelor’s in sociology at Berkeley. . . .”

This was like an X-rated version of America’s Got Talent, except with Vampyres.

A tension headache began to throb behind Tess’s right eye. She hadn’t thought she was a prude, but the other woman had just disrobed as casually as if she were about to step into a bathtub in her own home. Haley was the same smooth honey tan all over. Nothing jiggled or dimpled anywhere. Her breasts looked like perfect, gravity-defying circles glued to her slender torso.

Now, those couldn’t be natural.

Tess glanced down at herself. Not that she was going to strip down for anybody when it was her turn to take the stage, but even with her clothes on, it was perfectly clear that everything about her was horrendously average.

The best thing anybody could say about her body was that she was fit, and even then, she did jiggle in a few places. Her straight, dark hair was cut into a sensible bob, but she was two weeks overdue for a trim. She wore faded jeans, black shoes with flat heels and a black sweater, mainly because it was the only outfit she had left with her that was still clean.

The Vampyres continued with their conversations. Not a single one in the crowded hall looked at Haley. No one lifted a bidding paddle.

Tess turned her attention to the mezzanine level. She could just see the Nightkind King’s strong, rough profile as he talked with the monster sitting opposite him. The Vampyre with him appeared to be a young man, with nut brown hair pulled back in a simple ponytail and a pleasantly nondescript, mild-mannered face.

His appearance couldn’t be more of a lie. Xavier del Torro was one of the most notorious of all the Vampyres, a feared hunter famous in all of the Elder Races—and famous among humans as well—and Julian’s right-hand man. Neither del Torro nor the King glanced at the stage.

Haley worked hard for her allotted two minutes. Her routine was polished, professional and raunchy, and it left the onlookers in no doubt. Clearly she was ready and willing to do anything to become a Vampyre’s attendant. When the buzzer sounded, she swept up her discarded robe and exited stage left with a bright smile and a cheerful, Miss Universe pageant-style wave.

The next candidate walked onto the stage with quick, jerky movements. This one was a man in his forties dressed in a department store suit. He looked tense and so uncomfortable, Tess’s muscles clenched with empathy. She could relate.

When the emcee handed the candidate the microphone, he cleared his throat, pulled out a photo and held it in the air. It wavered visibly in his unsteady hand. In the photo, a girl grinned at the camera, her head tilted to one side.

“My name is Roberto Sanchez, and I am here on behalf of my beautiful daughter Cara. Cara is fourteen years old, and she is in the hospital. She has childhood leukemia. She was in remission for three years, but now the cancer has returned. Please, I am begging you—someone have mercy on her. If you would only agree to be her patron, you could help to heal her. She’s a good girl. She can work hard for you, if only she felt better. . . .”

Tess winced. Sanchez was breaking several of the rules that had been handed out on cards to those candidates who had been lucky enough to get a ticket and now stood in line, waiting for their turn on the stage. All medically based petitions must go through the visa application process at the Bureau of Nightkind Immigration.

The annual Vampyre’s Ball on New Year’s Eve was an occasion to make a different kind of petition altogether, a kind of massive job screening process where Vampyres of standing might choose to take on human attendants to add to their households.

Supposedly the relationship between a Vampyre patron and his human attendants was a mutually beneficial arrangement. The attendants assured the Vampyre a steady blood supply in addition to working to support the household as a whole. In return the Vampyre offered his protection and assured that the attendant would have a safe, secure place in which to live, and a long, healthy life. There was even an outside chance that a candidate might become a Vampyre himself one day.

Both opportunities were rare. According to the website FAQs that Tess had read, the Nightkind demesne in the United States received over ten million visa applications a year from humans hoping to be turned, while the number of newly created Vampyres each year was the tiniest fraction of that and strictly controlled by the Nightkind demesne working in coordination with the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Probably Sanchez had already applied for a visa for his daughter and had been turned down. Clearly desperation had pushed him onto the stage.

Just as it would push Tess, when it was her turn.

The next few moments were excruciating, and not just because of the rawness of Sanchez’s pleading, although that was bad enough.

The worst was that the Vampyres did nothing.

Nothing.

Nobody moved to interrupt Sanchez. The emcee did not order security to remove him. Nobody turned to look at the pleading man or raised a bidding paddle. They all acted as if he did not exist.

A sickened anger tied her stomach in knots. This was horrendous, degrading, and it didn’t matter that cold logic said there could be no good way to handle candidates like Sanchez, or that his petition had been doomed from the start. The number of visa applicants was overwhelming to begin with. If the Vampyres gave into one Sanchez who broke the rules, they would never be able to stop the flood of others.

She didn’t know what was worse—their show of indifference or the humans who chose to abase themselves onstage.

And I’m one of them, she thought. She wiped her face with a shaking hand. How in God’s name could I have ever thought this might be a good idea?

Scratch that, I never thought it was a good idea. It was my only idea.

The reason was simple. When you pissed off the devil, you ran out of options real fast.

The buzzer sounded. With agonizing politeness, the emcee escorted Sanchez off the stage, and the next candidate came on.

The person behind Tess elbowed her with a hiss, and she eased the stage door closed to step into the wings. Her blood pounded in her ears, and her shaking breath caught in her throat. This was far worse than any kind of normal stage fright, magnified as it was by anger, revulsion and fear.

As if from a long distance away, she heard the buzzer sound. And again.

When it was her turn, she stepped forward and waited just behind the curtain for her cue. If she held herself any more rigidly, she felt like she might break into pieces.

The emcee walked toward her with a practiced smile and a sharp, disinterested gaze. Holding out a hand, he beckoned to her. She walked forward into a flood of hot lights, stopped at the X taped on the floor and faced the crowded hall. Her cold fingers curled automatically around the microphone when it was shoved into her hand.

The lights on the stage had turned the Vampyres into shadowy figures that made them seem even more menacing. She wanted to scream at them, or laugh at the absurdity of the whole scenario.

Instead, the intolerable tension fractured and she iced over with a clear, clean anger. None of them would listen to anything she might say anyway.

Not bothering to raise the microphone, she said in a calm, flat voice, “My looks are entirely forgettable, and I’m smarter than almost anyone here.”

Screw them, if they weren’t able to see what advantages there could be in any of that. Screw all of them.

•   •   •

On the mezzanine floor, one of the Vampyres turned from his conversation to look down at her.

He raised his paddle.

•   •   •

Blinded by the bright lights shining in her face, Tess couldn’t see if her words had caused any reaction. She only knew she wasn’t going to stay on the stage for one more moment. She had to go somewhere quiet to try to figure out her next move. Pivoting, she strode to the emcee “Where’s the exit?”

Giving her a strange look, he walked with her to the opposite edge of the stage, where another young woman in an aide’s uniform waited in the wings. Plucking the microphone out of Tess’s hand, the emcee moved on to the next candidate.

Despair weighed down her limbs until she felt as if she were moving through water. She asked the aide tightly, “How do I get out of here?”

Like the emcee, all of the servers and aides at the Ball were human. The woman gave her the same strange look as the emcee had, incredulity mingled with envy, and darkened with the faintest tinge of resentment. “I know candidates can’t see it when they’re on the stage, but you’ve been selected for an interview.”

Tess blinked. She couldn’t have heard that right. The words didn’t make any sense. “Excuse me?”

“Someone wants to interview you.” The aide checked the screen of her iPad then rapidly input something with a stylus. “Go down the hall to the back staircase, then up to the second floor. Remember, one flight up is the mezzanine level. The second floor is two flights up. Your interview will be in room 219. He’ll be with you shortly.”

He.

She was almost getting used to the slightly nauseous tension that clenched her stomach. “Who is it?”

Even as she asked, the aide turned away to beckon the next candidate offstage. As the woman stepped into the wings, she clutched at the aide’s hands. “This is my sixth year auditioning. How did I do? Did someone ask for me?”

Tess turned away. The only way she would find out who wanted to talk to her was by going up to the room. Feeling dazed, she went down the utilitarian hall and walked up two flights of stairs.

The building was old. During the California gold rush, it had been one of San Francisco’s premiere hotels, but it had been partially gutted and renovated in the 1920s to be used for the Vampyre’s Ball.

Away from the glittering elegance of the main ballroom, the building showed its age. Still, the upstairs was a little better than the hallway backstage. There were a few touches of faded glory, in the scratched and peeling gilding on the stairway railings, in the worn carpet, and in the crown molding at the edges of the ceiling.

The upstairs rooms had once been hotel rooms. As the thought occurred to her, she clenched both hands into fists.

Relatively few Vampyres reached enough prominence to support a household of attendants, but when they did, they set their own rules for what happened in their domain. She had heard rumors that in some households, attendants provided more than just blood and assigned work. They also traded sexual favors in return for the kind of lifestyle that a wealthy Vampyre patron could offer.

Even if an attendant never gained the opportunity to be turned, regular bites from a patron boosted a human’s natural immune system, and they could live as long as a hundred and thirty years. There were reasons why Haley had gone naked onto the stage, not least of which was the opportunity to live more than half again one’s own natural life span and to die in one’s sleep of old age.

Room 219 was tucked between others in the middle of the hall. As soon as she gripped the door handle, her muscles locked up and she stood frozen, unable to make herself step into the room and yet not able to walk away, while rapid-fire thoughts snapped at her heels like feral dogs.

This “interview” could be another version of the casting couch scenario.

If there’s a bed in the room, that’s it, she thought. I’m out of here.

I think.

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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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Night's Honor 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
The hero and the heroine are great characters but sadly we don't really get the couple time we need to really explore who they are and who they are together. The romance is slow starting but that didn't really bother me. However, not spending more time with them after that got together did. We should have started into the timeline of the next book I think. I would have loved to see the heroine finding her place.  There are lots of threads floating in the wind of this book which make the novel less pleasurable than it otherwise might have been. The Djinn issue is pretty easily resolved-it could be, of course, but it felt false. Why does the heroine think so badly of Vampires? The hero's occupation isn't really explore or shared in any depth and there was room for that at the end of the novel.  I like and trust Harrison as a writer. I am not really that interested in the next couple Julian and Mellie though. The reunited plot is not my favorite.  This series best book is the first but I still find it a lovely place to spend my time.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't prepared to like this as much as the other books in the series, but I was wrong. This totally mesmerized me and I read it all in one sitting. The lead characters are so well written and, I confess, I have fallen in love with Xavier. Not only is Harrison an excellent writer, she is an intelligent one and I can't wait for the next book.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 3 Night’s Honor Stars ~  Night’s Honor is book seven in the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison and can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading in order.  Night’s Honor was an ok a read, not as outstanding as previous books in the series. We finally get to see the Vampire realm and how it works. So far Ms. Harrison has introduced us to the Wyr and Dark Fae realms and only a brief visits of the Vampire King in a previous installment. I had a hard time keeping interested in this latest installment. It felt dull and slow going. I could not connect to the plot/story or characters as I like too. It had little action from what I am use too reading in the series. The romance was sweet, but there where no surprises and the fear Tess initial has of Xavier and their time apart made it hard to really feel the all consuming epic love that I’ve come to expect from the series.  Overall I enjoyed Night’s Honor and seeing how the Vampire’s work, but it is not my favorite in the Elder Race series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thea harrison wrote another good book. The story was interesting and as usual left me waiting impatiently for the next book. You don't have to read the privious books in the series to enjoy "Nights Honor" but I recommend reading them for pure enjoyment.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison is the 7th full length novel of her Elder Races series. I am a big fan of this series, and this book took me by surprise. Thea goes out of her normal range, with a hero we never thought would get his own story. We do not get to see any of Dragos and his team. Night’s Honor belongs to Xavier del Torro, who is a Vampyre, and the Nightkind King Julian’s right hand. When we met Xavier in Serpent’s Kiss, he and Julian were not our favorites, as they gave our heroes Rune and Carling a hard time. We meet our heroine, Tess at the start. She is on the run, and decides to audition to become an attendant for a powerful vampire. In disgust, she leaves the audition, as no one paid attention to her. Except one…… Xavier, one of the most feared and powerful of the Vampyres. There is something about Tess that makes Xavier hire her for a one year trial. He senses her fear of him, but honors his deal to give her chance to learn. Tess meets many of the people working for Xavier, as she is trained how to fight and handle weapons. Each day she is pushed to the max by those training her, but she seems somewhat happy & safe living in this mansion. Xavier personally trains her how to dance the Waltz, and slowly she becomes more comfortable with him. One of the prerequisite for her to get past the one year trial is to be able to offer blood to him, something she cannot bring herself to do. Xavier finds himself becoming obsessed with Tess, and knows she is running from something. When she reads something in the paper, she decides to run again. Only this time, Xavier stops her and gets the truth out of her. Tess is running from a very powerful Dijinn, and not even Xavier can stop him. What follows from that point on is an exciting adventure that will put Tess and Xavier very much in danger, as well as Julian. Lives are at stake, with some twists and betrayals. It is a thrilling finish to the end. Even with the exciting storyline, it is the romance between Tess and Xavier that made this book so good. To watch someone like Xavier find himself falling in love, and Tess overcoming her fear of vampyres to fall in love with Xavier. I loved Tess, as she was despite her fears, a tough, outspoken & savvy heroine. Thea you have given us a fabulous story, with a hero we never thought we could fall for. Bravo! Night’s Honor is a great addition to the Elder Races series, and trust me when I say you will love Xavier and Tess.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--NIGHT’S HONOR is the seventh full length instalment in Thea Harrison’s romantic Elder Races paranormal series. This is vampire Xavier del Torro and human female Tess Graham’ storyline. At the New Year’s Eve Vampyre’s Ball Tess offers herself up as a human attendant not knowing that her life is about to change when one of the most powerful and frightening Vampyre agrees to take her on.  The focus of the storyline is Tess’s training to become one of Xavier’s attendants but Tess has several issues that must be addressed. First and foremost Tess is hiding the real reason she has placed herself in the care of the sexy supernatural male-she is on the run and knows there isn’t much time; the fact that she is reluctant to share her blood makes Xavier more hesitant about her position within his house. While Tess slowly integrates herself into the household Xavier’s attraction to the feisty female is growing stronger. But there is trouble brewing within the Nightkind demesne and Xavier is about to risk everything to keep his human family safe. The relationship between Tess and Xavier is slow to build as Tess has a difficult time training for any possible attack. While Xavier tends to Nightkind business, Tess finds herself on the outside looking in. It is only when Xavier returns that he realizes that Tess is much more than a human attendant-he is falling for the female who stirs something deep within his soul. There are several secondary characters who all play a role within Xavier’s house. We are introduced to some of the key players in the Nightkind demesne which ensures a different direction in the Elder Races arc. As NIGHT’S HONOR primarily focuses on Tess and Xavier, there is very little interaction or mention of the previous storyline characters. With NIGHT’S HONOR Thea Harrison returns to her paranormal roots. Tess and Xavier’s story is provocative, intense and sensual, and the change in story arc direction pulls the reader into a whole new level of imagination and storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved this series so far, until now. I didn't believe the characters, I couldn't get into the story, and I found it easily predictable. It seemed like a rush job. Very disappointing. Hopefully next one will be better.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one a lot. Another series that I have fallen behind in and am glad to revisit the Elder Races world. Xavier and Tess are beautiful together. Their story isn't rushed, they come together slowly and naturally, and their love and passion are beautiful. I love how Xavier won't let her run away, the scene in the ballroom where they confess secrets was emotional, his attempts to teach her to waltz were funny, and how she saves herself from Malphas was priceless! When they came together it was beautiful and intimate. He comes right out and tells her he wants her in his life for more than one night. Loved that! It was refreshing to have a male lead lay everything out there so there was no doubt where they were headed long term. I don't want to go too much more into saying everything I loved about this story but it is definitely one of my favorites in the series.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Tess finds herself in a sticky situation after thwarting the plans of Dijnn Malphas, where can she hide so he won’t kill her? She goes to the Vampire Ball trying to enlist help from one of them. To her surprise, Xavier, the right hand to Julian, takes an interest. As terrified as she is of Xavier, there is something else pulling her into his orbit. Xavier is surprised by Tess’s strength as she battles her fear to face him. He decides to make her part of his household. As Tess struggles to find her place, the connection between Xavier and Tess grows. Will she find a place for herself? Or will she run at the first sign of trouble? Xavier hasn’t ever been this drawn to a woman, what will he do to keep her? Another fabulous journey in the realm of the Elder Races.
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
Tess is on the run from a corrupt and powerful Djinn. Her only chance of survival, find a more powerful being that will protector her. She chooses to attend the Vampyre Ball hoping to be given a one in thousand chance at becoming a Vampyre's chosen. Tess does catch the interest of Xavier del Torro, the right hand of Nightkind King. While she needs his protection she is a highly reluctant servant. I'm a huge fan of the Elder Race series. That being said Night's Honor was not up to the normal awesomeness of this series. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book but in comparison to other Harrison reads it didn't have the normal WOW factor I've come accustom too. It was entertaining and a continuation that I wouldn't want to have missed.
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ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Xavier is mysteriously sexy but I wasn’t too fond of Tess. She is running from a powerful Djinn and decides to “tryout” to be an attendant for a Vampyre. Yet, when she is chosen she, won’t perform the most primary function of her position—being a blood donor. Xavier is intrigued by Tess and strikes a deal with her; she has one year to give blood or her contract is terminated.  Tess is scared of Vampyres. Although she continues to train and learn the etiquette required of an attendant, her stubbornness and somewhat defiant behavior—while amusing to Xavier—really annoyed me. I thought she was selfish and a total flake. There is a part in the book where Raoul, Xavier’s head of security, is trying to get Tess to quit. She tells him that she doesn’t quit easily, but the reason she is there is because she is in hiding; making it difficult for me to reconcile the person Tess is in the beginning of the book, to the romantic interest later on.  Despite my dislike for Tess, I did enjoy Xavier and Raoul’s interactions as well as Julian and Melisande’s side story. Julian is the Nightkind King and Melisande is the heir to the Light Fae court. They were lovers ages ago but the flames of their passion still burn brightly with their angry confrontations during council meetings. I loved their interactions as well as the Nightkind politics and the power struggles that ensued! NIGHT’S HONOR is an exciting read full of intrigue, betrayals, sexy vampires and an epilogue that will have you salivating for the next book! ***I was gifted a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
As with the previous books in this series, NIGHT'S HONOR is a fun, steamy read.  "I was a young man with a completely normal sex drive, who was encouraged to study the scriptures," he said. "I memorized all of it." He stroked her lips. ""Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet...Thou hast ravished my heart."" Something stricken banished the laughter from her gaze. "Yes," she whispered. "That's what it feels like." All the words burned away, and he stood silent, without language or barriers, holding on to her bare, warm waist. He felt like he might drown if he let go. He might drown anyway, but if he did, he needed to bring her with him. NIGHT'S HONOR by Thea Harrison is the seventh book in the Elder Races series. Previous Elder Races books have involved Dragos and his lieutenants. This book is almost wholly cut off from the Wyr plotline, so Dragos and other familiar faces are absent. NIGHT'S HONOR goes in a different direction capitalizing on Vampyre history and their twisted politics. It also divulges quite a bit more about the functions of humans and Vampyres. Therefore, this book would actually serve as a great entry point for a new reader to the series. Thus, I am quite comfortable asserting that it can be easily enjoyed as a standalone. NIGHT'S HONOR is the story of human Tess Graham and her Vampyre love interest Xavier del Torro. Isn't Xavier a great name? I really like the way it rolls off my tongue. LOL! Since Xavier attends the Sentinel Games during this book, it would be safe to assume that the timeline for this story runs parallel to that of the LORD'S FALL, Elder Races #5.  My full review has been posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. 4 Wine Glasses!
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I have plenty of mixed feelings about Nights Honor, I suggest reading the previous books to get some background plot fill in so that the minor details aren't so confusing. The story overall was fairly decent, the characters didn't quite seem to intrigue me until the story was almost over but I think it could be a pre build up for the next book coming in the series and it just became the filler story to get you to the next installment since for the most part it just felt as if most of the characters were just going through the motions. There is however plenty to enjoy since it is well written and there is plenty of detail the author adds to her world to keep the reader entertained enough to want to know more. I did enjoy a slow build to the relationship even though it was a tad too slow but I've grown a little bored of the instant relationship with no reason behind it so if you enjoy a slow paced read Nights Honor does well to fulfill that need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to enjoy this. I liked the heroine and the hero, but after a promising start the story just stalled. The hero was absent a lot. The big dangerous moment at the end, kind of flittered out. I think this would have been better as a novella.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the hero/heroine together and individually. Based upon the blurb, I was surprised at how simple and easy the plot thread with the Djinn was resolved. I kept waiting for something else to happen. Overall, I would read the story again and recommend to a friend.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I am a sucker for romance, be it contemporary, suspense, fantasy and especially PNR but lately I have been reading more contemporary and new adult novels in general.  No specific reason, but mostly because there’s quite a few of them coming out.  In the midst of all this hype, Thea brought me back to where my love for reading has begun. It was my attraction and love for paranormal novels.  And this particular vampire…swept me off my feet. Tess was caught in a web of success and money until she found out that the person she worked for is as crooked as can be. Unfortunately, she’d had to make some choices that put her out of a job and her life in danger.  Left with nowhere to go, she applied for a job for one of the most powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind Demesne, Xavier de Torro. Like I said, Xavier swept me off my feet.  He was such romantic. He has the looks, dance moves, power, and known for his ruthlessness.  He has marked his place in the Nightkind Demsne as Julian’s right hand man, making him feared and respected. He didn’t advertise who he is, but I love that he wasn’t shy about it.  And he will use that to his advantage to save Tess.  He had the Knight in shining armor about him which I totally swooned over. *cues the eye rolling* I know I’m such a sap.  I can’t help it; he absolutely won me over with his very being. Tess was okay.  She’s not my favorite heroine, but she came through in the end.  In the beginning, it was all about her survival.  Not that she was selfish, but her predicament left her closed off to anyone including Xavier.  Eventually, she got over her issues and earned the respect of her colleagues, Xavier, and me as a reader.  It helped that in the end, SHE was the Knight in Shining armor. Julian and Xavier’s world was brought out in the open including their relations and world of politics but not nearly enough.  This book would be grander if was longer, IMO. I would’ve been okay with a little more Elder Races and Xavier page time.  The set up for Julian’s book was brief but had me wanting for more.  Julian’s character is a most anticipated read, and his book will be next.  Brace yourselves, Thea fans! *ARC provided by publisher
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krystolla More than 1 year ago
Hero has enormous library, what more do you need?
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Thea Harrison continues the Elder Races series, with her seventh book, Night's Honor. This series has given the reader everything from dragons to fae and in this book readers travel to the vampire corner of Harrison's world. Xavier is an elegant, but deadly, vampire assassin and Tess is on the run from a Djinn that wants to do her in. The sexual tension is high and world building is exceptional. Harrison once again thrills readers with a slow burning romance and enough action to light up the night! A great addition to the series. What I liked: Thea Harrison is one of those writers that makes paranormal readers stand up and take notice. Her books embrace the supernatural in such a way that the reader can almost feel kinship with her characters. She gets down to the nitty-gritty of what makes these dragons, vampires, fae... tick. In her latest novel, Night's Honor readers get to see the inner workings of a vampire household. They get to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the Nightkind. I loved the way Harrison chose to portray her vampires. These vampires are old. Most of them in this story anyway. Harrison does a fantastic job of allowing the reader to 'feel' the age of these characters. Xavier, the hero, was a former priest during the Spanish Inquisition. The reader not only sees the brutal and dangerous side of his character, but also his cultured and elegant side. He has such a quiet and controlled, yet passionate demeanor. He is probably one of my favorite vampire characters ever. There is just something about him that seems so fundamentally real. Tess, the heroine, is on the run. She has gotten herself into a bit of spot with Djinn. Not a supernatural you want to mess with. She might be scared to death of vampires, but she's more scared of what hunts her. I liked her brutal honesty. Her will to survive and determined manner in everything she did. Once she became Xavier's human attendant, she immerses herself in his culture, in his household and in his life. Seeing her ideas of what it meant to be among the vampires change and grow was an exceptional part of this book. The romance is what I would call a slow burn. As a reader you have to consider the fact that this is a vampire you are reading about. He is immortal and has all the time in the world. There is no reason to rush. I loved the fact that Harrison let Tess dictate the pace of this relationship and that Xavier was willing to wait until that perfect moment when Tess was open and ready to be a part of him. It might be toward the latter part of the book before readers see passion between these two, but it is soooooo worth the wait! Bottom Line: Night's Honor was a great lead in to more vampire books in this series. It appears that King Julian may get his happy ending in the next book. Just when I think there are no more new ways for authors to show us their ideas of vampires, I am yet again surprised. Harrison's world building skills are unarguably some of the best in the business. If you are a paranormal fan of anything, this book will make you glad you are!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to the elder races. Loved it Highly recommend it. Love he series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago