|Title: Storm’s Heart
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #2
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Julia
Several sex scenes.
During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who don’t want to see her ascend the throne…
Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr’s best weapons. And he’s the one sent to protect Tricks when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago.
Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them- a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds
In STORM’S HEART, Niniane is a Faerie princess struggling with the tragedy of her past and Tiago is a Thunderbird facing his future. Between the two of them, the chemistry, both sexual and verbal, is undeniable. While Tiago’s introduction is a little clunky with assurances that he and Niniane don’t know each other well, despite moving in the same circles for 200 years, once the story brings them together it’s fireworks and fast action until book’s end.
While STORM’S HEART doesn’t evoke as much humor as DRAGON BOUND, if only because of the heartbreaking nature of Niniane’s past, the story doesn’t suffer from the slightly more somber tone. The murder of Niniane’s parents and little brothers is a trauma that has always haunted her, and going back into the treacherous depths of Dark Faerie to claim her throne takes away whatever measure of peace she had found in the centuries since that night. Niniane’s vulnerability touches the heart, and Tiago’s protective nature is exactly the irrevocable support she needs. Despite the heavier subject matter, this is by no means a dark book. The sexual chemistry is potent, some of Niniane’s “Tricks” side comes through for comic relief, and Tiago munching on pastries and deciding that he likes armchair warfare just fine is pretty entertaining as well. Tiago’s reactions and asides stole the show for me, and once again, I find that Harrison’s hero has charmed me alongside the heroine.
On the whole, STORM’S HEART is fast paced, heart warming, and entertaining. I really like that the sexual chemistry of mating is never used as a substitute for characters choosing to be in the relationship (and it simplifies trust issues significantly), making it a narrative device that works very well in these books. While STORM’S HEART hasn’t supplanted DRAGON BOUND as my favorite thus far, I can’t put down one Elder Races books without wishing I could pick up the next immediately. Given the build up from STORM’S HEART, I’ll be anxiously awaiting Rune and Carling’s story in SERPENT’S KISS.