Kinked by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races, #6
Published by Berkley on November 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 304 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: multiple graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
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
I was apprehensive going into KINKED as I found Aryal plain mean, surly, and abrasive in the previous books of the Elder Races. At first I continued to be seriously annoyed with her as she was super stubborn and generally horrible to people but after spending time in her POV I grew to understand her better and even began to like her misanthropic ways in the end. She's incredibly tough, super snarky and also super loyal. I admired that while she does grow and change her perspective about people in KINKED she never changes who she is; a badass fighter who will have your back if she likes you that is...
Aryal's relationship with Quentin was fascinating to read as these two truly hate each other for their own prejudicial ways. I was left wondering just how exactly they were going to go from plotting each other's murder to being in love. Luckily they go through so much physically and emotionally in KINKED that by the end I adored them together. They are both incredibly flawed which makes them and their relationship more realistic and I enjoyed that Quentin also didn't change who he was either once he realized his feeling for Aryal. There is a lot of eroticism and touches of BDSM in KINKED which was fun to read and fit with Quentin and Aryal's personalities. It was also neat to see two very dominate characters fight to find a satisfying middle ground in their relationship as neither one is willing to be really submissive.
Aside from Aryal and Quentin's sexy, erotic relationship the actual plot was pretty interesting albeit kind of light since the story mostly focuses on Aryal and Quentin. There is no real forward momentum in the series story arc but I actually didn't mind since the drama between Aryal and Quentin was plenty entertaining. I also continue to absolutely adore Harrison's world building and her detailed descriptions of places.
KINKED is a deliciously erotic paranormal romance set in the absolutely stunning world of the Elder Races. I look forward to seeing what is in store next for these wonderfully rich characters in the Elder Races series.Series Titles:
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