Review: Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison

July 17, 2017 Review 0

Review: Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea HarrisonMoonshadow by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #1
Published by Teddy Harrison on December 13, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 498
Source: Author, Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world....

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain....

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people....

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people's resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what's left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone's pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can't deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love...

No one writes magical nerdery better than Thea Harrison. Reminiscent of Rune and Carling tumbling through time, MOONSHADOW's heroine, Sophie faces an age old problem with a mix of modern problem solving and magic.  While she makes huge magical strides, her explanations strike the perfect balance between realism and fantasy.

I've always enjoyed Harrison's centuries old alpha males running into modern women, and Sophie and Nikolas are no exception. While Sophie's big brain chews on each new situation, Nikolas's experiences make him guarded, grumpy, and suspicious. The sparks between Nikolas and Sophie aren't all sexual chemistry, as both of their tempers fire frequently and freely.  I found their arguments exhausting at times, but enjoyed both characters, and the story itself, enough to enjoy moving forward.

From helping an abused dog to thinking on her feet, Sophie may be one of my favorite Harrison heroines.  Nikolas has reason to be as suspicious and angry as he is (possibly even more so), but it doesn't make for a charming start for these two.  The road to happily ever after in MOONSHADOW is bumpy and grumpy, but a hell of a ride.

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