Review: Planet Dragos by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

This last novella in the Dragos & Pia POV reminded me quickly of why I fell in love with the Elder Races in the first place. It’s been an age since the last time we had a full length book featuring these two, but Thea Harrison has given us a half dozen novellas over the years to keep us in the loop with their relationship and growing family. With this story, they are visiting Las Vegas to see Rune and Carling get married. Pia is very pregnant with baby number two –and everything goes to hell when someone with an axe to grind with Dragos kidnaps her to hurt him.

The book isn’t very long and I don’t want to spoil the particulars, but I will say that I really enjoyed returning to this world and these characters. Dragos is so fascinating to me. He’s the alpha among alphas, so much of a dragon, even when he’s wearing his human skin. Yet his love for Pia shapes him. He worships her; he would burn the world for her, and more to the point, he could. It’s awesome. I love Pia, too. She has her own brand of strength. Though her husband has been around for thousands of years, and she is less than 30, she has a lot to teach him about other ways to see life and the world. And the best part is that he listens. [Read more…]

Review: Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter & Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Jen

This anthology was a great mix of new worlds and familiar favorites for me.

In the Darkest Midnight is set loosely in the world of Grace Draven’s Wraith Kings, though this story stands up completely on its own. It follows young Jahna, a nobleman’s daughter with a sizable birthmark, who falls head over heels for her brother Sodrin’s instructor in swordsmanship. Radamir is a swordmaster of Ilinfan, a line renowned for its skill. He has committed to four years training Sodrin, but he is quickly taken by the intelligence and fortitude of the young woman derided by others for her appearance. It isn’t romantic between them, at first, as Jahna is only 15, but over time, they form a friendship and much later, it develops into something more. This is a very slow burn and I was a little put off at first by how long Jahna was too young for their relationship to take off. But Draven does a fantastic job crafting the longing Jahna feels for Radamir. By the time they got together, not only did I want it, I needed it to happen. Now that’s over, I’m still wanting more. [Read more…]

Review: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

Thea Harrison shows once again why she is an auto read author for me with this latest in her Elder Races spin off trilogy. This is Morgan La Fae’s story and If you’ve loved to hate this guy in previous books, I have a feeling you will end up loving him every bit as much as I do by the time this book is done.

Morgan has done some very bad things, but they’re not really his fault. He has been under the hold of a powerful spell which forces him to obey the orders of Isabeau, the fae queen. Thankfully, as the story begins, an injury and a poorly worded command from the queen allows him a temporary escape. He plans to use that time researching the spell and the powerful artifact which allows Isabeau to wield it. What ends up happening, however, is that he comes across a wildly talented musician named Sidonie and begins attending concerts on her tour. Only, his attention gets noticed by the wrong person and Sid ends up paying the price. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorites of 2016

I haven’t read quite as many books this year as I did in years past. Part of the reason is the huge life changes that came with a new job and a major move for my family. The other came with my sudden burning desire to write a book of my own.

So my reading list was shorter, but I still found some great titles in 2016! [Read more…]

Review: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

Every so often I am reminded how much I truly enjoy Thea Harrison. I have not loved every single one of the Elder Races books equally, but I absolutely adored this one. This is actually something of a spin off, set in the world of Elder Races but outside of the ongoing story line. So if you’ve never tried those books, this is a fantastic place to jump in.

The heroine is an American police consultant recovering from a shooting. Her entire future opens up when she learns she may be heir to a mysterious castle. All she has to do is figure out a way in. So Sophie travels across the pond, hoping to unlock the mystery and change her life. [Read more…]

Review: Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison

liam takes manhattanReviewed by Jen

I feel conflicted. This is a solid short story and a necessary one after the events of Shadow’s Fall. Liam Cuelebre is almost fully grown and chafing at the shackles built by the love and protection from his parents. He wants to spread his wings –to get out from under his father’s massive shadow. But that’s a tall order when you’re only a year old. [Read more…]

Review: Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison

pia does hollywoodReviewed by Jen

I am really enjoying this trilogy of Dragos and Pia novellas! This story really picks up on the heels of “Dragos Goes to Washington.” Pia’s pregnancy is still a secret and she is preparing for her required trip to visit the Light Fae queen, Tatiana. She is supposed to go alone, but if Dragos just happens to visit California at the same time, she’s not really breaking the rules, right?

Anyway, it doesn’t take long after the Wyr arrive to realize something very wrong is happening in the Light Fae demense. Their hosts are staying very tight lipped. But when the danger extends to Lord Cuelebre, all bets are off. The Wyr and Tatiana’s people must work together, and both must sacrifice some of their secrets to defeat their enemy. [Read more…]

Review: Shadow’s End by Thea Harrison

shadows endReviewed by Jen

I feel like I have been waiting for Graydon’s book since the beginning of the series. He’s such a good guy, always there for Dragos and Pia, not only as a Sentinel, but as a friend. We’ve caught a glimpse of Gray with his heroine, Beluviel, during a big battle in Lord’s Fall, but there was no way to know how deep their feelings went. After all, she was the Lady of the Elven demesne, married to the High Lord for centuries. But here, Thea Harrison takes us back to their beginnings to see how they fell in love all those years ago and what drove them apart. [Read more…]

Review: Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison

dragos goes to washingtonReviewed by Jen

I think fans of Pia and Dragos will love this story. It brings back the magic of their courtship and mating, while moving their lives forward after the events of Midnight’s Kiss. It fits nicely after reading that novel, but even if you are a few books behind, I think you would fall easily into the story.

Two major things are happening. One: the mating frenzy is back as these two contemplate a major life change. And two: they are heading to Washington DC, for a big summit of leaders for both the Elder Races and humankind. Tensions are high in the aftermath of the last book’s bloodshed, and diplomacy is vital. Too bad that’s not a skill that comes easily to our favorite dragon. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

midnights kissReviewed by Jen

Thea Harrison is easily of the best paranormal romance authors out there. Almost without fail, her books sweep me up with passion, excitement, intrigue and good old fashioned romance.  And somehow, she manages to do it in vastly different ways with completely unique pairings every time.  She changes the dynamics of the couples; she even changes up the species, focusing on various portions of her sweeping Elder Races world.  This is the second book in a row centered on the Nightkind demanse, but still, this book is nothing like the last one. Despite that, or maybe because of that, I really enjoyed them both. [Read more…]