Tuesday, May 5, 2015

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Midnight's Kiss

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison is the pen name for Teddy Harrison. Thea has traveled extensively, having lived in England and explored Europe for several years. Now she resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She experienced waitressing as a teenager, has worked as an activist for a non-profit consumer rights organization, has been a receptionist, an office manager, a penniless graduate student, a director of development and research, and a single mom. Her graduate degrees are in Philanthropic Studies and Library Information Science, but her first love has always been writing fiction.

Her paranormal Elder Races series began May 3, 2011 with Dragon Bound, which won RT Book Review’s Book of the Year Award, and the Romance Writer’s of America RITA in the paranormal romance category.

All five of her full length novels in the Elder Races series have won Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Book two in the series, Storm’s Heart, and book four, Oracle’s Moon, hit the USA Today bestseller’s list, while book three, Serpent’s Kiss, hit the New York Times extended bestseller list. Her fifth book, Lord’s Fall, hit both the USA Today and the New York Times extended lists.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.
Connect with Thea online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Midnight's Kiss

Buy from Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Kobo

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

I adore this author's work and in particular her shifter stories that feature Dragos and his family. This follows on from Night's Honor and the attention has firmly shifted to the Vampyres or Nightkind as they are known. Julian is King of the Nightkind Demesne but there's trouble brewing. Now, I'm not going to lie and say that's a total surprise because this court or council that Julian presides over is always full of intrigue and political machinations, but the rot that's set in is much closer than he had anticipated. Julian is fully prepared to hunt down the traitor and he plans on enjoying every minute of it, but as he prepares he receives a call that will see him sacrificing himself for the traitorous woman who has always held his heart.

Melisande, heir to the Light Fae Queen truly loved Julian but failed to convince him of her faithfulness. Now, twenty years later, she is used to his scathing manner and hurtful words, but still bitterly regrets the loss she feels . When tricked and kidnapped by Justine Julian's enemy, she is astonished when Julian actually comes to her rescue and cannot believe that he would fall for Justines lies. Julian is taken hostage and now there's no one to rescue them so it's clear they will have to try to save themselves. With their history of mistrust can they truly work together and even if they can find a way to ignore their painful past is escape even possible?

I love returning to the world of the Elder Races and it's true that the Vampyres are not usually my favourite characters but each book is special and unique. In this book we have a hero who cannot bear to be in the same room as the heroine without seeing red and wanting to lash out and yet Julian has no hesitation in trying to save Melly (swoon!). Melly is much more resourceful than I expected and makes for a fabulous heroine. No, she is not exactly kickass, but she's determined and very likeable. Julian constantly underestimates her, but then they do say love is blind! There's the rub, Julian is deeply in love with Mell,y but has strong reasons not to trust her and yet together they are so much stronger than apart. As for the romance well the chemistry they share is smoking! It's not something that either one can really deny, but the trials and tribulations they share make it hard for either of them to be honest. I loved that Julian would almost tear himself apart if need be to save Melly, but she is no slouch and repeatedly had me cheering for her.

Did I miss the usual Wyr Sentinel characters? A little if honest as there's only brief appearances here, but this was far more action-packed than previous Vampyre Demesne books which made for a very interesting read.

This is such a fabulous series and a must for paranormal romance fans. A sensual delight from an author with an amazing imagination. I just can't wait for the next book and suspect a certain Sentinel is about to fall!

Midnight's Kiss

No comments:

Post a Comment