Kinked by Thea Harrison is the sixth book in the Elder Races series. I have to confess I have only read the first two in the series but I own the all. It’s the whole TBR and requests that get in my way. When I started the book I thought I would be so lost. While there were a few things I didn’t follow, mostly this is a book you don’t need to have read the entire series for. I do recommend the first on though because Dragos and Pia play parts that are key and knowing them helps you understand without Thea having to rehash it all.
Aryal has made her appearances in past books and while she is loyal to her friends, she really has an abrasive attitude that goes with her harpy side. She hates two things at the beginning of the book: Pia and Quentin. She forgives Pia right away on the grounds that she has given Dragos a son, Liam. But she is still kind of hung up on the fact that Pia will not reveal what she can shift into. And I won’t tell you either…read the first book. Deep inside though, she thinks Quentin is dirty and has done something that would hurt her friends. This is unacceptable and she goes about investigating, plotting to kill and make his life a living Hell.
Quentin is part Wyr (panther), part Eleven, and part Dark Fae making him a triple threat and a great Sentinel. He has earned his place on the élite team, but he harbors a secret that weighs heavily on him. Instant dislike for Aryal has his slightly egging her on, but at the same time he is hiding his secret, which there are no traces of, so she can’t expose him.
So the two fight so much that Dragos gives them a mission and an ultimatum. Dragos banishes them to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Either they work together and come back no earlier than two weeks , but no later than one month. Now the two must work together on the mission or kill each other to return home to their Sentinel position.
Are you wondering where the title Kinked comes from? Well, Quentin is into BDSM, but all the women lately have left him cold. There is talk of fucking each other in the ass, but that never happens. There is some slap and tickle, bondage and even a crop involved. But I wouldn’t term this as a strictly BDSM book because these two also go at it without all of that.
Throw in some badass witch, lost elven and the regret of a whole race slowly disappearing and you have an emotionally powerful story that rocked my world. The pain each character feels over things they experience together and separately, give you much more insight into these dimensional characters that have layers you want to peel back and get to know better. The abrasive Aryal comes off harsh and all harpy, but she has been around since the beginning of time. She has a set of standards she won’t cross and will put her life down for those she loves. Quentin is a little more shadier in his dealings, but when he gets to know Aryal more, he becomes a rock she desperately needs. But she also becomes the enticing woman that stirs his senses where no one else has in a long while.
While the characters were not the shiniest paragons of honor, there is a roughness to their honor that makes it much more trustworthy. Aryal is a kick ass female that flies the skies and Quentin a panther with the ability to harness magic, making he quite deadly as well. These two together are explosive.
Review by Shari
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