• Kinked

  • A Novel of the Elder Races, Book 6
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,221 ratings)

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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.

©2013 Teddy Harrison (P)2013 Tantor

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Keep 'em coming.

I'm not into the bdsm stuff that is all the craze now, but I have to say it works if it is from both sides and in small amounts. Only one part towards the end that I felt could have been left out and I would have like the book better. Of course I love this series. This is not my favorite book in it, but it is still awesome. The book defiantly starts out with a hate/hate relationship. Thea Harrison has great character development and over time Aryal and Quentin come together perfectly. The Dragon Bound series is an immediate download for me. I have enjoyed the narrator, which is the same one as the rest of the series. Read in order for max enjoyment.

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Oh so bad!!

Excellent paranormal series. I really appreciate this one. From the first book in this series to this one!! I'm loving them all. Cannot wait for the next!!

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The magic is back!

This is book 6 of the Elder Races series, and I think it's my favorite! Dragonbound, book 1, had a special magic to it and even though the follow up books were great they didn't have that all encompassing magic of book 1, this one does!

This is the story of Quinn, Pia's old boss and owner of Elfies pub, and newly christened sentinel of the Weir people. He's been under investigation for 2 years by Ariel the Harpy sentinel. She knows he's dirty, a law breaker, she just hasn't been able to prove it. The truth is Quinn is on the shady side of the law, it's how he has lived his life and its what he knows. He is also a total male alpha, handsome enough to get any woman he wants, and he dabbles in BDSM, but something is missing from his life he is bored.

Ariel is on a mission to destroy Quinn, anything or anyone that threatens the Weir needs to be eliminated. The fact that Quinn is now one of the seven elite sentinels sworn to protect the Weir way if life is NOT acceptable!

Great story, hot scenes, the heat between these two leaps off the page. I really hope we don't have to wait another year for book 7. If you haven't started this series you are truly missing out!

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Just ok...

Wow! I am a little disappointed... Not what I expected for Ariel's book. Although, Ariel is such a tough and blantly *itchy character, I should have figured her book would be difficult. I think if Quentin was a bit more dominate, and really strapped her down... maybe this would have worked...

I was so happy when Quentin joined the Sentinels...but he is contanstly fighting with Ariel, which pissed Dragos off... We really don't see Q and Pya togther much in this book... so I was a bit disappointed for that too... They are best friends, so Pya should have at least seperated a fight or two between Q and Ariel.

The smex was ok... nothing like Dragos and Pya or Grace and Khalial....

I like the story... but it was just not as good as the other books... I really hope Harrison gets her groove back... This feels more like a filler book, until the next big battle... or more like a book 2!

Good credit or sale if you have the other books... Don't buy... and just pass this up if you haven't read/listen to books 1-5

Narration was awesome... Eastlake is perfect for this series.

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Poor installment to excellent series

If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be "lacking." The best thing it had going for it was the narrator. A very sad state of affairs for one of my favorite series. This book added nothing to the build-up of the overall series. Instead it seems to be a subplot that branches off and leads to a dead end. In short, after pissing off Dragos (the Wyr King) for constantly fighting each other, Aerial and Quintin (two Sentinel soldiers) are ordered to a post-war devastated foreign land to prevent looters. They have to learn to get along because a big bad witch comes on to the scene and their survival depends on working together. They are attacked, injured, captured, and then escape. They fight the big bad witch who is trying to loot an ancient spell to resurrect her dead mate. They win. (Snore.) The title "Kinked?" Oh, right, because the author takes an attempt at character development involving BSMD - and miserably fails! The "kinky" aspect of the romance between Quintin and Aerial was so forced and clumsy it was appalling. I felt like I was reading a 13 year old write about what they envision as BSDM. I mean, there were velvet bonds and a lot of ordering around so it must be BSDM - right?

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Get Kinked!!

This is the 6th book in The Elder Races series and it was one that I was most reluctant to read. First, I have been so spoiled by Oracle’s Moon (Khalil and Grace) that it’s been hard to move off that plane of pleasure. Second, there is not another book in the series due out for a while, leaving me stranded in the wasteland of “NOTHEA” (including the novellas that I’m not particularly fond of). Third, I have not been a fan of the Sentinel Aryal (the Harpy)—I mean REALLY, a HARPY. And a Harpy that’s a total bitch to boot—I mean who DOESN’T like Pia? Aryal, that’s who and her description of Pia’s decision to take Dragos’ last name (Cuelebre) reveals the contempt:

“Last names -- they were like word parasites . They attached to people in strange ways, moved across cultural and political lines, traveled the world and reattached to others certainly at whim and seemingly at random. Why didn’t anyone else see how creepy last names were?”

Quentin, friend of Pia and newly crowned Sentinel (this guy can FIGHT) proves to be just another irritant to Aryal, who trusts no one and loathes everyone. She is onto Quentin like a tick on a puppy…festering with burrowing deeper into Quentin’s life, determined to find the evidence of wrongdoing that would discredit him.

Aryal, after spying on Quentin’s dominant coupling with an ‘escort’ finds herself attracted to him but hating him at the same time…you know where this is going. As Dragos is ‘want’ to do…he sends the pair on a mission together, a large portion of which is spent with each of them plotting to kill the other. No love lost here. And even though this storyline is predictable, Ms. Harrison lights it up with fresh dialogue and creative mythology of the Wyr, Elves and Other Lands. (I SO want to go to an Other Land).

Quentin’s description of Aryal on the plane trip that takes them to Numenlaur is so good you can just feel it. She’s “sharp like vodka straight from the freezer; hot like mulled whiskey”. Quentin is not immune to the sexual attraction either…so here we go.

Sure enough, through a series of events, unfoldings and bartering (you’ll have to read the book for that tidbit), the anger barriers melt slowly away to be replaced (albeit reluctantly) by friendship, trust and, of course, love. The banter between Aryal and Quentin is so engaging, so fun, so powerful and so pure…it is just a joy to be a part of it. And as misfortune befalls them both, the struggle to protect each other, to win the ultimate fight and to recover is quite profound. Each is tested in a manner that reveals their frailty and essence.

Many folks do not care for the ‘paranormal’ world but fail often to see the allegory that it is. The Elder Races series is a beautifully crafted sequence of ‘real’ concerns couched in a world of ‘make-believe’.

I have said it with all of these books….I love the mind of Thea Harrison and the creative force that must hold her at bay on many an occasion. I loved this book and the wonderful narration of Sophie Eastlake, who has spoiled me with her grasp of the story and the characters.

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Falling Asleep

Would you try another book from Thea Harrison and/or Sophie Eastlake?

No

Has Kinked turned you off from other books in this genre?

Very much

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As good as watching painting getting dried

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

Please stop dragging the story if there is not much material or action.

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A PARTNERSHIP FORGED FROM HATE & HONED INTO LOVE

Who can make a kick-ass, fierce, bad mouthed Harpy but a loyal Sentinel whose hatred and sworn revenge is entirely focussed on a sexy Alpha Sentinel (who's a mix of black panther/Fae/Elf) and turn it into a listen that's overflowing with action, adventure, mystery, secrets, raw gut-wrenching feelings, snappy dialogue, danger, humor and a HEA ending? Well Thea Harrison can and I rejoice at such a gifted awesome talented author.

As Aryal and Quentin's mutual hatred culminates, then reaches breaking point, it results in an explosive battle so Dragos is forced to send them on a mission knowing that they may well end up killing each other. However, as the mission starts they are forced to work together and the hatred and animosity reluctantly turns into a truce which brings surprising sizzling sexual chemistry then respect, compromise followed by support, feelings of mutual like ..... and finally love.

This story was like watching a bud slowly unfurling to become a spectacular flower as two badly flawed Wyr people slowly evolve and learn to trust one another and, as they do, hatred turns into attraction and friction turns into passion. Then the two dominant H/H finally understand each other and work together as a team and the passionate lovers, solidified by a sweet, touching, sometimes tender, sexy, raw drive to win at any cost, get caught in a life and death struggle against an evil Witch.

Worth a credit? This fierce battle of wills between two worthy opponents whose strong characters thankfully weren't changed to fit the plot but rather changed because of the plot and their kinked characters actually complimented each others which totally comes down to a very skilful author who knows, not only her characters needs, but her fans wishes too. So, credit-worthy ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY !!

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Careful now....

I really love this series. The setup for this series is the modern world with the addition of the "Elder Races", also known as "the stuff paranormal / urban fantasy addicts like best". I think Thea Harrison has created some of the best pairings in this genre such as Pia the unicorn & Dragos the dragon, and Grace the Oracle & Khalil the Djinn. Fabulous! Sexy and witty and a good adventure/mystery with well developed and likable characters.

This book started out good. The two main characters had potential but they went largely undeveloped while the author concentrated on the "kink". All I could think of as I read the story was "Oh no! Not another Anita Blake! Please no!" All the other books in this series had just the right amount of sex thrown in as spice to an already great story. It's not like Ms. Harrison couldn't think of an interesting plot -- this is a great story. It's not that she couldn't think up the characters -- these had appeared in earlier books and had lots of potential. When does fictional sex go from spice to spoiler? I can't say but I know it when I read it. I choose to believe that Thea Harrison won't go over the cliff as have other paranormal romance authors. Please.

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At times, I was holding my breath

Vicious confrontations between Aryal and Quentin has put both Sentinels on the hot seat, but when one of their encounters places little Liam at risk, Dragos forces the two Sentinels on a mission away from the territory. Banished from their homes and tasked to check on the Elven land of Numenlaur, Aryal and Quentin separately make a silent vow that only one of them will come out alive. Unbeknownst to the two, a powerful force is on the hunt for a mystical object and Aryal and Quentin may just be collateral damage.

I love stories where the main characters are at odds with each other at the very start and with Aryal and Quentin's animosity brewing since the last book, along with both character's dominant nature, this story was explosive. Throughout the series Aryal has always had a difficult personality and this book really showcases her finer qualities such as her loyalty and heart for those who are weaker. Quentin, we got to see on the surface in the previous books and this book showed him to be just as loyal and oh-so dominant. You can expect humorous banter between the main H/h, edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and heart-stopping sex play in this tale, but also brace yourself for a difficult scene. I really liked the nice balance of tenderness, heart-ache, and triumph in this book and I can't wait for the next installment.

Narration
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Performance: 5/5
Speed: 1.5
Another fabulous performance by Eastlake, delivering quick and witty banters perfectly and with great character distinction.

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