Nov 5 2013 10:00am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Kinked (November 5, 2013)

Kinked by Thea HarrisonThea Harrison
Berkley / November 5, 2013 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

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.

In Thea Harrison’s newest Elder Races story, Kinked, Aryal is the only female to achieve the coveted position as one of Dragos’s Sentinels in the Wyr domain. Aryal is a harpy. A harpy refers to a creature of Greek mythology who has the head and torso of a woman and the wings, legs, and talons of a bird. It also refers to a shrewish, unpleasant woman. Aryal is both.

Like Dragos, the harpies came to be at the birth of the universe. Surprisingly, Aryal is the most social of the harpies since most prefer to live by themselves. That’s not to say that Aryal is in any way friendly, but she has earned the respect of the Wyrs, and to those she cares about, she would willingly lay down her life to protect them. Aryal has never been a fan of Dragos’s mate, Pia, but even Aryal cannot keep up her hostility towards Pia once she meets Pia’s newborn son, Liam.

Pia was her second hate.

Earlier today, Aryal finally, grudgingly, painfully conceded she was going to have to let go of her snerk over Pia. That was a bitter pill for her to shove down her own throat. It was sugarcoated by the most lethal weapon in Pia’s armory to date: the unbelievable sweetness in her newborn son’s face.

In the recent Sentinel games, fought to fill the two positions opened when Rune and Tiago left to be with their mates, Aryal once again proved her worthiness and her place as one of the seven. She is a vicious fighter and anyone who mistakes her status as a female for a weakness will pay for that error with their blood.

Aryal fought with power and confidence. When she struck, she was fast as a snake, and the one time she chose to change into her Wyr form, she rioted across the sands of the arena like a joyous minitornado.

The sight was so magnificent, Quentin was on his feet before he realized it, along with the rest of the stadium. She laughed as she fought, her face vivid and wild, talons out and flashing in the white-hot lights, and everything about her aligned.

It is also at the Sentinel games that Pia’s former boss, Quentin Caeravorn, a Wyr panther, wins a position and becomes the first non-avian Sentinel. Aryal knows there is something dirty about Quentin, she can feel it with all her senses. She has been investigating him for the last two years, except she hasn’t been able to pin anything to him. When their distrust of each other puts them literally at each other’s throats, Dragos has had enough and sends them out of New York.

Grym said to her in a gentle voice, “You make people crazy. You do realize that, don’t you?”

Aryal made a face then winced and fingered her swollen bruise.

“Your wildness is actually one of the reasons why so many people love you in spite of the headaches you cause. Why Dragos love you, even though I know he’s never said it. Some Wyr are more tame than others, but we all recognize something of our own wildness in you. Did you know that too?”

Aryal and Quentin must find a balance so they can work together to complete their mission, or they don’t get to come back at all.

Can these Wyr find a way around their hate for each other and work together so they can save their jobs or will they put all their energy in finding a way to kill each other off “accidentally?” As tensions rise between them, they start to realize that there might be a more pleasurable way to release the pressure without the bloodshed if only these two dominants can work out their kinks.

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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
I'm not caught up to date with this series, but I have always liked Aryal, mosty because she's so obnoxious. It'll be fun to see the harpy tamed (only somewhat, I'm assuming) by love.
2. Kareni
I've enjoyed the other Elder Races books, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading Kinked!
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
Aryal, the original Nike Girl; she does does it!

I loved Aryal in this book. The hero wasn't bad either ;-D Kinked describes their relationship very well.
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