Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Storm's Heart

Author Thea Harrison 
Format e-book
Print Length 305 pages 
Publisher Berkley Sensation 
Published August 1, 2011 

He's a Wyr warrior, a god of storms. She's the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne.

Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr's best weapons. And he's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds. 

My Opinion 

We met both of these characters in Dragon Bound. Tricks was Dragos PR rep, has been for years. Humans and the Elder Races alike adore her, little did they know she was hiding in plain sight. When her parents the kind and queen of the Dark Fae were murdered by her uncle she ran to Dragos for protection. For centuries she hid behind the great dragon. Now she must step out into the limelight once again no longer Tricks Dragos PR rep but instead as her true self, Niniane Dark Fae princess. When she does there are those that would do anything for her not to ascend to the throne. When Tricks goes missing Dragos’ sentinel, Tiago goes after her to make sure she is okay. Once there, he vows to protect her much to her dismay. 

Tricks reminds me of a coneflower it can survive a severe winter of snow, where its color fades but come spring it comes back brighter and stronger. Tricks has survived the worse and now she is making her comeback. She is delicate like the flower, yes she needs to be nurtured and at times taken care of. She likes to be liked and adored. She loves all things that are girly and isn’t afraid to admit it. Yet she has a backbone to her that you would not at first recognize. 

Tiago is thunderbird wry, a warlord, a sentinel and a protector. There are even some in Egypt that believed him a god of storm and lightning (no not Thor). Tricks and Tiago have known each other from afar for centuries. Neither getting to close, although when they are near each other sparks often flew. After view a hideous attack on her in Chicago while in the board room in New York he asks for a leave of absence from his sentinel duties. None of the others knowing that he has stronger emotions for her than even he knows. 

Them as a couple is another thing that I liked about this one. Tricks does not give up her girly ways- yes she is emotional, she still loves chocolate, she reads romance novels. Tiago knows all of this going into the relationship, he knows it and embraces it. Heck after an attempt on her life he sends someone out to get her all things girly-even lipstick and dangly earrings. So it must mean true mateship. None of their friends see this relationship coming, it came out of nowhere for them-except Pia. She had gotten close to Tricks in the previous book. 

There is a lot of action in this book. Believable action with a lot of history behind it. The big baddie was a bit of a surprise until closer to the reveal time. Adriyel, the Dark Fae home in the otherworld, is beautiful if not a little medieval in their thinking and actions. Hopefully Tricks can bring them into the 21st century a little. The political power plays by a lot of the Elder Races in this one was fun to watch. Tricks handled them well, having been trained by her parents and then Dragos. 

I liked Stroms Heart way more than I did Dragon Bound. The characters’ history together is what made me love it more. They were already friends of a sort way before they fall for each other. The alpha male agrees to take the backseat to the delicate yet strong female, which admittedly is unusual. Of course when I finished this one I had to one-click the next book in the series. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “Assume you will make enemies. Work to make allies. Don’t expect to make friends. Friends are a gift that happens over time.” 

Other People 

Drago- Tiago’s boss 
Pia- Drago’s mate 
Rune- Gryphon Wry, sentinel 
Aryal- Harpy, sentinel
Carling- Vampyre queen

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