My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book will make you laugh. It will steal into your heart. It will make you think of “whuffle” as the cutest word you’ve heard. It will make you toss over every negative perception of an alpha male. It may even make you think about quantum physics. But it will definitely make you love it.
Pia Giovanni may be the nicest heroine I’ve met in a while. She’s loveable, funny, smart and slightly crazy like the best of us. When we first meet her, she’s sweating buckets because she’s about steal from the most powerful Wyr in the city. Her ex-boyfriend blackmails her into doing it and boy does she pay him back. Admittedly, it was not very wise to get involved with him in the first place, but hey, we all make mistakes. Pia corrects hers with a delightful vengeance.
“But there was nothing he could do, and they both knew it.
He read it in a fast, ill-tempered tone. “I, Keith Hollins, hereby swear never to talk about Pia or her secrets in any way, either directly or by inference or silence, or I will lose my ability to speak and suffer unremitting physical pain for the rest of my life.”
Pia is also special, but not in a world-changing, snowflake sort of way. She is…a very rare type of Wyr. And that’s all I’m gonna say. (view spoiler) Damn, I love her sass.
“Realization pulsed. He was looking at the bite he had given her. A hard length was growing against her hip.
“So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?”
No, she did not just say that.
Did she? She cringed in mortification, screwed her eyes shut and waited to be splattered all over the beach.”
Coming to my favourite part – Dragos. As in all-hot-alpha-male-who-can’t-be-tamed-but-falls-in-love-anyway Dragos. As in the guy who joined my very short list of book boyfriends. As in a freaking big dragon who doesn’t know what a Cherry Slurpee is.
Dragos is overbearing occasionally, but that comes more from being a gigantic apex predator who’s lived millions of years as opposed to any gender misconceptions. He’s also got a sense of humour to match the MC’s nuttiness.
“That’s my long, scaly, reptilian tail. And it’s bigger than anyone else’s,” Dragos said in a voice that was deeper, larger, yet still recognizable as his. One huge eyelid dropped in an unmistakable wink.”
Dragos and Pia have a believable relationship – it’s push and pull as they both learn to compromise. I also love that romance and the plot are complementary. Of course, no need to mention the sizzling physical relationship they have.
Another totally great aspect of the book is the secondary characters. There’s the ever hyper Niniane, the unflappable Rune and the big cuddly Graydon.
For samples, why I love Niniane aka Tricks:
“Tricks knocked back her wine. “Now for the good stuff. Gossip! You need to know who is lying, cheating, backstabbing, revenge-seeking, who-done-who-wrong and who is just plain hard to get along with in this place. I’m here to give you the road map every girl should have before she starts working in this loony bin.”
Hungry, Pia forked some stir-fry into her mouth. She remarked, “It sounds like I need a flowchart.”
The faerie gasped. “Beauteous. I need a pen.”
“When she’s in her manic phase, she’s a little like trying crack for the first time,” Rune said. He blinked at them, his face bland. “Not that I would know what that feels like.”
The world-building is excellent. I do believe there is nothing Thea Harrison couldn’t explain in terms of her mythology. There are also science-like tidbits here and there that keep you on your toes and keeps the book intelligent.
“What came to be known as the Elder Races tended to cluster in or around magic-filled dimensional pockets of Other land, where time and space had buckled when the earth was formed and the sun shone with a different light.”
But my ultimate favourite part is the whuffling. It adds a cute side to the book.
“Something very light tickled her forearms that covered the back of her head. It whuffled in her hair.
She scratched an arm. “Did you kill the Fae horses?”
The whuffling stopped. Dragos said in a cautious voice, “Was I not supposed to?”
She shrugged. “It just wasn’t their fault.”
“If it helps any, I was hungry and ate one.” Another whuffle.”
So, just go read it. NOW.