Sep 11, 2014

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Review: Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #7)

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Paranormal Romance
September 2 2014
Mass Market Paperback
282 pages
Berkley
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Xavier Del Torro
Kick Ass Chick – Tess

From Goodreads –
On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…

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Night’s Honor is the seventh book in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. Lately, I’m finding new paranormal romance series to be lacking a bit. I feel they are trying to be the next Black Dagger Brotherhood or the next Psi/Changeling. And who can blame them?! The problem is that most are not succeeding. The Elder Races series is very good paranormal romance. It follows its own structure and maybe that is why it’s refreshing and different. Each book focuses on a different sort of paranormal creature, many you don’t often see in romance stories. These creatures are related yet not. I really enjoy how this series is done.

This time around we follow Tess and Xavier. Tess is a human and Xavier is a Vampyre. A rather important and intimidating Vampyre. Tess has gotten herself in a bit of trouble and is hoping that Xavier can keep her safe. She won’t tell him this though. Instead she’ll ‘apply’ to be a attendant – a human who serves a vampire. I like this twist. I enjoyed seeing how vampires use humans to help them, especially Xavier, who treats his attendants very well.

Tess was a strong character. I had no issues with her. Xavier I loved. He is a gentleman badass. Very smart and able to manipulate situations without seeming like he’s doing so. He and Tess had very interesting chemistry. I use the word ‘interesting’ because it was not too ‘in your face’. It was subtle and suited the characters very well.

This book surprised me. How? Let me tell you. For most of the book, you know that Tess will have to face the Djinn who is after her. You feel that this will be the climax of the book. And you know that Xavier will be by her side because hello, this is a romance book. What surprised me was that that particular confrontation was not the ultimate face-off of the book. Another villain comes out and bam! Trouble. And man…Xavier shines in that face-off. Tess actually impressed me in the first face-off, even though it felt a bit anti-climactic.

Usually books in this series are somewhat but not directly related. You don’t see much of a preview of what is to come in the next book at the end of an installment. But this time you do. Boy, do you ever. I love who the hero and heroine are going to be. Love! Julian and Melissande will surely make one hell of a couple. And I’m looking forward to seeing how they will join forces to fight this new ‘trouble’ villain.

Overall, I was very pleased with Night’s Honor. It brought us a little deeper into Thea’s Vampyre world. This one definitely read like a ‘setting up for something’ book which was completely okay with me. Tess and Xavier made a good couple and I feel we will see them in the next book, Midnight’s Kiss, when it releases May 5th, 2015. Can’t wait.

4 stars

Books in the Elder Races series –
Dragon Bound
Storm’s Heart
Serpent’s Kiss
Oracle’s Moon
Lord’s Fall
Kinked
Night’s Honor
Midnight’s Kiss (May 2015)

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