Redonk Nutshell: Ascending faery princess reluctantly accepts protection from ancient friend amidst several conspiracy attempts to assassinate her

Firstly, if you haven’t read Dragon Bound, the first in the Elder Races series, GET ON IT.  It’s amaaaaaaazing. Storm’s Heart is the next installation in the series, chronicling Niniane, aka “Tricks” and Tiago, and their unwelcome attraction to one another.  I say unwelcome, but I don’t think that’s quite the right word.  Forbidden is probably more appropriate.  Niniane has recently come out of hiding in order to ascend to the Dark Fae throne, a prospect she hasn’t really been looking forward to.  When she leaves the safety of her Wyr friends in NYC to go to Chicago, she is immediately attacked and goes back into hiding.  This of course infuriates the Wyr, and Tiago takes it upon himself to go find her.  From there, he sticks like glue to her side, and the two of them work together to get to the bottom of the attacks against her.

I had high expectations for Storm’s Heart, being that I fell head over heels for Dragon Bound.  I was bummed out when I found myself struggling to stay invested in the story.  The pacing is slower from Dragon Bound, and I found myself glazing over several times throughout.  There were a few great funny moments, however, Tricks being one not to disappoint with her outrageous ways. What had me scratching my head, though, was how these two had known each other for so long but only now started to have hardcore attraction to each other.  I wasn’t really buying it.

I was glad when I finished Storm’s Heart, feeling obligated to stick it out because of my adoration from it’s predecessor.  I know. I’m weird. Nonetheless, it was a fun read, though it didn’t quite meet up to the bar I had set.  Regardless, I’m looking forward to the third, Serpent’s Kiss, which is set up in Storm’s Heart and looks to be a fun romp.

Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison, 305pgs, July/August 2011

Rating: C

Romance: 1/5          Raunch: 3.5/5

One Response

  1. Blergh! I’m really sad….I’ve been REALLY looking forward to this since I read Dragon Bound, too. I loved Tricks, I thought her character was going to make such a great second book. I’ll still probably read it, but now know to go in with lowered expectations.

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