The adventure of a lifetime might just end in turmoil, but when it includes meeting your future mate, who gives a hoot?
A Novella of the Elder Races
For a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia’s new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure.
Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn’t know if he will survive the results.
But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian’s inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they’ll have to rely on each other to survive the experience.
Warning: When a librarian who likes to nest meets an owl Wyr who has always lived for adventure, their romance won’t just be fly-by-night…
I bought this. I bought it ‘cos I’m a fan J
I fricking love this series and this one was a brilliant addition to the series. A novella, this tells the story of the lovely Olivia and the very gruff Sebastian. It was all kinds of awesome and reminded me a little of book one in some ways. I adored it!
Olivia is the friend of Grace the Oracle, so I got to see Khalil again…. this makes me happy J In her own right, I knew that Olivia would be a strong heroine (Thea Harrison always writes awesome female leads) but I couldn’t get past one issue; she was human. I am used to the elder races having massively extended lifespans and I didn’t know how this issue would be addressed (let’s be honest, it always is an issue with human/vamp stories). Anyway, I digress. What did I think of Olivia? I really liked her. She didn’t shy away from her attraction to the grumpy Sebastian but allowed it grow. The way she handled his curse made me respect her even more; her we’ll fix it or cope attitude was refreshing and just solidified her strength in my eyes.
Sebastian is a grumpy, alpha man who has a secret. He had the air of age and arrogance that I loved so much about Dragos and he never seemed anything but serious. He realises very quickly that he is attracted to her and I adored the way that he just decided that, if she would have him, he wanted her. He seemed so aloof with everyone else but, with her, he opened up about things (like his lack of sight) and I wanted them together. Another magnificent pairing from Thea Harrison.
There was a fair amount of sexy times in this book much to my joy! Although the series itself isn’t sex-shy, this book seemed to take it up a step or two in this camp. Each scorching scene made me realise how well suited these characters and I really wanted them to succeed.
Overall, this was a fabulous novella and it gave me a much needed Elder World fix. I’d like to see more of these two characters in the future books and loved the steaminess in this one J