Moonshadow: Moonshadow, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Thea Harrison
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Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the UK to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces. Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people's resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse. When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what's left of his soul. Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone's pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can't deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart. As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession. Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love....
If I could give it 100 stars I would!
I honestly didn’t think Thea Harrison could write a set of characters that I liked more than Dragos and Pia, oh man was I mistaken. I absolutely fell in LOVE with Sophie and Nickolas.
Sophie was perfection! She was the perfect blend of sassy, spunky, take no crap, modern woman; who has been thrown in with an ancient high-handed knight. Nickolas who is cut off from home and watching his men dwindle down to almost nothing finds himself in a position of having to deal with the insolent Sophie.
Sophie and Nickolas clash at almost every turn about almost everything. Sophie doesn’t want a man to take care of her in any way, not even open doors. This is such a foreign concept for Nickolas. Oh, their interactions made me laugh. Especially when he tried to give her orders. OMG! Even if she agreed with the orders she had snark to dish back. She would not be ordered! Even still, there was a deep underlying sexual tension that you could just feel building until it boiled over. It was brilliant.
The story was outstanding, vivid, fast paced, and super exciting with the perfect amount of romance thrown in. I honestly didn’t want to stop listening. This is part of the Elder Races world so you could start here but I would recommend going back and reading the Elder Races so you have the back story on the other races. You won’t be sorry.
This was also the first Audiobook I’ve listened to in this series. Sophie Eastlake is a superb narrator. I think this might be a series I purchase in audiobook from now on! Moonshadow: Moonshadow, Book 1 is getting Five HUGE Boundless stars, if I could give it a 100 I would!