Storm Bound Paperback – Mar 18 2014
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About the Author
Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, Dani recently ventured south with her husband to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children. She is the author of Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn, as well as Storm Warrior, the first book in the Grim Series, plus First Bite, the beginning of the Dark Wolf Series.
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The writing was well done. I don't remember seeing any typos, and the story itself was charming except for those structural flaws.
The story was very good, however. The secondary characters, George, Olivia, Morgan and Rhys were all wonderful. And I really liked Lurien. Celynnen was simply insane, disgusting and more than a little whacked.
As much as I enjoyed this book I think I liked Storm Warrior a little more. AND I will read any more of the Grim Series that comes from Dani Harper.
I really liked Brooke from the start, she is so loving and aware of herself. When she meets smexy Aiden, sparks fly, well that and a very well placed punch! I love their dynamic and really felt them connect. The romance is quick but the feeling ring true. I am willing to believe in love/lust at first sight. Sometimes your heart just knows before the head has a chance to catch up.
The smexy stuff is delicious!! Aiden is definitely the Alpha kind of guy I love. He is dominant in all the right ways!! The bedroom door is open and the smexiness happens a couple times!! Loads of steam detail, but not quite as far as a full erotic romance. I am all for the mainstream hotness this book dishes out!
The story this time is very involved, this progress at a steady pace and then speed up in the end. The twist wasn't much of a surprise, but no less enjoyable. Great pacing in the story, it really flowed as the details were revealed.
The narration bounces between the POV of the two leads, but there is a bonus when we see POV of some supporting characters. It makes for a more rounded story and you really get insights into all, especially the villains of the tale. You really get to understand the fae better, I may now have a little crush on the Lord of the Hunt, is it too much to hope he will get a HEA?
I love the way this book connects with the other, I did worry at first there would be no connection. It takes time and you will have to be patient, but when it reveals itself, it is wonderful! I loved the first meeting of Aiden and Rhys, classic!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Justine Eyre, who is fabulous!! She has a delicious way with the smexy Welsh accents, never could resist a brogue! I loved her energy in the read, she had a real feel for the story and just when speed things up to match the action. I am all about finding more of her reads!! She had quite the task with several male voices and the accents. Terrific match for this series!
Overall, I am in love! I am totally hooked and can not wait for the next book. The concept and myth carry this romance over to a real winner in my book! Ms. Harper certainly has a way of crafting engaging characters into a dynamic story. I am totally hooks. The only negative her is I have to wait until 2015 for the next book!!!
Storm Bound is about Aidan ap Llanfor. He was taken by the fae princess Celynnen on his wedding day because she wanted a toy. When he wouldn’t become her lover she turned him into a Grim. He finds an unlikely friend in the Lord of the Wild Hunt, Lurien. I have to admit Lurien is my favorite character and he plays a prominent role in this story. He has watched The Nine Realms Kingdom fall into chaos after the king was murdered. The queen is barley holding on to power and the unbalance in the fae world is leaking into ours. He has an agenda and providing Aiden with a chance to escape will further his own plans.
Brooke is a witch with real powers based in earth magic. She finally has her own shop where she creates spells to help and heal people. Lately she has been getting a lot of magical signs like the exact same tarot card reading nine times in a row. When a spell goes wrong, or maybe right, she brings Aidan into her life. He is full of vengeance for the one who took his life away 1000 years ago and still clinging to a memory of an old love.
The main story of the book is the romance between Aidan and Brooke, but the subplot that runs through the series about the Tylwyth Teg and what is happening in their kingdom is what appeals to me the most. Harper has done a lot of research in Welsh mythology and earth magic. Sometimes the amount of information included overshadows the story in places. I liked book one a little better, but having Lurien with his flowing black hair and black leathers riding the fae horse Bayard in the Wild Hunt just makes my heart go pitter patter. I am also thrilled she connected the two books through a friendship between Brooke and Morgan from book one. The two ex Grims meet. Makes me think Haper has some other hidden subplot cooking.
(I gave 5 sheep to book #1 Storm Warrior)
4 “Lord of the Wild” Sheep
I received a complementary copy of this book from the author for a honest review
Aidan ap Llanfor was taken by the fae princess Celynnen, because she wanted to make him her lover. He kept refusing and as a punishment she turned him into a Grim. For one thousand years he attended the dead and since he had no choice he did what was requested. He never wanted Celynnen and he let her know it. She was determined that he should come to him willingly and he was determined to find a way to kill her.
BrookeHalloran is a modern white witch who is having a problem with her spells, She finally decides to call a Guardia dog to help her. After elaborate preparation she casts her spell and the dog she gets is Aidan - at least when he arrives.
While it was a great story, there were parts that lagged and didn't keep my attention - even so it was a great read.