Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison
Published by Berkley, August 2011
During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne...
Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr's best weapons. And he's the one sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago.
Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them -- a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds...
After reading Dragon Bound, I had no idea how Thea Harrison would be able to follow up with a sequel of equal measure...I mean Dragon Bound was so good!!! But, I am so happy to say, that Storm's Heart is just as wonderful. I have read this book a couple of times now and every, single time I marvel at the wonderful relationship that she builds between Tiago and Tricks. The two of them face seemingly insurmountable odds -- she's getting ready to ascend the Dark Fae throne and Wyr interference will not be tolerated. He's been the head of armies that have been warring in the most volatile parts of the world for centuries and now he is a personal bodyguard to a 200 year old PR rep with a penchant for pink lipstick.
Tricks, now known by her given name, Niniane knows she is in trouble. She is venturing into court intrigue not know who to trust and battling memories of her family's slaughter when she was 17 years old. She is leaving behind all those she knows and loves, who have sheltered her for the past two centuries, knowing that their assistance at this time would be viewed as an imbalance of power not only to the Dark Fae but to all the demesnes. Before she can even get back to the Other land, she is attacked in Chicago, an attack which is filmed and put on YouTube. This film is seen by Tiago, and right or wrong, he is going to find her and protect her.
I love watching the relationship between Tiago and Niniane evolve. At times adversarial, and at others unbearably tender, the evolution was so heartfelt and real and I loved every minute of it. We see not only their growth together, but also Niniane's growth as she develops into a ruler that will be able to handle bringing a fractured, and at times abused, society back to its potential. She is figuring out who to trust, building alliances with other leaders, and finding out how far her uncle's treachery spreads. Tiago, meanwhile, is working to find out who is behind the attacks on Niniane and is determined to protect her even if it means quitting his job as Drago's sentinel. When he decides he is keeping Niniane, nothing will be allowed to stand in his way--not politics, not doubts, not threats--nothing. All of his determination (and it is considerable) is focused on keeping her safe and keeping her in his life. Watching him fall in love and discover all the layers that Niniane has was beautiful. He had so much faith in her abilities and loved her strength but was there whenever she needed to lean on his.
This book rates a 5/5.
This book is a part of my personal collection and was purchased with my own funds.