Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ARC Review: PIA DOES HOLLYWOOD by Thea Harrsion

Pia Does Hollywood 
by Thea Harrison
Elder Races, Book 8.6


After making a diplomatic pact with humankind and the other leaders of the Elder Races, Pia Cuelebre, mate to Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, reluctantly heads to Hollywood to spend a week with the Light Fae Queen, Tatiana, before the busy Masque season hits New York in December.

Dragos has never let the lack of an invitation stop him from doing anything he wanted. Unwilling to let his mate make the trip without him, he travels to southern California in secret to be with her.

But when an ancient enemy launches a shattering assault against the Light Fae, Dragos and Pia must intercede. The destruction threatens to spread and strike a mortal blow against all of the magically gifted, both human and Elder Race alike.

Working with the Light Fae to neutralize the danger, Dragos and Pia find their deepest vulnerabilities challenged and their most closely held secrets threatened with exposure.

Dragos is not having a good time.  In the last few books, he has had to deal with a dangerous head injury, ensuing memory loss, murder in his DC home, growing alienation with humans, and tension within the Elder Races community.  This story has its own set of peril, violence, and political intrigue.  The brightest spots come from Pia and Liam.  

It’s a gift to get this much storyline from characters introduced in the beginning of a series. It speaks to the popularity of Pia and Dragos’ story (or how much the author loves these two).  I love revisiting this duo and am enjoying the direction Thea Harrison is taking Liam’s character.  However, what strikes me the most is the intimacy (not just the sexual ones) between the couple.  They are embedded in each other.  Their interactions are soul deep with intense longing when apart.  It’s because we have these added novellas that we get to experience this depth.  

Adding Liam and Stinkpot to the mix, makes for a very tight knit family.  Ms. Harrison hints at what is sure to be an interesting direction for the foursome.  How will the newest addition be the same or different from Liam? What will the relationship be between the two siblings? We expect intrigue and suspense from the Elder Races series, but through the Cuelebres we also get to experience challenging family dynamics as well.  

IN A NUTSHELL: This is what makes the Elder Races series so great – fantastic writing, intriguing story lines, and multi-faceted storytelling. 

Thank you to the author and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and this is not a paid review. 

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