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Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards. An Elder Races Novella As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancell Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards. An Elder Races Novella As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by. Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!


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Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards. An Elder Races Novella As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancell Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards. An Elder Races Novella As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by. Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!

30 review for Hunter's Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    A short novella that takes place in the Dark Fae World about Xanthe, one of their assassins, who has returned home and now been assigned as Queen Niniene's guard and Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. We have been introduced to both in previous books and here is get their HEA. Their romance is sweet and heart-warming. I particularly enjoyed the time the two spent together at her home. They were a perfect couple. Even though it was a quick and short story, the author still did a great job at developing th A short novella that takes place in the Dark Fae World about Xanthe, one of their assassins, who has returned home and now been assigned as Queen Niniene's guard and Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. We have been introduced to both in previous books and here is get their HEA. Their romance is sweet and heart-warming. I particularly enjoyed the time the two spent together at her home. They were a perfect couple. Even though it was a quick and short story, the author still did a great job at developing the characters. I loved getting to know more about the Dark Fae world - Niniane and Tiago play a big part in this story and it was lovely to see how Niniane handles being Queen in the intriguing political arena of her court. I can't wait for the next book............and more of Pia and Dragos!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Aubrey and Xanthe Xanthe is an assasin/guardian for the fae court and she works for Niniane and Trago. We met her at Devil's Gate. Chancellor Aubrey was going to be a king if Niniane did not accept becoming a queen. As we have seen in Storm's Heart, Aubrey is a good person while his wife was evil and she was plotting against Niniane. Now his wife is dead and he does not plan to have another one until he meets Xanthe. Xanthe is assigned to him by Niniane for protection and after a brutal attack Aubrey and Xanthe Xanthe is an assasin/guardian for the fae court and she works for Niniane and Trago. We met her at Devil's Gate. Chancellor Aubrey was going to be a king if Niniane did not accept becoming a queen. As we have seen in Storm's Heart, Aubrey is a good person while his wife was evil and she was plotting against Niniane. Now his wife is dead and he does not plan to have another one until he meets Xanthe. Xanthe is assigned to him by Niniane for protection and after a brutal attack, the two of them will spend a lot of time together at Xanthe's cottage until Aubrey recovers. Aubrey does not hide his interest in Xanthe, while she thinks that she is not good enough for him: Don't play with me just because you're bored. Aubrey feels too old and tired, but he finds Xanther irresistible: I'm falling in love with you. And damn, it's a deep deep fall. This is a slow burn romance that takes place in the Dark Fae Realm. It is so sweet and beautiful the way the love grows. It should definitely have had to be a longer novel, but still it is engaging and heartwarming.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    4.5 stars By far the best from the Elder Races novellas! Let's start with Xanthe. We met her in Devil's Gate. She was the one who killed the bad guy. This story starts with her return to Other Land. She is an assassin who works for the Queen (aka Tricks) and her mate Tiago. But after her cover is blown she is reassigned to Tricks' protection. Usually she wouldn't be satisfied with the job - not enough action, but it gives her opportunity to see Aubrey, the Chancellor of the Dark Fey. Ever since Au 4.5 stars By far the best from the Elder Races novellas! Let's start with Xanthe. We met her in Devil's Gate. She was the one who killed the bad guy. This story starts with her return to Other Land. She is an assassin who works for the Queen (aka Tricks) and her mate Tiago. But after her cover is blown she is reassigned to Tricks' protection. Usually she wouldn't be satisfied with the job - not enough action, but it gives her opportunity to see Aubrey, the Chancellor of the Dark Fey. Ever since Aubrey's wife was unmasked as a traitor, he has subtly changed. There's more darkness to him now, and of course, there's the pain of betrayal. But he notices the beautiful soldier (Xanthe), there is something about her that attracts his attention. Maybe nothing would've happened if it weren't for the almost successful assassination attempt made at him. By the orders of the queen, Xanthe takes Aubrey to her house, charged with protecting him. This novella is more focused on the romance itself, the suspense plot is almost nonexistent. It seems more real somehow. They actually had the time to fall in love. The only tiny reason it's not completely perfect is that Xanthe said yes, only after they realized that the gods have interfered in their lives. I love both Aubrey (he's just so amazing and lordy) and Xanthe (the dutiful soldier who still manages to be a dreamer). I adore how they slowly started to fall in love, learning things about each other. *sigh* And yeah we get to see Tricks and Tiago, always a plus. :D Can't wait for Lord's Fall!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I read this out of the Destiny's Tarot duology. I was surprised to see that Aubrey was the hero in the second story, "Hunter's Season. " I became acquainted with him in Storm's Heart, as he is the Chancellor of Adriyel. I know that he doesn't look old, but I thought of him as being older. Technically, he's lived a long time because Dark Fae do live long lives. Eventually, I saw him as looking kind of like Hugo Weaving as Elrond from the Lord of the Rings movies. So to me this is a May-December r I read this out of the Destiny's Tarot duology. I was surprised to see that Aubrey was the hero in the second story, "Hunter's Season. " I became acquainted with him in Storm's Heart, as he is the Chancellor of Adriyel. I know that he doesn't look old, but I thought of him as being older. Technically, he's lived a long time because Dark Fae do live long lives. Eventually, I saw him as looking kind of like Hugo Weaving as Elrond from the Lord of the Rings movies. So to me this is a May-December romance. I don't know that it actually was meant to be though. I do love unrequited love stories, and this qualifies since Xanthe has been in love with Aubrey for ever. It's also a sort of forbidden romance in that Xanthe is just a soldier/assassin, and Aubrey is very highborn and highly placed in the aristocracy. It also counts as a cabin romance and a nursed back to health romance. So a lot of the tropes I enjoy in one book. I liked it a lot. Not as much as "Devil's Gate," but it's still really romantic and a very good story with a satisfying conclusion. ***It makes me sad about how (view spoiler)[Niniane and Tiago can't get married and have children because of the politics of her being Dark Fae Queen and him being Wyr. (hide spoiler)] I strongly recommend this series if you like paranormal romance, fantasy romance, or fantasy with romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    4+ "Unexpected Love" Stars! I loved this one. It was a surprisingly sweet story about unexpected love; with some political machinations and assassination attempt thrown in. I absolutely loved both Aubrey and Xanthe. I would have enjoyed a full length story with these two. But as it was, I very much so enjoyed their novella. This one was my favorite novella of the series so far. Still loving the Elder Races! Happy reading! 4+ "Unexpected Love" Stars! I loved this one. It was a surprisingly sweet story about unexpected love; with some political machinations and assassination attempt thrown in. I absolutely loved both Aubrey and Xanthe. I would have enjoyed a full length story with these two. But as it was, I very much so enjoyed their novella. This one was my favorite novella of the series so far. Still loving the Elder Races! Happy reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    Loved this little book. Xanthe and Aubrey were well drawn characters, despite being a short. Their romance was sweet and I thought they made a perfect couple. Thea Harrison's world gets better and better. We even get a little Tiago and Tricks. :-) Can't wait for the next Pia and Dragos book! Loved this little book. Xanthe and Aubrey were well drawn characters, despite being a short. Their romance was sweet and I thought they made a perfect couple. Thea Harrison's world gets better and better. We even get a little Tiago and Tricks. :-) Can't wait for the next Pia and Dragos book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Yesss!!!!!! Thea Harrison is BACK! With a BANG! Thank the gods! I love Thea Harrion's 'Elder Races' novels with its alternate world of numerous Elder race factions intermingling and coexisting alongside humans, its emotionally-challenged alpha males who need a little TLC, and its charismatic heroines all delivered with Harrison's uniquely elegant writing style. Her 'Elder Races' novellas, however, have been (for me at least) a different experience altogether. The four novellas Harrison has release Yesss!!!!!! Thea Harrison is BACK! With a BANG! Thank the gods! I love Thea Harrion's 'Elder Races' novels with its alternate world of numerous Elder race factions intermingling and coexisting alongside humans, its emotionally-challenged alpha males who need a little TLC, and its charismatic heroines all delivered with Harrison's uniquely elegant writing style. Her 'Elder Races' novellas, however, have been (for me at least) a different experience altogether. The four novellas Harrison has released have all shared a similar story arc - that of a powerfully magical tarot card set that subtly influence the romantic lives of individuals of its "choosing". The first 'True Colors' was really good and I loved it, but the following two were huge disappointments for me. The stories felt too rushed and didn't do justice to the characters. 'Hunter's Season', which I almost skipped due to how much I just didn't enjoy the last two(!), was, in a word, amazing. It's a bit of a toss up, but I may have enjoyed 'Hunter's Season' even more than the first novella 'True Colors'. I loved both Xanthe and Aubrey, and reading about their budding, fragile romance was touching. Although this is a relatively short novella, Harrison dealt with the timeline deftly and managed to stretch out their story so that their relationship blooms over an appropriate time period... and when they finally get together - YOWZA! Very hot indeed. It was great seeing Niniane and Tiago from 2nd novel 'Storm's Heart' again, and it's nice to know they are still going strong in the Dark Fae Otherland. We knew given Niniane's coronation as Dark Fae queen and the relative distrust of the Dark Fae towards outsiders that their relationship wouldn't be easy, but it appears they are still deliriously happy with each other and all is well. It would seem that the tarot cards have been put to repast for awhile so 'Hunter's Season' heralded the end of that particular novella story arc. I hope that any future novellas (and novels for that matter) keep up this level of awesomeness... because when Thea Harrison is on - she's ON!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    First read: September 20, 2012 Amazing novella to complement the "Elder Races" series! Xanthe & Aubrey's story was wonderful to read. The readers finally get the answers to the mystery of the tarot cards, and we get to spend time with Tiago & Niniane once again. Second read: August 7, 2013 Loved Aubrey and Xanthe's story a second time. I really like how this story continued right where Devil's Gate left off.. right after Duncan and Seremela dropped Xanthe off in Chicago. First read: September 20, 2012 Amazing novella to complement the "Elder Races" series! Xanthe & Aubrey's story was wonderful to read. The readers finally get the answers to the mystery of the tarot cards, and we get to spend time with Tiago & Niniane once again. Second read: August 7, 2013 Loved Aubrey and Xanthe's story a second time. I really like how this story continued right where Devil's Gate left off.. right after Duncan and Seremela dropped Xanthe off in Chicago.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    I read Hunter’s Season when it was first published and loved it. I’ve been on an audiobook kick and decided to try out Ms. Harrison’s Elder Races series in Audio. Even if you haven’t read an Elder Race book you could still pick this novella up, but I would recommend at least reading Books 1 & 2 first in the Elder Race series; since they give you a sense of what is going on in the world. Hunter’s Season features Xanthe a Dark Fae Assassin and Aubrey a Dark Fae Chancellor. These characters are I read Hunter’s Season when it was first published and loved it. I’ve been on an audiobook kick and decided to try out Ms. Harrison’s Elder Races series in Audio. Even if you haven’t read an Elder Race book you could still pick this novella up, but I would recommend at least reading Books 1 & 2 first in the Elder Race series; since they give you a sense of what is going on in the world. Hunter’s Season features Xanthe a Dark Fae Assassin and Aubrey a Dark Fae Chancellor. These characters are secondary characters introduced in the Elder Race series. We meet Xanthe in Devil's Gate and Aubrey in Storm's Heart. These two come together to create a lovely and passionate romance. This novella was sensational with a heavenly HEA. Ms. Harrison delivers a beautiful blossoming romance; between two very different characters. Their romance builds slowly, is sweet, and adorable. I love how the author put so much attention on their romance. I adored Hunter’s Season. The conclusion was satisfying, the romance is charming, and we get a little danger and intrigue too. Harrison shows us just how much love can truly heal. Audio Review Dec. 2017: I enjoyed the audio narration for Hunter's Season. Sophie Eastlake did a superb job with the voices and bring out the blossoming romance between Xanthe and Aubrey. The Elder Race series brings us a verity of unique supernaturals, worlds, and so much more. It’s an entertaining series to read or listen too. I highly recommend diving in. Rated: 4 Stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Thea Harrison delivers a stellar HEA for two secondary characters in the Elder Races series. Xanthe, the assassin for the Dark Fae first introduced in Devil's Gate and Chancellor Aubrey Riordan from Storm's Heart come together to create a sweet, yet sizzling romance that will be sure to melt readers. While the beginning is a little slow, Harrison delivers a beautifully bloomed romance between two vastly different characters. Their romance builds slowly, in a manner so sweet that readers may be su Thea Harrison delivers a stellar HEA for two secondary characters in the Elder Races series. Xanthe, the assassin for the Dark Fae first introduced in Devil's Gate and Chancellor Aubrey Riordan from Storm's Heart come together to create a sweet, yet sizzling romance that will be sure to melt readers. While the beginning is a little slow, Harrison delivers a beautifully bloomed romance between two vastly different characters. Their romance builds slowly, in a manner so sweet that readers may be surprised by the amount of attention Harrison puts on the romance. But it is something that I have to appreciate since authors don't do it as much, especially in a tightly-written novella. There is a satisfying conclusion to the tarot cards and a sweet acknowledgement to Mouse, who brings more tenderness to the short story. Overall, HUNTER'S SEASON hit all the right spots for me as a romance reader. With danger, intrigue and a heady dose of romance, Harrison shows how love can truly heal all. Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)

    ok, now this was damn adorable!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Xanthe and Aubrey. Love the names! Well this is the last short story revolving around a magical deck of tarot cards. Just a sweetly romantic little amuse bouche for between longer reads. The reader, Sophie Eastlake was wonderful. Warning, this one has a huge ass spoiler for book 2. But ironically I feel like going back and reading book 2 now (I originally couldn't get into that one). Xanthe was the mysterious assassin from Devil's Gate (Elders 4.6). Queen Niniane makes her one of her personal guards Xanthe and Aubrey. Love the names! Well this is the last short story revolving around a magical deck of tarot cards. Just a sweetly romantic little amuse bouche for between longer reads. The reader, Sophie Eastlake was wonderful. Warning, this one has a huge ass spoiler for book 2. But ironically I feel like going back and reading book 2 now (I originally couldn't get into that one). Xanthe was the mysterious assassin from Devil's Gate (Elders 4.6). Queen Niniane makes her one of her personal guards. As such she often runs into Aubrey whom she has always admired from afar. Aubrey is the queen's chancellor and as such, an elf of great power, yet he's also a nice and honourable man. But also a man who is sad and cast adrift personally since his wife died a traitor. He questions his own judgment now. He does notice Xanthe when she returns from her last job as an assassin. He notices her because she is everything his wife was not. She is honourable and loyal and scrupulous about fulfilling her duty. She also has a sensuous mouth and well.... she is prettier every time he sees her. He is attacked and almost killed and it is Xanthe who must nurse him back to health. And so hidden together, they enjoy an intimacy that might never have otherwise happened. Especially in a class strapped society like the dark fae court. The chancellor and a nameless palace guard??? shocking! I really enjoyed this one. Sweetly romantic with just a bit of action and a dash of intrigue. But mostly just two people who have a lot in common but are from very different walks of life, falling in love. It's not insta, but it is fairly quick as it is a short story. My only complaint is that Xanthe seems so alone. I wondered if she had no friends and it made her character feel a little unfinished. Lots of cameos of Tiago and Niniane Safety is good (view spoiler)[Aubrey's first wife was the traitor in book 2 and died as such. It was a marriage of reason in that it wasn't a love match. They met and discussed the pros and cons of getting married and then got married. She was a fair bit younger than him. She was a bit of a cold fish too, as she didn't like to sleep in the same bed as him. Not a cuddler! Not sure how much younger Xanthe is than him. There really were no clues given. But he is probably the elven equivalent for a man in his early 40's. Xanthe has had lovers before but no long affairs. They just couldn't keep their hands off each other. It was pretty sexy! (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ferdy

    Spoilers I'm not really a fan of Thea Harrison's novellas but since I've read all her other novellas and this was the only one left, I thought I may as well read it for completions sake. Hunter's Season focuses on the romance between Aubrey, the chancellor of the Dark Fae, and Xanthe, an assassin and a soldier. The plot was pretty boring — after Aubrey's attacked, Xanthe looks after him and they fall in love. Considering this was a novella, I felt there was far too many mentions of Xanthe doing c Spoilers I'm not really a fan of Thea Harrison's novellas but since I've read all her other novellas and this was the only one left, I thought I may as well read it for completions sake. Hunter's Season focuses on the romance between Aubrey, the chancellor of the Dark Fae, and Xanthe, an assassin and a soldier. The plot was pretty boring — after Aubrey's attacked, Xanthe looks after him and they fall in love. Considering this was a novella, I felt there was far too many mentions of Xanthe doing chores around her house. I don't care about characters cooking and cleaning, instead of describing nonsensical tasks, those paragraphs/sentences should have been used on Xanthe and Aubrey's underdeveloped romance. I wasn't impressed with any of the characters, Xanthe was pathetic, desperate and boring — she had no friends or any meaningful past relationships apart from with her dad — she was just so blah. Her servile and worshipful attitude towards Aubrey was cringey. Aubrey was kind of a bore and only really seemed to like Xanthe because she worshipped the ground he walked on. The romance came across as largely one sided since Aubrey wasn't really over his wife's death and betrayal. Aubrey and Xanthe's relationship lacked chemistry and passion and I didn't buy that Aubrey truly loved Xanthe. Niniane acted childish and silly — she makes for a very ridiculous queen. All these characters are meant to be centuries old yet act like teenagers — what's the point of having centuries old characters when they read like a cross between a teenager and a 20 something year old?? Overall, the plot was blah, the romance was rubbish and the characters were forgettable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    This is the fourth novella in the Elder Races series and finishes off the arc concerning the mysterious tarot cards. Niniane's assassin Xanthe has brought the pack of cards back to the lands of the Dark Fae and is soon directed to guard the injured Chancellor, Aubrey Riordan. The plot is primarily the growing love story between Xanthe and Aubrey however we see some snippets of Niniane and Tiago and their life in the Fae Court. The romance is sweet and handled well in the confined space of the no This is the fourth novella in the Elder Races series and finishes off the arc concerning the mysterious tarot cards. Niniane's assassin Xanthe has brought the pack of cards back to the lands of the Dark Fae and is soon directed to guard the injured Chancellor, Aubrey Riordan. The plot is primarily the growing love story between Xanthe and Aubrey however we see some snippets of Niniane and Tiago and their life in the Fae Court. The romance is sweet and handled well in the confined space of the novella format and maybe it was my imagination but seemed a trifle hotter than Thea Harrison's usual writing style?? The epilogue finished up nicely with the Tarot cards returned to their Goddess ready to go where ever they are needed most. 3.5 stars - I added an extra .5 for the reference to Reeces Minatures Peanut Butter Cups in Niniane's private rooms - even the Queen of the Dark Fae cannot resist those delicious treats!! (Love'em).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    Novellas do not tend to work for me in general and though this was not bad and continued storylines we had read before and took us into Dark Fae territory again, I was not blown away. The romance was mellow for me and I did not feel any sparks between the hero and heroine. Hence my rating.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ren Puspita

    3 stars Project Elder Races Novella Read-a-thon For the last novella in Tarot arc, Hunter's Season make me disappointed. Same case with Oracle's Moon, mine is unpopular opinion. Meaning I don't know why many reviewer love this. I will not state what I love and what do not like, because there so much things that I do not like. First,the story was dragging a bit. I expect something big happen, mostly because the title. What I got was both h/h, Councillor Aubrey Riordan (I don't remember him actually, 3 stars Project Elder Races Novella Read-a-thon For the last novella in Tarot arc, Hunter's Season make me disappointed. Same case with Oracle's Moon, mine is unpopular opinion. Meaning I don't know why many reviewer love this. I will not state what I love and what do not like, because there so much things that I do not like. First,the story was dragging a bit. I expect something big happen, mostly because the title. What I got was both h/h, Councillor Aubrey Riordan (I don't remember him actually, when he first appear at Storm's Heart) and Xanthe Tenanye playing home. And then they express their undying love #rollingeyes. This novella more like traditional HQ novel but with paranormal theme. What make me disappointed again is the way Thea wrap this arc. Just..too simple. Just one chapter (as epilogue) and well..nothing happen! I'm scratching my head when read it. After so much mysteries and build up about the mysterious Tarot Deck, it's like Thea just want reader deal what with she write. This is what make me really frustated. I want something more explanation! Anyway, if you miss Niniane Lorelle (aka Tricks) and Tiago, they will play bigger role here. Hunter's Season is by far the weakest Elder Races novella or maybe because I have too much expectation for this yet I got otherwise.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    The story of Xanthe and Aubrey, the newest guard of Queen Niniane and her Chancellor. The romance develops gradually and realistically and the characters are relatable and likable. I'm really enjoying Thea Harrison's writing and the world she's created and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Lord's Fall. Previous book reviews: ✦ Devil's Gate (Elder Races #4.6) ~ ★★★ (08/12/2014) ✦ Natural Evil (Elder Races #4.5) ~ ★★★ (08/12/2014) ✦ Oracle's Moon (Elder Races #4) ~ ★★★★ (15/10/2014) ✦ T The story of Xanthe and Aubrey, the newest guard of Queen Niniane and her Chancellor. The romance develops gradually and realistically and the characters are relatable and likable. I'm really enjoying Thea Harrison's writing and the world she's created and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Lord's Fall. Previous book reviews: ✦ Devil's Gate (Elder Races #4.6) ~ ★★★ (08/12/2014) ✦ Natural Evil (Elder Races #4.5) ~ ★★★ (08/12/2014) ✦ Oracle's Moon (Elder Races #4) ~ ★★★★ (15/10/2014) ✦ True Colors (Elder Races #3.5) ~ ★★★ (07/08/2014) ✦ Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races #3) ~ ★★★★ (18/07/2014) ✦ Storm's Heart (Elder Races #2) ~ ★★★★ (27/02/2013) ✦ Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1) ~ ★★★★★ (25/02/2013)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon C.

    I really liked the slow-build romance in this one. It took center stage in the story. The lead Fae characters Xanthe and Aubrey were well developed and likeable--they were some of my favorites so far in the series. They were such opposites--her a commoner assasin/soldier and he an aristocrat Chancellor--but yet so well matched. I also enjoyed the glimpses we got of Tiago and Niniane. It was good to see them again. I like the 'mouse' character and hope to see more of her. If you are in the mood f I really liked the slow-build romance in this one. It took center stage in the story. The lead Fae characters Xanthe and Aubrey were well developed and likeable--they were some of my favorites so far in the series. They were such opposites--her a commoner assasin/soldier and he an aristocrat Chancellor--but yet so well matched. I also enjoyed the glimpses we got of Tiago and Niniane. It was good to see them again. I like the 'mouse' character and hope to see more of her. If you are in the mood for a sweet romance that will leave you feeling happy at the end, this is a good little read. What would have moved it into the 5 star range for me: if the mystery portion of the plot was more fully developed. For example, if we had seen the details of the investigation of the attackers, rather than that being handled 'off camera'. I'd rather experience it, instead of just being told the outcome.

  19. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    I did like this story set in the Dark Fae lands, but I didn't love it. I never felt any true chemistry between Xanthe (love that name) and Aubrey. Also there was no clear indication to me what she looked like, which was offputting. The romance was a quiet one which even though you knew it was coming, still snuck up on you a bit. Considering these characters I think that was the right choice. I loved seeing Niniane and Tiago again - my favorite couple in this series. They need another book! Overa I did like this story set in the Dark Fae lands, but I didn't love it. I never felt any true chemistry between Xanthe (love that name) and Aubrey. Also there was no clear indication to me what she looked like, which was offputting. The romance was a quiet one which even though you knew it was coming, still snuck up on you a bit. Considering these characters I think that was the right choice. I loved seeing Niniane and Tiago again - my favorite couple in this series. They need another book! Overall a pleasant read but definitely not a keeper.

  20. 4 out of 5

    La*La

    The best one of Elder races novellas so far! This story features Xanthe and Aubrey - both heroes are from the previous Elder Races books. So we have some background information about them, yay! They don't have a life span problem,'cos both are the same species... another yay! And they have a steaming hot and natural-feeling romance...nothing is too rushed, nothing is out of place. Loved both the heroes, loved seeing Tiago and Niniane again, loved that the romance took place in the Otherland and e The best one of Elder races novellas so far! This story features Xanthe and Aubrey - both heroes are from the previous Elder Races books. So we have some background information about them, yay! They don't have a life span problem,'cos both are the same species... another yay! And they have a steaming hot and natural-feeling romance...nothing is too rushed, nothing is out of place. Loved both the heroes, loved seeing Tiago and Niniane again, loved that the romance took place in the Otherland and everything had a nice fantasy feel. 5 absolutely deserved stars!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    4/5; 4 stars; A Another great Elder Races novella. I was happy to see Aubrey find some happiness after all his various trials and tribulations. Xanthe was perfect for him. It was also fun to catch up with Niniane and Tiago in the Dark Fae kingdom. I wish there had been a little bit more with the Wyr kitty but am so impressed with Ms. Harrison for creating and incorporating a character as part of a reader contest. That is kind of a fun idea.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amyiw

    1st read February 24, 2013 to fill a Hunter requirement re-read on January 17, 2014 to continue series in order I think I liked this better on the re-read as I think I missed some of the background by not reading the novella before it. Of the 3 novellas this was my favorite and I've decided to bump it up from the 4 stars to 5. 1st read February 24, 2013 to fill a Hunter requirement re-read on January 17, 2014 to continue series in order I think I liked this better on the re-read as I think I missed some of the background by not reading the novella before it. Of the 3 novellas this was my favorite and I've decided to bump it up from the 4 stars to 5.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria

    The sweetest love story, I absolutely loved it. I love all the Elder Race books that I've read (all but one so far) but this one was just lovely. Made me wish it were me. The sweetest love story, I absolutely loved it. I love all the Elder Race books that I've read (all but one so far) but this one was just lovely. Made me wish it were me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ~Melissa~

    I think of the three shorts in between books 4 to 5 - I enjoyed this one the most.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Mills

    Xanthe is an assassin for the dark fae Queen. After her last mission went a little esque (in the last book) it was decided that she was no longer available to be used on undercover missions. Instead she became the Queens bodyguard. Aubrey was the chancellor to the dark fae court and an honorable man. Xanthe had a crush on him from afar for many years. When Aubrey is attacked and injured, Xanthe is chosen to guard and nurse him back to health.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renégade ♥

    4 1/2 to 5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Hunter's Season Review also posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Thea Harrison did a great job with this novella. She has brought a happy-ever-after to two secondary characters from two different books: Xanthe, the assassin from Devil’s Gate and Chancellor Aubrey Riordan from Storm’s Heart. After their parts from the previous books, it was nice to see a closure for these two characters. And to boot, the mystery of the tarot cards that seemed responsible for the story we were getting is finally Hunter's Season Review also posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Thea Harrison did a great job with this novella. She has brought a happy-ever-after to two secondary characters from two different books: Xanthe, the assassin from Devil’s Gate and Chancellor Aubrey Riordan from Storm’s Heart. After their parts from the previous books, it was nice to see a closure for these two characters. And to boot, the mystery of the tarot cards that seemed responsible for the story we were getting is finally unveiled. It is sad to say that the tarot cards are now put rest and Thea will now concentrate on the regular length novels. Bitter sweet, but hey, no complaints here. After completing an important task for Tiago, Xanthe is now working for Niniane. She works in close proximity with Aubrey, whom she had her eye on for a while now. If you remember, Aubrey, he was next in line for the throne, if Niniane didn’t step up. Aubrey is in the process of healing his broken heart after losing his wife, Naida. She was killed after her attempt to kill Niniane as she was to take the throne, crazy bitch. Of course, working side by side, Aubrey starts noticing Xanthe’s presence. It was adorable to see them steal glances at each other. Their curiosity with each other intensifies as Aubrey’s life was threatened and they are forced to stay in even closer proximity. Sneaky-sneaky Ms. Harrison, I mean Trix! I love Aubrey, he is calm, collected, smart, rich, handsome…debonair!!! And Xanthe is no push over, she is a strong heroine. It was cute to read about what went on in their heads as they start to notice and stare at each other. It was an insta-love but as I said over and over, Ms. Harrison does a wonderful job putting love, action, plot and a good ending in an itty-bitty short story. We also get a good bit of Niniane and Tiago in this short story. They are as we left them; Tiago every bit protective and sweet towards Niniane. And our Trix, is a bit more subdue, now that she’s a queen and all. But you can still see the quirkiness in her. I do have to mention a cute little Wry House Cat named Mouse...ADORABLE. Not much was said about her, a little background but not much to go on after that. I am hopeful that we will see her again; after all, the Elder Races are somehow connected with each other. As I mentioned earlier, there are no plans to continue this side series (the Elder Races novellas)…as of now. Ms. Harrison plans to focus on the regular length books for the Elder Races and a new series called “Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows, #1)”, great things to look forward to, for sure. Overall, another job well done by Thea Harrison. *ARC provided by publisher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Isa Lavinia

    This was a sweet novella - as usual with this series I honestly can't say I even remember these characters from previous books, again the problem of a not so cohesive and inclusive worldbuilding with supporting character set in stone throughout the story, each single book tends to focus solely on the featured couple. Such was the case here, with Niniane and Tiago making cursory appearances. But that's - as I established before - not necessarily a bad thing, it allows the reader to judge each This was a sweet novella - as usual with this series I honestly can't say I even remember these characters from previous books, again the problem of a not so cohesive and inclusive worldbuilding with supporting character set in stone throughout the story, each single book tends to focus solely on the featured couple. Such was the case here, with Niniane and Tiago making cursory appearances. But that's - as I established before - not necessarily a bad thing, it allows the reader to judge each book on its own merit without any hangups. Xanthe - who apparently showed up in Devil's Gate a previous Elder Races novella - which I actually remember since it was about Seremela an awesome character who is both a Medusa and a scientist! I don't remember Xanthe at all, but apparently the magical tarot deck which has been jumping from owner to owner until said owner finds ~true love~ is now in her hands. Xanthe, knowing love can take many forms believes this to mean the companionship of her new pet kitten... but said kitten comes with its own surprises. Having had her cover blown in the Devil's Gate mission, Xanthe has to give up her business as an assassin, so becomes a guard to Queen Niniane (another character I remember!). Aubrey, whom I kept picturing as Drake and, no lie, kind of ruined the story for me... ~All these muscles and you still couldn't make our relationship work out.~ ~All these muscles and you still had to get my heart ripped.~ But anyway, Aubrey is the Chancellor whose wife apparently betrayed him and tried to murder the queen, and he can't let his feels go, so I guess he probably does have a lot in common with Drake. He's attacked and nearly dies so he's taken to Xanthe's idyllic cottage where they could live only for their romance. Seriously... was Drake on Thea Harrison's playlist when she wrote this? Because that's it - no political intrigue actually butting in the plot, just romance, romance, romance. And he even says stuff Drake would say: “I think you grow more beautiful each time I lay my eyes on you. It’s happened every time I woke up to find you there, helping me in some way. All I want to do is look at you, to experience it again.” And then he keeps insisting they need to get married, even though she's not really into it like that. I'm hating a lot, because of Drake - whom I faux-hate as a hobby - the actual Aubrey in the book was alright and the romance not nearly as cheesy as if the actual Drake had been there, so 3 stars and no more Aubreys, please.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    Xanthe was the undercover Fae in the last novella, Devil's Gate and who Seremela gave the tarot cards to. She's back in Adriyel but her cover has been blown so now she is working for Queen Niniane who just happens to spend quite a bit of time with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. Aubrey gets attacked and Xanthe gets put in charge of his care during his recovery. I was glad to get the whole story of the novellas finally finished even though it was a bit anticlimactic. I really wanted something exciting Xanthe was the undercover Fae in the last novella, Devil's Gate and who Seremela gave the tarot cards to. She's back in Adriyel but her cover has been blown so now she is working for Queen Niniane who just happens to spend quite a bit of time with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. Aubrey gets attacked and Xanthe gets put in charge of his care during his recovery. I was glad to get the whole story of the novellas finally finished even though it was a bit anticlimactic. I really wanted something exciting to come of the tarot cards! I did quite enjoy all the couples of the novellas especially Aubrey and Xanthe. I really liked Xanthe's story and she was just so sweet. I loved her vulnerable side almost as much as Aubrey did! It was a little sad when she couldn't believe that he would love her since she was a commoner but I LOVED Aubrey's response!! Her relationship with Tiago...and Niniane was really special. Speaking of Aubrey, I LOVED seeing him come back to life!! His wife was the one who tried to assassinate Niniane in Storm's Heart and it was good to see him coming out from under that dark cloud. I loved how he named "the chase" and how it came to be the title of the book! They were really good together and definitely had some steamy scenes. I loved the ending and the epilogue. I felt the story of Mouse could have been a bit more developed. I know it was a character added to the story from a contest but it was really interesting. I would have liked to have seen more of Mouse and Xanthe...at least for them to say goodbye. Storm's Heart wasn't my favorite Elder Races book but I so enjoyed having more Tiago and Niniane. I love their banter, especially this: “See, I told you it would all work out,” Niniane said to Tiago. “You are, as always, perfectly right,” Tiago told her. Definitely a great addition to the series and I have a feeling (okay, maybe I'm hoping) those darn tarot cards show back up! Favorite quote: ♥ “Xanthe, you are the most beautiful surprise in my life. I hardly noticed you at first. You carry the quiet of a river with a still surface that runs very deep. I found that the more I looked at you, the more I saw—and now the more I see of you, the more beautiful you become and the more I want you.” He paused then said deeply, “I’ve never wanted anyone the way I have grown to want you.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Best Elder Races novella yet. In Six Words: Thea continues to delight and enthrall. Novellas, despite their short length, are not easy to write. Erotica lends itself well to novellas because who needs the romance? It's about the dirt. But when it comes to writing a good romance novella--as Thea Harrison does--it is hard to present a believable romance in such a limited amount of space. And with each successive Elder Races novella, Thea Harrison continues to bring the romance (and yes, some sex, to Best Elder Races novella yet. In Six Words: Thea continues to delight and enthrall. Novellas, despite their short length, are not easy to write. Erotica lends itself well to novellas because who needs the romance? It's about the dirt. But when it comes to writing a good romance novella--as Thea Harrison does--it is hard to present a believable romance in such a limited amount of space. And with each successive Elder Races novella, Thea Harrison continues to bring the romance (and yes, some sex, too), re-creating the same tension we love in her full-length books. As a faithful reader of the Elder Races series, both Aubrey and Xanthe are not unfamiliar characters. But until now, they have been characters existing on the side, furthering others' stories rather than having their own. Xanthe is one of those strong female characters--strong in physical strength and intelligence. She is the kind of character I've always wanted to be: a cool, calm fighter. Aubrey is the kind of character I've always fallen for in romances: the man strong enough to break down all the barriers the leading lady puts up in their path. And, as always, Thea Harrison has the ability to write characters I can't help falling in love with. Every. Time. The romance is a slow burn, setting the stage for a complete explosion once it ignites. You know. A rawr-rawr kind of explosion. I loved how Aubrey and Xanthe's relationship blossomed over the time they spent in her cottage, how Aubrey flustered and teased Xanthe in a way that no one else could, and how Xanthe managed to get under Aubrey's skin, forcing him to follow his instincts and fight what what he wanted. Hunter's Season is, by far, the best Elder Races novella to date, and one of the best novellas period that I've read. I'm kicking myself a little for putting off reading it for so long. If you're caught up with the series, don't make the same mistake I did. Go read this now. And if you're not caught up with the series--what the hell are you waiting for?

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