Thursday, November 26, 2015

#Review: Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison - 4.5 Wine Glasses

Series: The Elder Races
Author: Thea Harrison
Format: Kindle, 180 pages
Published: Amazon Digital Services (November 17, 2015)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating:  4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses!

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.

PIA DOES HOLLYWOOD is the second part of a three-story series about Pia, Dragos, and and their son, Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three: DRAGOS GOES TO WASHINGTON, PIA DOES HOLLYWOOD, and LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN. 

Linda's Thoughts
"Dragos, I'm beginning to feel like we're travel cursed. Something always happens when we go away."

PIA DOES HOLLYWOOD by Thea Harrison is the second novella in a three-story series. First of all, I confess to being a huge fan of the author's Elder Races and Dragos and Pia are my favorite couple in the series; I can't get enough of them. I love these short stories that give fans more insight into the characters and the goings-on within the Elder Races' incredible world.

I'm going to disagree with the information within the blurb slightly. If you have not read any of the Elder Races books, I'd recommend that you at least read DRAGON BOUND before diving into these stories. You will enjoy these short tales much more if you have at least read the introduction to the series which featured Dragos and Pia. I can't imagine reading these short stories as standalones and fully enjoying them without some prior knowledge of the couple's history. I'm pretty sure that once you've read DRAGON BOUND, you will be hooked and want to read the entire series. I can attest that every story has been fabulous. I highly recommend that you sit back with The Elder Races series and thoroughly enjoy the author's imaginative, multi-faceted storytelling.

As the story opens, Dragos, Pia and, their son, Liam, are enjoying some private Cuelebre family time as they prepare for Pia to be away for a week with Tatiana, the Light Fae Queen, in Los Angeles fulfilling a diplomatic mission. The diplomatic deal stated that each of the seven U.S. demesne leaders are to send a family member to another demesne to visit for a week to foster good will and peace among the desmesnes. The whole concept came from a Medieval practice of nobles sending their children to live in other nobles' households as hostages. While the terms  of the deal state that the family member is required to make this trip solo, Dragos is not one to allow what is his far from his grasp, so he will also be in Los Angeles, but he plans to stay hidden. However, trouble is never far from this power couple and the best-laid plans often demand major tweaking.

There were so many jaw-dropping twists to this story! Besides the rather epic problem that besets them, there's a plethora of romantic segments that will have the reader swooning. You've been warned: Have a fan and a cold drink nearby when reading this novella. This couple has set-your-sheets-on-fire chemistry galore. I loved the initial short scene with Liam; I wish it had been longer but I'm excited that he gets his own tale with the next book.

Some of my favorite scenes focused on the very evident love and trust that this couple have for each other. Even when they're not able to touch, the steam from these pages is scintillating:

Giving her a slight smile, he whispered, "I'm putting my hand to your cheek right now."
The stubborn strength that had kept her knees locked threatened to give way. Closing her eyes, she whispered back, "I'm putting my arms around you, and leaning my head on your shoulder."
"And I'm stroking your hair, and kissing you." He took a deep breath. "And I am always, always going to hold on to you with all of my strength. Always, Pia."

Following please find a few more favorite quotes from this read:

He had taken to asking himself WWPD? (What Would Pia Do?)

He told her, I don't remember any other lover but you.
I don't believe you.
I don't. I know the facts of other lovers, but all the real, visceral memory, or any emotion has burned away. Those lovers happened to someone else, the man I was before I met you.

The universe can bring it. We'll deal with whatever may happen together."

This story may be short, but it's not undersized as regards its fast-paced action, nor its content as it includes plenty of both. All three parts of this trilogy of novellas should not be missed by the series' fandom as there's considerable information disclosed that will rock the Cuelebres and, indeed, the entire Elder Races world. Anyone who enjoys fun dragonlicious paranormal romance should check out this series!

Suggested Reading Order:
Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) 

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