Friday, December 25, 2015

#Review: Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison - 4 Wine Glasses

Series: Elder Races
Author: Thea Harrison
Format: Kindle, 55 pages
Published: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (December 22, 2015)
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Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Warning: this story contains a major spoiler from SHADOW’S END (book #9, released December 1st, 2015). If readers do not want to be spoiled, they should read the stories in order of their release dates. This is a short story (15,000 words or 50 pages) intended for readers of the Elder Races who enjoy Liam Cuelebre as a character. 

Reeling from a deep loss, the magical prince of the Wyr, Dragos and Pia’s son Liam Cuelebre, turns inward and withdrawn as he struggles to come to terms with who he is, along with the challenges that lie before him.

Hoping to ease his heartache and offer comfort, a concerned Dragos and Pia offer him a gift, something he has desired for a long time. Liam’s response has a ripple effect across all of New York. Soon miracles of all kinds start arriving just in time for Christmas, along with a visit from a mysterious person who gives Liam hope and a vision of his future.

LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN is the third 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
He was surrounded by people who loved him, yet he had never felt lonelier.

LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN by Thea Harrison is a thoroughly enjoyable quick read that lets the reader delve into Liam's head and the Cuelebre family's intimate dynamics. I'm a huge fan of the author's Elder Races series and the Cuelebres - Dragos, Pia and Liam -are my favorite characters in the series.

As the story begins, we learn that Liam has had another growth spurt. Little Liam, prince to the Wyr nation, is not a "peanut" anymore. He has grown up so fast! Liam is struggling with a devastating loss and, at the same time, is rebelling as teenagers do. However, since he's an apex predator, his challenge to authority carries more weight and danger as his dragon fights for control. Add in some sweet puppy kisses and be prepared to read this one straight through as you won't want to put it down.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this novella:

Dragos never lifted his head from his task. He said in a quiet voice, "Tell me you're in control, and I will believe you..."
Straightening his shoulders, Liam replied steadily, "I'm in control."

"We have to get you a haircut sometime today. You're starting to look like a sulky rock star."
"Well, I am a rock star," he said, deadpan.

"If your life is a blank page, that only means you have room to write your story. You have the power to tell that story the way you want to."

If you love paranormal series, but haven't read the Elder Races, you are missing out! I would recommend starting at the beginning as the whole series is fantastic.

If you are a fan of this series, this is an absolute must-read - just don't read it before you read SHADOW'S END (Book #9) or it could spoil that book for you. Expect a set-up at the end for more tales featuring Liam in or near Scotland, which has me happy dancing! Readers also get a foretelling of which demesne will be visiting the Wyr nation to fulfill the diplomatic pact made in DC - I can't wait for that story either!

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

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