Series: Moonshadow #3
on October 15th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, PNR
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King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.
A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.
Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?
Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.
For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.
Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…
by Thea Harrison
It’s always a treat to dive back into the world of the Elder Races and while the Moonshadow trilogy is a standalone series it is closely connected. So it won’t come as no surprise that we get to see a little bit Dragos this time around and damn, was it good to catch up with him! He is and will always be my favorite, arrogant dragon.
With that being said, and without further ado I’m jumping right into my review, Oberon isn’t far behind in the arrogance department. He reminded me so much of the enraged dragon when Dragos found out that Pia had stolen something from him.
“Hats off to you, Oberon—even after years of dealing with Dragos, now that I’ve met you I’m surprised to say I’ve never met a more insufferable man.”
Oberon was fascinating because, while he was cold and didn’t have the softer emotions in his repertoire due to a spell cast on him who hundred years before, he wasn’t completely unfeeling. For some reason Thea Harrison made it so that I still liked him. And after his feelings were returned to him? Pure, male, sweet perfection. He was a good man, sexy, protective, funny and so proud of his mate.
Kathryn Shaw is the doctor who has been asked to help Oberon free him of the magical blockage that made him go cold. Their first interaction was a laugh-out-loud scene – Kathryn puts the arrogant King Oberon in his place with her snark, wit and cunning. I swear, their chemistry was like Dragos and Pia all over again yet it was all their own and oh so delicious. I had an absolute blast with them outwitting one another and their banter was absolutely hysterical. I loved her determination, biting humor and man, did I adore her wyr form.
“I have unanswered questions, Dr. Shaw,” Oberon said.
“We all have something,” she told him. After resting for almost two hours, her voice was marginally better.
“I have a full bladder, but I don’t feel safe enough to pee.”
I have read a couple of enemies to lovers stories in the recent weeks and this is how you do it right. The hero can be a jerk as long as he’s redeemable and that’s definitely the case here. Oberon is an arrogant douchenozzle but he’s also funny and never hurtful in a way that he can’t come back from it. And THAT is is the most important element in the enemies-to-lovers trope.
He had a heart as big as it was wide, her lion. As big as Lyonesse. No wonder his people adored him. No wonder she did.
The second half of the story, how else could it be, changes the whole feel of the book. It becomes more emotional and even a tiny bit angsty. I have to say, Kathryn and Oberon’s love story made me a little teary eyed because they had decisions to make that were life-changing and it definitely tucked at my heart to see both of them struggling with their growing relationship.
“I want you safe so much more than I want you with me, because if you are with me and die, I will never recover from it. It will kill me too.”
What I found absolutely hilarious that I was obviously to stupid to figure out Oberon’s wyr form. It’s on the cover. It’s in the title. Yet, the expression on my face must have been absolutely dumbfounded. How that got past me I have no freaking idea.
Gotta say, I wasn’t a fan of how Nikolas and his friends treated Morgan – he was under a spell after all and didn’t really have a choice but to follow Isabeau’s orders. I didn’t expect them to welcome him back into their fold but the blatant hostility was uncalled for. However, it’s how people would react so I can’t even find fault in that detail.
Lionheart is the conclusion of this trilogy and I’m a little sad to close another chapter on the Elder Races but beyond excited that Ms. Harrison will keep on writing stories in this universe. It is truly one of my favorite fictional places to spend time in. If you haven’t read the original Elder Races series I can’t recommend it enough. This author can do no wrong where I’m concerned. She is one of the best PNR writers out there.
I don’t recommend reading these stories as standalones. There are so many details and fine nuances you will definitely miss if you read out of order.