by Laura Thalassa
Published by Lavabrook Publishing Company
Book 3 in the Bargainer Series
There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.
For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it.
But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place.
Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Violence Urban Fantasy Interesting
Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa is the third and final book in her Bargainer trilogy, and centers around Callie, who has just woken up after near death, and has discovered herself healed - and now with a fae lifespan, thanks to Des giving her Lilac wine. The problem? The very thing that gives Des and Callie centuries together, is also the thing that makes her vulnerable. Now susceptible to fae magic, Callie is now in more danger than ever from the Thief of Souls. And if that wasn't enough, Des's father is back from the dead, and hellbent on killing his son and mate, and getting his throne back.
Okay. I liked it. I liked Dark Harmony. I wasn't crazy about the second book - it actually took the novella from Des's POV to get me excited about the series again - but Dark Harmony was a solid conclusion to the story. It remained consistent with the other books in its originality and writing style, and the arc mostly flowed well. There were a couple of times where it got stagnant. Laura has a habit of building up the story, and then removing our main characters from it for a few days of sex and romance. It seems inappropriate for leaders to leave their kingdom the way they do. It would have been better for Laura to interweave the romance into the story. I am saying this as an avid romance reader. It needs to feel natural for me, and every time they go on a sex-cation it takes me out of the story. Otherwise, I very much enjoyed the story. We get lots of Callie's humorous thoughts, magic, fae and sirens, and intrigue.
I especially enjoyed that ----------> the man (Des) had to step back and trust in the woman (Callie) to save them all. And he does. No questions. Kick ass female moment. <---------------
Something I couldn't stop thinking about ------------> A woman is writing this and there is rarely ANY foreplay. He just slides right on in there. That's not normal! Is it a Siren thing? Are they just always ready? These are the things I think about. Your welcome. <--------------
Dark Harmony, and the whole Bargainer trilogy in fact, was a fun, interesting read. Lots of romance and sex, fae politics, with a healthy dose of danger and intrigue, it was good. Will it be on my re-read list? Probably not. But if you are looking for a short series that has a solid romance and is fantasy based, I think you will enjoy this.