Title: The Wicked
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #5.5
Published July 2nd 2013 by Samhain Publishing
The adventure of a lifetime might just end in turmoil, but when it includes meeting your future mate, who gives a hoot?A Novella of the Elder RacesFor a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia’s new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure.Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn’t know if he will survive the results.But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian’s inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they’ll have to rely on each other to survive the experience.Warning: When a librarian who likes to nest meets an owl Wyr who has always lived for adventure, their romance won’t just be fly-by-night…
The Wicked is another novella from the Elder Races series. It can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend you to read the series if you like paranormal romance. This time it's the story of Olivia, a human librarian with some magic, and Sebastian, a cursed Wyr.
Both are part of the team responsible for the transportation of Carling Severan's collection of books, which is an important and interesting task for Olivia. Sebastian has to make sure everything goes according to the plan, but of course he wasn't expecting to be intrigued by Olivia so much, and he's dealing with his curse.
As most novellas, it's a quick story. But Thea Harrison knows how to write romance, and even in a short novella as this one, you get to know the characters and even read more about others from previous books! (Grace, Khalil and the children from Oracle's Moon). Olivia and Sebastian make a great couple, I really liked them and enjoyed their romance, without any drama about their mating. They just discovered and accepted each other.