Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: Storm Warrior (Grim #1) by Dani Harper (ARC)

“Romans and fairies and death dogs, oh my.”

Storm Warrior (Grim #1)
by Dani Harper
release: Aug 6, 2013
Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

From the best-selling author of Changeling Moon, this stirring novel of passion and magic launches an addictive new series for fans of paranormal romance.

Disclaimer: Dani Harper has a paid ad on our site. I received this ARC from amazon a couple of months before she approached the site about an ad. I also did a beta read of this story a year ago and at that time I was swept away by her hero and impressed with the creative twist on Celtic mythology she used. I decided on my rating for this book last year.

A chivalrous romantic hero, unusual Celtic mythology, and dogs. If you are looking for something a little different in the PNR genre, give this a try. You can tell a lot of Welsh history and mythology research went into the creation of this story and Harper skillfully blended fact and fiction. I felt like I learned some things without being hit over the head with it.

This is more of a character-driven story. There is an outside conflict that affects everyone, but the book focuses more on the internal conflicts of the characters and their relationships. All the characters are goodhearted, quirky and easily likable. The fae in the story is true to the myths with their superiority complexes. What I liked most about the hero is he doesn't try to bully the heroine into believing his outlandish story of fairies, grims and 2000-year-old warriors. He is so patient and feels it is more important for her to trust and therefore believe him in spite of what logic dictates. Rhys is the perfect swoon-worthy hero. I could spend the whole review talking about how charming this guy is <G>.

This is a fast read and all-round feel-good story. I enjoy Harper’s storytelling style, and her description of the coming of the Wild Hunt made me want to take cover! And I never felt like going all Bunny Foo Foo on the heroine (you know, scoop her up and bop her on the head). If you are a PNR fan, you won’t be disappointed. If you aren't a big PNR fan (like me), go ahead and step out of your box and enjoy the romance.

5 “Tylwyth Teg” Sheep (no Bunny Foo Foo moments)

Sharon Stogner

About the Author:
Dani Harper is a newspaper editor turned paranormal author. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring the supernatural — unless it’s writing sizzling and suspenseful romance. Of course, all of her stories have at least one foot in the netherworld!

Dani is the author of the Changeling series. CHANGELING MOON was chosen as a 2012 RITA Award Finalist in the Paranormal Romance Category by Romance Writers of America.

TWO brand new paranormal romance series begin this year. The Grim Series kicks off on August 6, 2013 with STORM WARRIOR. The Dark Wolf series is slated to begin October 15 with FIRST BITE.


  1. Replies
    1. Oh heck yes it does! Dani is one awesome writer. Love all her books. Can't wait for more folks to check her out. :)

  2. Awesome review Katie! I really want to read this book.

    1. PNRs can get so repetitive so it was nice to read something a little different with a hero that isn't a tortured soul needing a woman to save him. Rhys is happy with a positive attitude who knows what he wants.

  3. Wonderful review - If I weren't already sold by the cover and the author you definitely would have changed my mind :) I cannot wait to read this!