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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Heartsong by S.W. Vaughn

Heartsong by S.W. Vaughn
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Trystan Raines loves cock. That’s a bonus in his line of work--he’s a prostitute, and damned good at his job. But pickings have been slim lately, and he’s homeless and flat broke. So when a stranger offers him a million dollars to play escort for a month, he jumps without looking--right into a world most humans don’t know exists. The world of the Fae. And his new master-for-a-month is their gorgeous prince, Braelan, who wants to “experience” New York with a human.

Uriskel also serves Braelan, as a bodyguard, but his term is a lot longer than Trytan’s: life, without possibility of parole. He’s also Braelan’s half-brother--but he can’t let the prince know that, or the King will have him killed. Uriskel is less than pleased when Braelan introduces his new human toy, and informs him that he’s to play bodyguard to the prince in the human realm.

Trystan thinks Uri’s an asshole. Uri thinks Trystan’s a fool. But when the prince forces them to perform sexual favors with each other for his amusement, they discover mutual lust that deepens to love. Unfortunately, there’s no way the prince will let them be together--unless it’s over Uri’s dead body.

One extremely unique aspect of this plot is the fae. These Fae were definitely no Tinkerbelles, they were ruthless and uncaring about anyone including their own families. Forget everything Disney has told you, fae are sadists who will abuse and humiliate anyone they see fit. This story will change anyone’s views on the fae. If the author was looking for shock value in this story she did a great job.

Poor Trystan and Uriskel were so damaged they could not do anything other than care for one another. Even prior to Braelan’s torment the two were emotionally devastated. Uriskel was treated as a slave by his own family and Trystan a sub prostitute has rarely experienced a kind person in his life. This unfortunate circumstance really makes your heart go out to these two individuals and you cannot do anything other than hope for the best for each of them. I was so emotionally attached to them I forgot they are fictional characters. I actually found myself thinking about how bad I felt for them even when I was trying to force myself not to think about it because it made me too upset.

The creative imagery in this story was amazing. At some points I almost felt like I was watching a horror flick and wanted to cover my eyes and peek out between my fingers because I couldn’t resist watching. Other times I was literally at the edge of my seat forcing myself not to jump ahead just to see what happened next. The rollercoaster of emotions this story caused within me left me exhausted by the time I was done.

The antagonistic conflict in this story definitely enhanced it. I mean it was what brought Trystan and Uriskel together in the beginning and what kept them together when they would have separated. If for no other reason Trystan and Uriskel were determined to protect one another from Braelan and Morven. The plot also helped the characters to grow in a way nothing else would have, especially Uriskel and Braelan. By the time I got to the end it was hard to believe they were the same characters.

Although I enjoyed this story immensely it is definitely not for the faint at heart. When I said that some of the fae in this story are sadists, I was not exaggerating. While some of the sexual encounters within this story are sweet and spicy others are downright cruel and hard to stomach. This story should definitely have a "Viewer Discretion Is Advised" sticker on it.

This story had not only a memorable plot, but characters that will stick with me for a long time.

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