Friday, June 18, 2010

Heartsong


Title: Heartsong
Author: S.W. Vaughn
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-591-3
Genre: {M/M} Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Trystan Raines understands that life as a prostitute has no room for love or romance. To have people recognize him as a relevant human being seems wishful thinking, at times. But even with that reality, Trystan hasn’t allowed life to harden him. Now homeless, Trystan needs his circumstances to turn around and he’s presented with an offer that seems too good to be true. One month as a personal escort can net him a one million dollars and a chance for a better life.

Uriskel is used to the harsh treatment doled out to him over the years. Being punished has become second nature and his strength knows no bounds. His latest assignment is to serve as bodyguard to Prince Braelan, his half-brother. But that’s not news Uriskel would willingly relinquish to anyone he doesn’t trust. Revealing their shared parentage guarantees a long and painful penalty that ends in death. And while Uriskel struggles to bear the pain of each new punishment, he will have to fight his overwhelming desire for Trystan.

S.W. Vaughn’s second release of the Urban Fae series, Heartsong, brings back two characters I learned to hate and then love from the first story Skin Deep. Trystan and Uriskel both had rough lives and used the painful events to gain strength and determination. Their attraction was fought valiantly, but the battle to remain uncaring was lost in that first moment their eyes met. The connection grew from that point and created a snowball affect for the rest of the story. Heartsong has all the elements you look for in a great story. The compelling characters, well written plot, blood pumping erotic scenes, dose of action and suspense kept me in the story’s grasp until the final sentence. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and hope that Prince Braelan gains a chance at love in his own tale. Fantastic job, S.W. Vaughn!

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