Whew! Heartsong by C.S. Vaughn was one big rollercoaster ride from start to finish. As I sit here trying to gather my thoughts together, my mind keeps returning to the different twists and turns this book has, and the love between Trystan and Uriskel that somehow managed to blossom and flourish as the story is told.
Trystan Raines is no angel. As a prostitute and a man of the streets, he often lives life on the edge if the price is right. When a mysterious stranger offers Trystan a million dollars to be an escort for a month, he jumps at the chance. Almost immediately, Trystan knows he’s made a dreadful mistake, but since he needs the money, he’s determined to squash any misgivings he has and do whatever is asked of him to do.
When Trystan is taken through the middle of New York City to a fairy realm, he is both amazed and frightened of what he sees. To his utter shock he realizes he will be the Prince of the Seelie fae’s court escort, and even though Prince Braelin is gorgeous to look at, he has a cruel streak that keeps Trystan on his toes. The Prince wants to spent the next month in New York and experience the human world, it’s Trystan’s job to make sure that the prince experiences everything to the fullest.
Uriskel is an Unseelie fae and is a slave to the Seelie court’s every whim. Because he is an Unseelie fae, he is thought of and treated as the lowest of the low. Because of his strong will and stubborn streak, Prince Braelin enjoys tormenting Uriskel. When he is commanded to be Prince Braelin and Trystan’s bodyguard the entire time they explore New York City he reluctantly does so. Not only because of his dislike for the Prince, but he also knows his attraction for Trystan can’t end well. After all, Trystan will be free in a month, while Uriskel has a life sentence of torture and loneliness ahead of him.
When Uriskel and Trystan first meet, they first have a love/hate thing going between them. Neither man thinks highly of the other, and to both of their dismay, they have an attraction to each other that either man can deny. As secrets are revealed and the truth of Uriskel’s true identity comes to life, they discover a love between them that is greater than anything either man has ever known. But, now someone wants to kill the Prince and both Uriskel and Trystan must do what they can to save him…even if it means their own death.
I loved this book! I thought both worlds that S.W. Vaughn created were very interesting and creative. Even though I realized after I started this book, that it’s the second book in a series, I was not lost at all while I read this. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the first book, Skin Deep, to understand the complexity of the storyline and the rules of the fae world, but I intend to read the first book, just because I fell in love with characters and the worlds that have been created.
The transition that Trystan and Uriskel both go through is amazing. Both of them are changed by the healing power of love. Neither man have ever really trusted others or really taken much stock in love at all. But, once they experience it first hand, it was a beautiful thing to watch these two men grow and flourish because of the love they have for each other.
Even the dreadful Prince Braelin evolves as the story progresses. My opinion of him changed dramatically as I watched him change from a heartless scoundrel to truly a noble man. Shhhh…don’t tell, but I’m hoping that he’ll get his own story, too. I really would love to see someone rule the Seelie kingdom at his side that is worthy of his trust and love. Let’s keep our fingers crossed…
Although I loved this book, I do feel like I need to warn some readers. There is a lot of violence and gore in this book. There is also some forced seduction that some readers might not enjoy, as well as some BDSM themed sexual activities. Normally, I don’t care for a lot of violence in my romance reading, but I thought Heartsong was written very well and in my opinion, both heroes came out with an amazing love because of it.
Genre: LGBT Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novel Plus
Series: Previous Book: Skin Deep
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.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, violence.