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Skin Deep, #3

I found Unforgiven to be a very interesting read.

In some ways, it is a down and dirty read. Braelen has done things in his past he is ashamed of, and rightly so, for which he is trying to atone for; River is in hiding, both physically and emotionally, from everyone because of what happened to him in the past.

There are scenes - both in the present storyline and referred to - that readers may find questionable, including references to torture. However, they are inherent to the story. Could the story have been told without them? Perhaps. Would it have been as effective? Maybe, maybe not. It is that questionability that makes the story, in part, compelling for me.

Another, maybe even greater, part of the story that makes it a compelling read for me is the characters and how they are woven together and apart.

Braelen is naive in some ways - mostly with regard to how the human world works. In the story he begins to see how the human world is in some ways not unlike the Seelie court.

River is, in many ways, wise to the kind of, erm, fertilizer that can rain down on a person. Due to that, he is unwilling to put his trust in another person. Conversely, it also opens him to things outside his norm.

These two characters play off of each other especially well and their pasts, as well as what happens to them throughout the story, opens them up to finding peace with those pasts.

Great read!

Book Blurb for Unforgiven

Genre: LGBT Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novel
Series: Skin Deep; Previous Book: Heartsong

After serving four years for a murder he didn’t commit, ex-cop River tries to avoid the human race. He runs street cons to make enough money for the dilapidated room he rents and the booze he drinks to stay numb. But when he tries to scam a gorgeous stranger who’s robbing an ATM, he soon realizes he’s tangled with the wrong man.

Braelan is the prince of the Seelie Fae, just arrived in the human realm to avoid becoming King. He also has unfinished business with his half-brother, who he owes a debt that may be impossible to repay. When a scruffy, unkempt human attempts to take the money he’s stealing, Braelan offers to pay him in exchange for spending the night with him--though he has no idea why he’s attracted to the man.

Despite himself, River agrees to one night only--and after the most incredible sex of his life, he realizes there’ll be no getting over Braelan anytime soon. But River doesn’t want to feel anything, and Braelan feels too much. While neither can deny what might be love, River’s past is coming back to haunt him...and it will drag Braelan down with him.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: dubious consent, male/male sexual practices. 

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 5.00