Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ARC Review: Sleight of Heart, by Aisling Mancy

From the blurb:

A vampire mage, a Romani young man, and a forbidden love that won't be denied. 
Lord Taliesin Solitaire was born albino, cursed mute by the fey, and betrayed by a vampire lover. For two hundred years the vampire mage has vowed never to love again and has only used sex as a means to a meal. Until a palm-reading gypsy finds himself in peril and Taliesin can’t resist rescuing the beautiful young man. Pesha is the eldest but smallest son of King Vaida Sinclair, the oppressive ruler of the Kåle Romani Compania. Deemed impure by his father, Pesha is shunned and mistreated by his band and six half-brothers, and one brother in particular wants him dead. His pale, silent savior gives him safety, security and a love he never could have imagined. As Pesha falls in love with his handsome white knight, his half-brother does the unthinkable. Can Taliesin rescue Pesha from the cruel clutches of his half-brother a second time?

AnnaLund's rating:




Oh my, I never thought I’d enjoy a vampire book again in my life, and here Mancy goes and steals my heart.

This storyline was fresh, as I’ve never read one about a Rroma man before. I have met many Rroma men and women in my travels, especially in The Camargue, in southern France, and what little they let me understand of their culture, rang true in this book. Of course, theirs is a very secluded culture, so it can be difficult to know what is and what isn’t. Here? It sang loudly of sincere truth.

I must admit, I haven’t met many vampires, though, so my viewpoint may be biased on that one, as I simply loved the lore in this story.

AND THERE’S A DRAGON. Just putting that out there, for future reference, and for some people I know who are interested in these things.

Mancy is the king of purple prose. He makes it fun to read again, and I also had to look up fourteen words in the dictionary while reading this, so that must be considered extra-bonus brownie points.

Personally, there was too much sexy times in this book, but if that’s what you like, here’s where you find it. Instead, I find that the true strength in this story lies in the chapters between the intimate moments, when there is running, and jumping, and fixing, and hoping, and thinking, and pining, and flying, and…and…and…

Whew. What a ride!

And then I realize this is Book 1 in a future series.
YAY!

There will be more!!!

*happy dance*

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I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher, Cool Dudes Publishing.
A positive review wasn’t promised in return.

Release date: March 14, 2016







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