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Sleight of Heart by Aisling Mancy
Series: Morality of Magic, Book One
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pages: 194 • Format: eARC
Published By: CoolDudes Publishing
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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?
A sleight of heart cannot be taken back. These things cannot be undone…
Wow. What an amazingly rich, beautiful and deeply magical story this was. I am at a loss for words to describe what I just read but I will give it a try.
We meet Taliesin, a centuries old vampire as he watches a young gypsy do what he does best, make money off the masses believing in his tricks. As Taliesin watches, we get glimpses into his life and begin to learn about him; we know he was in love once, we know he was born an albino with lavender eyes and we know he thinks the young gypsy boy is possibly the most beautiful thing he has ever seen.
The beginning pages of the book lead us through head-hopping between Taliesin and the gypsy boy, aks Pesha, while they navigate their night and have an eye on one another. You see, unbeknownst to either man – the other has felt and visualized their presence more than once and simply because introductions aren’t formally made, doesn’t mean they aren’t known but when someone tries to cheat Pesha, Taliesin steps in and the sweetest moments between the two begin. Now while head-hopping usually fails for me, this worked well as the scene played out and you are IN the scene… just as you should be.
I loved Taliesin and his back story. How he became a father to the lovely Feather and the feelings he holds toward her mother though it left him cursed. The curse, ugh I was worried how it would be dealt with and how it would all play out with Pesha – I am still new to the world of magic/fantasy – but I loved how it happened. I mean, how romantic is it that you are cursed to be mute but the man you are attracted to has the ability to hear your thoughts? *swoon*
Pesha is the type of character I want to cuddle and coddle. He lives the way he does because he’s told to and he believes the things he wants are wrong. He internally fights with his desire of men sexuality yet yearns to be loved and wanted. He is on his own mostly as he works and one night when the ones who should protect him – his own family – attack him and Taliesin steps in as the… well white knight and rescues him.
Yeah. Once the rescue happens things start to heat up and I just adored these two together. When Pesha asks Taliesin how old he is I chuckled and well done my Lord with the technicality on that fact. But while the men get swoony and sexy, their quick banter had my heart singing.
“Dinilo pirano, close your eyes. Go to sleep.”
Now what did you call me?
This story is so detailed and involved I am afraid to give too much of it away. The side characters in the story are amazing and I am so happy to learn that Sax is indeed real though he seems to share similarities of another of his kind named Elliot who protected Pete but that is just my brain remembering too much of silly things…
But this was a gorgeous story with all it brings to the table. The woven worlds of mages and gypsy’s, dragons, fey, Romani and all the other preternaturals that are present. It was intense and vivid and I am rambling so I will stop now.
Sleight of Heart is an enchanting, romantic tale of choices and fate and never repeating your same mistakes. It’s a romance written in beautiful, classic prose that engages you immediately as it emerges you into the depth of the story and holds you tightly until the end. I can’t wait to see where they series goes next…