Title: Sleight of Heart (Morality of Magick #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Aisling Mancy (CoolDudes Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 14, 2016 — 194 Pages
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?
Sleight of Heart is an entertaining and heartwarming story. Both Taliesin and Pesha have good depth and character. Their romance is sweet and sexy.
Including terms from the Romanes dialect is an interesting choice and definitely makes this book stand out. But I found, especially in the first half, that it took away from the story instead of enhancing it. A bit of translation early on would have helped me to understand it better. Instead, some parts were awkward and confusing.
This is a good introduction to an intriguing world. I can see lots of potential for this series, and I’d like to see what happens next. That said, I think this book does also stand alone quite well, with only a few unanswered questions.
On the whole I enjoyed this story and the characters. I recommend this for someone looking for a unique take on an urban paranormal and fantasy romance.
*I received an unedited copy, and my review assumes that the errors will be corrected prior to publication. I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes adult fantasy, science fiction, adult romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.