Title: Truth in the Dark
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 16, 2010 – 186 pgs
“I am not beautiful…”
Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.
Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.
Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.
Another hit from Amy Lane.
This was very different from some of the books I’ve read of Ms. Lane’s. It was set in a completely different setting than what I’m used to, but it totally worked for the characters. I found myself falling in love with both the harsh, hard men as they found their way in the dark (Sometimes quite literally).
Although we get the angst and love that Amy is quite simply excellent at, there is so much more going on and I loved it. The fact that she could turn a character who isn’t beautiful with an in your face beautiful personality, she manages to make you love the character and see all that is hidden behind the hurt and pain.
I must say that I absolutely LOVED Knife’s sister. That is all.
Nick Russo did an AWESOME job with narrating this book. I’ve listen to many of his books now and I actually didn’t realize it was him because he had such a different sound that TOTALLY fit the characters and the setting of the book.
A modern day beauty and the beast, with a sexy twist! I so enjoyed this story. Lane was able to write this story with so much emotion, feeling and angst that I could picture each detail in my head. It became a vivid storybook – a modern day game of chess. Move and counter-moves in order to align the board for the final play.
The emotion and tenderness in this story was so far above what I was expecting. I laughed and cried during this book – I felt that it also had such a great moral behind it – be true to yourself – someone who loves you will see the real you.
I really enjoyed Knife’s family as well. I think their fierce defense of Knife was both admirable and dutiful. I found it extra enjoyable when Aerie-Smith met them for the first time. It seemed that is how all first family meetings should be.
I can’t say enough good things about this story – I really enjoyed it and was so surprised at how much emotion was portrayed in this story.
This book and the feels…
Knife was born with a twisted foot and due to that he had other problems with his back and the rest of his body. Well you know how cruel people can be and then something happens to Knife when he was 12 was so horrible and I felt so bad for him having to go through something like that. Years later his sister Gwennie has a suitor who wants to marry her but she will not leave Knife behind. Can I say I loved his sister! She was so protective of him and loved him so much.
Then you meet Aerie-Smith who is the cousin of Gwen’s suitor. He comes to Knifes town to request Knife come and stay with him on his island for a year as a companion for a year but he must also do something regrettable too,
I loved the world Amy Lane made with this book. You get action, angst and sweet with this book. Let me say the sacrifice that Knife makes it brought tears to my eyes to see how much he really loved Aerie-Smith.
You meet so many different characters in this book…Some you will love and some you will hate for how cruel they are.
All together I really liked this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at www.greenshill.comorwww.writerslane.blogspot.com, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail until her head swells and she can no longer leave the house.
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