I received the following book from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alluring Song by Aimee McNeil
Published by Indie/Self Published on June 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Source: The Author
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Raised in seclusion, Lorelei is suddenly taken forcibly from the only place she has ever known. Her captors, led by a man named Crewe, become enamored of the fair Lorelei, except the warrior named Ajax, who refuses to accept her innocence. Suspicions lead him to act upon deep-rooted instinct. Lorelei can feel his distaste for her, almost palpable in the air, while she struggles against the confusing feelings he stirs within her. Everything about Ajax appeals to her, while he seems intent on causing her harm.
Ajax, bred from a lineage thought to be only myth, struggles between his nature and the intense desires that Lorelei inflames within him. Her very being causes him to question everything he believed to be true. When Lorelei is taken from his grasp, and her life is threatened, he realizes he will stop at nothing to save her, even if it is at the risk of his own life.
The notorious Teller arrives at Falls Landing, making strategically violent moves against the crown, causing fear and doubt to stir in the hearts of the people. Fueled by a vengeance so fierce, Teller has woven an intricate plan for the demise of the royal structure, the king, and the true target of his hatred.
The once-proud King Brom spirals into the web of lies and deceit his own wife, Queen Peronell, has spun around him. His ability to rule the kingdom comes into question as he encounters threats that infiltrate his realm. The truth of his downfall soon confronts him, and he is left to face what will remain.
Prince Arthur struggles with dark urges that threaten his sanity. His thirst for pain, pleasure, and the taste of blood begin to control him. When his secretive mother reveals the truth of his existence, he embraces his nature, even biting the hand that feeds him. His fascination soon turns toward the mysterious beauty that shows up at his door, and he will destroy anything that gets in his way.
All paths collide, and Lorelei finds herself in the middle of a struggle for power. She must face the truth of her creation, confront the powers that seek her, and face the new world that has forever changed from the protective walls of her forest. The dangers that surround her have been in play long before Lorelei was born, but they have been awaiting her arrival. Lorelei will also discover something that gives her the strength to face all that confronts her, her heart holding the key.
Upon starting this book, I was immediately swept up in the story. It was beautifully written – almost poetically so – and it read like a bit of a fairy tale for older teens and adults.
Though there were multiple points of view, I never once got lost. I felt like all the characters, good and bad and those that toed that gray area in between, had their distinct personalities. I honestly don’t think I’ve read anything like this before – in a good way.
I felt like part of the story, the way that the author described things was done so well but gradually if that makes sense, so nothing ever seemed redundant.
There were plot points that arose that I honestly never saw coming, and there was so much suspense throughout that I never felt like I knew what was coming next.
If you are looking for something new and different and well, pretty darn amazing, Alluring Song is for you!