Review: Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane

     Truth in the Dark
Amy Lane; ebook, 186 pages;
 Published June 16th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published June 2010)
“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.
 – Goodreads on  Truth in the Dark

I stumbled upon this little beauty while on a hunting quest for some hardcore smutty reading. Ask me not how this title came up, I have no idea, for it is not, under any circumstances, hardcore. But it is smutty  Deliciously so.

I was caught off guard by the fairytale like style of Amy Lane‘s writing, and I immediately loved Naef and felt an unstoppable urge to be by his side through his ordeals, maybe even gut a few of the bastards tormenting him myself, as so sweetly his sister once did. Through his grumpiness and lack of appreciation for his own worth, his soul had become closed off to anyone aside his mother and sister, whom he loved desperately. I wanted him to have a happy ending, I will confess, because he damn well deserved nothing less.

Aerie-Smith, and his island, came as a shock to me. I spent some time imagining how my life would be if I were turned into some animal. It’s the small things, the ones you take for granted as a human, that are the most important to your heart’s comfort. Like opposable thumbs, and the use of all great things man made. What would your life be like, if starting tomorrow, you’d be a goat, let’s say? Or a squirrel? It’s a terrifying thought, at least for me.

I found the plot to be quite intriguing; I loved the characters, and felt an immediate and irrevocable emotional connection with them. So I suffered right alongside them through their inner battles, and we came out winners, all of us together when it was all said and done. I understood Naef’s feelings, and his choice to sacrifice himself for the one he loved felt like more proof of his pure heart. What I found even more touching was his determination to make his lover happy, for as long as he could, knowing that when the time came, he’d take his own life rather then take Aerie-Smith’s.
 I was fidgeting and on the verge of tears when the “regrettable act” moments came, and I breathed a sigh of great relief when it was passed. Upon reading, you will understand why I said that.

The smutty part was quite tame, in my opinion, but it does make this into an adult read, I’d think. Not overly so, I mean it’s a fairytale about love, and self-acceptance, and battling with what seems to be a less then friendly fate. And it’s a beautiful story, written in the most lovely way.
 It’s the kind of book that I’d gladly read again sometime, when I’ll have gone through more of the books I have waiting to be read. (I feel guilty about rereading it too soon; all those others, waiting for my undivided attention…*sigh* this is readaholic’s guilt, the phenomenon should be studied).

This is more of a 4,5 butterflies rating, really; I didn’t get fangirl-ic about it, so that’s why I didn’t give it a 5 butterflies on my scale of wow-ness. What would have made it a clear 5 butterflies? I’m not sure; I think it was my foul September mood that took from the charm of the book.

Anyways, if you’d like to immerse yourself into a beautiful story, with a main couple made of less-then-perfect men, with less-then-perfect bodies, and beautiful hearts, this is a very strong option. I mean, I loved it, I think you would too.


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