Author: S. W. Vaughn
Publisher: Loose id
Buy Link: Buy Unforgiven Here!
Rating: You Need To Read
Reviewed by: Layne
After serving four years for a murder he didn’t commit, ex-cop River tries to avoid the human race. He runs street cons to make enough money for the dilapidated room he rents and the booze he drinks to stay numb. But when he tries to scam a gorgeous stranger who’s robbing an ATM, he soon realizes he’s tangled with the wrong man.
Braelan is the prince of the Seelie Fae, just arrived in the human realm to avoid becoming King. He also has unfinished business with his half-brother, who he owes a debt that may be impossible to repay. When a scruffy, unkempt human attempts to take the money he’s stealing, Braelan offers to pay him in exchange for spending the night with him--though he has no idea why he’s attracted to the man.
Despite himself, River agrees to one night only--and after the most incredible sex of his life, he realizes there’ll be no getting over Braelan anytime soon. But River doesn’t want to feel anything, and Braelan feels too much. While neither can deny what might be love, River’s past is coming back to haunt him...and it will drag Braelan down with him.
When we first meet River in S.W. Vaughn’s Unforgiven, he’s scamming an old lady into handing over her money. Not a good way to endear himself to the reader, but River doesn’t really care about appearances and what anyone else thinks. He’s a man apart, disgraced, doing what he can to survive. It’s only later we learn he hasn’t always been that heartless. That cold. That hard.
A former cop, River is now homeless after spending time in jail. His story is gut-wrenching, his attitude brash and off-putting, and he’s used to not feeling. So why is he suddenly needing the touch of the stranger he stuck up at an ATM?
Fae prince, Braelan, has defected from his kingdom and is roaming the streets of NYC, looking for his brothers. He finds himself attracted to the homeless man holding him up and offers River money for a night in his bed.
I loved this story. Amazing characters, strong plot and intense chemistry between River and Braelan with River fighting it tooth and nail. I found myself giggling at the banter between these two men—that scene at the ATM especially stands out. River keeps pushing Braelan away and the Fae keeps going back for more.
Though Unforgiven is the third installment of the Skin Deep series, S.W Vaughn doesn’t burden the reader with unnecessary back story and narrative. The flow is effortless, dialogue authentic and witty, and the sex hot. In between the drama unfolding with River and Braelan, there’s an engrossing suspense woven in that keeps the story fresh and engaging.