Title: The Lightning-Struck Heart
Author: TJ Klune
My Rating: A++
Narrator: Michael Leslie
Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: Tales from Verania #1
Main Characters: Sam and Ryan
Release Date: December 2015 (audiobook)
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.
When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.
At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.
Or so he thinks.
This, hands down, was absolutely one of the best books I've ever listened to on audiobook. I don't care if you like paranormal or not, whether your read male/male romance or not, or whether you're even a romance reader...I challenge you to listen to this book and not fall absolutely in love with it.
And I honestly don't even know what else to say...because I've heard the raves about this book, but then I hear things like gay unicorns and creepy dragons and wonder. Ignore all that. This book is about Sam. Sam who's more than a little awkward. He's an extremely powerful wizard's apprentice who's trying to learn how to control his very powerful magic. But life is constantly standing in his way. He says whatever comes into his head, has some "interesting" (ahem...hornless gay unicorn and half giant), and manages to get into the most awkward situations through hardly any fault of his own.
The story is filled with tongue in cheek humor that kept me giggling throughout the entire book...19+ hours...that's a heck of a lot of happiness.
But there's emotion and sadness too, because Sam is hopelessly in love with Ryan, who's a knight engaged to be married to the prince...the guy who will someday become Sam's boss. This is a story of unrequited love and longing, adventurous quests and heartbreak. It seriously shredded my heart in two while I clung to hope for an hea for Sam.
There is no way for me to describe just how good it was, but don't read the description, don't judge the story before you even try it. Because no matter what you expect, I can promise you the story will FAR SURPASS even your highest expectations.
And Michael Lesley as narrator...Wow! Brilliant does not even begin to touch the pure talent that he put into the voices of these characters. Everything about this audiobook was PURE PERFECTION!
Note: inside TJ Klune's head is an incredibly interesting...but fabulous...place. I cannot wait for more from this series.