t takes a con to expose a con. But this con could strip their secrets bare.
Framed for his twin sister’s murder, Sebastian Swift has been kept drugged in a mental institution since age thirteen, aware of only one horrible fact—every night in his dreams, he drowns.
After a freak storm frees him, Sebastian learns the truth. His guardian, Emrys, has been siphoning off his inherited magical power over the waters of Cantre’r Gwaelod—one gruesome vial at a time. And the man’s bastard son, Macsen, has been raised in his place. Determined to find his twin’s killer, Sebastian assumes her identity.
Macsen Finch isn’t about to give up his guise as the young earl—and not just because of the fortune. His cousin’s return from the dead threatens Macsen’s own efforts to undermine his father’s evil plan. Yet he can’t deny his inexplicable attraction to the imposter.
Acting on their mutual desire puts them both at the mercy of a madman’s wrath. To stop Emrys from stealing his power, Sebastian will have to learn how to use it—and whom he can trust.
**This review contains slight spoilers**
This book, while written well, did not withstand credulity. Sebastian has been in an asylum since he was thirteen for a murder he did not commit, an asylum where they drowned him nightly and he was raped as well. He was abused for eight years. Then suddenly one day he’s out and given refuge in Thievesward with a man (Sven) who insists on sex as his payment for staying there.
First incredulous moment – Sebastian has been raped and beaten for years and yet he’s more than willing and wants it. He does not feel humiliated or used… which doesn’t feel right after his abuse.
But it’s not just Sven who uses Sebastian for their own ends. Emrys, the cousin who “killed” his sister and sent him to the asylum uses him to extract his magic by drowning him every night. Macsen, his enemy and then love interest, has his own reasons for using Sebastian including impersonating him and stealing his fortune. Man, even Sebastian’s sister August uses him. She’s been alive, not dead, and doesn’t tell him until she has to. She puts him in a dangerous situation without telling him the truth and then blames him for the fallout. And then tries to murder him while telling him it’s for his best interest.
And at the end of the book… while Sebastian ends up with the man he thinks he loves, he has to act and dress like someone else to do it.
Mainly I was left feeling incredibly sorry for Sebastian living in a world where everyone has used him -even the man he loves- he still doesn’t truly know who he is, and is living a life that isn’t his.
Someone get this man a real therapist.