Hatred is a spell only true love can break.
Ángel Cruz is a dedicated session musician, until loyalty to his estranged family forces him to work for Oberon: the feared and hated envoy from the Otherworld. Overnight, Ángel is taken from his life, his friends, his work, and trapped in a hideous mansion in the middle of nowhere, under constant surveillance, and with only the frightening fae for company.
Oberon’s poor understanding of humans combined with Ángel’s resentment and loneliness threaten to cause real harm to the pair. Then a long winter together in the mansion unites them in their love of music. Slowly, Ángel’s anger thaws, and he begins to realize that Oberon feels alone too.
Gradually, these two souls from different worlds form a connection like none other. But hate and prejudice are powerful things, and it’ll take all the magic of their love to stop the wider world from forcing them apart.
This is the second Jenya Keefe book I’ve picked up (the first was Relationship Material) and if I’m not mistaken, it’s also her second book. I love following authors from the beginning and so far I’d say that this author is off to a great start.
The Musician and the Monster is unlike any Fae story I’ve read before. Jenya Keefe creates a totally different spin on their mysterious world. Both Ángel and Oberon are broken, but in totally different ways. They need each other, which is something Oberon understands, but Ángel doesn’t see for a while. Once he gets to know Oberon and sees beyond what he’s been told bout the Fae, everything changes.
There’s plenty of heat (we are talking about the Fae after all) and danger. There are also plenty of touching moments in The Musician and the Monster. I think those are the ones I enjoyed the most.
The Musician and the Monster is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There’s a message between the lines that I’m not sure that everyone will get, but I hope they do. It’s close to the lesson conveyed in the original story, but for me it went way beyond that. I can’t tell you what I walked away feeling at the end of this book because, some things just have to be learned and experienced first hand. 😉