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Review: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

Title: Forbidden

Author: Jacquelyn Frank

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The World of Nightwalkers (Book 1)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

Format: Paperback, 340 Pages

ISBN-10: 0345517695 (Ballantine)

ISBN-13: 978-0345517692 (Ballantine)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

The unexpected happens in an instant.  On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same.  Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive.  That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.

When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen.  But as this golden warrior sweeps in to protect her, he feels something more than body heat every time they touch.  He is overwhelmed be a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him.  A desire rises in him that is forbidden–this woman is his queen, the mate of his king, his leader, his best friend.  And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to…not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.

Quick & Dirty:  I want book 2 NOW, enough said.

Opening Sentence“Ow.  Ow.  Ow.  And did I mention ow?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Thought I would get a head start on this book for my next review yesterday at 5 pm and when I look up next it was after midnight and the book was finished.  I literally couldn’t put this book down.  I missed dinner and even forgot to put a load of clothes in to wash.  So you have been warned up front that this story is enough to get absolutely lost in.

Now some people might see that this is a spin off series and wonder if they can jump head long into this world with out the original series.  Yes, with no qualms or stipulations.  I am sorry to say that this is my first Jacquelyn Frank book and boy what I have been missing out on if this is the caliber of writing that she is giving to readers.

Docia, our heroine, is minding her own business headed to work when she is pushed off a bridge and killed.  As she is dying she is taken to The Ether which is a place where humans are granted the opportunity to host a Nightwalker.  After Docia accepts that she wants to live and will host this Nightwalker, she is granted a second chance at life.

Ram, our hero, comes charging in to save Docia as she wanders the streets after being released from hospital.  He informs her that he has been sent as her guide and protector.  Then tops it off saying she is his Queen.  Sweet introduction if I do say so, Ms. Frank.

Both of these characters are so well rounded and developed there were times that I could nearly anticipate their actions because I felt I knew them both.

Docia’s brother, Jackson is a nearly overwhelming secondary character but I’m pleased that he will be getting his very own book, Forever.  The exchanges between Docia and Jackson at the beginning remind me very much of exchanges I have seen in tightly knit families.  Ms. Frank knocked this one out of the park.

I appreciated the glossary and pronunciation table at the beginning of the book because I didn’t have to wonder if the words I was hearing in my head were correct or not.

So finally, should you add this to your book collections?  Absolutely!  Will I read book 2 in this series?  Absolutely!  Am a a Jacquelyn Frank fan now?  Most definitely!

Notable Scene:

“My queen?”

He was addressing her, she realized, stifling a bit of a giggle.  Yet there was something thrilling and empowering to hear one so beautiful and so obviously powerful address her as though she were somehow greater than he, as if he were possibly subservient to her.

She opened her mouth, but she honestly didn’t know how to respond–not only to such an address, but to the way he had come to her assistance overall.  And then there was a moment, standing there in the golden aura of strength and hardness that was emanating from him, when she wondered if her attacker had been the frying pan and her savior was, actually, the fire.  It kind of felt that way.  Just a little.  Seeing as how he now stood over her with a bloody knife in his hand.

The World of Nightwalkers Series:

1. Forbidden

2. Forever (May 28, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Ballantine/Random House provided me with a copy of Forbidden. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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