Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank
Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Adult
Series: The World of Nightwalkers #1
Published: October 30th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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 by 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.
Frankly, this is one of the more inventive paranormal-romances I’ve read and we incorporate in some Ancient Egyptians and a lot of hot guy to make a brilliant novel. The only thing was the mind boggling idea of two people making one, so within one body there were 2 personalities and 2 ‘people’ who combined. So this lead to 4 spirits between 2 bodies dating each other. It took a while to get used to and I don’t think Frank pulled it of in it’s entirety to balance the personalities because I did feel like there was dominance in the personalities that were supposedly equal, but it worked well and there was a subtlety that allowed you to tell the difference between the characters and I really liked this. Not only did we have the Bodywalkers as they were known we have lots of other creatures that make up the Nightwalkers who are different creatures that can only walk in the night.
Docia was a brilliant protagonist. She was innocent and nice, but at the same time she could be fierce and take control of her own life. She also happened to be pretty amusing and I found myself laughing at her behaviour quite a few times.
“Oh … hell … could she be an angel if she thought the word fuck a lot? Oh fuck! What if she said it all the time? That was bad, right? She really wanted to be an angel.”
It’s pretty brutal the start of the novel when she suddenly ends up dead and it really surprises you because believe me, it’s not expected and the plot is twisting and turning at every point to really keep you on your toes because I didn’t know what would be thrown up.
Docia is a brilliant character in that she never shies away from her feelings and she goes out for what she wants. She takes control of her life and unlike some female protagonists in the paranormal she doesn’t dither over whether she’s actually attracted to the hot main guy. I felt like she just went for it more and allowed herself to be swept along and this kept me turning the pages because she didn’t fight the feeling, but she didn’t throw herself at him and it made a solid balance to really engage my attention.
“How else to explain being kissed in such a way that she had felt as though someone had taken those defibrillating paddles and slammed them against her chest, yelling, “Clear!” and pumping fifty thousand gigajolts of power into her to get her chest going.”
Ram. Ram. Ram. Where do I start? Loyal. Strong. A born leader. And just downright yummy. His other half who we don’t see so much is equally brilliant in how he contrasts with his sarcastic humour and blunt approach, he really blends with the serious side of Ram to make an all around great guy. Ram was a Egyptian Pharaoh whilst Vincent his other half was a Marine and they fall into the same category: hot guy! I liked the blend of the old and new and it made a very likeable male romance interest. And there wasn’t another guy to vie for Docia’s attentions which makes it all the better.
“Docia could barely catch her breath, never mind cling to a solid thought as he held her down, forced her to feel his need the way a child delighted with the surf of the ocean was forced off his feet by the power of it again and again. All she could do was let her hands fall onto the bed, let her body be a limp, pleasured receptacle for anything and everything he wanted to do to her.”
The plot is fast paced and pretty misguiding for the most of the story which makes the plot twist all the more entertaining and surprising when you least expect it. I found from the first moment that I was drawn into this story and I kept turning page after page. I just couldn’t put this book down.
Some of the background characters that surround Docia and Ram were equally entertaining.
SingSing is probably my favourite for humour. She’s a Djian that they meet along their expeditions. She’s crazy, weird and temperamental. You never quite know what she’s going to do and she’s a real bundle of energy. I hope she gets brought back into more of the novels because she really added more strength to the novel.
“Oh, you know … warm-weather clothing, holiday decorations, spare furniture …”
“Furniture?” Docia squeaked.
“A Jet Ski. Water slide. A Bouncy Kingdom, you know for when the kids visit. Trampoline, also for the kids. A camel. Coupla gondolas. I know, I know. Who needs two gondolas, right?”
Then there is Jackson. Docia’s brother. He’s protective and caring and he’s pretty handsome guy on his own. And I cannot wait to see the next story is all about him because believe me, the ending is a real shocker and I saw it coming in certain aspects but on another scale it was totally unexpected. He’s just another lovely character and I’m really excited about hearing his story.
Overall, I think Forbidden is a brilliant addition to the paranormal-romance genre which is one of my favourite genres and the books I probably read most. So I have to say, I really advise you check this out as a rainy-day read or just as a chance to escape because it’s really entertaining and it was a nice beach read!
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*Quotes are taken from and uncorrected proof copy and may change in the final draft.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.