Review: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank


Published: October 30, 2012
Format: eBook (ARC)
**provided by publisher through NetGalley for honest review
Series: World of the Nightwalkers #1
Available: Barnes & Noble/ Amazon / Book Depository



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.

My Thoughts

This is my second read by J. Frank and liked it, but I wasn't overly impressed with the story. This is a spin off from the world of the Nightwalker series. The new beings, the Bodywalkers are ancient Egyptian who take over the body or share a body with present day humans who have died. These humans are at times given the choice to share their body with the walkers.

I enjoyed the characters for the most part. I have to say the neither Docia (the female lead) or Ram (the male lead) piqued my interest. They weren't very memorable characters to me and the romance between them was a little confusing and not as exciting as I thought it would be. The relationship to me seemed kind of awkward.

Pretty much the whole story left me confused and that’s more than likely why I didn't enjoy this it as much as I could have. There was also a slowness through out story that took my attention away from it as well. I admit I put my NOOK down several times because of this.

I think Ms. Frank has another good series here. The world building is great and the descriptions are detailed, your imagination can go completely wild. But the characters in Forbidden just didn't do it for me. If you are a die hard fan of J. Franks work, then you will probably enjoy this new spin-off and completely love it.

I, on the other hand won’t be reading this series, but I will finish the Shadowdwellers series. I started with book 2 (I have a tendency to do) which was out of this world, so I have to read book 1 & 3 now.

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