Forbidden Jacquelyn Frank

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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.
Tammy's Rating:
3 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:
Jacquelyn Frank is another new author for me and I thought I would check out Forbidden. One of my good online friends loves her and her Nightwalkers series.  I was really excited to get started on this one.

I loved the idea of Bodywalkers, however and the blending of the original soul with the designated “old soul” (the Bodywalker). It was a different aspect of paranormal.   One of the things that threw me off was that they were not explained right away, so I felt exactly as Docia did, lost.  She has had a tragedy happen to her, and she lands in the Ether and given a choice of whether she would like to live or not.  She chooses yes, and wakes up to find herself in the middle of their “alternate” world and an old soul residing inside of her. The Bodywalker essentially blends with the original until they become a carbon of each other.

“You have left normal humanity and mortality behind today, Docia. Today you have become a Bodywalker. You came to the brink of death, weakening the protective walls of your KA…your soul…enough to allow the KA of another to blend with yours.”

I liked Docia/ Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses/Vincent, I just didn’t like them together.  Docia/Queen was fated to be with King Menes when he came back from the Ether into the mortal world through his original.  Meanwhile Ram was fighting the intense attraction between himself and Docia.  He knew that it was disloyalty and treason to fall in love with his King’s Queen.  Although he couldn’t’ understand why, as over the centuries he had never felt an inkling of feeling or attraction towards her other than friendship, it was happening and happening at an intensity he had never felt before.

The author wanted you to feel that these four souls were connected to each other instantly and it was supposed to feel intense and meant to be. The only time I felt any chemistry between these characters was when their Bodywalkers were suspended and you had just Docia and Vincent.  I felt the connection between the two original mortals.  Docia was a quirky little thing, was the Queen was more polished and assertive. Vincent was an incredible hot Seal, while Ramses was also very polished and philosophical, a king in his own right.  There were moments that it seemed there was no rhyme or reason to which soul was more dominant.

“So…you…” “Love you? No. it is beyond love, if such thing is possible, Docia. It has to be. Two souls inside me. Two souls inside you. All connected. All knowing at their very core that we belong together.”

I will say that there was INTENSE sexual tension between her brother Jackson and his love interest.  There was sparks every time those two hit a room together, even when they tried to hide it behind anger and disgust.

I liked the book well enough, but I do not know if I liked the book enough to try one of her others. The author’s writing style was easy to read.   It just seemed like a really long read to me, too many details and it was a bit confusing in places.  There was not a lot of action or romance to fill in between all the details the author provided us with and the chemistry between the characters was meh.  You did not get a true sense of chemistry and action until close to the end of the book. In addition, it seemed like there was too many main characters. Half the book was spent with Docia and her body walker as the heroine, and Ram/Vincent as the “hero,” but then the other half of the book dealt with Jackson (Docia’s brother), his love interest, and his search for his sister. Most of the book I felt like Jackson was actually our hero instead of Ram/Vincent.

I must admit by the time we got to the point where the four souls were captured and suspended I was ready for the book to be over with. I even thought about not finishing but the one saving grace for this book was the twist towards the end. The last couple of chapters really carried the book in my opinion.  If I had to choose a character from this book that I really liked and would read more about it would be Jackson, I devoured his chapters while skimming through the others.

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

1 comment:

  1. Yep, Frank is really good at the twists towards the end. If you read enough of her books, you'll see a very clear patterns with the plot line and twists! :) I'm glad you were honest though and it took me a couple of books to get the feel for her. I really think you'd like the Nightwalker books, they sound a lot less "complicated"! :) *smooches*


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