Review: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

Forbidden (The World of Nightwalkers #1)

By Jacquelyn Frank
Editions: audio, ebook, paperback
Expected publication: October 30th 2012 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance { PNR }
Source: NetGalley

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.
~ Goodreads Blurb

This is one of those authors who have written like 100 books, all of them I planned to read at some point, never got to in the end. Lately I’m plagued by first book in the series syndrome, meaning I’m starting to read new series instead of picking up older one that have a number of books out already. Which is odd, my MO tended to be the second rather then the first. Anyways…

Being that I hadn’t really read anything by this author before, her writing just swept me off my feet. It just flowed so richly, scenes had the perfect amount of tension and action (for me, that means more substance less agitation), absolutely beautiful scenery and just overall awesome, awesome storytelling. This is one of those rarer third person narratives that do completely win me over, my reaction to the third goes between extremes, it’s either real bad or real good – this is real good with a cherry on top.

The characters really came alive from the first pages, I instantly loved Docia and her brother, and their personalities, funny and personal voices just won me over off the bat. Docia as her own vibrant and charming self suffers some changes though, that’s the nature of the story. She grows, I think, and I loved her through and through.
Later on, when Ram showed up, I was really intrigued and awed. He was this really cool mix of honorable old-school style and cheeky, mysterious and yet reliable. The hero type, you know? He gave me that uber “you can trust me to do the right thing” vibe, though temptations to do otherwise abound. In the end though, as circumstances change and the story unfolds, he holds to that moral compass but makes it hot and attractive as opposed to, you know, boring. Plus he had this whole ex-military feel to him, I mean I just responded to him though I tend to love the villain type more often then not.
They had a really cool dynamic as a couple, good chemistry, hot interaction. There was a bit of fated connection spin going on, and I expected them to be at each other like bunnies from their first meeting. Well, if you’ll expect that too, you’ll be as surprised as I was, it actually takes them forever to move on from the attraction/falling for phase into the, you know…bunnies phaze. It’s a short one when it happens, too, too much going on around them to really linger, lol. But they were a really fun couple, emotion, attraction, principles and personal dilemmas…good stuff.
I had a bit of an iffy-ness going about the two in one sort of nature of these beings, but I was just too on board with everything else to really linger on it.

The plot was active, for me. But I didn’t go into this read thinking it would be urban fantasy, but paranormal romance. And it was a great mix of the two, meaning enough excitement and action to keep me on my toes and enough romance to keep the fidgeting up all through. Plus there were a couple of points in the story when I just went “Oh, snap! No freaking way!”. Evil being that I am, I won’t be spoiling your reads, but there was the surprise element in there, of that you can be sure.

One of the greatest things in the novel, for me, were the world and creatures of this read. I mean, if you’re into some ancient Egyptian elements worked into a dazzling and awesome world, this is it for you. I fell in love with the concepts of the beings, the ‘paranormal world order’ of the read, as it were. This was super entertaining and exciting, and I can’t wait to see more of this world, this series, these characters!

All in all, I say this was a fabulous read. I’m so gonna make time, sometimes during this life, to read other series by the same author, preferably one of those with lots of books out already. A lot of good stuff, yummy!
And the curb appeal of this is just… I mean, you know, sometimes I think, aren’t there enough PNR books with shirtless men showing off six packs? Generally, my answer to the question leans towards to no, I mean, there could never too much of a good thing, right? Lol! Traditional cover, so to speak, awesome blurb and awesome author, add it all up and it’s instant buy 😀

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Read the NightWalkers series by her? Or other books? Which series should I read first? xD


4 thoughts on “Review: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

  1. mariya_davis

    I’ve read her Nightwalker Series, well the first two books anyway. I kinda got absorbed in all the other books I was reading and never finished them, but they were pretty good. It wouldn’t be my favorite PNR, but they are really enjoyable to read!

    I may just check out this new series of hers! 🙂

  2. Livia ~ BoM Books

    Sadly I can’t tell you how it is by comparison, since I haven’t read something else by her…yet. But I had a great time reading this. 
    I totally get what you mean about getting absorbed, it happened to me with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, though I had a great time reading them I’m stuck at book 7 and can’t seem to find the time to read it, it’s a weird phenomenon. So many books, so little time, right? 🙂  

  3. Aman

    I have her Nightwalker series but somehow I’m never able start it. This one looks really really good, maybe I’ll just start with this series. With a title like Forbidden, I know I’m going to love it! 


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