Book Review: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The World of Nightwalkers, book 1
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: From Edelweiss
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Reviewed by: Stephanie
Docia was walking to work when out of nowhere, a van barreled towards her, knocking her off a bridge and down a rocky hill into freezing water. Sitting at death’s door, Docia is given a second chance when a beautiful and powerful woman offers to bring her back to the land of the living if Docia agrees to host her soul and become a Bodywalker. Bruised and confused, Docia has little time to recover before a handsome warrior whisks her into an unknown world.
Ram believes Docia is hosting the soul of his queen and it’s his duty to keep her safe until his king returns. Ram is loyal but the fiery woman with a sensual touch threatens to unravel him. With their enemies circling, Ram will keep Docia safe while hoping their ever growing desire doesn’t consume them both.
The Bodywalkers are a fascinating race of Nightwalkers. They’re ancient Egyptians who, thanks to the mummification, have their souls sent into the Ether, an in-between place where their soul wait for a human to share their body with them. The two souls learn to live side by side and work off each other rather than having one take over the other. In exchange, the human host comes back to life with supernatural abilities and becomes a Bodywalker. If a dying human is unfortunate enough to come in contact with a Templar soul, priests and priestesses of Egyptians who believe they should be in power and are the enemies of the Bodywalkers, they could end up being forcefully suppressed as their body is taken over.
I love Egyptian mythology and history, so I found all this extremely interesting. The only problem is I felt like most everything was explained during scenes between Docia and Ram, taking away time we could have gotten to know them. Sure, I was able to pick up that Docia is spunky in her own sweet way, and that Ram, and his other half Vincent, are alpha to the core while being chivalrous and caring. But I couldn’t help feel that just the surface was scratched and with their relationship moving as quickly as it did, (though I must say, their smex scenes were H-O-T!) I felt they deserved a little more.
I was leaning towards giving this book a 3.5 rating but Jackson, Docia’s brother, landed this book a solid 4. Jackson is a small town police officer and he cares about her sister above all else. When Docia gives an excuse for her sudden disappearance, Jackson knows something is wrong and the usually by the book officer will do anything to find his sister. Jackson has a playful side only she gets to see but it’s his intensity and utter devotion to Docia that had me swooning. Jackson is a very commanding character with many layers and after the epilogue; I can’t wait until the release of his book next year.
Forbidden is the first installment in The World of the Nightwalkers series so as is the case with many first books, it moves slowly as everything is laid out. About half way through, it really picks up and doesn’t stop until the end. The battle between Nightwalkers and the Templars is one I plan to follow closely. Jacquelyn Franks does a great job introducing her fantastical new paranormal world I can’t wait to come back to it in Jackson’s book.