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Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in 4 rating, Book reviews, Review by Stephanie | 12 comments

Book Review: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The World of Nightwalkers, book 1
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345517695
ISBN-13: 978-0345517692
Source: From Edelweiss
Buy it here:  Amazon | Book Depository
For more information visit Jacquelyn Frank’s website

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.
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About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. Thanks for the review I’m a huge fan of Jacquelyn Franks books, I’m looking forward to reading FORBIDDEN 🙂

  2. This sounds like an interesting world and I do like all kinds of mythology! I also like that the characters upped the rating for the book. I love great characters. This sounds like a series I would enjoy.

  3. I love Egyptian mythology and this seems like a really interesting twist. I’m adding it to my tottering mountain of a TBR pile.

  4. I can’t wait to read Forbidden!

  5. Sounds great; can’t wait to read it!

  6. This does sound really good. I don’t think I have ever read about Bodywalkers or anything like that before. Thanks so much for the great review 🙂

  7. Awesome review, now I really need to hurry with catching up on her books! Thanks.

  8. Thanks for the great review. Can’t wait to read Forbidden.

  9. Hi, I appreciate your honest review. The book & series does look very interesting.

  10. nice review, hope have a chance to read this book 🙂

  11. Love these books. I can’t put them down until they are finished. The covers are great.

  12. I love the world of the Nightwalkers and Jacqueline Frank is amazing author. The review was an excellent way to frame this book for those of us who love the series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com