Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Recommendation: I really enjoyed this book more than I expected. This read will be especially enticing to those that like fantastical reads with a little romance and healthy competition.
Type: Stand alone
Pricing: Great! It is available on Kindle Unlimited or is $3.99 to purchase the E-copy. Paperback is more expensive at $15.99.
Summary: +well thought out plot +strong yet vulnerable heroine +interesting love connection +good length with continuous action +complex characters -slow start and strange opening dialogue
Off-limits has never been so irresistible.
Lady Katherine Durant has perfected the art of hiding her Gifts—a valuable skill in a land where any hint of sorcery could lead to the burning stake. But, hiding her Gifts isn’t the same as not using them, and that troublesome difference has led to capture each time she’s run from her uncle.
Now, using a newly-discovered spell, she binds her powers and flees again—this time for her life. Unfortunately, her plan to hide as a maid in a distant kingdom goes awry when she unwittingly gets entered into a festival competition for the hand of a prince—a man with a wicked kiss and a sense of adventure that rivals her own.
All she’s ever hoped for is a quiet existence as a servant, never imagining she could find laughter and belonging and love. And now the mischievous prince has her dreaming of all those things.
With a bounty on her head, sorcerers closing in, and a prince threatening to steal her heart, could it finally be time to stop running? Time to trust? Time to love?
Forbidden by Katrina Snow was a little bit of a pleasant surprise for me. After finding it on NetGalley I decided to go for it because I really liked the premise. Initially I was a little turned off because the opening dialogue is a bit strange and usually if I am not in love with a book within the first few chapters it isn’t going to go well. Also, there is something about the cover that just doesn’t do the book justice. I am super glad that I powered through the first few chapters because I really dug the rest of the book.
Forbidden is the story if Lady Katherine Durant, Kate for short, a very powerful and very naive sorceress that is being completely manipulated by her family. With her parents gone, her dark and power obsessed uncle is dead set on selling her to another dark sorcerer to further his own power. As part of a hidden and hated race, Kate decides to run away from both her uncle and the man she is promised to in an effort to thwart both of their attempts at using her against their enemies. While attempting to hide in plain sight, Kate must secretly use magic to bind her powers nightly to prevent being discovered. Not fully understanding the gravity of the situation or exactly how powerful a pawn she is in her uncles game, Kate tries to balance blending in and surviving the ever-increasing attention she is receiving from the one person who shines brighter than the rest: the Prince.
There is a nice balance between the fight for Kate to escape, her relationship with the prince and her own self discovery. Not completely overpowered by the elements of love, there is plenty of action to keep the reader’s attention. The characters are well written and have depth. The love connection between Kate and Bregovi is sweet, develops slowly and isn’t annoying at all. The sexual chemistry is tasteful but still intriguing. The world building is descriptive and helps the reader understand a lot about where they live and why each group of people’s differences are so significant.
This is a great read, I would recommend it and will be reading it again in the future I am sure.
Disclaimer: I obtained a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Katrina Snow and KL Anderson for the chance to meet Kate.