Review & Contest: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: Bodywalkers (# 1)
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher:  Ballantine
Pages: 352
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.


Review:  When I heard that Jacquelyn Frank was doing a spin off of her popular Nightwalker series, I was excited. I’ve been a longtime fan of the series and the other spin-off, Shadowdwellers. In this series, the Bodywalkers (along with a few other Nightwalker species) are introduced.

I think this book falls into the category that many “first in a series” books end up. While I liked the book, so much world building occurred that often times I felt it very hard to keep up. There were also a lot of characters to keep track of and I’ll come back to this point in a moment.  Then there is the whole idea behind the Bodywalkers. The ancient Egyptians, in their bid for afterlife, did mummifying and embalming. But in Ms. Frank’s spin, this practice actually angers their gods and their spirits never rest, causing them to share a body with humans. Their personalities and consciousness’s merge and in return the host lives a longer life and is enhanced… but they’re also relegated to living at night.

Docia is the heroine of the book. In the first chapter, she’s killed and then resurrected as a Bodywalker. As the story progresses, she learns about the spirit now merging with her own.   Ram, our hero, is her guide into this new world. I ended the book without strong feelings for either of them. I rooted for them to get together and overcome the odds, but in the end, I think the plot and world building tended to overshadow them.

I think what bothered or perhaps confused me the most is the idea of Bodywalkers. Two spirits joining together in one body. Add in a romance between two Bodywalkers, and there are now four “people” in the relationship. Throughout the book, the characters (Ram and Docia) are sometimes called by their host names and sometimes their spirit names and it was just odd. I suppose in my confusion, I could totally relate with Docia as she’s suddenly plunged into this world and actually has to live in it.

It sounds like I hated the book, but that’s not true. In the end, I laughed and cried and wanted to know more. Yes, I was confused through most of the book, but it was mostly cleared up in the end and there’s enough of a cliffhanger that I’m looking forward to the next book.



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19 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

  1. Chris Bails says:

    I believe in God, but don’t follow any specific religion. I would have to say Budism, because that is the first one that came to my head. I know not much of anything about the religion, but I do love learning new things.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. gamistress66 says:

    I’ve always thought norse mythology was interesting & have read a couple series that have used it for it’s basis, same with greek. I think it’s always interesting to see such old tales/char reworked into modern stories with the authors slightly different spin on it. Not familiar with egyption myths to much, but sounds interesting.

  3. Sherry S. says:

    I love books based on any kind of mythology and I love to see how each author changes or makes them their own.

  4. Lona Stringer says:

    I have a hard enough time keeping up with my own religion, so I dont really have one that I would like to see with a new twist. Thx for the great giveaway.

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  5. Jen B. says:

    Actually, Egyptian is one that I search out because there just aren’t many books with that mythology.

  6. Janie McGaugh says:

    I don’t know a lot about Celtic mythology, but I think that would be an interesting one to explore.

  7. June says:

    I do love mythology. The one that I have read the most about is Greek mythology. I would enjoy learning more about various myths. I would love to learn more about Celtic myths, Native American myths, and Indian myths.

  8. pc says:

    I love all types of mythology and love learning of new ones. I’d like to see Buddhism religion or Asian myths and more Celtic ones.
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  9. Crystal Newman says:

    I can really say that there is one that comes to mind. I just love reading about new things that I never thought about or in a whole new way. I believe that is what really makes it an interesting read. So I love new ideas I guess you can say.

  10. Diane Sallans says:

    How about Aztec or Mayan – that would be interesting. I think I learn a lot about history when reading novels.

  11. Texas Book Lover says:

    Can’t say I know enough about any of them to say yes to one over any others. I usually enjoy reading about different myths/religions, etc. but don’t have a favorite.

  12. Margaret says:

    Another read from cover to cover book from Jacqueline. I liked the story line and the characters made this book easy to read.

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