Thursday, 18 October 2012

Review: Forbidden Forest (Legends of Regia #1) by Tenaya Jayne

Goodreads Synopsis
Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.
Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia's laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.
Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he's ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn't matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

It's official, I have found a new fantasy romance series filled with vamps, shape-shifters and fey that I love! There was very little in this book that prevented me from enjoying virtually every element of Forbidden Forest.

The pace, the characters, the plot development and the writing style was all crafted so very well by Tenaya Jayne, that I was swept away with the world she created.

From the onset, I was drawn to the main female character Forest. I loved her feisty attitude, her background and how she interacts with the characters around her. Her character is a superb combination of much loved paranormal female leads that we know and love: think Merit, think Riley, think Merry! Tenaya, however, has successfully managed to create a brand new character. Whilst Forest has similar characteristics to our beloved heroines, she has many original qualities too. She could easily become one of my favourites.

Of course, no fantasy romance is complete without a divine, gorgeous supe for us to fall in lust with. A fanfare for Syrus please!
What I found particularly appealing about his character, apart from the obvious hunk of a supe that he is, was his unique inner voice - I love getting inside male characters minds! In addition to this stylistic crafting from Tenaya, I enjoyed the relationship development between the two main characters, especially the wit.

Whilst there is a huge level of exciting and fast-paced action in Forbidden Forest, what was equally enjoyable was the amount of gentleness that the author successful combines with the action. This made Forbidden Forest a fairly gentle yet fast read, that was nothing short of amazing.
A highly recommended 5 fabulous fairies!
 


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