One minute Docia Waverley is on her way to work, the next she is crashing into a river and having the weirdest near death experience. When she regains consciousness she realizes nothing will ever be the same, starting with being kidnapped by a stranger who insists she is his queen and must be protected.
Ram has waited thirty years in this incarnation for the arrival of his queen from the ether, knowing he is destined to protect her while she awaits the sure return of their king. He finds himself torn between a desire for Docia and loyalty to his best friend and leader – any such liaison is totally forbidden.
After a confusing start, this turned out to be a great book! This is about Bodywalkers and is set in the world of the Nightwalkers. Apart from a very brief history lesson in the prologue, the original Nightwalkers are not mentioned or acknowledged and you can easily jump into this series first. Initially I was very confused with Forbidden, not really sure what was going on but explanations soon came in thick and fast. Being the first in a new series introducing a new concept there was a lot of exposition needed and as a result the plot was a bit slow to get going. Once it did get going however, it was very good. Docia is learning about the world at the same time we are, and some of her reactions were pure gold. I particularly enjoyed her reactions and questions on finding out who Ram is.
Without giving too much away as the reader needs to discover the secrets for themselves, about two thirds of the way through the book something happened that took me completely by surprise but I really should have seen it coming!
Docia is a great character, intelligent and funny while Ram is your typical alpha male – hot, bossy and very sexy. The body sharing was a bit weird and did take some getting used to, particularly during a sex scene later in the book which as Ram says is like a “menage a everybody”. There are some great secondary characters too – I cannot wait to find out more about Singsing and her dragonlets. When she turned Ram and Docia into poodles I laughed out loud it was so completely unexpected. Jackson, Docias’ brother is a strong character who has his own storyline and I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book.
In summary a good book once it got going, but there was a lot of world building. As with any new series it was both necessary and informative but stick with it. The next book has been nicely set up and I cannot wait to read it.