19 January 2013

Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers #1) by Jacquelyn Frank

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

Forbidden (The World of Nightwalkers, #1)
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Forbidden (The World of Nightwalkers #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  466 ratings  ·  131 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes this first book in The World of the Nightwalkers—an exciting and sensual new spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battles the evil forces who prey on them.
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.
*sigh* So... as much as I wanted to completely LOVE this book, I just... couldn't. I am not sure what it was exactly, about this book that made me sort of kind of dread plugging it into my ears, or sort of kind of wish it would move along and end, but *cringe* I sorta kind of felt that way at times. Gah! I know! I just came off of the Shadowdwellers series that I fell deeply and madly in love with, and I truly expected to feel the same feelings about this start of a new "world" / "series" but I just didn't. It lacked everything that I really liked about all of her other books, for some reason. I'm not sure. Nothing in it made me smile to myself, made me chuckle a little, made me gush (down below, if you know what I mean) and blush or even really made me go "Ahhh, cool"... unfortunately. *shrug* I am not sure if it has something to do with the fact that all the other series I love of hers are circa 2009 and earlier, or... if it's just the mood I'm in recently? I dunno! I was even kinda mehhhh about the lovely Xe Sands reading this too, since I hadn't heard her since Adam, Elijah etc. I have to admit I was excited to learn she was reading this one, but man, 2 chapters in and I was cringing at the way she was doing Docia's brothers voice (as well as her brothers best friends voice)! Ahhh! It was so low and gravely that I could honestly barely understand or even HEAR it without cranking my volume on my mp3 player. The voice effects evened out towards the middle of the book for me I guess, or I had just gotten used to it by then and it didn't bother me anymore, but it did throw me off a bit at first.
Now, the STORY itself wasn't a bad story, the species of nightwalker that Frank was introducing- the bodywalkers, I did like the STORY of how they came about and all that, it was neat, I really liked it! I really also liked learning of the other more smaller characters in the book like the genies and the gargoyles, those were extremely interesting to find out about and I really hope to hear more about them in coming books! I thought the ending was a little too predictable, the major twist at the end was a no-brain'er, but it was still kinda fun! I had also remembered reading on Frank's facebook how she was continuing all of her other mentions of nightwalkers into this series- The World of Nightwalkers, which is kinda cool, but I have a feeling it's almost over ambitious. Like it might be biting off more than she can chew? Am I sounding mean? *sigh* I didn't want to come off as rude or snarky, I'm just putting down my thoughts and opinions. I really do enjoy Frank and love her other books, but this one just didn't work for me 100%.

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Up Next! I'll be starting this later tonight:

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1)

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