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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Forbidden: The Temptation by Samantha Sommersby

Forbidden: The Temptation by Samantha Sommersby
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (145 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

There’s a fine line between man and beast…one only the heart can cross.

Forbidden, Book 4

A year ago, Jacob Madison got more than he bargained for during a rock-climbing trip to Yosemite. A freak accident left him badly injured, at the mercy of the elements—and the wolves who rescued him. If it hadn’t been for them, he’d be dead. He’d also still be human. Now he’s back, hoping to find out who he is and what he’s become. Instead, he finds smart, sexy Allison Connelly.

A forensic psychologist, Allison is newly divorced and proudly standing on her own two feet…until an unexpected storm shears off the snow bank she’s standing on. She plunges down an icy ravine, thinking she’s heading for oblivion. Then she lands in the arms of a tall, dark Texan. Jake.

Brought together by circumstance and bound by passion, secrets from their past threaten their future before it can begin. And somewhere in the mountains lurks a rogue Were turned serial killer. Whatever the danger Jake’s inner beast poses to Allison, there’s only one way to protect her—unleash it. Even if it costs him her love.

Samantha Sommersby’s Forbidden series is one of my favorites. The characters are always larger than life, while the varying plots never fail to captivate and entertain. In this newest offering, Forbidden: The Temptation, we learn more about Jake, a man recently turned werewolf that isn’t very happy with the beast under his skin.

While out for a run with his pack, Jake and crew come across a stranded and freezing Allison. Her vehicle broke down, and she thought she could make the walk to town before the heavy snowstorm moving in hit. Unfortunately, she not only gets caught in the storm but has managed to slide down a ravine where she is trapped. Jake changes, comes back for her, takes her to his cabin, and…well, things go from chilly to blazing. Yet, all is not that it seems. Something dangerous looms nearby and will do anything and everything to fulfill its purpose and claim its mate.

It isn’t necessary to read the previous stories to follow Forbiddden: The Temptation,, although I do recommend that you read them to understand supporting characters and the premise a bit better. There are elements that might seem strange, especially as past characters show up for a visit. Think of it as a continuation, with each story advancing the series. In knowing everyone you’ll gain a better understanding and foresight.

The writing, as always, is fantastic. Ms. Sommersby writes some of the best dialogue there is and never fails to turn up the heat. I loved the witty banter and sexual chemistry that Jake and Allison share and felt that the shift from humorous to sensual was spot-on. I was also taken by the subplot involving the lowest ranking pack member, Ryan, and the Beta he’s in love with, Mireya. It’s a complex story with multiple layers, yet, never becomes overly complicated as the characters remain the focal point of the work.

Fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy Forbidden: The Temptation. Don’t miss out on this exciting and oh-so wicked story.

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