Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Forbidden by Christina Phillips

Title:  Forbidden
Series:  Druid Chronicles #1
Author:  Christina Phillips
Publication Date:   August 1st 2016 by Phoenix 18 Publishing (first published July 29th 2010)
Length:  388pgs
Genre:  historical/fantasy romance
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion - his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan's ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn't realize her true heritage - until he captures her heart as well as her body.

As Carys's loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus's people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.

Previously published by Penguin US in 2010

About the author:

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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My Review:

What a story! Phillips has created a tale steeped in history and mythology that really captured my attention. I loved how she developed religion and culture in detail, really giving me a feel for the time in which the characters lived. At the same time, she wasn’t afraid to bend social conventions to allow her characters to really stand out and be themselves. The plot was exciting and really captivating. The descriptions and narrative were written in a manner that highlighted the events while also creating a wonderful, yet dangerous, world to get lost in.

This novel is very hot. Phillips’ erotic scenes were both emotionally poignant and extremely hot. Not only did they leave me swooning, but they also added to the relationship between the characters. The relationship between the main characters wasn’t made easier through this, but it was definitely made hotter.

I loved the star crossed lovers aspect to this story. It was a whole lot of fun getting to know the main characters as they became further acquainted with each other. The mixing of personalities and of cultures was very poignant.

This scorching hot novel is a fantastic introduction to Phillips’ series. I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.

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