Guest Review: FORBIDDEN by Christina Phillips

Guest Review: FORBIDDEN by Christina Phillips

First in a new erotic historical series of magical heroines and sexy warriors.

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. Falling under her spell, he doesn't realize her true heritage-until he captures her heart as well as her body.

Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.
Publisher: Berkley Heat

Genre: Erotic Ancient Historical Romance

Single Title/Series: FORBIDDEN is Book One in the Forbidden Series but can be read as a stand alone novel.

Guest Reviewed by Barbara with an Advanced Review Copy provided by the publisher.

Who is Barbara? Barbara is the author of the sensational but now closed blog, Happily Forever After. A genuine reader with a passion for historical romance, I finally succeeded in guilting her into reviewing historicals for Lovin' Me Some Romance! Just kidding on the guilt part but I am beyond happy that she agreed to review for me. Barbara and I have been close phone buddies for nearly two years now and honestly, I don't know what I'd do without her objective view on my life. She gives great advice and laughs aplenty. I still wonder why I had to befriend someone who couldn't live farther away but who happens to also be a soul sister. Ah well, thank the gods that we were both born in the digital age. ;) Barbara is still very much rooted in the reading community despite her closed blog and you can follow her reviews on both Amazon and GoodReads.

Barbara's Review:

In the midst of a war against the invading Romans, Carys, a Druid Priestess, is bound by honor to heal and protect her people. She longs to see the Druids free from Roman tyranny. But, hidden within the forest, she finds herself consumed by another need as well. It is a desire that is so forbidden it could possibly destroy all that Carys holds dear.

Darkly exotic, Maximus epitomizes male strength and power. Although she is no stranger to a man’s touch, never had anyone evoked such a stark hunger within Carys. From afar, she watches him and fantasizes about what it would be like to be his lover. He is everything that she could possibly desire, and yet, the one man she should never want.

A centurion, Maximus’ duty is to secure the land for the Emperor of Rome. When he discovers a Celtic beauty spying on him in the woods, he finds himself captivated not only by her beauty but her bravery, as well. Sworn enemies, Maximus and Carys begin and sensual affair that quickly turns in to a passionate romance. But nothing will come easily for these ill-fated lovers. Soon they must face the reality of their positions in life and the wrath of Carys’ malevolent, scorned ex-lover.

I enjoyed this tale, especially, Maximus. I absolutely adore the, “you’re mine” type heroes. Extremely sexy. The love scenes were very sensual and the dialogue, romantic. If you love historicals and like ‘em hot, but are looking for a break from the 1800’s corsets and carriages, this is the book for you.


More Reviews:

The Romanorum: 4/4
CK2S Kwips and Kritiques: 5/5
The Book Pushers: B
Smexy Books: 3.5/5

Coming Soon:

CAPTIVE by Christina Phillips

Releases February 2011

Genre: Erotic Ancient Historical

Having lost her faith when Roman invaders destroyed life as she knew it, Morwyn took a vow of celibacy to spite her goddess. But before she can join up with the rebels, she's captured by a Gaul mercenary whose animal charms and chiseled body will test her conviction... and make it harder to kill him.

Bren, pledged to the true Briton king, has spent three years undercover in the Roman Legion. So when his own unit attacks and brutalizes a fiery Celtic beauty, he saves her the only way he can - by claming her as his prisoner. But unlike his men, Bren would never take the woman by force, no matter how obviously she burns for his touch.

As they near Roman headquarters, Morwyn resolves to honor her vow of celibacy - but if the Gaul were to ravage her, could she be blamed for enjoying his body? With just a hint of seduction, sooner or later the Gaul will succumb to his exquisite captive...


VampFanGirl said...

Thank you again for reviewing this for me Barbara!! :)

I'm super glad you enjoyed this read too and that I have it in my TBR. I've always been a sucker for forbidden love. Oh and "you're mine" heroes!! Yum!!

(((HUGS))) VFG

Leontine said...

*waves at Barbara* it's good to see you here! In my early days of blogging you were one of my daily blogs until you closed up shop. I'm heading off to GoodReads and friend you there :))

As for FORBIDDEN LOVE I like my historicals hawt, I have no problems with that at all, and love the time period too!

Barbara said...

Hey, girl!!! You're welcome!! As if I could turn down reading a historical romance ;) I just hope your readers enjoy the book as much as I did.

As for possessive fav :D

Okay, I'm running out the door. Literally. Wish me luck. The dentist...*shudders*

Hey Leontine!! How are you?? Aw, thank you. I miss blogging daily, but life and work just got too hectic. I'll be seeing you around blogland and on Goodreads :D

Barbara said...

BTW...VFG...thank you for your sweet words. I wish you didn't live so far away either :( Thank goodness for email and phone call ;)

((Big Hugs))

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Barbara :D
Fun to see you review here, I have missed your HEA books

Barbara said...

Hi, Blodeudd!! Nice to see you here, too!

Artemis said...


Thanks for the wonderful review! I have been wondering about this one because it did look like one I would be interested in. And the cover is so different than what has been put out lately. Yep, it's on the list.

BTW, nice to meet ya!

Barbara said...

Hi, Artemis! Nice to meet you, too! I hope you enjoy the story :)

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