Mar 29, 2015

Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little


A sweeping, epic saga of romance and hardship, set against the dramatic backdrop of ancient Mesopotamia.

In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden's tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden's turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe's leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family's position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden's heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden's heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb's increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden's every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family's survival on the line, Jayden must finish the deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find true love for herself.


I received a review copy of this book via Batch of Books.

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It's 1759 bc. Jayden is part of a Mesopotamian nomadic desert tribe. She's sixteen years old and she's betrothed to Horeb. She has no choice and has to go along with the ceremony that will finalize the plans to bind her to him forever. Horeb is the son of the tribe's leader, he wants to be king and he lives like a king. All the girls in the tribe want to marry him, except Jayden. She sees right trough him and knows he has a cruel nature and an unkind heart.

When on a terrible day she meets a kind stranger she feels attracted to him straight away. He's traveling with her and she tries to fight her feelings for him as she thinks they have no future together. Jayden likes Kadesh and he is the man she wants to be with. Unfortunately the betrothal is final and Jayden's father doesn't want to give her a chance at happiness. Horeb's hunger for power is growing every day and he's showing Jayden his true, violent, nature whenever he can. Eventually she has to flee to save herself. Will she ever see Kadesh again and what will happen when she has to leave the tribe she's lived with her entire life?

Jayden loves the desert and she's happy living outside most of the time. I really enjoyed reading about the desert and her love for the life she leads. Unfortunately that life isn't meant to last and will be disrupted. The tension kept building up until it exploded. I couldn't stop reading, this book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I wanted Jayden and Kadesh to have their chance together so badly. Horeb is a horrible man and his chase to bind Jayden to him kept the story interesting and absolutely thrilling.

This is the first part of a trilogy. I look forward to reading the next book very much.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Lavender!

    Dena sent me a link to your blog post about FORBIDDEN so I just had to take a moment to say THANK YOU for such a lovely review! I'm honored and so thrilled you enjoyed the book. BANISHED will be out February 2, 2016!

    Good luck with your own writing - and being a librarian is definitely the next best thing!

    P.S. As a PURPLE fanatic since I was very young I love your name! :-)


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