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Monday, July 20, 2009

Forbidden Heart by Kara Wills

Forbidden Heart by Kara Wills
Publisher: Bookstrand
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (324 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Heather

His curse brings love and heartache. . .

The moment Shaye sees Moira, he is sure she will break his two hundred-year-old curse. It doesn't take long for Shaye to fall in love with this magnificent human woman, but proving his love is more difficult.

Moira is piecing her broken heart and broken life together when Shaye storms in and whisks her away on a fairytale adventure. Accepting his mythological nature--half human, half faerie--is disturbingly easy. Accepting his promise of forever seems ludicrous, as much as her heart beats to believe in him.

Daeanna is the daughter of Dagda, king of the Tuatha de Danann, and she is hell-bent on keeping what is rightfully hers: Shaye. Rejecting any possibility that Moira might be his true soul mate, Daeanna is determined to keep them apart...whatever the cost.

Love has never been so powerful, greed never so hideous. In worlds infused with beauty, magic and peace, can nightmares be banished and deceit be justified? Can love truly conquer all?

This is a fairy tale in the truest sense of the word – a beautiful mortal woman capturing the heart of an immortal Fae lord. But there is a dark side to this perfect Faerie realm. Shaye was convicted of murdering four mortal women two hundred years ago, and sentenced to be executed. Princess Daeanna begged for his life to be spared. But after two centuries as ”love slave” to the icy sadistic royal witch, Shaye’s starting to think execution would have been preferable. Only true love can break the curse. But Shaye can’t remember what really happened, and even though he knows he didn’t commit the murder he can’t prove his own innocence.

Moira has sworn OFF men. Divorced from a hound dog who haunts her every step, she is trying to get on with her life and raise her son, Chase. At first Shaye frightens her, with his aura of power and his persistence. But as she gets to know him and his family, the more she comes to care for him. She realizes he couldn’t possibly have done what the Fae accused him of. But how to prove it?

This is a touching, magical love story with characters to really root for and care about. The secondary characters are engaging and the chemistry between Shaye and Moira is genuine and emotional. Chase will steal your heart, and Princess Daeanna is a villainess in the truest sense of the word. There are many twists and turns in this tale. The reader can’t assume anything. Even good-guy-bad-guy lines get blurred occasionally, but the surprises are rational & well thought out.

I thought the book could have been a little tighter, as I tended to skim the descriptions of clothing and meals, and I would have liked to spend more time on the crime and trial. There were some abrupt transitions from scene to scene that were a bit jarring, but I never got lost and overall I absolutely had to get to the end. The author does not disappoint there. Just like a true fairy tale – and they lived happily ever after, The End. (Close to Disney music.) I would definitely read more of this author.