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Monday, October 12, 2009

Forbidden Fire by N.A.L. Gauthier

Forbidden Fire by N.A.L. Gauthier
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action
Length: Short (57 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Vervain

Betrayal incites a fury in young Sybil Taylor, and though she begins this tale as captive, her enemies have more than enough reason to fear her. From the old steam engine train chugging into Marrakesh to the desperate mountain trek en route to the city of Ouarzazate, she is driven by a combination of fury and fear.

The book’s opening scene immediately draws the reader into the suspense-filled plot. As the heroine, Sybil Taylor, awakens to discover she’s been kidnapped from the man she loves by her over-bearing father. Sybil shines through as a strong woman who knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to have it. She’s fearless and brave, rushing off to save her husband while she herself has been kidnapped and is being pursued by men. The hero, Al-Murrad, only has a small role in the story. However, the few times he is present, he also shows a great strength, and yet he’s gentle with Sybil. He shows honor when faced with an evil opponent. In short, he’s everything a hero should be. The only downside is that neither show any major flaws, which makes them seem a little less real – a little too perfect.

The writing style was easy to follow and flowed nicely. The descriptions of the scenes drew me in, easily allowing me to envision the desert and the cities Sybil travelled through. However, if you prefer your romance novels to have at least one juicy love scene, you will be disappointed. There is one instance in which Sybil reflects back to an intimate moment with Murrad, but it stops after a few kisses.

Overall, Ms. Guathier did a fabulous job with Forbidden Fire. While I have never read anything by this author previously, I would gladly pick up another of her tales. With action, suspense, and love, this story has just about everything.