Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by at my stop of the Forbidden Forest Blog Tour!
Title: Forbidden Forest
Series: The Legends of Regia, #1
Author: Tenaya Jayne
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing
Tags: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: A copy was made available by the author in exchange for an honest review
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter /Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.
Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.
Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.
To be honest, it was quite some time since I read the blurb. I knew very roughly what the story was about when I started reading, but was perplexed when I first encountered Leith. I originally thought he would be the “person of interest” (one of the biggest mistakes of my life) and was confused with Forest’s reaction to him. That wasn’t as it’s supposed to be. That was pure hatred. She honestly wanted to kill him? What happened to the underlying attraction? It bothered me that much that I even thought about not finishing the book. But I’m glad I took the time to reread the blurb and continue reading. Cause with the understanding out-of-the-way it was a very enjoying read ^^
And it made me discover Syrus. The moment I met him everything became clear and he quickly became one of my all time favorite male protagonists ever. If only he could be real *very deep sigh.* Strong and at the same vulnerable. He’s also very sincere and so cute when he discovers new things. Especially new things from Earth. It also helps that he’s got a great build and handsome features. Minutes after meeting him he already had me wrapped around his finger and woe to anyone who dares to hurt him!
Oh let’s not forget about Forest. She was also a delight to read about. Except for her temper, that was a bit too fiery at times. At the same time totally understandable after everything she’s been through. I was too shocked for words when I found out and I couldn’t have been more wrong with my earlier assumptions. And I admire her for pulling through. She’s a real fighter and I’m glad she was finally able to meet Syrus. Besides I like it when they argue ^^
There was another thing that kept me reading till I finished: a beautiful world, full of paranormal creatures and dazzling nature. The story was also very captivating. Full of action and scorching scenes. I could really feel the heat (therefore me putting this in the new adult genre instead of YA). Oh and the ending! Just when you think everything is okay, there is a happily ever after, or at least some rest until the next book, it happens. BAM! And gone is that feeling. What rests is the dying need to get my hands on the next book. It’s not fair to keep me hanging like that!
4 HEARTS. A well written book, that initially set me on the wrong path, but made more than up to it. It has two amazing main characters, who made me love the story more and more. Especially Syrus had me in no time under his spell. How could I not? He’s too adorable and at the same time so fierce… Oh and be warned for the end. It will make you crave more, make you wish the next book will come out asap. It will leave you hanging for a very long time…
The Legends of Regia
- Forbidden Forest
- Forest Fire (Not Yet Published)
Forest pressed her back against the cool concrete wall, wanting to remain aloof from the entity of the crowd. She chose her position in the shadows, out of the paths of the roving, multi-colored spotlights. She closed her eyes and enjoyed the feeling of the undulating human pheromones flying around on the air. At the beginning of every shift, she allowed herself a few minutes of this alien/human experience, though she didn’t fully comprehend the combination of dancing, drinking, and ear-breaking sound waves. They loved it, however, and never seemed to deviate from the recipe.
These were the people she was sworn to protect. She had developed a light affection for the human race and considered them a benign, if not slightly silly, bunch of creatures. Her religious passion for her job was rooted in hatred of that which harmed the humans, not a superhero tendency to protect the weak.
Forest opened her eyes and focused all her senses to sniff out the illegal suckers that tried to sneak through the portal. She was in the zone tonight, and not for the first time did she feel that hers was the best job in existence. It was a shame she couldn’t legally kill suckers in her native world.
Over the next two hours, Forest didn’t move from the wall. She monitored the light traffic through the portal: two shifters and one elf, each of which nodded to her respectfully as they passed. Yawn. The shifters left the club to enjoy the delights of Austin’s nightlife elsewhere.
The elf would have been breaking Regia’s law had he left the club, but he dutifully seated himself at the bar and ordered a fuzzy navel. He wore a plaid, porkpie hat, pulled down over the tops of his pointed ears. Forest didn’t know him personally, but she had seen him in here before. The bartender surveyed him with narrowed eyes as the elf nervously tugged his hat down further and ordered a few more girly cocktails.
Intent on making sure that not one sucker was able to sneak past her, Forest was blindsided by the drunk bubba who had been trying to catch her eye for the last twenty minutes. He had finally decided to stagger over to hit on her.
“Hey babe, you’re too beautiful to look so lonely. How’s ‘bout I buy you a drink?”
“How’s ‘bout I call you a cab instead?” Forest mimicked his drawl.
“Only if you share it with me, Darlin.” He leaned in closer, and Forest’s throat began to sting from the noxious fume of booze mixed with his natural musk.
“While I appreciate the offer, Jethro, It seems only right to inform you that I’m not actually attractive at all. If you leaned in a little closer, you’d see that you’ve fallen victim to the effect of beer goggles. A hag like me can’t take advantage of a stud like you.”
As he leaned in, Forest instantly enlarged her nose, pockmarked her skin, evaporated her front teeth, and added a large black mole with a long hair sprouting from it for good measure.
“You’re no hag, baby! You’re the sexiest little thing in…I…uh… ” He stumbled backward. “Good grief! Sorry, sorry…” he stammered, retreating. “I’ve gotta quit drinking,” he mumbled as he turned away.
Forest chuckled to herself once he absorbed back into the crowd. Being a shape shifter sometimes had unusual perks.
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About Tenaya Jayne
Hello. My name’s Tenaya and I’m an addict. I mean author. When I was growing up, writing was just something I played at from time to time. I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I was one of those people who could never finish anything. When my eldest son was diagnosed with Autism, I began to write seriously. Writing became a necessity for me in the midst of my heartbreak. It was either that or take up drinking. I ‘m thankful I chose writing as my escape because I discovered it truly is my thing. I want to be swept away when I read. That’s what I want my books to do for you.The main goal of my writing is to entertain you. I want to help you escape everyday life for a little while. I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!
I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful sons. I’m an advocate for Autism awareness, and women trapped in abusive relationships. I try to always look on the bright side and help others do so too. I’ve lived many places but I currently reside in Missouri. I love reading, indie and foreign films, gardening, and moody music.