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Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Bk 1)
Forbidden - World of Nightwalkers, Bk 1
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes this first book in The World of the Nightwalkers -- an exciting and sensual new spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battles the evil forces who prey on them. — The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverle...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345517692
ISBN-10: 0345517695
Publication Date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 58 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Bk 1) on + 248 more book reviews
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Since I enjoyed other books by Frank I had high hopes for this one, but the story did not hold my interest. The characters were not well developed, and Dorcia irritated me.
kopsahl48 avatar reviewed Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Bk 1) on + 181 more book reviews
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Docia Waverlys life is about to change. After being hit by a speeding van she hovers in the Ether and is given a choice. She can live but with consequences or she can die and leave her brother Jackson who has raised her since she was 5 alone. The choice was pretty easy for Docia.

After coming home from the hospital she realizes that the van that hit her wasnt an accident and the people that want her dead are still gunning for her. Enter the very sexy Ram to her rescue. Of course Docia has no idea who this over muscled goliath is but there is a voice in her head telling her it is safe.

Ram and his friends are here to help Docia accept the other voice in her head that is actually going to be cohabiting with Docia. Unfortunately, who they believe is inside Docia is their queen, Hatshepsut, and Ram knows that his attraction to her can go no further. She belongs to their King, Menes, when he is finally reborn. But why does he feel so pulled towards her when in the many past lives he hasnt. Also thrown in the mix is Docias overprotective cop brother, Jackson. His role plays out very well and the surprise that Frank throws in the end was unpredictable and amazing. I cant wait to read the next installment.

And so this begins Franks spinoff to her Nightwalker series. We are introduced to Bodywalkers who are souls of Ancient Egyptians that ended up in what they call the Ether after being mummified. They found a way to rejoin the living by cohabiting with willing humans. This angered the God Ra who cursed them to only walk at night. The Bodwalkers have enemies called Templar priests, who are Bodywalkers also but dont want to cohabitate with their soul; they want dominate them and the human race. They also want to bring down Menes and Hatshepsut.

Loved the love story between Docia and Ram and the twist that is thrown in that explains why they have such an instant attraction to each other. When they finally decide to just go for it, it is explosive and tastefully done. Another aspect that I loved was the character of Leo, who has been kind of a protector of Docia and Jackson since they were young. He is kind of the anti-Jackson. Whereas Jackson has to obey the law being a cop and all, Leo uses less conventional ways of finding out information. I am wondering where Frank will be going with him since he just kind of disappears at the end.

I really enjoyed this first book in Franks new series. The world she has created is interesting and I know will never get dull. I love Ancient Egyptian themed fantasies so this one fit the bill perfect. It had just the right intensity to keep the reader turning the pages and enough twists to make sure we anticipate the next book. Loyal Jacquelyn Frank readers will not be disappointed.
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Issa-345 avatar reviewed Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Bk 1) on + 98 more book reviews
I'm actually sitting her stunned by how much I liked this book. Frank has been hit or miss with me for a while and I hadn't been optimistic but this totally worked for me.

Docia is almost killed and agrees to take on a Bodywalker, a group of Nightwalkers that enter people who have almost died and "blend" with the host into a new person. They are separate and the same which I found fascinating.

Docia's Bodywalker is thought to be the Queen but she's not quite what she seems. The book avoids the tropes that drive me crazy like insta love/lust in the first 20 pages, over manipulation, a society and hierarchy that intends to use and manipulate her. Docia's Bodywalker is also wonderfully sweet and together make a great pair.

I also liked Ram/Victor. Ram is just perfect, not an overbearing jerk, he pushes her gently when needed but treats her well all the time. Hes attracted to Docia but shes his queen, meant for Menes so he keeps his distance. Its when we meet Victor that things get interesting and he comes in at just the right time to move the story along.

I appreciated how Frank didn't dump info background into each chapter but let it flow through the entire book.

The book also carries on a side story with Docia's brother Jackson which is also well written and one could only wish for a brother as loyal as he.

I kept waiting as I read to be either bored or irritated but neither happened. I really hope the next book is just as good.
BookLover4Ever avatar reviewed Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Bk 1) on + 123 more book reviews
I won't be in a huge rush to read book 2. Parts of this one were good but so much of the book is devoted to setting up the "universe" there wasn't much left for the story.