FORBIDDEN, Christina Phillips' debut novel,takes place
in the Roman Empire, a time when Druids and Romans
sought to kill and maim each other. Even if you aren't
particularly interested in historical novels, this one is
definitely a good read. While I have my historical favorites
and don't tend to stray, this novel tugged and
pulled me in. I found this book enticing and felt that it
was a good depiction of its time.
The book starts off following Carys, a Druid healer and
princess turned voyeur, who spies on a Roman enemy while he
is bathing under the waterfall. She is caught and thus
begins a cat and mouse chase weaved throughout the book.
Carys must keep her enemy lover secret for the safety of her
She uses her connection with her
gods to make sure her secrets are safe from all prying eyes.
Maximus, a man of his own worth, falls in lust with a woman
of the forest, a wood nymph... his wood nymph. He vows to
mark this woman as his mistress and take her away. He never
expected his seductress to have a power over his mind and
for her to change all of his plans.
Both Maximus and Carys must fight to attain any future
together. Carys must battle her beliefs and an old lover.
Maximus must overlook the fact that his wood nymph is a
princess of a people he must destroy.
FORBIDDEN is full of erotic goodness and endless action.
Carys and her lover are not helpless beings but both use
faith to succeed. A good chunk of this novel is about a
woman's inner struggle between what she believes and what
she desires, and her unwavering faith
in a goddess who may have abandoned her. You will love
this novel and agree when I say... I can't wait for the next
installment in the Forbidden series.
First in a new erotic historical series of magical heroines
and sexy warriors.
Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his
naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman
centurion-his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a
fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable
as it was illicit.
Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful
Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be
thwarted by the clan's ethereal princess, Carys. Falling
under her spell, he doesn't realize her true heritage-until
he captures her heart as well as her body.
Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war
and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is