Review : Forbbiden Forest (The Legends of Regia, bk 1) by @TenayaJayne

Today just happens to be my birthday.. No, I'm not revealing how old I am. Just remember, I have a 17yr old daughter and I've been 29 for a few years now.. lol.  So as a present to all of you, I saved one of my favorite Fantasy/Paranormal books this year to share with you today :)  You are welcome! 

Forbidden Forest (Volume 1)

Tenaya Jayne

Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC (September 26, 2012)

Pages: 234 (paperback)

Book Blurb :

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.

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My Thoughts: 

When I first received this book and request from the author, I thought - hmm, this looks good, and promptly put it in the pile (figurative pile since  I mainly review ebooks *sigh*) to be read in the future.  That was my first mistake.  If I had known what an excellent writer Tenaya was, I would have cracked that baby open immediately and sunk deep into the world of Regia!!  I have heard many other reviews say it, and I agree- look at the cover art!  If an author takes the time to get a decent cover, you know you're going to want to read it.. Honey, this cover is awesome!   Now I admit that if I'm reading an ebook, I don't tend to read the book blurb (hello- not freely available, another reason why I prefer paperback.. lol) so I tend to go into my books completely blind.   With that said, I'll give you my actual thoughts.. lol.

Forbidden Forest begins on Earth where Forest (Shape Shifter/Elf halfling) is guarding a portal from Regia making sure only those allowed pass thru.  Fairly quickly we are introduced to the reason Forest loathes vampires - Leith, a vampire noble who placed a slave mark on her- forcing her to obey him.  There isn't a ton of back story on Leith & Forest initially and I felt a tad bit lost. This was cleared up more over time, but I fumbled a little initially.

Once Forest was called back to her native world (Regia) for a mission, I fell deeply into the story.  Forest is tasked with escorting the blind vampire prince , Syrus, to a wizard who can restore his sight.  Despite her animosity towards all vampires, Forest finds herself pulled by a deep attraction to Syrus.   Syrus is intrigued and frustrated that he cannot see her face and does not understand her anger towards his race.  They must travel together , while each keeping their own secrets and try to get thru it all alive.  With Ogres, Vampires, Shape Shifters, Elves and Werewolves all ready to start war, Regia is a hostile environment.   Despite it all, Forest and Syrus seem to keep forgetting that they are in a war zone and are involved with only each other.  I absolutely loved the bantering between the two of them!   Forbidden Forest is definitely fast paced with some twists and turns to keep you hopping. Just when you think you know the ending, it's continued into book 2 (not out until Summer 2013 -- *crying*)

Tenaya did a wonderful job not only with developing great characters that you fall in love with, but with describing Regia in such a way that I could see it easily in my mind.  I am more than a bit distraught that I have to wait MONTHS until I can find out what happens..   5 Stars +++ !

About the Author :

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.

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*Disclaimer - I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. *


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