Publisher: New American Library
Date published: October 4, 2011
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher
Logan Kelly, a Dragonstar sentry from New Mexico, is intent on infiltrating an enemy clan, the Wyvernmoons, to destroy their deadly, biological threat against his people. Too many have already died horrible, painful deaths because of this, and he has vowed to stop the threat at whatever cost. Unfortunately, what he hasn’t counted on is falling in love with the Wyvernmoon leader, a princess named Cecily Fournier, whom he meets one day on a mountaintop, high above the Wyvernmoon headquarters in South Dakota.
Overwhelmed by their attraction for one another, Logan and Cecily soon find themselves intimately involved beyond their wildest dreams. When Cecily invites Logan to stay with her awhile, among the Wyvernmoons, Logan is unable to believe his good fortune. Pretending to be a rogue, he vows loyalty to Cecily and soon moves in with her. Allowed free access to the city, he scouts around for information on the biological threat he is seeking to permanently destroy. In the interim, using his psychic abilities, he is able to discern the problems affecting the clan, particularly among the factionnaires, who have their own hidden agendas for the future of their clan. What he learns does not bode well for Cecily or her people, not to mention his own and other clans.
What begins as a comfortable alliance between Logan and Cecily soon turns into an uncontrollable passion that neither can deny. But soon Logan is forced to make the decision that will reveal just where his true loyalties lie...with his beloved princess...or with those he has vowed to avenge.
FORBIDDEN EMBERS, the third book in the Dragon’s Heat series, by Tessa Adams, is a real page-turner. Explicit sexual scenes as well as superb writing by Ms. Adams make this an exciting, hot, spicy, and adventurous read. Although I have not read the first two books of this series, I absolutely loved this one. FORBIDDEN EMBERS does stand alone, yet makes the reader want to read the others in this series as well, DARK EMBERS and HIDDEN EMBERS. I fell completely in love with both the hero and the heroine in this story, they were such wonderful characters.
Ms. Adams certainly has a way with words. Her dialogues and light bantering between Logan and Cecily were skillfully done. At times, I smiled or chuckled at the verbal sparring between them as they came to know each other.
The other characters were just as real. Their descriptions were clear, and I felt strong emotions at the injustices being done against Cecily by some of the evil factionnaires and came to dislike her enemies as much as she did. I even cheered at the end when some of the bad guys got what was coming to them. Also, there were some heartfelt scenes that were well written, particularly those involving Sebastian.
When Cecily began maturing into her role as leader - the princess/queen - of the Wyvernmoons, it was evident she was meant for that position, whether she believed it or not. It was a real treat watching her come into her own, especially during the attack scene against her unprotected clan.
I find the unique world of dragon shifters in FORBIDDEN EMBERS quite intriguing. The skill Ms. Adams uses when describing them, distinguishing the different clans and the different gifts each shifter has, is interesting and made me want to keep reading, to see what other characteristics were given her characters. Her ideas were original and a lot of fun.
The plotting, sexual tension, and interesting twists and turns in FORBIDDEN EMBERS were skillfully woven into a wonderful tale of betrayal, enduring love, fantasy, conflict, and great adventure. If one is seeking a great novel of escapism to while away a few hours, then FORBIDDEN EMBERS is a definite read. I found it extremely satisfying and look forward to reading more of Ms. Adams’ stories.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.