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What was one of the most memorable moments of His Forbidden Touch?
It would have to be when Princess Ciara found the inscription on the ring Royce gave her as a prop. "You and no other. The heart conquers all."
What aspect of Julia Motyka’s performance would you have changed?
I did not like the voice that she used for Princess Ciarra. It sounded a little too manly for me and I found it annoying.
Any additional comments?
I recommend this book if you love romance with adventure set in the Medieval period.
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What did you love best about His Forbidden Touch?
“I would be anyone if only I could be with you.”
This is the best medieval romance I've ever listened to. The author expertly evoked a multitude of emotions seamlessly: love, humor, longing, passion, grief, and fear. It was a multi-layered read interlaced with history, steamy romance, and gripping intrigue. The writing was first-rate. The narrator, Julia Motyka, was excellent. She paused for emphasis in all the right places and exuded the appropriate emotions into every word. I will definitely look for more books narrated by her. She was awesome!
What other book might you compare His Forbidden Touch to and why?
I love historical romances and this one delivered with a love fated to fail, beautiful vistas, heart-wrenching danger and thrilling suspense. If you loved The Princess Bride, you will love this story as it is of a similar ilk. I felt that I could hear Wesley's "As you wish..." as I listened to this fractured re-framing of that famous classic.
Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?
That's a tough question! If I can only pick one, I'd have to go with Royce. Royce was a classic tortured hero. He began as a brooding , dark character but evolved into a wonderful, honorable, swoonworthy hero. I dare anyone who loves romance novels to not fall in love with Royce. His feelings of desire, hunger and fear for Ciara were heart wrenching and raw and left me oftentimes gasping for breath. I would literally have to hit pause just to allow my heart rate to return to a normal pace.
“What have I done?" he asked, his voice raw. "You used to be such a sane, sensible lady." Ciara replied "You took me on a journey into my own heart.”
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Besides the ending which I'm still awe-struck over, I absolutely loved the scene when Royce visited Princess Ciara in her tower bedroom.
Any additional comments?
Shelly Thacker's loves scenes were realistic, stunningly beautiful and sensually erotic. The romance was paramount, but there was plenty of lust to relish. If you crave steamy sex scenes, there is a plethora of well-written ones here! I appreciated that the heroine was not portrayed as a simpering damsel in distress but a willing partner, eager to learn how to protect herself and to explore new sensations.
This was an incredible historical "doomed love" romance with a happy ever after ending you will not see coming. Read it or listen to it, as you wish. You should definitely rush to whatever bookstore you use and buy it now!!!!!!
My full review has been published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.
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