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review 2018-06-27 14:34
Emotional
Forbidden - Helen Kirkman

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"The marks that are on me will be there all my life, not to be hidden by overlong hair, or by clothing, so that no one asks any awkward questions. They will always be there and even if they were not, even if it were possible to be rid of them it would not matter. 
Because they are nothing to what is on the inside."
 


Written in a different tone, think languid, poetic, and atmospheric, and voice, think internal/emotional, this story felt quite unique and unlike a lot of romance books. I'm usually a fast reader but this story made me slow down and take breaks, instead of my read in one to three sittings. The tone can drag you down at times as a lot of the action takes place from our hero and heroine's internal thoughts but it ramps up the emotional aspects. The writing style won't be for everyone but if you can let the characters and setting seep into you, you'll enjoy and get lost in Rowena's struggle to survive as a woman in limited power and the thrall Wulf she buys to help her. 

The author did a good job with the power dynamics, Wulf is the slave but as a man and more strength than Rowena, he has his own sense of power. Their relationship was slow burning and sparking at different turns and as most the story depends on them together, their chemistry does not disappoint. Rowena was a great heroine who acknowledges and uses what powers she has and while I liked Wulf, I would have liked his backstory to have been revealed earlier, would have filled out his character more. 

You will definitely enjoy the historical aspect of the story. The author does an incredible job setting the time and place with harvest festivals mentioned, terminology, and even an inclusion of King Ines (who I think gets overshadowed by Alfred the Great too often). 

There's heat, passion, and betrayal in this one. I enjoyed going to a different time and place and while the tone and slower pace may not be for everyone, if you're looking to escape the typical romance, this one would fit the bill.

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text 2018-06-20 00:28
35%
Forbidden - Helen Kirkman

She had placed her body between him and his target. She had no weapons. None but those that women had. Words and looks. And the hidden thoughts of the mind.

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text 2018-06-18 22:59
Reading Update: 15%
Forbidden - Helen Kirkman

Weakness. The weak got trampled on. The weak were killed. And they brought death where they should have been able to protect. She would never walk that road again.

Intrigued by heroine,enjoying atmosphere created so far

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text 2014-09-16 18:08
Tons of HQ Preorder Freebies - Part 3
Fearless - Helen Kirkman
Body Language (Hqn Books) - Millie Criswell
A Fragile Trust - Helen Kirkman
Asking for Trouble - Millie Criswell
Embers - Helen Kirkman

Last one, I promise. :)

 

Fearless

 

Body Language

 

A Fragile Trust

 

Asking For Trouble

 

Embers

 

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text 2014-09-16 18:03
Tons of HQ Preorder Freebies - Part 2
Forbidden - Helen Kirkman
Destiny - Helen Kirkman
Better Off Dead - Meryl Sawyer
Blame It on Chocolate - Jennifer Greene
Dangerous Curves - Pamela Britton
Wicked - Shannon Drake
The Gazebo - Kimberly Cates

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Destiny

 

Better Off Dead

 

Blame It On Chocolate

 

Dangerous Curves

 

Wicked

 

The Gazebo

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