Carolyn Jewel has created a very different world filled with mages, witches, demons, and the like. "My Forbidden Desire" is her second set in this world and I loved it. Xia (why not a name we can pronounce?) is a recently 'freed' demon...and he really, really hates witches and mages both. Jewel caught my interest with "My Wicked Enemy" and now "My Forbidden Desire" has cemented my fascination with her world. Sounds very human to me :) But gradually, as they learn more about each other, they begin to see each other as not 'witch' and 'demon'--but as Xia and Alexandrine.
That pretty much seems to be the outline for every novel I read nowadays. Other times, characters would be conversing and I just didnt understand why they were saying the things they were. I was to the point of pulling my hair when all of a sudden, they cared about each other. I think I was just too exhausted to read this novel and actually comprehend it.
Shes known all along that she was a witch, but she barely had any powers, and couldnt control the ones she did have. An evil mage craves the powerful stone that supplies her magic, and the only one who can keep her safe is her brothers friend, a dark and dangerous fiend she thought was only a myth. This isnt so much a dig on the book as it is a comment about the paranormal romance genre, but why do the majority of these books have desire, temptation, or forbidden in the title? My Forbidden Desire, by Carolyn Jewel, is a taunting, tormenting, and sizzling tale- A must read for paranormal romance lovers.
This series stand the test of time very well. If, like, me, dark is your alley, you'll love this series.
I think I enjoyed this book much more than the first because I knew what to expect along the way.
I'm thinking that My Forbidden Desire isn't really one of my favorites although it is a very good and entertaining read. The entire meet-cute/plot arc of My Forbidden Desire hinges on Alexandrine contacting Álvaro Magellan (from My Wicked Enemy ) regarding a talisman she'd found. Most of the romantic tension in My Forbidden Desire stems from Xia and his issues. Xia was betrayed by a witch, leading him to become mageheld by Rasmus Kessler - Alexandrine's biological father. Hed done nothing but dream about freedom, and now that he had it, he didnt know how to live. -15% Xia hates witches. Ms Jewel has a similar situation between Wallace and Palla in Dead Drop - so I was starting to think that maybe this hate/want/lust thing was a hallmark of the series. Xia hates the magekind, especially witches and especially Rasmus Kessler's daughter. Xia and Alexandrine have to endure multiple heart-racing incidents almost from the moment that they meet: multiple Attacks on Alexandrine's life by magehelds as well the unstable talisman that started the entire situation. -25% Xia and Alexandrine both had pretty difficult lives and it was so enjoyable watching them fumble through their issues to finally come together.
One of the things that I love about Jewel's My Immortals mage/demon series is the 'enemies to lovers' and 'forbidden romance' theme of the books. I have to say that I enjoyed My Forbidden Desire even more on the second read than I did on the first and I now have a much better handle on some of the characters who carry through all of the books.
Fiends loathe witches because witches enslave and murder his kind, so when Xia, the fiend, is ordered to protect Alexandrine, he's not too thrilled about it. He hates her for what she is, a witch, and he hates her for who her father is, which is the same man that enslaved Xia for years. Xia sees Alexandrine is different from any witch he's ever known. I loved how Xia was extremely attracted to Alexandrine but was trying to fight it because of who and what she was.
Harsh's sister, Alexandrine (a witch), is now a target of the mage Kessler who is greedy to lay his hands on an ancient talisman that she posseses.
When I started rereading the first book of this series, everything came back to me fairly easily.