Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little ~ Review by Fallon
4 Out of 5 Stars
In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
Forbidden starts of with the celebration of Jayden's betrothal ceremony with dancing that warms the soul. Her mother is pregnant and hoping for a boy. The next day however at the time they must move camp troubles arise for Jayden and her faily and soon they are left behind.
A stranger arrives and is soon traveling with the family and Jayden seems drawn to him from the moment they meet. She knows her feelings are wrong and that she is promised to another. Her heart however does not care. Jealousy and forbidden romance soon lead this story in to a web of turns you never see coming.
Forbidden was unlike anything I have ever read and that was so refreshing. The world building was meticulous and at times I was wanting water while reading. I may have nightmares about sand but that shows how great the writing was. At times I did feel the dialog from the stranger a little over the top but it was a different era in time. The family dynamics were some of my favorite aspects. When do we choose what is best for us even if it cost us the people we love. I can not wait to read book 2 and this is a must read. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.