Forbidden by C.D. Reiss
Published by Flip City Media on November 30, 2015
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Everything about Fiona is forbidden. She’s a party girl with dark desires. She’s beautiful, irresponsible, irresistible. She’s my patient. I’m her therapist. I’m past past wanting her. Past possessing her. Past bedding her or protecting her. I’m willing to be self-destructive, negligent, brave, audacious, and stronger than I ever believed possible. She’s blunt force trauma to the heart. And she calls another man Master. **** Sensitive readers should be aware that this book gets a little dark. There's pain with the sex, and one character treats our main character terribly. **** If you've read KICK and/or USE from the Perdition Series, they are in here. The second half of the book is BREAK, which is the end of Fiona Drazen's story. There's a link right in front where you can click to get right to Break.
This book is an entire story, from inception to epilogue. Standalone. End of.
Forbidden, the title and the synopsis of this book will tell you all you need to know before you decide if it is right for you. It is dark, but the dark moments are manageable through the strength and candid character personalities. This book is three books (Kick, Use and Break) bundled together, and I’m glad I read all in one sitting because the first two books end with a cliffhanger!
Fiona struggles as she is forced to examine why she is addicted to her lifestyle. She relied on being able to soothe her head space by zoning out in the complicated practice of Shibari as well as the drugs and partying with a reckless regard for what others thought of her. It was mainly Fiona who narrated what it was that made it work for her, explaining why she was a willing participant. When Fiona endures a forced separation from her lifestyle, the deprived contact forces her to reassess her actions while at the same time trying to regain her recollection of the memory that alludes her.
Throughout this story, everything has a forbidden feel to it. From Fiona’s addiction, her sexual preferences and lack of inhibition, as well as the other character’s situations. The chaos and bringing together the entire mess was what made this story work so well for me. The counseling sessions allowed for the revelations and impact of other’s actions to be played out in a voyeuristic fashion. Self-questioning was prominent and portrayed thoughtfully which contributed to a tight and effortlessly flowing plot.
I loved the distinct voices of the characters in the alternate POV chapters; they brought each to life with such clarity. Meeting Deacon was a revelation as to the man himself. He felt like a selfish enigma of Fiona’s imagination but through his POVs I found him to be troubled yet obviously intelligent, witty and caring in a twisted (possible pun unintended) sort of way. The dynamics between him and Elliott when it came to Fiona’s well-being were vividly threatening mind games that I never tired of, struggling to know which man I wanted her to be with. They were both wrong for her, yet I found myself only considering either one to be an option.
Forbidden is another book that has been sitting on my Kindle for far too long. What made me suddenly read Forbidden? After having finished Secret Sins, I needed to know more about Margie and reached for another book that involved the Drazens. With the knowledge of Margie’s history, I read every scene with her in it with a new appreciation for her, but it was Fiona who stole the show. The steam in the story is intense and her resolve to survive complicates the appreciation for her performances. The Drazen siblings are something else, and Fiona is no exception!
What I struggled with:
*I had no idea what to think of her parents
What I loved:
*Sibling banter between Jonathon and Fiona
*Elliott’s vulnerability and the way he drew strength from it
*Debbie and her insights
Rating: 5 forbidden and steamy Stars
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