The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia's savior doesn't turn out to be a crazed kidnapper....
When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen. But as this golden warrior sweeps in to protect her, he feels something more than body heat every time they touch. He is overwhelmed by a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him. A desire rises in him that is forbidden - this woman is his queen, the mate of his king, his leader, his best friend. And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to...not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.
©2012 Jacquelyn Frank (P)2012 Tantor
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I'm a HUGE Jacquelyn Frank fan (I've read all her books in print) and I absolutely love the Nightwalkers Series. However, this new race of Bodywalkers was a bit too confusing for me. The "blending" of the bodywalker with it's host was just too weird. I couldn't seem to figure out who the "main couple" really was?? Docia/Ram? Ram/Tameri? Vincent/Docia? I just couldn't reconcile in my mind who was really in love and who was just there for the ride. At one point in the book Docia says "It's ménage à everybody!" (which made it even weirder for me)
The best part of the book was Docia's brother Jackson who has a side story.
***Spoiler Alert: He is the main character in book 2. So I will most likely give that book a try as well.
Overall, not a bad concept but execution was a little too confusing for me. I just hope book 2 is better.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
If you love paranormal/romances (as I do) then you should love this and, although J.F.'s books are relatively new to Audible, I think her books are awesome. At the time of death some deserving few are given the choice of allowing an ancient Egyptian to share their bodies and they become a Bodywalker. The story builds as Docia is murdered and chooses to become a Bodywalker she wakes up and meets Vincent/Ramases (enter handsome blonde hunk) who is also a Bodywalker and there's an instant attraction. However, Ram (who is No.2 in the pecking order) thinks Docia is off limits to him because he must just protecter her as she is possessed by his Queen and she is destined for someone else - his King when he can find a suitable body to inhabit and join her.
Eventually, we find the story is ultimately about a civil war between the Politico Bodywalkers who think they should 'share' a person's body/soul and the Templars who think they should 'dominate' and completely take over a person's body once they die. Both sides have been fighting for supremacy for hundreds of years and, as they each get killed off, they have to wait for the next suitable body for them to inhabit and then they return to the fight - but this time around things are going to change.
It's got lots of great characters and creatures who all help to build a funny, sad, emotional, passionate, pleasurable and imaginative journey into this new series.
Worth a credit? If you're into a series that puts a whole new spin on the paranormal romance world then it has to be a YES and if you're a J.F. fan then it has to be a YES too.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Having thoroughly enjoyed Frank's carefully crafted "Nightwalker" series, I was really looking forward to the "World of Nightwalkers." Unfortunately, I just couldn't digest the plot which is predicated on a bodywalker species. The notion that two souls or beings inhabit a body at any given time wasn't so much the issue as was the main characters...namely Ramses, Cleopatra, Menes, Hatshepsut, and the like. The whole notorious pharaoh element was a bit much. It also seemed to drag on for me and very little happened after many chapters. The romantic aspect played an insignificant position to the overall story. "Forbidden" does spend the last few chapters setting up for the next installment.
Frank is unique among her peers in that she is willing to dive 'outside the box' and develop a whole new paranormal species/world. She is incredibly creative ... going where no [wo]man has gone before...That said, readers should check out "Ecstasy", also a Nightwalker spin off, that is incredibly ingenious and quite plausible. Loved this first installment of the "Shadowdweller" series.
Sands' narrative was enjoyable.
This is the first time I listened/read a Jacquelyn Frank book. For anyone that has not read Jacquelyn Frank,I would like to suggest that prior to reading this series World of Nightwalkers to first read "Nightwalkers". The first series Jacquelyn Frank wrote, that way you get to know and understand some history about the different types of characters.
For the first 10 chapters I was so confused I almost gave up. But since I read a lot of the reviews and most were very good, I continued with the book, I also had purchased all three at one time. I have over 300 books from audible and enjoy multiple series, so I usually purchase all the books in the series.
I gave this book a 4 star because finally by the end of the book I understood the story and enjoyed it. Xe Sands is a very good narrator with her different voices. Thank goodness for the different voices! if not I would have been completely lost. There are so many characters in this book and most of them have multiple names that my head was spinning. On top of the fact that they have multiple names most of the Egyptian names are very similar, or a least in my confusion it sounds that way.
As I previously said I have not yet read Nightwalkers, I wish I would have known to first read that series I would have been ready and probably understood more about the World of Nightwalker. On my way to book 2, I look forward to it since its about her brother, and I really like his personality.
Worth a credit? Yes.
If it was a different series. I think it’s a good listen but I thought it was kind of hard to really understand the "blending" or the idea of two different personalities in one body. During certain conversations it was difficult to keep up with remembering who said what! Overall, not bad but I probably won’t continue the series.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
OMG!! This a facinating new series and I really enjoyed it. It has to be in my top five favorites.
One of the most memorable moments I had was when Docia was asked if she wanted to live or continue though the mist to death. She thought about all the deaths there had been in her family and all she had now was her and Jackson.
I would not have been able to hear the accents of the characters if I had just read it.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
The story is interesting and complex. I really liked it. The characters make you want to hear more of their lives. I will definitely be ordering the next one. I am really looking forward to the next book.
Okay as much as I love Xe Sand's voices and the wonderful way that she narrates, I really do NOT like how she does the voice trembling when she produces some of the voices. For example: Docia screams for her brother, but it sounds like only a whispered tremulous voice. She happens to use this tremulous voice on women and men. First, it is not very masculine and secondly most women do not scream in a light tremulous light voice. Somewhat distracting, but overall a wonderful production.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Ummmm... Ok... Nightwalker! Do I even need to say more! Frank is going to make a WORLD of Nightwalkers now... OMG!!! I am sooo there...
I totally loved the Nightwalker series... Jacob and Adam where like the best books I have ever read/listen to in my lifetime and with none other than Xe Sands narration, and now we have a whole new series with more of Xe.. Yes Yes Yes!!!
This was such a great start, and soooo freakin funny. I was suprised for Frank. Doica is such an off the wall character with all her cooky sayings and these bodywalker nightwalkers, what a good concept. Good job Frank! I was a little worry when Ram was clearly inlove with the wrong woman, but it all worked out.
What I loved was who Ram really is.. OMG!!! Let me just say, I love Eygptians themes, and the way Frank worked it into this book was sooo awesome. I am on pins and needles for the next book! I mean she even worked in mummification.. OMG! Come on! SOOOO GOOD!!!
Like I said, Xe Sands is just the best narrator on the freakin planet! If Frank keep getting Xe to narrate her books, she will be an audible millionare!!! lololol....
Buy this/credit this/ keep this because the series is gonna be awesome!!!!
Forever is next... and I can't wait!!!!
So, I actually stopped and started this book about three times. It was so slow to start...and a bit confusing for me to follow while doing other things. The herone name, to me was such a strange name too....
I had to actually sit and listen to understand what was going on. Jacqueline did a wonderful job of laying the foundation of this series with this book 1 and though just a bit slower than the other 3 that follow, it was well worth it.
Generally once I start something movie, book or project I have to complete it, but 3 1/2 hours into this book, I just couldn't do it, it was long and drawn out. I honestly don't mind the authors voice, its different, and it was probably the only reason I continued to listen to the book.
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