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Review: Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates #15) by Felicity Heaton

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Flora Reviews… Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates #15) by Felicity Heaton

Read: 2nd – 7th January 2018

Format: Kindle

My Goodreads Rating:  4 Stars

So what’s this book about?

Unchained by a Forbidden Love is the fifteenth paranormal romance novel (approx 330 pages) in Ms Heaton’s Eternal Mates series. Currently 15 books in the series. This story is about various powerful shapeshifters both feline and dragon but includes other supernatural species too.

The Eternal Mates world is the same as Ms Heaton’s London Vampires series. You don’t need to read any of the previous books in either the Eternal Mates or London Vampires series to enjoy Unchained by a Forbidden Love. Ms Heaton weaves any relevant information into this story. However, I’d like to point out that as with most books within a well established series, you may miss things. For example, the nuances of experiencing past relationships and adventures when reading Unchained by a Forbidden Love as a standalone story.

About My Reviews:

I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.

Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.

Lost to the darkness, Fuery wages a daily war against the corruption that lives within him, constantly in danger of slipping into the black abyss and becoming the monster all elves fear. Work as an assassin gives him purpose, but what reason is there to go on when he killed the light of his life—his fated mate?

Shaia has spent forty-two centuries mourning her mate. Tired and worn down, she agrees to wed a male of her family’s choosing, following tradition that has always bound her as a female and hoping she will be able to gain just a little freedom in return. But as she resigns herself to being the mate of a male she could never love, fate places an old friend in her path—one who tells her that her lost love is alive.

Will Shaia find the courage to break with tradition and leave the elf kingdom in search of her mate? And as a ray of light pierces his soul again, can Fuery find the strength to win his battle against the darkness or will it devour him and that light of their forbidden love forever?

However, as with all of the books in this series, the romance aspect between Fuery and Shaia is concluded by the end of the book in Ms Heaton’s signature Happy Ever After style. Therefore, no nasty cliffhangers wondering will they, won’t they? Woop! Woop!

ARC Disclosure:

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I was given an unedited digital version of this book (eARC) for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence or affect this review. This is my candid opinion about the writing style and story.

So, what did I like about it?

I’m already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s writing style (I think I’ve mentioned that before. Lol!); it’s the way she creates a very believable paranormal world and then packs it with multifaceted characters with very real human foibles and weaves their stories around an engaging background arc that it just draws me in.

Unchained by a Forbidden Love did not let me down.

I enjoyed the dilemma aspect of this romance tale – following your heart to your fated mate or living to the rules society demands. Both Fuery and Shaia feel the weight of their positions within the elven world and the customs set in stone for millennia.

What a tortured soul Fuery is. We’ve met him before in previous books ; there are various scenes throughout the Eternal Mates series where this skilled if somewhat crazed assassin appears and I already felt for him even without knowing what event had sent him spiralling towards the abyss of madness – I loved getting beneath that wild, killer exterior at last and reading his story.

It’s unusual in this series to have both our leads to be “fighting the darkness“. With Furey it’s the darkness of being tainted and Shaia’s darkness comes in the form of depression. I’ve got to be honest and confess that to begin with I wasn’t sure I liked Shaia. I wondered whether she had the strength, resilience and gumption that I love to see in a female lead.

Now it’s time to talk about sex.

I need to confess that one of the reasons why I love Ms Heaton’s books so much is the sex. She makes the most explicit sexual scenes feel very romantic. These erotic liaisons are balanced beautifully with heartfelt imagery and poignant internal dialogue from our main romantic pair. It’s these tender insights into Fuery and Shaia’s inner fears, their doubts and the emotional turmoil throughout this book that captivated my heart.

I loved the build-up of sexual anticipation and the passionate sex scenes. Getting carried away with the edge-of-your-seat fight scenes. Yes, I was a blubbering mess during the tender/sad scenes but chuckled out loud at the humour. I was gripped from the first page to the last and couldn’t stop reading!

…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?

Now, I’ve got to be honest. A great deal of this novel reads like a historical romance – almost the first half. – a genre that is not my cup of tea. Ms Heaton has drafted her elf society with many similarities to the 17th/18th centuries and I did struggle. My modern sensibilities were fighting against the constraints. Consequently, I felt my understanding and empathy lacking at times 🙁

…So, basically what I’m saying is…

I really enjoyed this paranormal romance story! Unchained by a Forbidden Love has got everything that I’m looking for in a great book. Action, romance, humour, passion and well written erotic sex scenes. Couldn’t stop reading this book!

Content Warning:

There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.

I’d recommend this one to adults who are fans of relationship and romance stories with oodles of fire and passion.

So, has my review of UNCHAINED BY A FORBIDDEN LOVE (ETERNAL MATES #15) fired your interest? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the other books in the series and the author.

Eternal Mates

Step out of Vampirerotique (London Vampires series) and into the wider world of powerful dark elves, immortal demon kings, sexy shape-shifters, lethal fae, wicked vampires, dark sorceresses, light witches and the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel… where portals link realms both terrifying and fantastical, and men are willing to risk all to claim the hearts of their eternal mates.

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If you haven’t read any of the Eternal Mates books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventures. Most can be read as standalone titles. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.

Buy ETERNAL MATES SERIES in print, audiobook, ebook and audio CD through the usual places, including:

 Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository

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About The Author

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Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

Which of her series are for you?

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. Or if you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling London Vampires series. Seven sexy and sinful Greek god brothers can be your new addiction in the Guardians of Hades series. Or how about four hot alpha shifter brothers in her Cougar Creek Mates series? Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at her Eternal Mates series.

Find Felicity or get in touch through the following places:

WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | INSTAGRAM

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts about Unchained by a Forbidden Love. I really appreciate it.

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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