Unchained by a Forbidden Love is the 15th book in Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates series and is just as amazing as one would expect from another of her romance novels. Old characters return and awesome new ones are introduced in this edition, I wonder how many book this series will end up encompassing?
This book was released on 16th December 2017.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and others in the Eternal Mates series (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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?
Let me tell you I have been WAITING (None too patiently) for Fuery’s book since he was introduced in Taken by a Dragon/Marked by an Assassin. Like most of Felicity’s novels this one focuses on an extremely attractive man with impressive abs and a bit of a bad boy streak and a beautiful woman who will without a doubt get into some kind of life threatening situation at some point in the book (SPOILER: She totally does). However, unlike many of her books and despite the awesome characters, Unchained by a Forbidden Love will unfortunately not be breaking into my top five of Felicity’s books anytime soon.
I’ll be honest and say that, while I did like the book quite a bit, I found the plot a bit lacking. Our two main characters are Fuery (Yes, that is pronounced Fury despite the random E in the middle), who we have met before, and Shaia, who we haven’t met before but, trust me, you will love her before the end of the book. While it isn’t explicitly stated in the blurb (it is implicitly implied so I don’t feel bad telling you guys), the two main characters are actually already mated instead of the standard “meet each other, hate each other, fall in love, and mate” kind of plot line. Unchained by a Forbidden Love is VERY character driven and very little action (Which is usually included in Felicity’s novels) actually happens until the very end of the book. Along with that, majority of the “Mating” plot line is told through flashbacks which occasionally interrupted the flow of the present day story.
Fuery, as we were told in Marked by an Assassin is more than slightly crazy because of the “darkness” tainting his soul after a battle a few thousand years ago (If you’ve read all of the Eternal Mates books then it is the same battle that Vail fought in). His mental instability causes any number of issues in the story but, as we have seen in other books, overcoming that type of thing is helped along when their fated chickybabe comes onto the scene. Speaking of, Shaia is the name of our leading lady and boy! do I adore her. As stated in the blurb, she has gone quite a number of years thinking her mate dead but is told by an old friend that he is actually alive. Despite the whole “Will Shaia find the courage to break with tradition and leave the elf kingdom in search of her mate?” (we all know that she will as there wouldn’t be much of a story if she didn’t), you quickly learn that Shaia is stubborn and wilful despite her traditional upbringing and without much fuss or fanfare decides to find her mate again.
While I will forever be impressed with Ms Heaton’s ability to write and publish books at an almost alarming rate (She usually releases about 3 – 6 a year depending on the length), I have never felt as if her turnover time has impacted her writing. This was not the case with Unchained by a Forbidden Love. The whole story just seemed a bit rushed in my opinion and read as if the author had written it in a hurry and hadn’t spent as much time or hadn’t been invested in the story the same amount as the other Eternal Mates books.
While I would definitely say that it isn’t one of Felicity Heaton’s best novels, I still liked the characters, the romance, and the plot enough that I will probably end up rereading it rather soon.