Forbidden Temptation by R.L. Kenderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
OK, this might be the darkest of these books so far. While still firmly in the paranormal romance genre, there’s real abuse happening in this one.
We join Kenzie and Sawyer soon after they initiated their escape attempt. If you haven’t read the previous books, you will be way out of your depth here. So much has happened! Kenzie somehow ends up the leader of this escape after Sawyer gets drugged and knocked unconscious. Lucky for her, they are nearby her brother’s house and that seems as good a place as any to lay low for the time being. Things change pretty rapidly, though, when she suddenly finds herself with a friendly and open Sawyer who has no idea who he is, except that he’s her mate.
This “honeymoon” period was awesome. We finally get to see what Sawyer and Kenzie’s relationship would be without all the baggage. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and his personality cuts over quickly to his usual surly self. Oh, and he’s maybe even more jealous and controlling now. In the background, we also get to what Zane flail about without his reluctant mate, and Dante and Phoenix fight their attraction for one another. The set up for a big bad also added a note of darkness to an already dark story.
Ultimately, we do find our way to happy, but it is not really as clear cut as I’d have liked. Sawyer is really lucky that Kenzie has a high tolerance for jerks. It took some serious damage before he admitted that he was doing this to both of them. I’m almost a little let down that Kenzie ended up allowing him to control her life like he did. I found myself more eager to see the truly baggage driven relationship of Dante and Phoenix rather than the main characters.
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