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Forbidden Forest (The Legends of Regia Book 1) by [Jayne, Tenaya]
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Buffy meets Game of Thrones.

Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.

Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia's laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he's ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn't matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

*Book two, FOREST FIRE is available now.
*Book three, VERDANT is available now.
*Book four, DARK SOUL is available now.
*Book five, BURNING BRIDGES available now.
*Book six, BLOOD LOCK available now.
*Book seven, LIGHTNING FLOWER available now. Final book. The series is complete.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4021 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC; 2 edition (5 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JVTLA6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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At first i Honestly was not sure about this book i mean, how many mythical creatures can you put in one place? But I continued on reading because well, Forest is just so funny. She made me laugh and i really loved her view on... Pretty much EVERYTHING and then Syrus came into it and i figured it was pretty obvious what was going to happen but again... I kept reading because in truth i am uterly obsessed and inlove with these charactors and the story. I love how annoyed she gets and i love how sweet he is about her! Ummm when he watches her sleep, cute cute cute.
HIGHLY recommending this book. Just got number 2 amd excited to start it :-)
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I have laughed so many times, reading this book. A sweatshirt with "Team Jacob" on, too funny! I love Forest, she is absolutely amazing. She's got a temper, she's strong, witty, independent. Syrus is kinda perfect. He is strong and vulnerable at the same time. I really enjoyed following them on their journey, seeing their relationship grow, change.
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This is the first story of this genre that I have read. I found it was good reading with plenty of action. It requires the readers to concentrate on the story to maintain all aspects of its mixture.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 754 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You A Believer 26 March 2017
By Rickie51 - Published on Amazon.com
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What an amazing story full of suspense, betrayal, love, and definitely heart rending scenes. The prejudice against Forest has followed her throughout her entire life and to think that Shi is the only one that she feels truly loves her is enough to sadden even a hardened heart. What Leigh has done to her should mark him for death, and Syrus is being pulled from all sides. This plot is rich in the story being told, and the characters are nicely developed to keep you turning the page to see what is to happen next. The ending will floor you, but then it is a cliffhanger leading into the next book in the series. I can't wait to read "Forest's Fire"

The content is relatively benign so that it would qualify as YA appropriate. I give this story 5 Stars because it is just that good. If you like to read a full bodied story then this is one you'd want to read.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move aside Twilight, this supernatural romance kicks your butt 6 August 2016
By Cindy - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh my gosh! I just finished this book, I couldn't put it down. I was angry, I laughed, I cried!! This book did everything to me! I loved this unique twist to the common super natural romance book. This book moved fluidly from one character to another, one scene to the next, feeding you bits and pieces until you got the whole picture. The characters- wow, I love them. I'm so happy to read a book where I do not have to guess what a character is feeling, the author lays it out for you. You know how they are feeling and you know why. Never once did I have to question why Forest denied the connection, walling herself up. How can you not feel her pain? How can you question her motives? Her reasons are physical, emotional and social- all understandable reasons to guard herself from that hurt. I am still so excited, the way all the ground work was laid out to continue the series in this book will flow freely into the next book. So what are you doing? Grab this book now- you won't regret it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting PNR 9 May 2016
By Sherri Frye - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, smooth flowing and easy to read. The author did a good job portraying the characters, their emotions and the experiences they went through. The imagery was amazing, I could picture every scene.

The lead female Forest, is considered the lowest of the low in regards to social status. She is a hybrid, born from a Elf father who never claimed her and a shifter mother. Although her home realm is Regia, she spends a lot of time on Earth, guaring one of the portals between realms. She has a nasty hatred of vampires, although she has a good reason for feeling that way. Forest's boss took a chance giving her a job and helping her move up the ranks. He has now nominated her for a mission, that most others don't think she is good enough for.

Prince Syrus is next in line for the vampire throne. He is a Kata Master (vampire martial arts) and after an assination attempt he has been left blind. There is one person in Regia he thinks will be able to help restore his vision. The half-breed Forest has been assigned to get him to where he needs to go safely.

Will Forest be able to put aside her personal feelings of vampires to complete her mssion? Will they make it to their destination and if so, will Syrus have his vision restored? What will happen after the mission is complete? Will any form of camradarie or more develop between Forest and Syrus?

I recommend this book to paranormal romance lovers. I look forward to reading more in this series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the characters and world-building 31 December 2015
By Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels - Published on Amazon.com
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*** This review was originally published on book blog Will Read for Feels.

Don’t you hate it when you mean to review a book, and life gets in the way, and suddenly it gets pushed down your to-do list? Well, this was what happened with me over a year ago, when I first read Forbidden Forest by Tenaya Jayne, before we even started our book blog. I remember reading it in one sitting and needing to know immediately what happened in the next book when the first ended in a cliffhanger (so if this is an issue for you, buy the sequel, Forest Fire, right when you get this book, because you’ll probably be as impatient as I was). I read the second book in one sitting too. I know I meant to post a review, but somehow I got sidetracked.

So when I learned the book was going on tour, I took the opportunity to reread it to see if I liked it just as much the second time around. And I did.

First off, there are the characters. I just love good, meaty characters who are heroic yet flawed and have pasts that threaten to drag them down if they’d only quit persevering. And I get a two-for-one deal with Forest and Syrus.

Forest is a half-breed, viewed by many as an abomination; she’s endured horrors at the hands of vampires, and she’s not just given up on finding her true love, or fated mate, but she actively hopes there isn’t one out there for her because of all the difficulties having a partner like her would bring to anyone’s life. Still, despite her issues with self-image and with society, she nevertheless is sworn to protect the land that rejects her, and she is excellent at her job despite the fact that her genetics keep her from moving up in the ranks. When offered the chance to rectify that by taking on a risky job protecting Syrus, the prince of the vampires she hates so vehemently, who’s actually related to the man who brutalized her, she puts her feelings aside and does her job.

Syrus, on the other hand, was born with the proverbial spoon in his mouth and grew up with the arrogance to match it; however, all this was taken away when he barely survived an assassination attempt that left him blind. Still, as the sole heir to his father’s throne, he must risk his life to try to regain his sight so he can take his place at the head of the vampire army, which is currently gearing up for war. He is fascinated by Forest from the outset, and he helps her see herself in a new light. They become friends and more than that, and she becomes someone who remains honest with him regardless of his rank, powers, and fits of arrogance. She doesn’t hesitate to take him down a peg, and she reminds him to temper his ideals with practicality.

This novel is very character-centric, so I’d actually consider it more of a fantasy romance than a romantic fantasy, but I did enjoy the world Jayne built, in which portals exist from Regia to other realms, such as Earth, and vampires are blood-drinking Regian natives for whom drinking human blood is highly addictive (the fact that Dracula is Syrus’ curmudgeonly uncle is just precious). I liked the dashes of human culture thrown into the mix—such as Syrus’ choice of breakfast cereal which had me giggling, the Buffy reference that had me inwardly cheering, and the funny Twilight reference that resulted in abs-bearing, something I always approve of.

There was a lot going on, politically speaking, so while I felt the novel could have been tighter and better paced (and a final round of copy editing would’ve been great too), I still found myself thoroughly engaged in this book. Had the second book not been available when I first read Forbidden Forest, I probably would have been tempted to throw a minor tantrum, as even when I reread the book for this blog tour, I found myself immediately hunting up book 2 from my archives and rereading that as well!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you looking for a new author to follow or series to dive into, then this is a gem you want to check out 11 November 2015
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I read to be entertained and to forget about everything going on in my job, my mundane life, and the world as reported by the news. I enjoy stories that can grab my attention and imagination and run with them, kind of like a dog running across of field for the sheer joy of running. I read for the sheer joy of reading and mentally escaping for just a few moments of life. This is a jewel of a story, more enjoyable for me because I picked it at random without expectation because I did not know anything about the author. I love finding a new author or new series to follow in the fantasy genre and this one gets high marks from me. There were moments when I had tears in my eyes because I could feel the pain of Forest, the main female character, like when Cyris, the vampire she doesn't want to care about, reads her memories and discovers painful things she wants to keep hidden. Well written and a unique perspective and story line given it includes werewolves, vampires, elves, and other mystical creatures. This one easily passed my 10 percent rule - if I can't get into the story within the first 10 percent of the book then I'm probably not going to finish reading it. This one was out of the park well before that point. Great job.

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