Also in this series: Untamed
Series: Medieval Series #2
Published by Avon on October 1st 1993
Genres: Historical Romance
Throughout the Disputed Lands she is called Amber the Untouched --- a chaste, golden-haired beauty fleeing the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth ... and the death that must inevitably follow.
He comes to her in darkness, as had been foretold --- a wounded warrior with no memory ... a promised lover seared by passion's fire, irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch.
In a time of war, their romance is legend --- until a lost past returns to Duncan and labels Amber his enemy. But he cannot forsake the beautiful woman who has healed his body and his heart. He vows to defy to the death the dread forces that have proclaimed their love ... FORBIDDEN
Amber is known as the “Forbidden”. Amber is one of the ‘Learned”, and there is a prophecy that if Amber ever gives the three parts of her self; Body, Heart and soul, then death will be in her future. Amber has always been well protected, and if she ever touches another, it gives her pain, as she can sense emotions by touch. Then one day, a man who has lost all of his memory, a wounded warrior, enters her life, and as she brings him back to health, an unbreakable bond forms between Duncan and Amber. From their first meeting, a desire builds between the couple. Amber knows her future, and as Duncan’s memories start to slowly surface, she knows that soon the love he has for her will fade and turn into anger, but will her love be strong enough to survive what has been foretold?
Forbidden is the second book in the Medieval trilogy, and the last book that I needed to read to complete the series. Since I had read the last book first, I had been waiting for Duncan and Ambers story for a while, and I was thrilled to finally be able to read it, and learn more about this couple. Forbidden is quite a intense ride of a romance. It is set in the medieval time period, and Forbidden has quite a bit of a fantasy/paranormal element that is thrown into the mix. The heroine has the ability to feel the emotions of anyone she touches, and the majority of the time, she feels intense pain. She has always known of her future, and has been labeled as the “Forbidden”, so that all would know that she couldn’t be touched. But when she meets Duncan, who is injured with no memory, his touch calms and soothes her, makes her feel pleasure, and for the first time in her life she feels no pain. You see the bond that develops between Duncan and Amber, and its very emotional and romantic at times.
The characters are quite good together. Duncan is a skilled and powerful warrior, and the enemy to Amber and her people. Then he is found in a sacred place, where he is practically nude, with no memory of who he is. Even without his memory, the reader sees the evidence of his strength and even possessiveness and signs of the “Alpha Male” is very present, although not as strong as you would expect. Amber is quite strong heroine, way more strong than you expect her to be from the beginning. She has the type of personality as a “fighter”, it may not be with weapons, but she fights with everything she has at her disposal and never gives up on Duncan, even at times when he almost betrays the love they share. Duncan and Amber are quite explosive together. The secondary characters were fun as well, and I enjoyed seeing Dominic and Meg and some other side characters involved in the story as well. They added a unique characteristic to the story.
Overall a powerfully written medieval romance that pulled at my heartstrings from the beginning. I was cheering all the way for this couple, there was such a endearing quality to Duncan and Amber. A beyond memorable story that is packed full of intrigue, passion and intensity. OUTSTANDING!
He will come to you in shades of darkness
“I know you as well as I known my own heart”