Adult Paranormal Romance
Received through Lit Connect for review
THE STORY (from Lit Connect)
A forbidden love……
A second chance……
A night of passion neither will forget.
Sasha, a love-thirsty werewolf and rightful heir to the Were throne, is ready to take control over her pack. But when her first love, dragon shifter Damon Frost, lands on her doorstep, demanding their races negotiate ownership over Feralon’’s hot springs, he makes her question more than the fight for the enchanted neutral ground. No matter the emotions bubbling inside her, Sasha can’’t become involved with Damon. Not now. Not ever again.
Forbidden to step foot onto Were land after a romp with the Alpha’’s daughter as a teenager, Damon has bided his time, waiting for the day when he’’d be accepted back onto Were land. Using the hot spring negotiation as a way to get closer to Sasha, Damon plans to use every minute alone to remind her of the passion they shared–—a passion they could ignite again.
One night of ecstasy stands between them and the fight for the springs. One night of revealing glances, skin searing chemistry, and erotic desires they’’d long buried.
Will one taste of forbidden love be enough to satiate their desires? Or will the need to explore the depths of their love unleash a Were-Draco war?
A quick and sexy paranormal romance, Forbidden by Fate thrusts us right into the middle of tensions between not only species, but former lovers as well, wasting little time ratcheting up our anticipation of both an intimate battle and an all-out Draco and Were war. As with most novellas, we are denied the gritty details of Damon and Sasha’s past as well as the specifics of the world in which they live, but we’re given just enough information to draw the necessary conclusions, and Ms. Miller does a very nice job of ensuring we feel both the physical and emotional draw between our hero and heroine despite our limited time with them. Both the romance and the battle between dragon and shifter wrap up quickly and easily (as to be expected at just 83 pages), leaving us wishing for an added explanation here and there but ultimately satisfied with the characters and their brief story as a whole.
INTERVIEW WITH KRISTIN
Can you describe what you personally would look like in dragon form?
Ooh, love this question. Since my favorite color is purple (and dragon scales have nothing to do with eye or hair color), I’d be shimmering violet. Although I’d like to think I’d be sleek and quick, able to shoot through the sky like a bolt of lightning, I’d more likely be caught sunbathing on a rock near a stream, stretching out my wings.
When Damon and Sasha come face to face after years apart, Sasha, speaking sarcastically, asks Damon to lie to her and he does, thereby revealing the truth of his feelings to her in a roundabout way. Let’s say Damon was to request the same of Sasha, what lie might she give him the moment she sees him alone?
She’d say that she never dreamed of this moment—the one when he was standing before her, confessing his love. She’d say that she never wanted Damon to return and sweep her away from her family, so they could be together, just the two of them. She never dreamed of that at all…
Dragon shifters are relatively uncommon in paranormal romance (much to my dismay as I’m ridiculously fond of them); is there another dragon shifter besides Damon you find oh-so attractive?
I’ve got a thing for dragons, too and couldn’t wait to write them. Rafe, the emerald-scaled dragon from Claimed by Desire, Isle of Feralon #1, was the first dragon I ever wrote, so he’s got a special place in my heart. He’s just as powerful and radiant as Damon, but he’s led a tortured existence since he banished his lover from the isle. (I love a tortured hero!) I also love Dragos from Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound.
You’re Alpha of a pack of Weres standing on a battlefield facing an enormous number of Dracos. Using your ability to mind-speak with your brethren, what do you tell them to prepare them for war?
I’d tell them to buck up! Ha! Although my Weres and Dracos have a semi-reasonable alliance, if they did line up for all-out war, I’d tell them to watch each other’s back. When they have one eye on the enemy in front of them, the other should be on the sky, waiting on the ambush from above.
If you could live in one of the fictional worlds that either you’ve created or someone else has created, which one would it be?
I would *love* to live on the Isle of Feralon. Not only would I love the mist and rain, caves and hot springs, I would absolutely love to live in a place where dragons soar the skies.
Is there any other character from Sasha and Damon’s world whose story you’d really like to write?
I think Queen Elixa has a story somewhere, though I’m not sure what that is yet. I’m waiting for her to speak to me. The next two Isle of Feralon novellas (I’m writing the proposals for them now), will be about two other heroes and heroines from the same world though they couldn’t be found in Sasha and Damon’s story. Each novella is stand alone.
What challenges does writing a novella present that you don’t find when writing a full-length novel?
I find that there’s *so much* to include in such a short amount of time, it’s difficult to know what to cut and what to leave. It really makes me look at a scene and determine if what happens in that scene is absolutely essential to the plot or development of the characters. If you’ve ever read a novella and thought “I would’ve liked to see more about xyz”, you can safely assume the writer wanted to include more too! There simply isn’t room to cover everything and still have the novella under the necessary word count.
A huge thank you to Kristin for taking the time to answer my questions! More information on Kristin and her books can be found here:
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