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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425238083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Parker on December 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is my first book by Christina Phillips, but I'd like to try out this author again. The book was well-plotted, with good, solid main characters and an evil villain who was well-drawn. The Roman time period added interest! I didn't find it any spicier than an ordinary historical romance novel, and indeed could have seen more sex for the price of an erotica. With that said, the book was well-written and the story so engrossing I spent a cold evening with a glass of wine and this book, completely enthralled! Phillips has now been added to my fav author list!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
They became lovers even before they formally met as Carys the Druid high priestess watched Tiberius Valerius Maximus the centurion leader bathe though she knew real lovemaking between them would be forbidden. When the pair meets in person, they relish their lovemaking that she knows is better than her fantasy, but both know nothing can come of it so each enjoys the moment.

When Carys and Tiberius realize they are in love, neither knows how to make it permanent as their relationship is taboo. However, though they part insisting this time is the last time, fate intervenes to constantly bring the Roman charged by the Emperor to destroy her clan and the Celts time after time together. Each wonders if they are meant to be. However they are trapped in the crosshairs of a deadly war that could devastate all of Cambria. Her acrimonious former lover High Druid Aeron dy Ehangwen vows to kill Carys' barbarian lover, the rest of the Roman invaders and their clan's perfidious princess sleeping with the enemy even at the cost of the people.

Set in the time of Caesar, Forbidden is a fabulous erotic ancient historical romance as the two adversaries fall in love. She fears the Eagle of Roman will destroy her beloved culture as Rome assimilates them before superseding the local heritage. With a sense of time and place, fans will enjoy the taboo romance between the Druid and the Centurion.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Engelke on January 23, 2011
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If you are looking for a light and fluffy romance, Forbidden is not the novel your looking for. Be prepared for a strong story of passion and adventure as two worlds collide. Caught in the middle are two lovers, on opposing sides, forced to either fight against each other or fight for the chance to stay together.

Carys knows it's forbidden for her to spy on the gorgeous Roman soldier as he bathes beneath the waterfall near her home, but she can't help herself. She finds herself drawn to him and spends her time dreaming of a day when they can be together, a day she knows will never arrive. When her dream soldier discovers her one day in the forest, she is taken unawares by the mutual attraction they share. Maximus, the Roman soldier she has been spying on, thinks Carys is the most beautiful creature he has ever met. Immediately, he desires her as he has never desired another. While he struggles desperately to make Carys his mistress, she is adamant that she will never be claimed or submit to another. Still, their passion cannot be denied.

Both submit to this secret affair knowing they can never truly be together. Carys is a Druid Princess, her people forced to seclude themselves deep in the forest, because Roman forces have overtaken their lands. Carys hides her identity from Maximus fearing he would hate her and banish her forever if he knew what she really was. As the two become deeply involved, outside forces begin to work against them. Another Druid, and Carys' former lover, will destroy anyone who tries to take her away from him. As if that isn't enough, both Druids and Romans are bracing for battle. A battle that Maximus and Carys knows will tear them apart forever.

Carys is an interesting heroine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Curtis on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Carys is a Druid Princess whose country has been taking over by the Roman Empire. To save her people's way of life, the druids cast a powerful spell to hide themselves from their Roman conquerors. Maximus is a Roman officer who is in charge with the invasion of her land. When Maximus catches Carys spying on him as he baths, he's instantly intrigued by this woman who appears different from the other natives he's encountered so far. For Carys the attraction she has for Maximus is lethal, if she reveals who and what she is, it could mean the destruction of her people.

Their worlds collide when Maximus saves Carys and carries her back to his compound to recover. Despite their strong feelings together, actually living together is impossible. Not only does Maximus still not know that Carys is a Druid Princess, but Carys doesn't know that Maximus has been tagged to find her people and defeat them and Maximus doesn't know that his greatest enemy is the woman he's falling in love with.

I could be wrong and I often am (not really, but it sounds more humble this way - LOL), but I believe Christina Phillips is a debut author. If she is, wow! FORBIDDEN is an awesome debut and Ms. Phillips is an author who will definitely be added to my list of authors that I must start stalking and keeping up with her new releases. FORBIDDEN has a unique premise and setting that is handling in realistic and compelling way. It never lost my attention, as a matter of fact I started FORBIDDEN when I was recovering from a surgical procedure and should've still been drowsy from the medication I took, yet I couldn't put the book down and go back to sleep.

But enough about that, I suppose you want my review. This is the point where I normally talk about what didn't work for me in a book.
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