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Forbidden Forest (The Legends of Regia Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tenaya Jayne
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Book Description

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, DARK SOUL, will be released April 6th, 2015
*VERDANT, a Legends of Regia novella is available now.

Editorial Reviews


  • "Five stars...Ms. Jayne's writing is smooth as glass." -Evolved World
  • "Filled with action, suspense, and adventure, Forbidden Forrest took me on a strange and wild ride...Tenaya Jayne has excellent storytelling skills." -Storm Goddess Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC; 2 edition (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JVTLA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 star reviews? July 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is always interesting to see how others react to books I've read. But I am very surprised by all the 5 star reviews. I actually did read the whole book. I kept expecting it to grow into something more as I continued on. But it just got to be kind of a joke instead. I liked all the characters. Even though the 2 main characters had split personalities - one a mature adult, the other a twelve year old. Even though the only real action between them was " Yes, I want it!" "No, I don't" "Yes, I want you!" No, I can't!" "Yes" "No, wait!" Yes!" No!" ---- on to second book in series.... For a hero who had never been to earth I was surprised on how up he was on human adolescent communication. To me it kind of defeats the purpose of a believable romantic interest when he goes ga ga over Fruit Loops and wears a Spider Man knapsack. The quick jumps from adolescent to mature warrior by both of them left me dizzy. I don't know how either of them survived this book. I have never read a book where the "whole" book was simply lust that was unfulfilled. If the redundancy was taken out it would be a 30 page book.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars December 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Did I enjoy this book: I ended up enjoying this book after I got past the first 75 pages or so. Then, I had to see how it ended. I read every free chance I had until I reached the end.

I found the beginning kind of slow. It is difficult for me to explain why I found the beginning hard to get through. I was glad to learn about the different classes, races, and cultures of the characters. We have shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, elves, and halflings. The world building was amazing as well. Very descriptive. I could see everything in my mind's eye. But it was just slow to read. I wanted it to move a bit faster.

Also, the transitions between points of view was sometimes difficult to keep up with. The points of view shifted between Forest, Syrus, the king, Kitch, Phillippe, and a few tohers. I wanted the transitions to be a bit smoother and clearer. I caught on but it was rough sometimes.

The two main characters were very well written. Forest is a halfling who is looked down upon but who is also an excellent fighter. She is hard and tough yet broken and sad. She has amazing strength...she went along with escorting the vampire prince despite her absolute hatred of vampires. She did what she had to do. Forest is a complex character that was developed wonderfully. Syrus, the vampire prince, was arrogant but humbled. The fact that he was blinded helped him become less arrogant. Syrus, too, was a complex character but endearing.

These two characters together had wonderful chemistry. The way they interacted with each other had me laughing at times, sighing at times, getting frustrated at times. I just thoroughly enjoying their story. This is the point where I really got into the book and wanted to see how it ended. I was invested in Forest and Syrus.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars and more! October 10, 2012
By kirstyv
For a huge fan of fantasy fiction, I was slightly apprehensive to Tenaya Jayne's approach to the genre . . . but OH! I love being surprised!! :-)
For me this book was like the treasure box full of jewellery and sparkly things I used to play with as a little girl at my Nan's . . . I used to dress up and play pretend for hours with the pretty ornaments, kind of like the way I hid inside the pages of 'Forbidden Forest', letting its fantasy and characters envelop me.
Tenaya Jayne has created a world so vivid, yet outside the normal genre of the fantasy/paranormal that the story was absorbing and Forest is a half-elf, half-shifter who hates vampires after being abused by one, but is now being sent on a mission to protect the Vampire Prince, Syrus, who seeks a wizard to restore his sight.
Amidst all of this, it appears that war is about to break out in Regia, the home of all paranormal 'creatures' and the werewolves, vampires, elves, ogres and witches are all ready to fight against and among each other.
However, Forest and Syrus find themselves only concerned with each other. Forest does not want to spend time with a vampire, particularly one she is having to fight her attraction to, and Syrus feels frustrated because he cannot see her face and does not know why she feels such an animosity towards him. The banter created by Tenaya Jayne is humorous and also filled with sexual tension and this atmosphere only intensifies throughout the book, but any reader expecting gratuitous sex scenes will be disappointed!
I want to rant on about what wonderful characters Forest and Syrus are - they kick-ass, together and alone! - and as they are written cleverly I felt as I was knowing them as friends and wanting to spend more time with them!
And the plot? I loved the threads and intricacies and the twists- I didn't want the end to come (and the sequel isn't ready!) but the irony is that the climax is worth getting to the end for!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother December 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Halfling, Forest, has been a social outcast all of her life due to her heritage. She is a portal guard to the human realm and although she hates all vampires because she was abused by one, Forest is sent on a mission to protect a vampire Prince on his journey to restore his sight.

I think the idea of the book had potential, but that potential was lost due to juvenile dialogue and underdeveloped characters. Prince Syrus turns out to be a former blood addict who rebelled against his parents and Forest comes off as a whiny teenager who can't control her emotions. Neither one of these characters lives up to the warriors they are suppose to be. In one part of the story, Syrus mind rapes Forest and yet Forest easily forgives him and they move on and fall in love. I don't think so.

I'm really glad that this book was free because I wouldn't pay for this book. As it is, I deleted this one from my Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was interesting and I felt like you got to know the characters. I think you could connect with the characters and the lead was great.
Published 13 hours ago by BritnyLe
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother!
The writing was immature. Very slow moving. The action, if you want to call it that, was comical. The ending, I'm sure was meant to keep you hanging to read another book.. NOT !
Published 3 days ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden
I gave this book 4 stars because it was awesome. I was hooked to it from the beginning, in the middle and the end. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Reading
Five star book. I enjoyed everything about this book. I can't wait to continue on to number two. The ending was perfect to entice readers to keep reading the following books
Published 5 days ago by joyce l. prague
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Great read! Kept you engaged- didn't take too long to get the story moving or explain who the characters were
Published 5 days ago by Amelia L. Brodeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's to the Underdog!
Surprisingly, I liked this story much more than I had anticipated. I added this book to my kindle because it was FREE and was pleasantly surprised that the characters and plot... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gena Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it an easy read and wanted to get to the end
Despite the fact that this is quite a dark story, I found it an easy read and wanted to get to the end. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Forest (1 of series)
I downloaded Forbidden Forest as a free book from Amazon. What a pleasant surprise this book was-- I enjoyed the unique plot and the main female character (the lead male, Syrus? Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust
Having her trust and will taken has caused her to doubt a lot. It causes her to lose her true mate. Now she has to find him.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy read with twist and turns...makes you want to get the next book...
Published 7 days ago by Candice Dockery
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More About the Author

Nationally Bestselling author Tenaya Jayne has always walked a shaky line between reality and fantasy. A nomad by nature, she's lived all over the US, and now resides happily in the Midwest, with her husband and sons. She's an advocate for Autism awareness and women trapped in abusive relationships, and feels everyone has too much pain to not enjoy an escape into a fictional fantasy world. Her passions include reading, independent and foreign films, cooking, and moody music. For more about Tenaya and her books, visit

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