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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312365905
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Forbidden Magic is escapism in its truest form…I forgot about the laundry pile! The characters? Unforgettable. The chemistry? Scorching! You'll read it again and again. A yummy hot fudge sundae of a book!"
--MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times Best Selling Author of the Undead series
"Cheyenne McCray has written a sexy adventure spiced with adventurous sex."
--Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author


"McCray does a remarkable job of blending the familiar and the fantastical, creating a rich paranormal world with sexy and engaging characters."
--Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

"Erotic with a great big capitol E. Cheyenne McCray is my new favorite author!"
--Bertrice Small, New York Times bestselling author

"Forbidden Magic is a fabulous faery tale. The writing is sharp; the story hot!"
--Virginia Henley, New York Times bestselling author

"Cheyenne McCray had crafted a novel that takes the imagination on an exciting flight. Full of fantasy, with a touch of darkness, a great read for anyone who loves to get lost in a book that stretches the boundaries!"
--Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

"Not for the faint of heart! FORBIDDEN MAGIC is Charmed meets Kim Harrison's witch series but with a heavy dose of erotica on top!"
---Lynsay Sands, New York Times bestselling author

"McCray's magical tale will thrill and entrance you!"
---Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author

"Cheyenne McCray's Forbidden Magic is an intoxicating blend of luscious eroticism and spine-tingling action that will have you squirming on the edge of your seat."
--Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author

"Magical mayhem, sexy shapeshifters, wondrous witches and warlocks---In Forbidden Magic, Cheyenne McCray has created a fabulous new world. You won't be able to get enough!"
--Lori Handeland, USA Today bestselling author

"Explosive, erotic, and un-put-downable. Cheyenne McCray more than delivers!"
--L. A. Banks, bestselling author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series

"Fans of dark paranormal fantasy will enjoy the fast-paced, spine-tingling twists and turns of Cheyenne McCray's Forbidden Magic."
--Toni Blake, author of In Your Wildest Dreams

"Cheyenne McCray's Forbidden Magic is a rich mix of witches, demons, and fae in an epic tapestry full of conflict and desire...."
--Robin Owens, author of Heart Choice

"Chock-full of emotion and action, Cheyenne McCray's Forbidden Magic will find a spot on the keeper shelf of every reader who enjoys a touch of the paranormal along with her erotic romance. I highly recommend it!"
--Ann Jacobs, author of A Mutual Favor

"Cheyenne McCray has written a tempting, exciting novel rich in magic and pleasure."
--Lora Leigh, author of The Breed Next Door

"McCray's knowledge of Fae, Fomorii, elves and ancient Irish magics shines in this book of witches, warriors and dangerous desires".
--Linnea Sinclair, author of Gabriel's Ghost

"Cheyenne McCray delivers a scorching tale of modern witches and ancient Fae, a winner rich with lore, fantasy, gritty action, and heart-gripping romance."
--Annie Windsor, award-winning author of Sailmaster's Woman

"This modern day tale meets ancient world paranormal isn't just a book, it's an event. The elements all come together in this paranormal romance. You start reading for the story and end up reading for the characters. You're left at the edge of your seat needing more until the very last satisfying word. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading!"
--Sheila English, CEO of Circle of Seven Productions
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Cheyenne McCray's paranormal romances seduce with an award-winning combination of heat and fantasy. Now, she weaves the first tale in an enthralling new series sizzling with dark magic and dangerous desires. Prepare to be spellbound by Forbidden Magic...

STRANGERSD'Anu witch Silver Ashcroft knows she walks a perilous line by practicing gray magic. But it's the only way to protect herself from the evil that surrounds her. After the horrors she has witnessed, Silver thinks she is ready for anything...until the most intensely arousing being she has ever encountered swiftly--and sensuously--proves her wrong...

LOVERS
Hawk is a Tuatha D'Danann warrior--powerful beings descended from the Fae. And for him duty has always come before pleasure. Then, clad only in moonlight, Silver Ashcroft welcomes him to her city of San Francisco and makes his blood sing with a passion beyond compare. She is the embodiment of fantasies he never knew he had, but the terrifying reality of his mission lurks in every shadow...

HEROES
Only the strongest will survive the upcoming battle, and the forces of darkness are more powerful than ever. Now, warrior and witch must trust in their hearts above all else--for to claim victory, they first must claim each other...

"Sizzling descriptions and steamy sex grabs you by your secret fantasies, leaving you breathless, and wanting for more from this extremely talented author."
--The Road to Romance on Spellbound

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I'm sorry, but I want more action and adventure with my romance and sex.
Togana
The sex scenes were too much and were probably put in cause the author needed to add pages to the book.
cinnamon
It was a delightful story with an interesting plot and great characters.
Lady Vampire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

101 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Wm19 on December 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The plot has been neatly summarized elsewhere, so I'll just cut to my own thoughts on this book. The heroine, Silver, is very one-dimensional. She spends every minute either as an emotional, barely-functioning basketcase in some ethical crisis (she's so tempted to go to the dark side, she's usually crying or hating herself) or she is relaxedly happily bonking the hero, Hawk. The two extremes is too much to make the character believable. Hawk is cardboard hero fare - strong, handsome, kind, loving. The only thing that distinguishes him from other heroes is that he has beautiful wings and likes cookies. He is strong and loving, but he is so plain in his personality that I wouldn't be interested in meeting him in real life. The chemistry between them was not very good, and the story lacks the tension between the characters that I find in other paranormal series (like Aisling Gray, Anita Blake, Kim Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, etc.). They quickly fall in love, quickly fall in bed, and when she's not a crying wreck or they're fighting demons, they're busy bonking again. Their dialogue is very wooden.

The demons are the bad guys. There's a parallel plotline with a demon named Junga who inhabits a human woman's body. There are long sex scenes where Junga is involved in (a) a threesome, (b) a foursome, and (c) a sadist-masochistic scene, with other bad demons and warlocks. Hm, didn't the author start out in on-line erotica? This may explain the graphic, repeated and pointless sex scenes between the villians. The ending is very open-ended. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was that there was absolutely nothing humorous or mischievous about the characters. It was all straightforward how-do-we-kill-the-demons and bonk-me-now.
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132 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Mayfayre VINE VOICE on December 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finished "Forbidden Magic" and the book didn't live up to the glowing comments of the other authors on the front page of the book, not by a long shot, and those comments were the reason why I bought the book. No way is this book comparable to the ones by Kelley Armstrong or Kim Harrison in regards to engaging the reader in the characters and the story's universe.

The author threw in some Celtic mythology buzzwords, but I didn't get any sense that it was more than surface research. The world building was superficial and rather formulaic, the dialog was rather silly at times (a dying spouse says haltingly, "You've always been the witch of my dreams"), the primary characters are stereotypes, the secondary characters are underdeveloped, and the author seems to follow the maxim, "when in doubt, throw in a sex scene". I lost track of the number of them by the end. It didn't seem to matter what was happening or what was about to happen, every time the hero and heroine got within three feet of each other he hardened and her juices started flowing. I just started to roll my eyes by the second third of the book.

The book ended in an obvious lead-in to a sequel, but I won't be buying it because the author failed to make me really care if the heroine is ever going to find her sister, or if the demons are going to take over San Francisco.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Amazon kept recommending this based on other books I've bought (Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs, to name a few), but after reading a number of crummy Amazon recommendations, I checked it out from the library to try. Thank god that I didn't buy it. I love this genre, but unfortunately this book is a classic example of poorly done supernatural fiction. I am loathe to write bad reviews, as each book is a very personal part of an author, and presumably a labor of love, and therefore I usually simply don't review books that I don't like. But it seems that SO many mediocre books are coming out lately, plastered with jacket blurbs from good authors, that reviews are sometimes the only way to avoid another $7 mistake.

What the previous reviewers have pointed out is true--the story starts out with an interesting premise, and the characters have potential, but then the train stops abruptly before it ever gets out of the station. The characters become (or remain) two-dimensional at best, there are gaping plot holes, inexplicable behaviors, and a pretty unsatisfactory ending which obviously sets us up for a sequel. It's basically impossible to suspend your disbelief throughout the book--you keep getting jerked back to reality thinking, "WTH? Why did he/she/they do THAT? That makes no sense" or "Why are they able to do that? Oh, I see, Yet Another Convenient Magical Power".

The sex scenes are for the most part pointless, doing nothing to further the plot and very little to titillate the reader. While I'm not a fan of Barbara Cartland-esque euphemisms for genitalia, I don't want to read repetitive scenes that sound like they were lifted from letters to Hustler, either, especially between the hero and heroine.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Togana on April 30, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, much like the last book I read, started off with an interesting plot, somewhat interesting characters. Well interesting enough for me to turn the next page and read on. But much like a great amount of books out today, the author fails to actually make sense. I get so sick and tired of books, especially in this genre where the main focus in on sex. Like the plot is simply thrown in as a stepping stone to sex and lots of it, which is why the plots have so many holes in them.

I'm sorry, but I want more action and adventure with my romance and sex. There are very few authors that can actually pull this off. D.N. Simmons is now on the top of my list, a great author. Another one is Kelley Armstrong.

LKH used to be good, but now she's jumped on the same bandwagon as a lot of other authors and that's to fill up each book with mindless sex to substitute the action/mystery in the plot. I always said it's harder to write action than sex and this author just joined the ranks of other authors taking the "easy way out".
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cheyenne McCray's books have received multiple awards and nominations, including

*Three "RT Book Reviews magazine's Reviewer's Choice awards"
*Three "RT Book Reviews magazine's Reviewer's Choice award" nominations
*Golden Quill award
*Two The Road to Romance's Reviewer's Choice Awards

Cheyenne grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona. She has been writing ever since she can remember, back to her kindergarten days when she penned her first poem. She always knew one day she would write novels, hoping her readers would get lost in the worlds she created, just as she experienced when she read some of her favorite books.

Chey has three sons, three dogs, and is an Arizona native who loves the desert, the sunshine, and the beautiful sunsets. Visit Chey's website and get all of the latest info and meet up with her at Cheyenne McCray's Place on Facebook!

Chey has three sons, three dogs, and is an Arizona native who loves the desert, the sunshine, and the beautiful sunsets. Visit Chey's website and get all of the latest info at CheyenneMcCray.com and meet up with her at Cheyenne McCray's Place on Facebook! Feel free to contact Chey at chey@cheyennemccray.com

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