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  • Series: Plain Fear
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Original edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402267533
  • ASIN: B00BRB16E0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ellis really makes it work. The story is absolutely compelling, evoking emotion throughout, and the characters are realistic and relatable. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

" If the idea of vampires mixed with the Amish appeals to you at all (and why on earth wouldn't it!?), I recommend this book. " - Panda Reads

"Highly original, lots of plot twists. A great summer beach read." - cayocosta72 – Book Reviews

"Truly entertaining. There is nothing run-of-the-mill about this paranormal romance story..." - Long and Short Reviews

"Gripping plot lines and unique characters... There is nothing run-of-the-mill about this paranormal romance story. " - Long and Short Reviews

"A great story about friendship, forgiveness, trust, and the unknown... an interesting combination of vampires and the Amish. " - Luxury Reading

"A superb thriller... Ellis entertains fans with this exciting vampiric Amish second chance at life and death." - Midwest Book Review

"An emotional packed journey of love, loss, heartbreak, life and death, good and evil... A stellar read." - Minding Spot

"A story that follows a twisted path between good and evil, between revenge and faith. It sucks you in before you know what happened." -

About the Author

Leanna Ellison is the author of the Plain Fear series. She is the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award and Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sia McKye Over Coffee on August 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Leanna Ellis writes a riveting, emotionally intense, story that will keep you turning the pages. Unexpectedly complex--especially the contrast between the simplicity of faith versus the heartbreak of betrayal; good versus evil. FORBIDDEN is thought provoking and very well written. It's tragic and yet faith affirming but at NO point is it boring!

FORBBIDEN an absorbing story of damnation and redemption. A crisis in faith, if you will, on many levels. This is a, `what would happen if', story set against a background of a fundamental, visibly different religious community. It brings unimaginable evil and pits it against the strong fabric of the ordnung (order and discipline of life--peace, love, equality, and unity) of the Amish faith and yet it is done respectfully and within the boundaries of their belief system. Good and evil. Which will ultimately win the day?

Rachel is a young pregnant Amish widow. She's lost and grieving since her husband, Josef, died. To complicate matters she has no idea how he died or why, but she blames herself for his death. Her sister Hannah and her husband, Levi (Jacob's brother) know the truth but choose not to share it and thus endanger Rachel by making her a target of the very thing they sought to protect her from--Akiva aka Jacob, and he's a vampire. And unlike any vampire you've ever read.

Akiva draws Rachel to him by claiming he needs her help and that only she can save him. She knows him and in her younger days spent time with him and a group of other Amish youth during their running around period (sometimes referred to as Rumspringa ) before officially joining the church. Rachel's sense of compassion, a bit of impulsiveness, and need to learn more about Josef's death causes her to go with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scooby2 on September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Plain Fear Forbidden is the second in a series and picked right up from where the last one left off. I didn't read the first one but was not lost at all. The story picks up with Rachel, who is recently widowed and expecting her first child. She has moved back in with family and is starting to feel overwhelmed due to the fact that her family is afraid to leave her alone. So when an old friend comes back and he tells her he can help her find out what happened to Josef (her dead husband), she jumps at the chance to get away and find answers. Although her world is then turned upside down due to the fact that Jacob aka Akiva is now a vampire bent on seeking revenge for being turned away by Rachel's sister Hannah. Rachel finds herself at the mercy of Akiva in Louisiana and due any time to deliver her baby. While Akiva is away, she manages to escape with the help of Roc. Roc is a vampire hunter who is also widowed and wants to help rid the world of vampires.

Roc and Rachel form a friendship as they try to stay ahead of Akiva, who is determined to find them. As the story goes on, Roc and Rachel start to feel more than friendship towards one another, but are hesitant due to her being Amish and baptized by the church. As the story moves on, we are introduced to Roc's friends Roberto (a vampire hunter) and Brody (New Orleans police officer). There's more to Brody than meets the eye, and Roberto is a true friend who helps Roc fight the vampires in Ohio. The reader also enters into the vampire world of New Orleans and is introduced to Giovanni "king" of the vampires there, so all vampires must answer to him or pay the consequences. The vampires in this story are more like the traditional vampires, not like the more recent ones that sparkle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet W. Berg on February 17, 2013
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I do not like scary stories and I do not usually read them. Although I had already read the first book in this series, I had no idea of what I was getting involved in with this book. I soon learned that Leanna Ellis had created characters so believable that the story would become very frightening to me. The series lives up to its name of Plain Fear.

Who would have thought to put vampires and people of the Amish faith together in a story? This book, the second in this series of three, begins with some of the characters from the previous book. It moves on from place to place picking up, enlarging upon those characters and adding new ones. They come to life with their vividness and boldness. I think that is what makes the book so scary. The characters seem to bring the reader right into the story with them.

Again, as in many of the author's books, this one tells an entertaining story while at the same time presenting the spiritual battle between good and evil. To see the truth about pure evil, the power of Satan, presented in a dramatic way, read this book. To see the power of God, read this book. It shows a little bit of the real deal.

I would recommend this book to mature readers; not to children or even teens, and definitely not to those who are faint of heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on August 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This story can inspire those for various cultures, ages, and backgrounds with its gripping plot lines and unique characters.

Rachel is a character that I sympathized with immediately. As a widow with child, I could not help but feel a pang of empathy for this soon-to-be mother. While she may seem like a quiet, young Amish woman on the outside, inside she has the heart of a lioness. She willingly sacrifices herself not only for those she cares about, but also for the beliefs that she has been taught since she was an infant. Even if God may have turned His back on her because of Rachel's misdeeds in the past, she will do whatever it takes to maintain her moral standards and compassion for those around her. This really makes Rachel a remarkable heroine and one of the reasons this story kept me entertained.

Roc's character was very intriguing because I never knew which end of the moral pendulum he would swing to next. As a vampire hunter, he had to make some tough decision that could get not only him but others killed. It also made him keep even his closest of friends at a distance since he knew he may have to be their judge, jury, and executioner in the future. This created a gruff man who can be difficult to care for. It also created a character that I wanted to continuously learn about. I could read a book based on his life experience alone because I know it would be full of excitement, heartbreak, and love. Yes, even the man who seems to care for little shows compassion and love, which furthered my infatuation with him.

The characters and plot lines of this story are extremely dynamic - so much so that in the beginning they seemed a bit overwhelming.
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