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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." - BookLoons.com

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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Product Details

  • Series: Plain Fear
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Original edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402267533
  • ASIN: B00BRB16E0
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,855,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sia McKye Over Coffee on August 5, 2012
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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 Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on August 6, 2012
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In Plain Fear: Forsaken, the first book of the Plain Fear series, Rachel's husband, Josef, was killed by vampires. Now, in Plain Fear: Forbidden, she's several months pregnant and just trying to move on with her life while she waits for her little one to be born.

When an old friend from her younger years shows up one day, she's at first leery to see him. He's supposed to be dead. But he convinces her that he is very much alive, just different and that if she comes with him, she can see her Josef once more. He assures her that she and her unborn child will be safe. Rachel only hesitates a moment. Her faith in God is strong and she knows that He will watch over her.

But when it becomes apparent that Rachel is missing, her sister Hannah and her husband Levi call in an old cop friend, Roc. Roc knows the horrors of what happened to Josef and prays that Rachel isn't with the monster. But his investigation takes him back to his old town of New Orleans and it is there that the answers begin to reveal themselves, bringing with it more unanswered questions and soon, a race for their very souls.

An emotional packed journey of love, loss, heartbreak, life and death, good and evil, Forbidden is a stellar read from the busy streets of New Orleans to the plain life in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Ellis builds her characters layer by layer, and reveals their true heart and path as the story unfolds, leaving the reader begging for more. If you missed the first book, definitely pick it up before you read Forbidden, even though Ellis does a great job and it can be read as a standalone. A great read!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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