Michelle's Review: Forbidden Passion by Rita Herron

rherron Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Forever
Language: English
Source of my copy: from Hachette for review
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Fueled by her family's murder years ago, Dr. Marlena Bender has devoted her life to understanding violent criminals. But when a serial killer in this small Southern town starts taking the lives of women in diabolical ways--leaving trophies of his kills on Marlena's doorstep--it all hits too close to home. Terrified, Marlena turns to the only man she can trust...the man who saved her life.
Sheriff Dante Valtrez would move heaven and earth to keep Marlena safe, but he's not the savior she thinks he is. A dark legacy runs through his blood and a dangerous secret lies within him. Now a fierce, hot, ruthless desire draws Dante and Marlena together--as a demonic force from his past threatens to rip them apart, destroying everything they hold dear.

Michelle's Review:
The story began with a 13 year old part-demon Dante being ordered by his demon leader to kill young Marlena as the final part of his initiation to become a full member of their group. Instead of killing Marlena, however, Dante saved her. Fast forward years later, both have just come back to the town where it all began with Marlena now a doctor trying to find a cure for violent behavior and Dante is the new sheriff. When a serial killer emerges and starts killing women in sadistic ways and leaving something of the dead women on Marlena's doorstep, Dante's main concern is keeping Marlena safe. He suspects a demon are responsible for the murders. This book is the last book in the Demonborn trilogy about three half-demon brothers. I haven't read the first two books in the series but it doesn't matter because this book is a standalone.

I'm actually on the fence about this book--it was an okay read but it was just missing something. Maybe more chemistry between Dante and Marlena? I just didn't feel that much spark between the two. Also, I question some of Marlena's actions--if a serial killer on the loose knows where I live and is leaving me "presents" from his kills on my doorstep, I wouldn't keep sleeping at home by myself (especially if my house is isolated and I live alone). And yet Marlena does because she's an independent woman who can take care of herself and, yes, she actually said that too. As for Dante, he was okay. I liked his character better than Marlena's. More world building perhaps? I may have missed something (not having read the first two books) but the underground caves the demons live in seem really interesting and I wish the author wrote about it more. Or maybe if the book was less "busy"? There was a lot going on here: building a believable romance between the hero and heroine, scientific experiments with violent criminals, a serial killer with the police investigating, demonic uprising, long lost brothers, a pregnancy, someone dying and coming back to life, daddy issues, etc. If there was less stuff, maybe the story would've been more been more engaging and I might have enjoyed it more. The premise was good and I like the author's voice but overall the book was just okay. 2.75 out of 5

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  1. Yeah, really, the books have sexy cover. Nice review too. =)


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