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Book Review: Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 15) by Felicity Heaton

Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 15)
by Felicity Heaton
December 14, 2017
330 pages
Genre: paranormal romance, vampires, fantasy
Lost to the darkness, Fuery wages a daily war against the corruption that lives within him, constantly in danger of slipping into the black abyss and becoming the monster all elves fear. Work as an assassin gives him purpose, but what reason is there to go on when he killed the light of his life—his fated mate?

Shaia has spent forty-two centuries mourning her mate. Tired and worn down, she agrees to wed a male of her family’s choosing, following tradition that has always bound her as a female and hoping she will be able to gain just a little freedom in return. But as she resigns herself to being the mate of a male she could never love, fate places an old friend in her path—one who tells her that her lost love is alive.

Will Shaia find the courage to break with tradition and leave the elf kingdom in search of her mate? And as a ray of light pierces his soul again, can Fuery find the strength to win his battle against the darkness or will it devour him and that light of their forbidden love forever?

Discover a passionate, lush, and powerful paranormal romance world packed with dark elves, vampires, demons, fae, shifters and angels from New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton.

For over four thousand years Shaia has mourned the death of her fated one, Fuery. She has been living a sort of half-existence with her parents in the elf kingdom, never quite embracing life. Shortly after reluctantly agreeing to marry a fellow elf vetted by her parents, Shaia leans Fuery may be alive and working as an assassin. And so she embarks on a journey to find Fuery and, in essence, the other half of her soul. But when Shaia finally reunites with Fuery, she finds him profoundly changed and narrowly averting a descent into dark madness.

A Felicity Heaton book is a guaranteed good read. I very much enjoy the Eternal Mates series. The books are all connected here and there, however, they can be read as standalones. I started the series with book 11. Eternal Mates is well done paranormal romance. The settings are imaginative and the storylines sexy. Unchained by a Forbidden Love is told non-linearly with several flashbacks to the origins of Shaia and Fuery’s relationship. I liked this technique as it added a bit of complexity to the plot. The action in the last part of the book is suspenseful and entertaining. I also love a good second chance story. When characters have history, it adds to the intensity of their connection. That was one of the features I loved about Eternal Mates #11.

Of the Heaton books I’ve read, this is probably one of my least favourite, however. While I liked it well enough, I found much of the book a little overwrought by Fuery’s angst. I found his tumultuous thoughts and relationship apprehension a little repetitive and I feel the book could’ve been considerably shorter. I didn’t really connect with Shaia and found her rather unoriginal and flat as a character.

Ultimately I love this series and I look forward to the next installment. I’m also eagerly anticipating the third book in Heaton’s Guardians of Hades series slated for release this year.

3 ½ Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

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I'm a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author writing passionate paranormal romance books and series for adults.

I love to create detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! All of them alpha as you would expect in paranormal romance!

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, my best-selling Her Angel romance series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm romance series or any of my stand alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and steamy then try my Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series. Or if you like hot-blooded alpha heroes who will let nothing stand in the way of them claiming their destined woman then try the Eternal Mates series. It’s packed with sexy heroes in a world populated by elves, vampires, fae, demons, shifters, and more. If sexy Greek gods with incredible powers battling to save our world and their home in the Underworld are more your thing, then be sure to step into the world of Guardians of Hades.

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Her Angel -- best selling acclaimed angel romance series
Vampires Realm -- critically acclaimed paranormal romance series

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