My Forbidden Desire (My Immortal Series #2)

My Forbidden Desire (My Immortal Series #2)

by Carolyn Jewel

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Overview

TORN BETWEEN...


Alexandrine Marit is a witch in mortal danger. An evil mage craves the powerful, mysterious talisman that supplies her magic, and the only person who can keep her safe is a dark and dangerous fiend called Xia. With his fierce animosity toward witches, he's hardly the ideal bodyguard. Yet as days turn into nights, she can't deny the white-hot passion between them.


DESIRE AND TEMPTATION


Xia hates witches. They enslave and mercilessly kill his kind. But he's been ordered to protect Alexandrine, who, to his surprise, has a spirit he admires and a body he longs to possess. With the mage and his henchmen closing in, Alexandrine and her protector must trust the passion that can unite them...or risk losing everything to the enemies who can destroy them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446178242
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: My Immortals Series , #2
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Jewel lives in northern California with her son, three cats, a border collie, several chickens, and some sheep. Also the Fudgester. Writing about the characters who keep visiting her imagination is a dream come true. Ms. Jewel has an MA in English and is also a database administator who specializes in, um, administering databases. It's not quite as exciting as writing. She loves to hear from readers, so please e-mail her at carolyn@carolynjewel.com. You can also visit her Web site at www.carolynjewel.com.

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My Forbidden Desire (My Immortal Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexandrine Marit is in mortal danger, she's wearing a talisman which is doing something to her, given to her by her father and it doesn't appear to be doing her any good. Her brother comes to her and he's going to try and help her, he passing her on to Xia, who hates witches. However this witch is making him twitchy. Alexandrine and Xia have to work together quite closely to keep both of them alive and what they do will have consequences.It's interesting but there were times when it felt like the author was pushing the characters into situations rather than letting things develop. I didn't dislike it but it didn't make me too enthusiastic about reading many more in this series, as I have another it might change my mind.
Book_Chick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Forbidden Desire was an exciting read! It starts off with Alexandrine Marit, a mage (a witch), being held captive by a fiend (a subspecies of demon). Fiends loathe witches because witches enslave and murder his kind, so when Xia, the fiend, is ordered to protect Alexandrine, he's not too thrilled about it. Funny thing is, he needs to protect her against her own father! A father that gave her up when she was only three years old. He's after her for a Talisman she found while searching for him in Turkey. The talisman gives witches the ability to have stronger powers. The talisman is also slowly attaching itself to Alexandrine which makes her extremely vulnerable when she parts herself from it.Her only hope is Xia. Xia battles his emotions for Alexandrine throughout the entire book. He hates her for what she is, a witch, and he hates her for who her father is, which is the same man that enslaved Xia for years. Xia sees Alexandrine is different from any witch he's ever known. She's unselfish, kindhearted, and sexy as hell! He is drawn to her magic and together they go on a rollercoaster ride trying to figure out what to do about her father, the talisman, and the sexual tension between them!I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were intense to say the least! I loved how Xia was extremely attracted to Alexandrine but was trying to fight it because of who and what she was. He hated her yet wanted to protect her. She also couldn't stand him but found herself falling for him. The plot was interesting and I thought it was pretty cool the story had it's own "lingo". I kept having to refer to the glossary but that was part of the fun!¿ Vanessa Booksoulmates.blogspot.com
bridget3420 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexandrine has just found out that her brother, Harsh, is still alive. He's got some very unpleasant news for his sister. Her birth father wants her dead. Harsh decides to make his friend Xia stay with her as her protector. The only problem is Xia hates witches with a passion but not nearly as much as he hates Alexandrine's father who enslaved him.Alexandrine and Xia both fight their desires for one another but in the end are unable to help themselves. They fall deeply for one another and end up making some mistakes that may be irreversible. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like Paranormal Romance then this is a great book to add to your to be read list.
faith42love on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found My Forbidden Desire to be an absolute pleasure to read. Carolyn Jewel truly knows how to build the romance of a novel until you, the reader, are aching for the main characters to finally come together. I feared when beginning this book that I would be reading just another paranormal romance novel, that kind that sticks to the same plot time and time again. I was pleasantly surprise to find that this novel is very imaginative and full of new ideas. Jewel has created a whole other world that she has woven with magic and parallels with our current society. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of romance and/or paranormal fiction. I would like to add that you might want to also pick up My Wicked Enemy as well, you will want to know this story too.
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the mythology of the first book to give this second one a try. But the male characters in these two books are just so... mean. And the way the characters think and talk is just too unrealistic. I just don't see any reason for the two main characters to "fall in love" with each other.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Jewel has created a very different world filled with mages, witches, demons, and the like. "My Forbidden Desire" is her second set in this world and I loved it. There's a battle going on...and it's been going on for thousands of years but we 'vanilla' humans just don't know about it. Unless we pick up this book of course.Alexandrine is a witch--but one with almost no power to 'pull' magic. She's also had a very difficult life and things don't seem to be getting any better when the brother she thought was dead reappears...with a smoking hot, but very hostile, buddy with him. If that's not enough of a shock, he's not here for a warm reunion. He's here to tell her that she's in mortal danger and his buddy is her new bodyguard! Oh, and her bodyguard HATES witches...like, wants to kill every one he sees. Isn't that just lovely?Xia (why not a name we can pronounce?) is a recently 'freed' demon...and he really, really hates witches and mages both. It was, after all, a witch who betrayed him to the mage who then held Xia like a robotic killer pet for centuries...while Xia could think and understand, he could only carry out the depraved and vicious wishes of the mage who held him. Nasty stuff that. But it was Alexandrine's brother who helped free him, so he owes him a debt. Payback's a real #$%@!Finding something new and different in the paranormal world is, for me, a joyous occasion. Jewel caught my interest with "My Wicked Enemy" and now "My Forbidden Desire" has cemented my fascination with her world. Neither the demons nor the mages are 'good guys'...but in this world, it's the demons who have the reader's sympathy as they fight to live their own lives and free their 'brothers' still held by mages. Unusual, eh?Jewel did a great job with the relationship between two 'people' who start out despising each other, mostly due to bias, ignorance, and their pasts. Sounds very human to me :) But gradually, as they learn more about each other, they begin to see each other as not 'witch' and 'demon'--but as Xia and Alexandrine. The attraction and tension is smoking hot throughout and again, there's a 'mental' threesome...but NOT physical...and it's not gratuitous sex thrown in as it truly is necessary for the plot. Cool. I'll be tapping my toes waiting for the next installment about this world. I'll also be thankful it's not real. Is it?
Storeetllr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this a 3-1/2 star rating, but I stayed up all night reading it and then dreamed about the characters during the very little sleep I did get last night, so take that 3-1/2 with a grain of salt. The only reason I didn't give it a 4 was because occasionally the action got a little confusing ~ Jewel packed so much of it in that I'm sure it was kind of difficult to write as clearly about it as I would have preferred. Also, I thought the change in the characters' reactions to each other toward the beginning was a little abrupt and, well, silly, considering the situation they were in at the time. Finally, I admit to skimming over some of the sex bits, because frankly I am tired of so much sex (stopped reading many of my favorite series *cough Riley Jensen cough Anita Blake cough* because of all the sex scenes. I won't say much about the plot, because a lot of other reviewers have done a good job of that, but I will say that I haven't read such great dialogue in a long time, notwithstandign the cursing. In fact, only once did I cringe a little at one exchange; the rest of the time, I thought the dialogue was quite fitting for the character of the characters. Obviously, I liked it a lot, since I stayed up so late to finish it, and will be looking for the first in the series.
cinnleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A paranormal romance the likes of which I haven't read before. MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE by Carolyn Jewel was passionate, no doubt about that. What made it unique was the story; a well developed plot full of twists and turn that took me toward the unexpected at pretty much every turner. MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE was a nice change, a foray into the wild side of paranormal romance.Alexandrine Marit is a witch; well, sort of anyways. She has magic, sure enough, but unfortunately, her ability to access it is so limited that apart from some limited premonitions she's really no different than your average, every day Joe. What makes her special is the talisman that she wears around her neck; a talisman that should supposedly hold great power but does absolutely nothing for Alexandrine's limited magic. Imagine her surprise when her brother, long believed to be dead, shows up and insists that her very life is in danger due to the innocent-looking necklace. He brings along with him Xia, an ex-mageheld, and one very angry demon.I really loved Xia's character as he is part of what made MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE so unique. It's hard for me to put a finger down on what special attribute he has, but I think I love him because he is the ultimate bad boy. It's no secret that we women tend to fall for the tall, dark and handsome bad boys out there. That fits Xia to a T, and he is definitely not ashamed to admit it. He absolutely hates Alexandrine with an intense and undying passion. Only problem is that her body and her magic are terribly arousing to him. What is one to do when you despise what another is and yet find yourself attracted to him or her at the same time? Well, try to get them in bed of course!There are two things that make a great romance for me. One is a strong heroine, and the other is a strong hero. MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE holds both of those. Alexandrine is the type who is unwilling to take crud from anyone and she will sure as heck let Xia know when she thinks he is out of line. Of course, even when he is out of line, he's still intensely attractive so Alexandrine finds herself attracted to the demon just as much as she despises him. This conflict creates an amazing degree of depth that should allow for enjoyment throughout multiple rereads.Jewel does a fantastic job with building the tension throughout MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE. Very seldom would she immediately give us what we wanted. Instead, she'd tease us, pulling us along just to the snapping point and then she gently release us, only to start the process all over again. This made the book quite difficult to set down and in fact, I only found four spots where I could set it down. When the tension is so delicious that you can't help but to keep reading and experiencing the story, you know you've got a great book in your hands.The one thing that caught me up a few times were the few disconnects in the story. There were a couple times where it felt like I must have skipped a paragraph or two because the transition from one event to another seemed to be lacking something. The few times I reread the section I discovered that I hadn't missed anything. The best way I have to describe it is like trying to write this huge research paper but being told that you have to keep it to a short word count. You write the paper up, discover it's too long and then have to cut sections out. Only problem is that everything flows together so well, there's nothing that can be cut out. You do it anyways to stay within the limits of the paper and end up with something that is less stellar than the original product. Now, I'm not at all saying that these disconnects were due to editor overzealousness, that's just the best way I have to describe the feeling that I got those couple times. Really, it did not detract from the book too much and obviously I still loved MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE.Fair warning time: You probably don't need this warning as it should be obvious, but just the same, I'd be remiss if I didn't give it. This book
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexandrine is in terrible danger. She is still in shock after finding out her brother, Harsh, is alive. It¿s been years since she¿s heard from him - but it gets even worse when he tells her that her biological father wants her dead. It seems she has acquired a Talisman that he wants and will stop at nothing to get it... even if it means killing his daughter for it. In order to protect her, Harsh asks his friend Xia for help in protecting his sister. The problem with this scenario is that Xia hates her for being a Mage (or witch). He especially doesn¿t like Alexandrine because her father was the Mage who enslaved him for years. Due to honor and the respect he has for Harsh he agrees to protect Alexandrine not knowing the danger she¿d be to his own heart.I liked this story. It was not your average paranormal romance. It had plenty of new concepts that I found quite unique and interesting (i.e. magehelds and blood-twins, etc.) - with a nice, little glossary at the front to explain same. Xia is the epitome of the bad boy and I really enjoyed him as a character. Alexandrine was the perfect mate for him. They were both strong, intense, flawed, yet also very likeable. I really loved the dialogue and interaction between them.This was a fantastic introduction to Ms. Jewel¿s writing and I¿ll definitely be on the lookout for more titles from her. This is required reading for any paranormal romance lover.
SheilaDeeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The brother who¿s not dead leaves a creature that hates witches to guard his sister, who just happens to be a witch. And the sister¿s not happy. The fact that the creature that hates her is the image of everything desirable in a man might have something to do with that. But soon the fact that her apartment¿s under attack from screaming demons and she¿s on the run, still with the enormously desirable, enormously forbidden guardian, gives her no time to consider how she feels.Carolyn Jewel¿s novel leaves no doubt how her characters feel about each other. And the misunderstandings about who and what might be bad, who¿s enslaving whom, and definitions of entrapment, etc. can¿t hide them from their love.My Forbidden Desire always knows where it¿s going. It creates an intricate and fascinating world, peoples it with flawed and wonderful characters, and tells a fascinating tale of passion and intrigue. A fun, exciting read.
morbidromantic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexandrine Marit is a witch who can barely form a spell, abandoned as a child by her powerful mage father Rasmus for having too little power. However, as a grown woman, what she does have is a talisman imbued with a power her father supposedly wants. So to protect her from her father and his league of fiends, her no longer long-lost adopted brother Harsh puts a fiend named Xia in charge of her protection. Xia is a powerful creature, the tall and dark handsome kind, but hates witches because witches enslave and kill his kind. He would like nothing more than to kill Rasmus with his bare hands, and watching over a witch who is also the daughter of Rasmus is a terrible fate for him. Neither of them trust each other, but slowly Alexandrine sees he is more than just a witch hating fiend, and Xia comes to see that she is more than just a witch. Especially when the two discover that maybe Xia needs to be protected just as much as she does. The closer they get to one another, the less they can deny the chemistry and physical attraction pulling at them.Nothing like a good book full of magic and sexual tension to curl up with at night. I have a weakness for magic in books, though not only of the 'witch' kind. I think the various concepts of magehelds and blood-twins and such are very unique and give more layers to the story than your typical witch-meets-demon-and-they-do-magic-together kind of story. There is more potential for conflict and storyline when relationships are varied and complex. And though you know Alexandrine and Xia are going to end up getting hot and petty, the anticipation is tense and their mutual dislike is amusing.Xia is the absolute bad boy type and women can't get enough of men like him. In that way, he is charming but frustrating, but bad boys tend to be stubborn. And Alexandrine, darling, after all the things Xia did and said to you, you still thought he was going to abandon you at the end? Where is your faith, girl!? But hey, the story needed that last surge of drama, I suppose, and it was a great ending to see the two of them together but not sugary. After all, Xia is still a bad boy fiend and Alexandrine is still a 'take no crap' kind of girl.
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TheCoffeeCup More than 1 year ago
As an answer to the complaints that the characters bickered to much i found that it fit the situation. Cmon her father enslaved the main sexy hero , the emotional loop theyre put through makes sense that theyd be arguing. Over all id say i liked it better than the first, Xia i felt maintained his character but still managed to be enjoyable, in the bad ass dude kinda way.
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