Audiobook Review: His Forbidden Touch (Stolen Brides #2) by Shelly Thacker
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His Forbidden Touch by Shelly Thacker
Series: Stolen Brides #2
Published by: Summit Avenue Books Genres: 18+, Adult, Adult Historical, Romance
Source: Author Submitted
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About the Book:
She may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her.
Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright - if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.
Royce must escort the lovely Princess Ciara across a war-torn land to her royal wedding... and ensure that she arrives untouched. The two set off alone on a treacherous journey through snowy mountain passes, but forbidden desire soon proves even more dangerous than the assassins on their trail. With the fate of two kingdoms hanging in the balance, will Royce and Ciara do as honor and duty demand... or surrender to the longing in their hearts?
His Forbidden Touch, the second novel in the Stolen Brides Series by Shelly Thacker took me back to the days where romance novels had a plot and character development and adventure! Not to say that they don’t know, but they are a little more difficult to come by. His Forbidden Touch can be read as a standalone (or listened to, as I had the audiobook), so no worries if you haven’t read the first one.
Ciara is the princess of a kingdom under war. When her father finally negotiates a peace treaty with the invading prince, Damon, part of the bargain is that Ciara must become Damon’s bride. When someone makes an attempt on the princess’s life, however, she must venture to Damon’s country with a special guard.
Ex-knight Royce was banished from the castle by Ciara’s father four years ago, and he’s still a little testy about it. But when he receives a mysterious note telling him that his country needs him, he knows exactly who it must be from. He is not happy in the slightest about having to deliver a pampered princess to her new home, but with the promise of having his title restored, he decides to do the honorable thing.
I loved Ciara. I loved watching her character grow from someone who had never been outside of her own castle, someone who thought she could ride horseback across the country with bags full of unnecessary items, into someone who was feisty, and learned how to defend herself. I also really enjoyed Royce’s reactions as she continued to surprise him and defy his expectations. As much as she doesn’t wish to marry Damon, as much as she’s heard of his violent temper, she’s still willing to marry him, because she wants her country to finally have peace and recover from the war. Her sense of duty was admirable, and slightly annoying.
Royce was a pretty interesting leading man. He’s angry because of everything that he’s lost, angry that Ciara’s father doesn’t seem to care that he’s lost everything in the slightest, and angry that he is now required to escort a spoiled princess who doesn’t even know about what’s going on in her kingdom at the moment. I found myself really sympathizing with him, even when you find out why he was exiled. I loved how sarcastic he is. Sarcasm gets me every time. And the bickering between him and Ciara towards the beginning was priceless. But their fondness for each other grew throughout the novel in a really natural way, and I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes at it, which was nice.
The audiobook was pretty nice, it was narrated by Julia Motyka who did a good job keeping me entertained. She paused for emphasis in all the right places, quickened the pace in all the right places, and she didn’t put me to sleep.
Overall, I’m giving His Forbidden Touch 5 out of 5 controllers. It was really well written, the characters were developed really well, their relationship was developed really well, and I loved the plot.