Author: Shannon Leigh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: July 28, 2014
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy
Page Count: 243
Jule Casale is the perfect daughter. Obedient. Trustworthy. Loyal. With her high profile Italian family, her public image must be impeccable. And now to gain the respect and position she’s desired in the academic world, she hopes to discover the unknown artist behind a masterpiece of Renaissance art.
Rom Montgomery seeks the unobtainable: forgiveness. Those who could grant him relief are dead. Instead, he wanders across continents and through time searching for salvation and the means to right an ancient wrong. But when Jule comes knocking on his door, it’s the closest he’s ever come to finally finding redemption.
The closer Rom draws to correcting his past mistakes, the more his secrets threaten to destroy the woman who might hold the key to his future.
There comes a time in every middle or high school student’s life when you read the classics. Everything from Catcher in the Rye to The Scarlet Letter to The Crucible and many other outstanding pieces of literature are required reading. But what I always looked forward to were the Romantic classics like anything by Emily Brontë, Jane Eyre or William Shakespeare. Yes I’m one of the students who actually read Hamlet with out being asked and could actually understand the verse. And dare I say it, loved it!
Forbidden Kiss expands upon a story we all know so well. The timeless love story of Romeo and Juliet is the base and then amazing and wonderful things happen. The story is set in modern day Chicago where we are introduced to Jule Casale who is on the hunt to discover the origins of a mysterious painting by an anonymous artist. In her hunt she seeks out Rom Montgomery who is an avid collector and connoisseur of ancient swords. Meanwhile Rom has been struggling through lifetimes trying to break a curse which has led to him being immortal for centuries.
This sort of twist on a classic is just the type of thing that I would imagine when I didn’t get the ending I wanted. The fact that the story is interwoven with so many details from the original play is what I find the most charming. In fact it reminded me of how much I loved the hours I would sit and read these plays and just let my imagination take me to that time and place.
There are one or two minor things that pulled me out of the story such as the turn around time for Jule to believe that there was more to the story. Especially after her initial trepidation and fear following a vision she has concerning a sword in Rom’s possession. In addition the fact that there is one portion of the story that I felt there was a leap in time that wasn’t explained effectively but I found the over reaching plot one that engrossed and captured my attention.
Now I’m sure you are wondering about the chemistry between Rom and Jule, Ms. Leigh uses both character’s maturity effectively to remind readers that these are characters we are all so familiar with. However there is true depth to not only the connection but communication and relatability that you will not see in high school lovers. This added to the over reaching thought of a love beyond time which was evocative and poignant.
Final Thoughts: This is a great twist on a classic and a wonderful romance all on its own but if you are an avid Shakespeare fan like myself then I truly believe you will find something to remind you of the joy of the classics. And if you have recently read Romeo & Juliet this is a perfect book to read right after because I demand a happily ever after for these two amazing characters. Don’t You?
Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Forbidden Kiss but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.