Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Forbidden Love
Author: Lee Colgin
Series: They Bite #2
Heroes: Nathan & Ben
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 227 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: May 18, 2020
Available at: NineStar Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When an esteemed vampire doctor treats an injured young werewolf, desire sparks between them.
Dr. Benjamin Arleth has devoted his life to finding a medical cure for his species’ most devastating weakness—sunlight. Finally, one of his pharmaceuticals shows promise, but sabotage looms large in the lab.
Wolf shifter Nathan Cramer is ready to finish grad school and begin his career when a trip to Center City’s Peace Conference goes awry. Weak and bleeding, Nathan knows his wounds could prove fatal. Dr. Arleth is his only hope.
Can love flourish between enemy species despite a society in turmoil? Could vampires walk in the daylight or will darkness reign? It’s a race to find answers, and Ben will have to put his trust in Nathan if they’re going to make it out alive.
Forbidden Love is a MM urban fantasy/paranormal romance and the second book in the series They Bite but can be enjoyed as a standalone.
One of the things I really loved about this book is that it starts off by telling the events of the Peace Conference, which we experienced in book one, Forbidden Bond, from Nathan’s POV, which I really loved especially since a lot of things that happen to Nathan throughout the book are a direct result of his involvement with those events. Add to that, I liked getting a glimpse into a ‘traditional’ vampire’s world because of Ben and not just a living vampire like Sinclair is. It was interesting to see his role in the vampire world and his attempts at finding a cure for vampire’s weakness to sunlight. Nathan and Ben together were an intriguing couple because of how opposite they are but they made it work and once they got passed their little hurdles, they found a way to make their unique situation work. Plus, I really liked how nervous Nathan was around Ben and how he fumbled so much with how to talk to him but also enjoyed that Ben, who was more experienced, was a bit of the same way although he approached things a little more clinical with excuses on just ‘following’ up on Nathan’s medical care.
While I really enjoyed this one, I wished the suspense from the start of the book continued throughout the book. I loved seeing Nathan and Ben getting closer but I felt like with such a huge start and then the slow pace after that made the story drag on in the middle. Plus, towards the end, I wished we had seen more involvement with trying to find the traitor but that it also lasted a bit longer and wasn’t over so quick. Considering who the traitor was, I expected things to be a bit more methodical and not so chaotic.
All in all, I really liked this one, it was a great sequel to the first book and I loved getting back into this world. I loved Ben and Nathan as characters and how they fumbled the start of their relationship so much and I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other. I wished there was a bit more suspense in it, though, because after the start of the story, it just felt like it dragged a little without some suspense to keep in moving. Nonetheless, definitely give this a go but I’d recommend reading Forbidden Bond first just so you have a better idea of the events that happen within this one. Now, I hope we get Samuel’s story next because he NEEDS his own wolf!!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*