Forbidden by Destiny
by Negeen Papehn
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Leyla had never known what it felt like to fall in love. Not until her best friend Sara broke Ben’s heart.
After the devastating break up, Leyla reluctantly agreed to pick up Sara's things from Ben's home. Leyla thought she was being a good friend, but when she finds Ben completely shattered, her loyalties are tested. He had been her friend too. An afternoon of an innocent lunch and a walk on the beach to cheer him up turns into fireworks when Leyla can't get Ben out of her head.
Pushed to her limits, fighting for a love she’s always dreamed of, and against a demon she never knew existed, Leyla must ultimately make a choice. Her decision will come down to loyalty to her best friend, the expectations of her family, or the desires of her wanting heart. Is love worth taking the risk?
My opinions on Forbidden by Destiny
This is the second book in the Forbidden Love series. As a disclaimer, I did not read the first book so I came into the story cold. I did not have a problem figuring out what was going on or who was with whom.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The author tells a realistic love story with all its wonderful and gory details. I appreciated how the Leyla made mistakes that affected her relationships with family, friends, and lover as I have made several of those same mistakes. It was a nice change of pace from the predictable romance story. I loved how she realized her mistakes and she grew as the story progressed. I am totally in love with Ben. He is so sweet and caring that I honestly cried when he was heartbroken. I couldn’t stand to see him in pain. This book evoked a lot of strong feelings for me. I laughed and I balled my eyes out.
Ms. Papehn’s writing was engaging. I literally read the book in 24 hours. I took to work with me but had to hide it in my desk so I wasn’t reading it. I just couldn’t put it down. I am excited to read the first book in the series Forbidden by Faith. I loved how she integrated Leyla’s culture into the story. I don’t have a lot of exposure to Iranian culture but it was a real treat to read about it.
As a trigger warning, there is an attempted rape scene. The author does go delve into excruciating details and the reader gets swept into black feelings that Leyla has afterward. She does a great job capturing the terror and blankness that the victim faces, but it maybe too intense for some readers.
Thank you to the author for this book.