Erryn reviews ‘Forever Moore: (Forbidden Love Book 2)’ by Christina Lee and Riley Hart. The ebook was published April 22, 2019 and was 288 pages.The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kale Williams, released October 8, 2019 and is 7 hrs and 40 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the first book and couldn’t wait for the second.
With his raven hair and snow-white skin, Lord Ansil Eirwin draws unwanted attention wherever he goes. After his father’s untimely death, Ansil is set to become Duke of Ravenswood on his next birthday. The gallant and timid lord would never dream of shirking responsibility, so he subverts his desires in order to please his mother and new stepfather, Reginald.
Orien Moore, known as the Huntsman, lives on the fringes and has forsaken close bonds with anyone, even the misfits he has taken in. When Orien is called upon by his brother, Reginald, to kill the pampered future duke, it is the perfect opportunity to seek revenge against his power-hungry brother. Orien formulates a plan to use Reginald’s vicious request to his advantage by kidnapping Ansil and holding him hostage until he can fulfill his birthright.
Soon Orien realizes that Ansil is nothing like he’d expected. Kind and joyful, Ansil enchants Orien and his ragtag group. And Ansil, in turn, cannot help but be curious about the gruff huntsman as Orien’s vulnerabilities are exposed. Their mutual interest transforms into affection, followed by overwhelming desire. But they are living on borrowed time.
With Reginald seeking power in Ravenswood, they have no way of knowing what will transpire once Orien returns Ansil to his proper place in society. The only certainty is that the odds are stacked against them. Will the young lord and his huntsman ever have the chance to experience the happily ever after they’ve found in each other’s arms?
Please note: Forever Moore is a romantic fairy tale – minus the magic – that features one reluctant lord, one brooding huntsman, and plenty of angsty, forbidden love. It’s loosely based on a treasured fairy tale in a make-believe setting that isn’t part of any specific time period and doesn’t play by any traditional rules.
It also completely stands alone from the first book in the Forbidden Love series. You do not have to listen to one to enjoy the other. They are completely separate worlds.
Read Erryn’s review of Book 1 here.
Ever After by Ms. Hart and Ms. Lee is one of my favorite books. Certainly among gay fairy tale books it’s near the top of the pile. And the audio was divine. All that being said, I had high hopes for this book, the second in the loosely associated Forbidden Love series. This book is a stand alone and you don’t have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. And although I did enjoy the book, it didn’t quite capture me the way the first one did. Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked this book. I think it’s good and it stands alone quite well. It’s just that I was pulled in more by the previous book and kept comparing the two.
Orien Moore has a problem. His brother has demanded he kill the man’s step-son. Orien has no desire to help his brother grab power, but he also knows his brother will not be dissuaded. If he doesn’t kill the young man, his brother will simply find someone who will. But protecting the young man means kidnapping and holding him against his will. Just for a few short months until the boy is old enough to claim his rightful place.
Lord Ansil Eirwin is an attractive young man, sheltered and not knowledgeable in the ways of the world. He whittles and enjoys the company of servants. He doesn’t yet understand the gravity of the role he must ascend to when he turns twenty-one. When he is kidnapped, he has no idea why or what to do. He is powerless in the face of the dominating Orien. Quickly, though, he makes friends with other inhabitants of Orien’s manor. The man has created a found family that is remarkable.
Neither man has considered the unnatural relationship of two men. Orien has focused on those he protects and Ansil, although knowing he doesn’t find women attractive, hadn’t ever thought to take it further. Their relationship is slow to blossom, to be sure. But there are supportive people in their lives who make it clear they’re okay with such a relationship.
As is necessary, there is a showdown between the two brothers, the ending of which I hadn’t necessarily predicted. Also, this is based on Snow White’s story, so there needs to have an apple. I’ll leave it at that.
I enjoyed the audiobook. Kale Williams is a solid narrator who always gives an admirable performance. He differentiated the voices and did well overall. I would recommend this book and was glad I listened to it. Hopefully there will be more to come – especially with those gorgeous covers.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Riley lives in North Carolina with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina Lee lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.
She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
You can find more info on her website: www.christinalee.net. From there you can link to her Facebook reader group called The Swoon Room as well as her IG account and newsletter.