Somerset doesn’t want to marry. This doesn’t stop her
father from betrothing her to a wealthy stranger. She is
sick and tired of having her life controlled by men.
Lilith’s wish comes true to a certain degree. She escapes
marriage only to fall into a bizarre predicament. What she
doesn’t know is that a portion of her value, aside from her
father’s tremendous riches, is the mystery of her mother’s
Dominic Rainier is a man ruled by duty and desperation.
It’s been foretold to him by the local witch that in order
to save his people and lands from a long-standing curse, he
must ensure that Lilith is pregnant by the next full moon.
Lilith is not the type of woman to easily give in, but then
neither is Dominic.
forced to use measures to overcome her reluctance without
harming Lilith. Lilith scorns him and struggles to fight
him and her emotions. This proves difficult when Dominic
begins to appear less and less the villain. Then there is
the looming threat of Lilith’s father once he discovers that
she has been taken and by whom. No matter what the outcome
is they are facing the point of no return.
Dominic are both forced into a series of circumstances that
take away their freedom except for how they want to deal
with the decisions they are forced to make. The most
positive aspect is that the end justifies the means,
although in the beginning, Dominic’s actions are
questionable. He is sickened by what he must do but his
life is not the only one on the line. He has lost
everything, and Ms. Fox portrays him as a sympathetic hero
with enough resilience and backbone that he is far from
pitiful. Lilith is a strong and passionate woman set on
vengeance in the beginning after resigning herself to
hardship. By the end of the story, I was admiring her
insightfulness and strength. She’s tough and every bit as
proud as Dominic while still displaying her vulnerable
would not say this is one of Ms. Fox’s stronger works,
although this did not make it less interesting or unpleasant
to read. What carries the most weight is Ms. Fox’s strong
writing and ability to weave a story by luring you into the
bright tapestry of her setting. Forbidden Fruit
is a sensuous story with characters that “click” together in
searing love scenes balanced out by moments of tenderness.
There is a subtle hint of the fairy tale about it that will
work for any reader with a taste for romantic fantasy.