REVIEW: Forbidden Love by Lee Colgin

The Official Description:  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.

Just the facts: M/M

A vampire scientist meets his match in a young, energetic werewolf with a big heart. – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit:   Dr. Benjamin Arleth is a vampire working on a top-secret experiment. He is working on the development of a cream that might allow vampires to walk in sunlight. Of course, there are many implications, both good and bad, for this in the world Lee Colgin has created.

This is the second book in the “they bite” series. In the first book, Colgin sets about describing a world in which Vampires and were-creatures have always been enemies. As time. Has progressed, the two races have intertwined more often. Sinclair – a living vampire and Mitchell – an alpha wolf meet and fall in love in the first book. If only life were that simple though!

The world is moving forwards slowly. Vampires and were-creatures agreed to meet at a peace summit that ended in a human-placed explosion injuring people. Nathan … a young and amusing werewolf from the first book was injured protecting Sinclair. The injury he sustained was serious enough that he was rushed to the hospital. It was Dr. Arleth who performed Nathan’s surgery. He was taken with the brave young werewolf.

While dopey from surgery, Nathan remarks upon how handsome Benjamin is but he’s certain he has ruined everything later on. After all, why would an intelligent, scientist and vampire be interested in a werewolf who is still in school?

While Ben and Nathan are still getting to know each other, Colgin ramps up the action and intrigue again! In Ben’s lab, things have gone awry. He begins to question what’s happening with his experiments. Is there a reason that the experiments could be failing? As always, I’m not going to give away too much of the plot as I love the way that Colgin balances the main character’s love story with the action of the plot. It’s a great combination of the two.

Of note – I loved the supporting character, Samuel. Samuel is Ben’s best friend and maker. He’s a grumpy man, all sharp edges and pointy bits. I particularly loved the banter back and forth between Samuel and Nathan when they met. There was no love lost between the vampire and the werewolf but it was adorable.

I’m not sure if this is the end of the series – I sure hope it isn’t! I’m really curious about what will happen to the world if news of a successful aid for vampires to walk in daylight gets out. Colgin has already hinted about the drawbacks and advantages!

This is a great series with some real original plot points! It’s definitely worth a read.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) explosion, surgery without anesthetic, torture by forcing immolation on a vampire, painful burns on the skin (vampires)

Links: Goodreads // The Author // The Publisher

I received an ARC of Forbidden Love by Lee Colgin from NineStar Press via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.


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