The Forbidden Claim

Kelly Gendron
The Forbidden Claim
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Red Sage Publishing
Release Date
March 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

US Marshall Jinx Collins is an outspoken, free-spirited, and fearless woman. It's that same fearlessness, however, that tends to get her into trouble. Jinx questions her life prior to being adopted. When those questions lead her to a murderer who's about to be transported into the witness protection program, Jinx decides to kidnap him to see if she can uncover the truth. Jed Kane has worked undercover in the human trafficking ring for years. When Jed accepts a job to disguise himself as one of his worst enemies and take a ride from the correctional facility to a secured location, he certainly had not planned on being abducted by Jinx Collins. Jed's uncertain as to how he feels about her touchy-feely hands and loose lips-unsure if they irritate him or if they are awakening his badly behaving desires. Jed knows he must first find out what the fanatical little lady wants with a murderer before he can act on whatever he's feeling.

Straight away Jinx is attracted to the resilient and enticing Jed Kane-the only man who hasn't backed down from her candor. While Jinx discovers that the questionable criminal may be able to assist her in finding out the truth about her past, Jed vows to save Jinx from her daring self. Once Jinx starts to understand what Jed feels for her-he wants to own her-she demands that he succumb to the raging frenzy. Jed allows himself to seduce her body, submitting himself to that dominant need. But haunted by a world of unlawful ownership, Jed forbids his cold heart to stake its dangerous claim on Jinx Collins.

Locked away in a dark basement, a little boy is waiting to be rescued-and Jinx's past holds the key to his prison. If Jinx can finally find the truth which holds her fears, and if Jed can forgive himself for his past, then not only might they be able to save the boy, but they might also discover that their carnal desires really derive from their own prison... an inescapable prison of love.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Jun 13, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
112 people found the following review helpful
THE FORBIDDEN CLAIM is the story of a seedy underworld and how it affects different people's lives and how those lives can become intertwined with one another.

Jinx Collins is a US Marshall who finds herself involved in a human trafficking ring almost by accident. Jed Kane is fully immersed in the world of human trafficking and he is there completely by choice. Jed has been working undercover for an unknown agency for years trying to rescue some of the victims of human trafficking. When Jed and Jinx cross paths, they discover that they share a dark past. What they need to discover is if that past will keep them from also sharing a future.

This story and its characters were told in depth and with great emotion. The weaving of the plot to include the past and the present was done very well. The author did a great job of portraying the emotions that a past trauma can cause, and how those emotions can affect every aspect of your life well past the time of the trauma.

The story also explores the emotions that are associated with making tough choices that don't always result in a happy ending. Jinx has to deal with the struggle of not remembering her past but knowing there were important people and events that have shaped her. Jed has to deal with his work and the secrets he keeps, making him feel like he is not deserving of happiness. Together, they uncover some of the secrets shrouding both of their pasts and work to recover from the emotional damage that has been experienced.

The story was mysterious, steamy, and fast-paced. I enjoyed both the plot and the characters. The author wrote about the good and the bad and did not try to sugarcoat or downplay the darkness of human trafficking. Great read.
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