AmErica House, 2001
Nouri St. Charles Sommers is
distressed that her husband Ethan has been gone for days and
now suddenly his attorney Clint Chamberlain seems to have disappeared
as well. Nouri and Clint have carried the torch for one another
since before her marriage to Ethan. To top it all off Becka Chamberlain
and another young woman have been murdered.
Clint is hunting for Ethan. The
attorney is convinced Ethan is again taking drugs and must have
murdered a young woman he does not know. Before long Clint must
come to grips with the fact that Ethan is involved in much more
than being hooked on drugs.
Nouri would like to divorce her
billionaire husband hires a detective to find man, she receives
a death threat and decides she wants nothing more to do with
Clint. Gabe Baldwin the detective who is supposed to be guarding
Nouri soon believes himself in love with her.
"Forbidden" is the
second in Writer Taylor's Lambert Series. Taylor's narrative
is filled with pithy dialogue along with lusty and determined
characters set against a backdrop of machination, conniving and
intrigue. The narrative travels from Boston to Lambert up in
New England to Connecticut, then to France and China before returning
to the Eastern Bay near Cape Cod. We are offered a peek into
the seamier side of life as the story surrounding Ethan Sommers
unfolds. That Ethan Sommers is a man who is little satisfied
with his wealth, his wife, or anything else is revealed in explicit
"Forbidden" is as much
a tale of the dissolution wrought by wealth without principle
as it is a glimpse into the yearnings of a group of desperate,
lonely people who are not always certain what they want even
when it is before them. Each of the major characters has a yen
for someone who may not be well suited or available to them.
The reader is caught up in the
tale from the outset as Nouri ponders where her husband may be.
I look forward to reviewing another
in the series. There are some small areas where editing might
be in order to tighten up the -ly endings, however on the whole
"Forbidden" moves right along, the story is plausible
and the writing does hold the interest of the
True to the Genre. Not for everyone,
some graphic sex, some profanity.