Banished

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February 02, 2016
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Perfect for fans of Cleopatra's Moon and the adult bestseller The Red Tent, this is the epic sequel to Forbidden, set in the unforgiving deserts of ancient Mesopotamia. Jayden's courage will be put to the test as she fights for her survival and the one she loves. Jayden thought she had lost everything. After months of traveling in the desert, she discovers her beloved Kadesh is injured but still alive. However, the two must flee immediately, for the vengeful and jealous Horeb is on their trail, desperate to take Jayden back to be his bride. The trek to the southern lands comes with heartache and danger, and as Jayden and Kadesh draw closer to their destination, she realizes that even he has been keeping secrets from her . . . ones that will change everything. Kimberley Griffiths Little's riveting sequel to Forbidden will leave readers begging for the final installment.

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Stunning sequel

Jayden’s heart was nearly torn apart when she thought her beloved, Kadesh, was dead. After months of hard traveling and almost lost hope, she is reunited with him again only to discover the danger she was running from is closer than she ever imagined. Together, she and her prince must fight together to overcome familiar and new battles.

The sequel to FORBIDDEN packs as much adventure as the first. BANISHED is a sweeping historical romance that takes readers across cities and deserts. The provocative imagery will absorb readers into the time and place of the Bronze Age. The descriptions of the rituals, dancing, and marriage customs paint a magnificent cultural picture. With Jayden’s travels, readers get a glimpse of a variety of different lifestyles of the time, displaying strong research on the author’s part.

Though so far away in time and social structure, Little does a phenomenal job of making Jayden realistic and easy to connect with. Her relationship with Kadesh journeys from the first book with new and first love to a developed connection that has multiple potential conflicts. Though their love is strong, the past has a way of catching up to them that makes nothing easy but is excellent for dramatic flair. Readers will love seeing how they bond and change as the world around them turns to chaos.

Overall, readers like me who fell in love with FORBIDDEN will be very pleased with this sequel, BANISHED. The storyline deepens beautifully, ebbing and flowing in all the appropriate places as set ups for the final installment continue to develop. I eagerly await the conclusion of Jayden’s story.

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AMAZING!

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Jayden is so much stronger in this novel! I can't even believe how much better she's gotten! I'm so proud of her. She's still in so much trouble and nothing really gets better for her. I just feel so bad that she's going through all this crap.

The world is still so built up wonderfully and so lush. I can feel the heat from the desert on my face, I can feel the cold night on my skin. The author goes a great job at making me feel like I'm there.

This is a great series so far and this squeal is great. Start on this series if you haven't.

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Breath-Taking Romance

"If she follows her heart,
she will be forever....
Banished..."


Oh where to start....I absolutely LOVED, OBSESSED, DREAMED ABOUT, RAVED and DEVOURED this amazing book. WOW....I loved the first book in this series, Forbidden, and could not wait to read the sequel and it was even better than expected!!!

Banished is full of breath-taking romance, intense action scenes, and beautiful world-building. I love how the story takes place over the Mesopotamian desert which makes the survival aspect of this story feel so real. I love survival stories and especially where there is a female heroine who has to overcome overwhelming odds to survive and Jayden is the perfect heroine for this story.

Banished picks up right where Forbidden ended and Jayden is scouring the desert looking for her true love, Kadesh, whom she has heard stories that he could be alive and not dead at the hands of the evil Horeb. Jayden has dealt with so many difficult and painful experiences but she has not given up hope that she and Kadesh can live happily if they can just make it to his kingdom, Sariba and escape Horeb.

Usually sequels are more of just a continuation of the story to keep the story going until the final book but Banished is an exception to that standard....Banished was so much more than just an ordinary sequel. The story line in Banished was so intricate and fascinating and so many new characters were introduced who grabbed your heart just as much as the original characters from the first book. Each new character that was introduced had their own special place in the story and I cannot wait to find out where their paths take them in this amazing trilogy.

Jayden and Kadesh travel the desert for most of this book and they visit so many new, fascinating places that just continued to build on this amazing, breath-takingly beautiful world. I loved the aspect of "arabian nights", beautiful dark-haired belly dancers, and magnificent palaces.

There is so much emotion in this story and moments where my heart literally broke for Jayden and the pain she experienced. Jayden's family's beliefs and their culture is so strong and at times utterly heart-breaking. Jayden faces terrifying danger out in the desert and uncovers treacherous secrets that could change everything for her and Kadesh.

"My arms swept around his neck to hold him, our bodies woven together, legs tangled. I sensed his heart beating in rhythm to mine as though we were already one."

I cannot express just how much I loved this book!! It's hard to talk about it and try not to give away anything because everyone should experience each page of this book and devour each beautifully written word just as I did.....WOW...Just WOW....I literally cannot wait to get my hands on the final book and see where Jayden and Kadesh's destiny lies and what treasures await them......

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