NSFW Book Review: Forbidden Desire by Robin Lovett

Title: Forbidden Desire

Author: Robin Lovett

Publisher: Entangled: Scorched

Publication Date: July 13 2020

Genres: Erotica

Shelves: Female-authored, Female-dominant, Female-fronted

I know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but it was the blue-skinned, voluptuous alien that caught my attention . . . and the tease of a sex goddess and promise of sex powers in the cover blurb that pulled me in. Robin Lovett or her Planet of Desire series were completely new to me, but I am happy to say Forbidden Desire has made me a hardcore fan.

Niva is Fellamana, a voluptuous alien sex goddess who came into her Exstare power a month ago, an inheritance that goes back generations, granting her the ability to give orgasms with a touch of the skin, and to heal people with sex. She wears her arousal and emotions as an aura, colors glowing and flowing across her flesh, turning her blue at her most erotically alluring. Graven is a human super-soldier, test-tube bred and cruelly altered to be inhumanly strong, but at the cost of all physical feeling and emotions. The connection between them, coming from nothing more than a meeting of eyes, is immediate. Acting upon it is forbidden by her people, but it is a challenge and an attraction too strong to ignore.

This is a sex-positive, body-positive, female-led work of alien erotica. Niva’s sex goddess calling requires her to feed the pleasure of others, providing them with orgasms, while Graven is the first person to come along since her Exstare manifested who puts her orgasms first, worshipping her body and soul. It’s not bondage and domination, but a romantic, feminist sort of power-exchange with which I deeply identified. I’m hesitant about spoiling too much of the imaginative kink, but I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t mention the three hooded nulba above her sex, the gently grasping claws/teeth inside it, or the magical fluids that flow from her orgasm.

As amazing, detailed, imaginative, and exhilarating as all the sex is, there’s a plot behind it all, involving a forbidden romance, a political rebellion, and a spiritual conflict. The story takes a dark turn in the final chapters, forcing the lovers (and the world) to confront their feelings for one another, and it gets pretty intense before we find our happily-ever-after. There’s so much about Forbidden Desire to love, from the erotic sci-fi concept, to the romantic characters, to the relaxed sort of gender roles, to the gentle power exchange, and Niva is a character I will not soon forget.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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