Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas

by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Published by Forever Trade Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher

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A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy. 

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden.

My Thoughts

Do you believe in fate? Do you have think there is only one “meant to be”?

THE FORBIDDEN is the second book by Jodi Ellen Malpas that I’ve read, and she is quickly becoming an author whose books I will seek out. I loved the writing and the storytelling and the connection between Annie and Jack. I enjoyed reading it and getting swept up in the romance and the drama. Oh the drama.

I loved the Titanic connection and even some of the parallels - the overwhelming, consuming love that they felt for each other. The story starts out steamy and never lets up. And it’s not just the physical intimacy, but also the closeness and the tenderness as a couple - the care and concern, that had me rooting for them.  

Writing this review is challenging because THE FORBIDDEN is just one of the books that you can’t talk about without revealing spoilers. AND it is a book that you will definitely want to talk about, but I don’t want to ruin it for other readers. I actually scanned ahead to discover the spoiler to find out if it was something I would want to continue to read. Obviously, I didn’t have an issue with reading this storyline, but this book does challenge my ideals. It challenges what I would want in my own life.

THE FORBIDDEN explores guilt and forgiveness, temptation and deprivation. It makes you question what you would risk to be with your “meant to be.” Do fate and karma really exist? And when do you decide who’s in control - and what does that mean?

I hope that readers will give THE FORBIDDEN a chance, especially my reader friends, because I would LOVE to have someone to discuss it with.

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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