by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Forbidden, an all-new story from Jodi Ellen Malpas is available now!!
Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously 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 must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden.
💛 A Note From The Author 💛
“The Forbidden” is exactly that. Not allowed. Prohibited. Banned. At least, that’s what society says. But what about your heart? It took a massive leap of faith for me to put these words on paper. I’ve always said that I write what my heart tells me to write, not what people want me to write. Never has my own motto been so significant in my writing career. I questioned my sense when I came up with the idea of The Forbidden. Then I reminded myself of my motto, of my heart’s desire, and my heart really wanted to tell this story, despite knowing that it might not be what people expect from me. I couldn’t let my fear of the taboo subject matter dictate my writing. So I dove right in—no holding back, no inhibitions, no softly-softly approach. The Forbidden is controversial. I’ve no doubt it’ll cause debate, and I’m cool with that. As a writer, you accept that what you send out into the world is going to be picked apart, sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. This story is about the conflict. The feelings. The questions. It’s about the heart ruling the head. I ask you to go into it with an open mind, and please remember that it is a story. One of passion, of love, and of heartache. It’s about falling in love with the wrong person at the wrong time. Because it happens. Every single day. But above all of that, it’s about being true to yourself and your heart. It’s about finding your soulmate and fighting for them. It’s about standing by what you believe in. And we all believe in true love.
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Annie and Jack – GAH!!!! I’ve had to give myself a few days after reading this for it to settle in there before I wrote my review, so here goes:
Annie has just moved into a new home in London, she has her own Architect business, works from home, has really given up on men and is happy working and going out with her close knit family of friends she has.
One said night out with friends and she meets Jack at a bar, and has that instant life-changing attraction to a man, something she has never had before. The attraction overwhelms her, so much so she ends up going to a hotel with him for a night – a night that will change everything for her, the best night she has ever had with a man. But she steals out of the room and leaves him there in the morning, without knowing anything more about him, thinking she would never she him again.
But that plays around in her head for days, the connection they had was undeniable, and maybe she was a bit hasty leaving the room without his details? But Jack turns up where she least expects him, at her house warming party as a guest of her client. Jack turns out to be the contractor she will be working very closely with, but most horrendous of all, Jack turns out to Forbidden, and unavailable to Annie.
What ensues is a working relationship where they try to deny the connection they have, before it becomes too much, and the lines between business and pleasure intermingle.
What follows is a nerve wracking story of infidelity, guilt, lies and deceit. I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put it down. I loved Jack’s character!! He’s very sexy and his love for Annie shines through. I also found him quite sweet and vulnerable, I wanted to hold him and tell him everything would work out just fine!!! Annie is wonderful, hard working, sincere, loyal, loving, caring – this is what makes it so very difficult for her, and has her questioning herself constantly.
I accept that many affairs are based on nothing more than sex – something exciting and daring in a life of boredom and discontent. But what about the people who meet that little bit too late and share something special like Jack and I do? Are we supposed to let that person pass on by, turn away from someone who finds your soul and kisses it?
Reading this was a very personal experience for me, having been through something similar. I applaud Jodi for writing this book, this is real life for me and she has stunningly captured a difficult subject and laid it bare. I loved everything about it, and was quite emotional at times, with the angst having me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the read.
Not everyone will like this book because of the content, but for me it was beautifully perfect. To be read with an open mind and heart, and not to judge. 5 stars.
Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction.
Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time.
With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR, released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017.
All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world.
Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers
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