All the Forbidden Things by Lesley Jones is LIVE!
When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden…
I’ve known him my entire life.
Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good.
Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s my boss.
He has a wife.
Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same.
And I haven’t survived all that I have to not go after what I want.
Her story is a tragedy, mine’s a publicity disaster.
Just when I needed her most, she walked back into my life, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
With a newborn baby, a divorce, an album to record, and a world tour to plan, I don’t need the distraction.
She’s off limits.
She’s my best friend’s little sister.
She’s my nanny.
Billie’s a golden drop of sexy sun on a grey autumn day, tempting me into the light and a life full of possibilities.
A life not meant for us.
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It’s at that point I notice Billie climbing from the car. Although, if Mel hadn’t told me, I’d never have recognised the girl standing on my drive as Billie Wild.
She closes the car door and turns towards me.
She stares down at her feet as she moves slowly along my driveway. When she reaches the front of the car, she looks up. The bluest of blue eyes meet mine, and she stops moving.
No birds singing.
No traffic sounds.
The silence is so loud it hurts my ears.
What. The. Actual. Fuck?
She takes a step towards me, and my hearing returns. The gravel crunches beneath her green biker boots, a pigeon coos, brakes screech, engines rev . . . a bomb could fucking drop, but nothing, not a single thing can divert my attention from Billie Wild as she moves towards me.
My ARC Review:
This is a fabulous return to writing for Lesley Jones, two years since her last book, and this one blew me away – beautifully written, heartfelt, full of heartstopping drama, very emotionally and wonderfully English!!
Lesley has created another rockstar family here with, Young Wild and Rong, being managed by the infamous Carnage family. Max Young is the lead singer, with a new massive responsibility on his hands, his new baby daughter. His wife has led him a merry dance and done the most reprehensible thing on him. He is distraught, cut up, angry, but determined to step up for his baby girl. He has his problems and his demons, alcohol and drugs being a rockstar’s best friend, but he is determined to put this in his past. He needs a nanny, and quick.
Billie is Cal’s sister, part of his Carnage management, and his best friend. He has known her since she was a baby. Billie has had a rough time of it lately, and just come back from America to be with her family. She’s always had a crush on Max, her brother’s best friend and all, he was always around, but she was always just a girl. That girl has grown into a stunning young woman, who is more than willing and capable of helping Max out with his nanny position. But as they meet for the first time in several years, Max is all too aware that Billie is not a little girl any more, the sparks between them flying from their first glance at each other, their chemistry undeniable…..
Stunning!!! I loved the characters and the story line!! Max was an absolute darling – hot and sexy rockstar, a struggling newbie dad showing his vulnerabilities, unable to deny the pull of a girl he has known all his life, the age gap being quite a significant one, but he is such a sweetie and kind and caring. Billie has been through hell, but she is full of life and attitude, willing to stand up and fight for what she wants, she’s an absolute diamond!
The story line was completely immersive, showing how fab it can be to be rich and famous, coupled with the horrible reality that is today’s press and their invasive nature. It really was an outstanding read, compelling and emotional. I can’t wait to read more like this from Lesley. Highly recommended reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lesley was born and raised in a small working-class town in Essex, just outside of East London. She’s married with three sons and in 2006 they all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about fifty kilometres outside of Melbourne, Australia.
Lesley is currently ‘a stay at home mum’, but in the past, she has worked at ‘good old Mark & Spencer’ for thirteen years and as a teacher’s assistant.As well as writing, Lesley loves to read and has been known to get through four or five books a week, when she’s not writing that is.
Her other interests are watching her boys play football… the round ball version. She’s happy to admit to being an addict of social media and owes a lot to her Facebook and Twitter family in promoting her book. Lesley is also rather partial to a glass or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being her favourite.
Being a born and raised Essex girl, she will happily admit being a big fan of spray tans, manis, pedis, and is regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although she doesn’t own a pair of white stilettos.
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