by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Forbidden, an all-new story from Jodi Ellen Malpas is LIVE!!
Review by Wendy
Jodi toyed with me like a cat toys with its prey, batting me back and forth, wearing me down until she tipped my moral compass on its head.
When I started reading I had no doubt in my mind which side of the argument I fell on, but that got totally blown apart with my need to see Annie and Jack happy.
We all know Jodi can write hot, alpha males that are off the Alpha Male Richter scale, but this was different. Jack is clearly a jolly good looking chap, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind as I read The Forbidden, because the dilemma he finds himself in distracts from this. My focus was on the internal battle both characters were having, actually it was the same internal battle I was having with myself over what they should do. And the conclusion I came to was not the one I expected.
Every emotion possible passed through me during this book, there was passion, shame, shock, love, hope, loss. I actually read chapter one twice, it made me feel so proud of Annie I was so invested in her already, which meant when the shit hit the fan I was with her 100%.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to meet Jodi over the years and to be trusted with an advanced copy of The Forbidden has been a huge honour, she simply is one of the loveliest people in the industry.
I expect you all to go into this book, thinking as i did and being slightly judgemental of the subject, but I guarantee, you will finish the book feeling completely different.
Review by Tara
Can you make your heart love a certain way? Can you force it not to feel for someone you have no right loving? What if that love and that person are forbidden?
“I’ve no doubt. It takes everything in me and more to take his hand and bring it to my mouth, and when my tongue slips free, I close my eyes and brace myself. I taste no salt. I taste him. And it might well be the most intoxicating taste I’ve ever experienced.”
Annie Ryan has lived her life by one rule…less men, more work. That all changes when she encounters a stranger at a bar, when her world collides with his in a big way. Jack Joseph is unhappy with his life, so much he is losing himself and cannot find a way out. Meeting Annie opens up his eyes to world filled with love and happiness, but what they are doing is forbidden….will love conquer and allow these two to accept fate’s challenge?
“Only him and the return of feelings that I’ve fantasized about since that unforgettable night. All the guilt is abandoning me, and I let it, unprepared to let anything stop me from taking the forbidden.”
The Forbidden is a mind mixer, a heart breaker, and a book filled with suspense, romance and steamy rendezvouses. Jodi takes us into a taboo world and shows us how one time can affect the rest of your life. The connection between the MC’s is raw and real, pulling you in with every word that Jodi writes. Every page holds promise, and keeps you reading, even when you don’t think you can go on. The Forbidden is a hot book, and Jodi is a master of words.
“This is my penance. For all of the wrong decisions I have made, for touching the forbidden, this is the ultimate punishment. I will never forgive myself.”
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