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New Release/Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

New Release/Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

New Release/Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen MalpasThe Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Forever on August 8th 2017
Pages: 368
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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-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.

The author explains in the beginning not to judge that she just had to tell the story and once I began I thought this is gonna make me mad but the way it’s presented you don’t.
Annie Ryan doesn’t have the time or patience for a relationship as she is a sought after architect and her past relationships have been not worth her time. Her friends Lizzy, Mickey and Nat convince her to have a night out where she meets Jack and the sparks that come between them is insane.

Annie spends hours in a hotel with him but scoots out before she has to have a awkward conversation in the morning, she just takes her feelings and goes. The problem is that in the weeks that follows she is thinking about Jack constantly but life goes on she has a gallery to finish designing and a housewarming party to have. She invites the customer she is working with who says he is meeting with the builder and she tells him to bring them but what she sees when she opens the door makes her lose all color…
This story is so well written that you really become engrossed with characters and how each one of them feels even though it’s written from Annie’s point of view. I love Annie and how hard she tries to do the right thing but her heart takes over and she lets it.

“Thank you for your help,” I say quietly, studying him, definitely detecting that he’s deep in thought. Don’t ask, don’t ask, don’t ask. I need to get back into my apartment without engaging with him, which could prove tricky when he’s blocking the doorway and looking like he has no intention of shifting to let me in.

“Annie,” he breathes. “I’m struggling so badly.”

“I’m not doing this.” I swallow, pushing my way past him. He grabs me by the top of my arm and holds me in place. “Let me go, Jack.”

“I’ve already told you I can’t do that. Annie, I’m drowning here. I’m going out of my mind, and the more time I spend with you the fucking worse it’s getting. Listening to you, talking to you, sharing a passion with you that goes way beyond the amazing time we had in bed together.”

“You have to forget!” I yell, knowing anger is the only way forward. Be angry with him. Let it dominate me and rule me, because the alternative scares me to fucking death.

He pushes me into the hall and slams the door behind us, forcing me to back up. “No,” he says, straight and even. “No,” he repeats, moving one more step forward, except this time I don’t retreat. Because I can’t. Because he has me locked in place with those grey eyes, and now they’re back to their full glory. Sparkling, even if it’s with anger. He reaches for his shirt and starts unbuttoning it before shrugging it off and throwing it to the floor, revealing the chest that’s haunting me.

I quickly look down at the pile of material, my mind reeling. His chest. His perfect damn chest. “What are you doing?”

“I have no fucking idea.” He reaches for me and slides a hand around my neck, pulling me to him. Our chests meet, and my determination to repel him vanishes under our connection. Wrongs turn into rights. Conflict turns into craving.

“I can’t get you out of my head, Annie.” His forehead meets mine, his palm massaging away the tightness in my neck muscles, softening me up until I relax in his hold. “I want you all over again, and I can’t even find the will to worry about how much more that’ll make me want you.” He breathes down on me. “I’ve played that night on repeat. I’ve dreamed of holding you in my arms again. I’ve craved the sound of your voice, the feel of your touch, the softness of your lips on mine. I know I shouldn’t want you. But I do. Nothing has ever made me feel this insane with need. Nothing has taken up so much space in my head. I can’t fucking help it, Annie.” His grey gaze sinks into me, my heart steadying to an even thrum. His head starts to shake mildly, his splayed hand moving up to the back of my head and fisting my hair. “I don’t want to help it,” he growls. “I want you. I don’t care how wrong it is.” His clenched fist tightens, gripping my hair harshly. “I know I’ve been on your mind since I fucked you every which way in that hotel room. Stop denying it. Don’t insult me and tell me you don’t crave that amazing feeling all over again. I can see it in your eyes every damn time I look into them. You. Want. Me.”

It’s me who moves in first. All me. I lunge forward and smash my lips to his, the magnetic force winning. His words winning. Jack winning. My heart winning. I coax his mouth open with hard, hungry kisses. I’ve lost my mind to a craving too powerful to fight off. And, like Jack, I don’t care how wrong it is.


Yet as he walks me backward until my back slams into the wall, I feel found again.

I cry out, and Jack moans. We’re clumsy and desperate. He’s pushing me up the wall with the force of his kiss, then he’s rolling away, taking me with him until it’s his back slamming into the wall. It’s the elevator all over again. The atmosphere is sizzling. I’m on fire. He scoops me up, pinning me to him, and carries me into my bedroom. I focus on him. 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.

Blitz: At His Mercy by Shelly Bell

Blitz: At His Mercy by Shelly BellAt His Mercy by Shelly Bell
Series: Forbidden Lovers #1
Published by Forever on June 20th 2017
Pages: 352
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Angel in his arms . . . Devil at her heels

One last, no-strings night of indulgence. That's all Tristan wants before he begins a much-needed new chapter in his life. Instead he finds an innocent angel in pink who brings him to his knees.

Isabella is done hiding from the world . . . and her haunting memories. Discovering courage in the arms of a perfect stranger, she finally lets go and sheds her inhibitions.

To Isabella's shock, she soon learns that Tristan is more than her mystery man-he's her professor. But Tristan isn't the only person who's found Isabella on campus. A dark figure from her past has come back for her. Now Tristan will risk anything to protect Isabella . . . even if it costs him his life.

New Release/Review: Reed by R.C. Ryan

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New Release/Review: Reed by R.C. RyanReed by R.C. Ryan
Series: Malloys of Montana #3
Published by Forever on April 25th 2017
Pages: 400
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A new beginning...
A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.
Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest... until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe... and make her his.

Reed Malloy’s story is book 3 in the Malloys of Montana series. These stories take place in a small town call Glacier Ridge. It’s such a quaint little town where everyone knows everyone and where everyone knows everything…or do they? The way the author has the setting of Glacial Ridge, it’s a town I’d love to call home if it existed!!

Reed is in town one day when a small child with a cape on darts out in the street and Reed snatches him up before he gets hit be a vehicle! He’s ready to chew out the irresponsible person that left him on his own and then he sees her……..Ally. All thoughts vanish from his mind and he’s focused on how beautiful she is and then he quickly remembers what just happened.

Ally has left the city in Virginia to make a fresh start in Montana. Since she only has her uncle she can call family, it’s important to her that Kyle, her son, know his family. However, family member Archer isn’t so glad to have her. He’s very mean to her and Kyle and eventually the reader finds out why he’s so mean. She’s opened a story called Ally’s Attic and while getting ready for opening day Kyle disappears. She runs outside and there he is in the arms of a hot cowboy, who looked very upset with her! Uh oh!

A sweet, emotional and suspenseful story! This could be read as a stand alone, but once you read about Reed’s other hot brothers, you’ll want to read each story! Reed was such a great man, very focused and also very true to his family. Ally was very strong and also very focused in her goal to make it work in this town. They both were so perfect for each other, but each thought they weren’t any good for the other one. Can they meet in the middle and just let love…..just be love? – Reviewed by Judy


If you haven’t had a chance to start this series you should, its full of love, danger and a sense of belonging. This story focused on Reed the youngest of the brothers who lost their parents in a snowy night crash. Reed is working on developing cattle free from drugs hormones and such and it’s his life until he goes to town one day and stops a cute red haired boy from getting hit by a car. When he sees his mother he is tempted to scold her but the sight of her frantically looking for her son stops him.
Ally just opened a new shop in town and when four year old Kyle didn’t answer she ran out looking for him. When she sees him being held by a man she is frightened till she sees how he son reacts with awe. Reed and Ally are instantly attracted to each other but Ally doesn’t trust her judgement and Reed has always been focused on cattle. When Ally has a little problem with her uncle Reed steps in to help her get her apartment over the store ready quicker. The trouble with her uncle will not be her only problem and she may not survive it. The Malloy’s welcome her and her son as only they can and they are so close you can’t help but feel good when your done reading it. I just love what a strong woman Ally is and how she wanted a better life for her son. – Reviewed by Linda

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