The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BlogTour #Review

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BlogTour #Review

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BlogTour #ReviewThe Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 8th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY....
What do you do when you can't control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn't go there? Not even in your head.
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.

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I want to start by saying this book will not be for everyone. There is cheating in this romance and I know that is a big no for some, so if that is you then you will not want to read this. With that being said, I don’t condone cheating in books or real life but I really think this book gives you a good view on it regardless of what you’re stance on it is, you’ve been cheated on, or you have cheated on someone.
Annie is an architect who has put her career above her personal life. During a night out with her friends, she has a one night stand with sexy, mysterious Jack who she thinks she will never see again. The chemistry between them is smoking hot and it overwhelms Annie. She is so flustered that she rushes out of the hotel room before the sun comes up. A few days later, she is still thinking about that night and contemplating if she should have stayed or at least left her number. When it turns out Jack is the contractor on her latest project, she discovers that while their connection is intense, he is “forbidden”.
The Forbidden is so intense and some parts are so dark that it took me over a week to finish this book and I had to read other happier things in between. There were a couple of times where I didn’t think I could finish it because I felt so wrecked. However, my need to know what happened in the end won out. I can see that Jodi Ellen Malpas will be one of my go to authors in the future. She has a way with words that got me to read a book with elements that I normally refuse to read simply because the writing was that good.

The Forbidden Music Playlist

Unlike This Man & One Night, I didn’t really use much music in The Forbidden. But I did listen to it during the writing process, and there are a few tracks that had a place within the story for one reason or another.

Madonna – Like A Prayer

When Annie is getting ready for her girls night out, she’s dances around her bedroom in her towel with a glass of wine singing along. Because what woman doesn’t like a bit of Madonna? It’s like the perfect track to get ready to. Any everyone knows the words!

Above & Beyond – Sun & Moon

This was the track of the moment for me while I was writing The Forbidden. The lyrics ring so true for Annie’s disposition at this moment in the story, and I kept imagining her bursting through Hyde Park on a spontaneous morning run, feeling like she had a new lease of life. “We’re in heaven, you and I. When I lay with you and close my eyes, my fingers touch the sky.” Perfecto!

Moby – Go

Annie’s friend, while slightly drunk on their night out, puts herself on the dance floor and has a bit of a drunken sway. This track has always been a firm favourite of mine, the tempo intense, and it was perfect for the atmosphere in the bar when Annie and Jack first set eyes on each other.

Jean Jacques Smoothie – 2 People

This track was originally in the book, but after edit was removed. The words are perfect for the chemistry and feels that Jack and Annie had on their first encounter. There are literally 16 words in the whole track, and each one is perfect. To me, the lyrics represent the joining of two people who are just meant to be.

Two people, just meeting
Barely touching each other
Two spirits greeting
Trying to carry it further

Zedd – Clarity (Feat Foxes)

This didn’t make it into the book, but it was a huge track at the time I was writing The Forbidden and always seemed to be on the radio everytime I got in the car! I always thought how apt the words were for Annie & Jack.

“If our love is tragedy why are you my remedy
If our love’s insanity why are you my clarity”

The Forbidden – Alfie Malpas

This seems a bit strange to share, but, ultimately, it deserves first place in my list in terms of ‘the feels’. This is the track for the book trailer, and it was produced by my son J He’s a bit of a whizz when it comes to music, and there have been many tracks I’ve used in past books that Alfie has brought to me because he just knows I’ll love them. He has a knack of finding immense music by artists many haven’t heard of yet. But this track he actually produced from scratch himself. I went to him with a brief. I wanted intense, almost uncomfortable. He came back with this, and though it is massively far removed from what he usually produces, he done me so proud. It is perfect for The Forbidden.

James – Top Of The World

One of my all-time favourites. There’s a scene in The Forbidden when Annie is aimlessly wandering the streets of London. It’s a moment in which she is lost and trying to silently comprehend where she is at in her life and what she is doing. Top of The World couldn’t be more fitting for her frame of mind.

Alanis Morissette – Uninvited

Another old favourite. Simple, really. “You’re not allowed. You’re uninvited.” In my mind, that’s what Annie is saying to herself all the time about Jack. She’s angry at his persistence. Tries to tell herself to steer clear. But your heart doesn’t always listen to your head.

About Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewDuke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 29th 2016
Pages: 364
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IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

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Duke of Pleasure is the eleventh book in the Maiden Lane series, but it’s the first one I have read. I loved this story. The characters are wonderful and it is a prime example of why I love historical romance so much. It has a Cinderella-esque feel to it since Alf is basically a street urchin and she gets her man, Hugh, the Duke of Kyle.
Alf is really good at disguises and I really love her character. I feel like she is someone who I would be friends with in real life. There is the perfect mix of romance and action throughout the book and that made it an exciting read. I didn’t want to put it down. Now I have to read the other ten books. 🙂
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Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewWicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 1st 2010
Pages: 401
Format: eBook
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A man controlled by his desires...
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.
A woman haunted by her past...
Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.
A bargain neither could refuse.

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.