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The Forbidden

by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Publication Date: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Forbidden, an all-new story from Jodi Ellen Malpas is LIVE!!


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.


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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I’ve read quite a few books in one sitting this year but twice on the trot; only two, and this was one of them. The Forbidden strays away from what many would consider to be the conventional love story, it also strays away from what Jodie’s followers expect from her, but I will tell you this, there’s no staying away from dynamics of this story. To put it mildly, it is powerful, consuming, brilliantly written. Combined with convincing characters gives rise for a mind-blowing read. It knocked me backwards, turned me inside out and then put me back together again. And this is the good part; I felt I had no option but to reread it as I wanted to savour the whole story once more, make sure I hadn’t missed out on the smallest detail.

Before I go any further, I would highly recommend reading the blurb. Who doesn’t love the element of surprise? I’m sure most of you do; however, this is not the case here. The premise of the story is as such that it could quite possibly affect the reader. It is impossible for me to ascertain whether in your opinion, what the protagonists do is improper, therefore please take my advice and you won’t be disillusioned. I’d also like to add my feelings regarding this gripping narrative. What happened, happens in real life. The author hasn’t prettied it up or exaggerated scenes which might get the reader to think otherwise; she has told it as realistically as only one can imagine under these circumstances. I honestly believe before condoning anyone and putting them on an immoral pedestal, we should know all the facts. And the facts are not in the least what I expected, so if you do decide to one-click, hold on tight ‘cause you are about to be put through a highly emotional wringer!

What Jack and Annie have to go through is so tangible, I couldn’t help but connect to them instantly. And although the physical attraction is of importance, there’s much more to their relationship than just lust. The professional element brings them together on an academic level, they trust each other’s work experience, are on the same wavelength and gain mutual respect. The author has not only explained their jobs in detail, but also made it interesting for the reader. I, for one, learnt a thing or two about how it’s done!

I found the pacing perfect, and their backstories which were revealed in just the right places, helped to build up the tension. However, the true goosebump moments is when their situation becomes insupportable. If I struggled to get my head round the dilemma they were in, they struggled a lot more. Oh my, I loved the way I was kept me on the edge of my seat in some scenes that were quite honestly, hard to read. When the worst was to come for Jack, I literally cried out loud. Here’s a guy who will do anything for the woman he’s head over heels in love with. But is it enough?

For me, this man ticked all the right boxes. His demeanor is serious, intense and nothing is taken lightly. Yet his sense of humour is like a breath of fresh air, balancing out his sufferance. A couple of scenarios are incredibly impassioned and quite honestly, drained me. I, myself, couldn’t have wished more for him to find a way out of the hellhole they were both in. Goodness me, my heart broke for Annie. To what extent will her guilt consume her and at what price? Never, for one minute, did I think her self-centred. One thing is for sure, wallowing in her mental conundrum caused me to reflect on how couples in similar situations deal with such issues of the heart. Quoting Shakespeare: “GIve sorrow word; that grief that does not speak up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”

Malpas is quintessentially English which manifests in her writing. Set in London, she gives a graphic description of locations I know and love; nonetheless, what was an added plus for me has to be the lingo. Brit to the core! The development of secondary character is beyond sublime, too. I had an aversion towards one particular individual who caused a strong desire to do a bit of Kindle head-bashing! Obviously I didn’t since I can’t live without my eReader; but when I have the paperback copy, it will have pride of place on my shelf. There is no doubt whatsoever that Malpas’ writing is courageous. I can’t thank her enough for pulling no punches and telling Jack and Annie’s story as she saw it; for getting me to step outside of my comfort zone and then draw me back in with an incomparable ease, for making me fall hard for this gorgeous couple. 5 best-book-I’ve-read-in-a-long-while stars! BRAVO Jodi!

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About Jodi:

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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