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    **Spoiler alert**

    I just couldn't get over the cheating. If you are unhappy in your marriage, get a divorce and then look for someone else.
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    A taboo romance sizzling with heat & emotion.

    4.5 STARS The Forbidden is taboo romance that sizzles with heat, bleeds raw emotion and then delivers an unexpected dose of heartbreak. You know that feeling when you are experiencing the horror of watching a train wreck unfold in front of you, but you still can't bring yourself to look away? That's Jack and Annie. These two boarded an emotional rollercoaster and decided to forgo their seatbelts while they were at it. They were completely reckless and irresponsible, yet I couldn't help but find myself cheering them on. From their very first encounter, their connection was sparks and fire. Even though they were carrying on an illicit affair, I felt that their relationship was very natural and that they were brought together by fate because it really was meant to be. So, let's discuss the elephant in the room, shall we? Annie and Jack are having an affair. I know there are good deal of people who refuse to read a book about cheating and I completely support you right to pick and choose what you read. I don't mind a book where there is cheating. First, because it's fiction. No real feelings were harmed in the writing of this book. They aren't real people. Second, like it or not it does happen in real life, and art has been known to imitate real life. Finally, I LOVE the angst of the forbidden. It really ratchets up the intensity for me. In this case, the author did an exceptional job of portraying an affair in an honest and realistic manner. Even though Jack and Annie were practically on fire for each other, I didn't feel as if she romanticized the act of cheating itself. On top of that, you really aren't going to be faced with the burden of feeling sorry for Jack's wife because she is straight up bat-shit crazy. The Forbidden is an exceptionally well written story that will engage your heart and your mind while setting your panties on fire.
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    I loved every word of this book!

    Jodi Ellen Malpas continues to be an author that completely consumes me within every single book she writes. She is one of my absolute favorite authors, and her books continue to wow me and blow me away with all that they have. The way her writing pulls me into it all, the way she brings this unforgettable intensity to every word, and the way she weaves so much emotion and fire and power to what she so beautifully crafts is just part of what has made her books some of my all-time favorites. I think it’s pretty much impossible for this author to write a book that I won’t love. She just has a way of writing and storytelling that is enthralling, breathtaking, and bursting with a love story that takes ahold of me with all that it has. Jodi Ellen Malpas knows how to write a mesmerizing love story through and through, one that will own you, your heart, and your very mind, and one that will have you so beyond in every word of what she so phenomenally creates. The Forbidden was no different. This book captured me in from the very first page, pulled me right into the thick of it with its characters, and had me completely engrossed in the intensity and spark of it all. This story definitely pushes the boundaries, but does it in a way that is real, honest, heart wrenching and truly unforgettable. The moment I finished this story, I just wanted to start it all over again to experience more time with these characters because that’s how much I loved this book. Jodi Ellen Malpas once again blew me away with what she gave me in this book. The Forbidden was bursting with her exceptional writing, her dynamic characters that completely seared themselves to my heart, and a story that had me living and breathing and feeling every word from start to finish. This book was incredible, so well-paced, and had my heart in every single word, and that is just part of what made me love it so much. The Forbidden was another outstanding story by Jodi Ellen Malpas. This story definitely pushed my heart and all of my emotions to the edge, but it did it in the most intense and all-feeling way that I know I won’t soon forget. Everything I got with Annie and Jack as they wove their way through the web of their forbidden feelings was real, raw, so incredibly intense, and so packed with the most breathtaking emotion that gave me it all. This story and its characters were exceptionally developed and crafted, had me feeling so much through every word, and in the end they gave me a reading experience that was the perfect amount of romance, fire and spark, emotion, and shocking twists and turns that had me encapsulated within it all. Jodi Ellen Malpas created the most phenomenal story and characters in The Forbidden. She created a book I could not put down, and she created a love story that struck me to the core of my heart. This book wowed me, it consumed me, and it pulled me in a million different directions with its characters, and I can’t say enough how truly incredible it was to read and experience. The Forbidden is a story that will make you think and feel and question from page one to the very end. It will push your heart and your emotions and your mind through every word, it will give you Annie and Jack and the forbidden web their relationship weaves, and in the end it will give you one helluva love story that I promise you won’t soon forget.
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