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Forbidden (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #6)

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As maid to some of the most wanton ladies of the ton, Margery Mallon lives within the boundaries of any sensible servant. Entanglements with gentlemen are taboo. Wild adventures are for the Gothic novels she secretly reads. Then an intriguing stranger named Mr. Ward offers her a taste of passion, and suddenly the wicked possibilities are too tempting to resist….

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2012)
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Nov 08, 2012 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it really liked it
I'm so, so disappointed that FORBIDDEN is the last book in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series. It's been an excellent series and I'll miss my regular dose of the scandalous goings on. This engaging rags-to-riches story is a winning blend of passion-filled romance and intriguing mystery and it’s just the perfect ending to a great series.

My Thoughts:

I adore Margery! Who'd have thought there was such a headstrong, stubborn woman beneath that sweetness and innocence! She definitely proves a perf
Jul 10, 2012 Farrah rated it really liked it
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Not exactly what I expected...but not in a bad way.

Forbidden has an interesting idea. A maid turned heiress? That's a new one, one that I could definitely go for. It doesn't mention it in the summary, but I feel like I should say that Margery learns about her inheritance pretty soon in. The book is less about Henry trying to tell Margery and more about Margery learning how to navigate her way through life as a Countes
Jun 25, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
Excellent sixth novel in the Scandalous Ladies of the Ton series and one that I continue to enjoy--even going back and re-reading some of the earlier books. Beautifully written by an author who seems to be able to keep the sense of the whole while brings several story strands together to form a lovely literary tapestry for the enjoyment of those who really like historical romance. And as has been the case throughout this series, this latest heroine is a woman least expected to become the richest ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Daniellegn rated it really liked it
This was very good, almost a five. The things that kept it a 4: I did not like some of Henry's actions, I really wanted him to be more sympathetic towards Margery (but, much of this was was because of his emotionally messed up past, and I do love angst and a tortured hero); although all the love scenes were clearly consensual (and HOT!), there were several points of saying no that were just railroaded over, which bothers me at times; and there were just a few things that threw me out of the stor ...more
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From rags to riches, from servant to Cinderella, who wouldn't want to go to bed one day being a maid and wake up the next being to wealth and a title!! My childhood dream came to life in this book.

What I loved about our heroine, Margery is that she simple didn't want the title, the money, she wanted things to stay status quot. She wanted to save her hard earned money and maybe open up her own confection business. But what she wanted and wha
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Aug 27, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Mallory is an honest, honorable and loyal ladies maid with a dream of one day opening her own confectioner's shop. She has no idea she is the long-lost heiress to the Templemore title. She was kidnapped as a child on the night her mother was murdered and her grandfather has been looking for her ever since.

If Mallory were never found, Henry would have inherited the estate. He is tasked to track her down and figure out if she truly is the missing Lady Marguerite. He ensconces himself into
Bree T
Aug 21, 2012 Bree T rated it really liked it
Margery has been a maid to some of the most scandalous ladies in the Ton. She likes to try and supplement her income by making and selling sweetmeat treats to ladies of the brothels so there’s not a lot that can really shock her. She has no real desire to marry or even move up in service as they tell her she could be housekeeper one day. What she really wants is enough money to open her own shop and to bake the treats that make her so happy.

Despite the company she sometimes keeps, Margery hersel
Jan 15, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This is the last book of `Scandalous Women of the Ton Series' and I am so glad that Ms. Cornick has offered it to her fans in full, rather than a little novella. This heroine deserved her own adventure and happily-ever-after.

Margery Mallon is a young woman who values her family even though all are earning their money by questionable means. Growing up a Mallon meant knowing how to squeeze that last penny out of every transaction made. But what she dreamed of was maybe, just maybe one day she migh

(2.5/5stars) ARC provided by NetGalley. Thank you!

I'm going to bluntly say that this book was full of overused tropes and were just used horribly. Sometimes overused tropes can be twisted into a clever and delightful way but sadly, Cornick failed to do this. This was me the whole novel.

1. The "I can't marry to someone that I love." male protagonist

Please. I have seen this so many times in Regency books... but for a good reason, of course. It fits the setting and time. Love wasn't a thing back
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Lauren Murphy
Sep 26, 2012 Lauren Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Forbidden is the sixth installment of Nicola Cornicks’ The Scandalous Women of the Ton series. In forbidden a new hero and heroine are introduced though characters leading in prior books do make appearances. This is the third book in the series I have read and I’m so glad I picked up Desired and Forbidden after not particularly enjoying the characters in Notorious.

Margery Mallon is a sensible lady’s maid who is relatively inexperienced with men, despite visiting the local brothel to deliver her
May 07, 2016 Ali rated it it was ok
Two-and-a-half stars. Forbidden has an interesting premise and after their trip through town, I became invested in Margery and Henry's relationship. Unfortunately, the romance fell apart for me pretty quickly thereafter.

The characters are inconsistent: Henry prides himself on his self-restraint and commitment to duty, while Margery has kept herself "nice" (i.e. virginal) for her entire adult life because she's too practical and level-headed to risk her future for an affair. They barely even try
Lupita Rodriguez
Me encanto!! muy bien desarrollada,una protagonista femenina que sabe lo que es el trabajo duro y no olvida de donde viene! y uno masculino, muy honesto, cómico y que aunque no lo parezca es un romántico; ambos buscando encontrarse a si mismos y que hacer con su futuro y en el camino encontraran el AMOR ;)
Apr 25, 2015 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read as always from Nicola Cornick. I adore everything she writes. Lovely storyline and great characters. It's so very well written. Sad that it the end of the series though.
Dec 28, 2015 Christelle rated it really liked it
J'ai apprécié ce dernier tome de la série Scandalous,mais j'étais un peu triste de savoir que c'était le dernier tome de la série.
J'étais curieuse de découvrir l'histoire de Margery, qui apparaît pour la première fois dans La maîtresse de l'Irlandais. Jusqu'alors femme de chambre, elle se découvre finalement héritière disparue d'un des comtés les plus riches d'Angleterre, comté dont Lord Henry Wardeaux était jusqu'alors l'héritier.
J'ai beaucoup apprécié Henry, en héros sombre et torturé échaudé
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

I’ve always drawn comfort from reading historical romances. Forbidden drew me back into the world of Regency England, complete with lords and ladies, heirs and heiresses, and, of course, dashing heroes, quirky heroines and their romantic escapades.

When you read romances as often as I do, it’s fairly certain that plotlines are going to be very similar to one another. What truly makes a story stand out is if it has characters that you fall in love wi
May Mostly Romance
Apr 25, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Forbidden ของนิโคลา คอรนิก

เรืองนีเปนเลมทีหก และคิดวานาจะเปนเลมสุดทายในชุด (แตมีเรืองสันตอจากเรืองนีลงใหอานฟรีในเวบไซดของคนแตงนะคะ) เรืองราวของหญิงสาวผูอือฉาวในวงสังคม หรือชือชุดวา The Scandalous Women of the Ton ซึงแตละเลมจะเปนเรืองของหญิงสาวไดทำอะไรบางอยางซึงเปนการแหกกฎของสังคม

มารเจอรี มอลลอนไมไดเปนคนในวงสังคมดวยซำ เธอเปนหญิงรับใชของเลดีแกรนท (นางเอกเลมแรกในชุด Whisper of Scandal) แตมารเจอรีกมีความฝัน เธอชอบทำขนม และสิงทีเธอตองการมากทีสุดกคือการเปิดรานขายขนมเลก ๆ สักแหงนึง แตการทำงานเปนคนรับใช
Aug 26, 2012 Liza rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Forbidden from NetGalley. I actually found the Scandalous Women of the Ton series when the 5th book was released, and became a fan of Nicola Cornick with that book.

Margery has been a secondary character in each of the other books in the series and I was glad to see we were getting her story. Margery is actually Marguerite Catherine Rose Saint-Pierre, who was has been missing since the age of 4 when her mother was murdered. Her grandfather sends Henry to
Aug 16, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Anna Banana
Aug 29, 2012 Anna Banana rated it really liked it
Review: Haven't read Historical Romance like this is a while. I was pleasantly surprised by Forbidden and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

"For a little while" she said, "when I first came to Templemore, I did not know who I was, who I had become."

Margery is one stubborn lady. Despite being a servant, Margery has a lot of pride and I loved that she's such a strong, independent women. She really goes through a lot of obstacles and her life changes drastically throughout the book.
Jo (My House of Books)
I'm not certain of the actual likelihood of such a Cinderella-esque story, but it was very entertaining to see Margery Mallon accept her new life as Lady Marguerite. We've been introduced to Margery, though only in passing, in several of the previous Scandalous Ladies of the Ton books, so I was glad to learn more of her here in this unusual and probably far-fetched scenario.

Several instances surprised me, but particularly Henry's instant attraction to Margery despite his insistence (to himself)
Aug 27, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
This is the kind of rags to riches stories that is fun to read. There is a pretty lady a strong man, and 2 families 1 aristocratic and 1 of thieves. Margery Mallon is a lovely character I like that she is strong, knows what she likes and isn't afraid to do what she wants even if its something that society frowns upon. But Margery was raised at a commoner, with a pretty good sense of whats right. I love how Margery interacts with people of all stations, she isn't afraid to talk to the staff and s ...more
Jessica Luther
Jul 16, 2012 Jessica Luther rated it really liked it
My full review here.

This is spoiler-ish, so tread with caution.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would easily recommend it.

By the end, I was heavily invested in Henry and Margery as well as their relationship. I am not sure at what point that investment happened. The banter between the characters was fun from the get-go, their push/pull, up/down relationship believable.

I did question Henry’s easy acceptance of his fate and the gigantic shift that was going to take place in his life because Marger
Author: Nicola Cornick
Published By: Harlequin HQN
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"Forbidden" by Nicola Cornick was a good historical romance that I enjoyed. Forbidden" was the last book in the Scandalous Women of the Ton. This novel was definitely on that would draw you into the world of England complete with heirs, heiresses, lords, ladies and let's not leave out the heroes, heroines with all of its romantic fever. This particular novel was of Margery
May 21, 2013 Cerise rated it it was ok
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Emiko Rei
Jun 22, 2013 Emiko Rei rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: summer reader, beach read, books while travelling, historical romance & regency reader
Forbidden is a good book for light travel read, such as summer beach read. It's light, nice, and HEA= everybody is happy. However in my opinion if you want something fresh, and 'out of the box' adventurous, i wouldn't recommend this book.

A lot of things in this book has the stereotype sheep factors of a historical novel, it became quite easy to predict the story. From the plot to even the characters *sigh*.
The author shouldn't fall to cliches traps of romance novels, if they have been fusion wit
Sep 23, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it

The Scandalous Woman of the Ton is a series I will never tire of. I find myself reading these books in almost one sitting , so engrossed in the world of the Ton and the Rakes, gentleman and ladies in this era, - It’s like I’m looking through a looking glass I can picture everything. The gowns, the men - the surroundings. If I could time travel and spend one day anywhere it would certainly be as A Scandalous Woman from the Ton ;)

I must say finding out that maybe this is the last in the series is
Aug 05, 2012 D.C. rated it really liked it
Scandal isn't just for rogues, as the daring women in USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Cornick's scintillating new series prove.... As maid to some of the most wanton ladies of the ton, Margery Mallon lives within the boundaries of any sensible servant. Entanglements with gentlemen are taboo. Wild adventures are for the Gothic novels she secretly reads. Then an intriguing stranger named Mr. Ward offers her a taste of passion, and suddenly the wicked possibilities are too tempti
Aug 01, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, romance
As the perennially awkward girl, I adore reading triumphant stories of other awkward girls, the wallflowers, the spinsters, the not-quite-perfectly-attractive girls. I particularly love stories about girls who are on the outside, who really do not belong, and Margery’s story is one of those. In the beginning of the story, Margery’s life is well-ordered and fulfilling, and then she is thrust into a role she would never have chosen for herself, and she must make the best of it. Margery is smart en ...more
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