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Forbidden Love

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,189 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Forbidden Desires...

He was her guardian, absentee landlord of her neglected life--until Megan Kinkead returned to Maam's Cross Court, determined to make Justin Brant notice her.She finally commanded the attention of the sixth Earl of Weston when she burst into his room and caught him stark naked in the tub.Suddenly she knew a woman's hunger--and a woman's needs....

Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 10th 1997 by Dell (first published 1983)
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Mar 19, 2013 Grace rated it did not like it
"Kiss me back, you little bitch, or I'll take you here and now."

That little gem is just one of the many heart warming things the "hero" says to the heroine. The book starts out fine, I was into the whole guardian/ward thing. I could even overlook his whole 'loveless' marriage excuse for infidelity....but then Justin took a turn for the worse. Justin got rapey. Sure Megan could get annoying...BECAUSE SHE WAS 17!!!! I'm down with age differences by the way, just not when the man is an enormous ass
Bark's Book Nonsense
*There may be mild spoilers but everything I write about happens early on. I've left out the truly terrifying spoilers. You'll have to read the book yourself to discover them ;)

This is an oldie, the original copyright says 1983, and I had my doubts that it would be one of those hidden gems but I read it anyway.

You should probably know going in that things happen within this book that are not okay by me. There is some dubious consent, some unfair and ugly name calling, and some unpleasant slappin
A historical romance with no historical accuracy whatsoever. Fine, I could have still liked it. But the book did not know what it wanted to be. It started out like a light farce similar to Lisa Kleypas' frothy confections. And it ended in a lugubrious, frankly distressing bodice-ripper, complete with rape/forced seduction, kidnapping, OW/OM drama, face slaps galore, and worse of all, (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Cherise rated it it was ok
Didn't like the turn this story took, at all. The idea behind it was great and unusual for a historical and they were a sweet couple at first. Then all of a sudden you have the hero turning into a world class arse. If ever there was a hero that deserved a knee to the groin it was this guy. He must have called the heroine a bitch, slut, or some other equally horrible name at least 2 dozen times. When I finished the book I was disappointed that he was still breathing.
Lynsey A
Feb 06, 2014 Lynsey A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynsey A by: Mia
This is classic Robards at her best and makes me sad for the recent stuff she's put out especially her latest, Shameless, which I found incessantly boring. This one on the other hand was quite the opposite. Wonderful, angst filled, heart wrenching story about a young woman in love with her guardian and said guardian in love with his young ward.

Both Megan and Justin are strong willed people and they hurt each other as they work through the difficulties of their relationship.

I wish that Karen Rob
Overall 4.5 stars

Re: the audio. James Clamp did a good job of narrating. I don't normally like men narrating romance, because their female voices always make me think of a big strapping woman with 'man hands'. Of course, some females do an equally poor job with the males. YMMV, I'm sure.

The story was nice and 'forbidden', which was what I was looking for. As her ward, the H legally had all the power of a father over the heroine. Plus he was almost 20yrs older than she. Then there's the tiny litt
Regan Walker
Feb 03, 2016 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
Masterful Regency Era Bodice Ripper Kept me Reading Very Late Into the Night!

Karen Robards’ historical romances always tell a great, lusty story. This one grabbed my attention and would not let me go. Though no date is given it seemed to be roughly set in the Regency era, and while there were some errors in forms of address and clothing color choices (a mauve “coming out” gown when it would have been white, and reference to a white wedding gown when it would have been a color), the story still g
Fre06 Begum
Jul 18, 2016 Fre06 Begum rated it liked it
Shelves: fave
Oh man I love un-pc books with obsessed hero's!
Nobody does taboo romance like Karen Robards, and on this "re-read" I listened to the audiobook. Excellent story of a 17-yr-old girl/woman who is at first infatuated with and then becomes the lover of her guardian...her 35-yr-old, married guardian.

One of my top five all-time favorite historical romances!
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Jun 27, 2011 RomReader *Spoiler Giver* rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
17yo heroine takes care of her 36yo Earl guardian when he injures himself chasing after her when she runs away from him. She falls in love with him in the process. Hero tries to resist their strong mutual attraction but eventually succumbs to heroine's innocent seduction. But when heroine finds out he's married she leaves for London with his wife to flirt with other men for revenge. When she finds out she's pregnant with Hero's child, she keeps her pregnancy a secret & tries to find a mallea ...more
Shari Kay
Jul 17, 2016 Shari Kay marked it as skip-it
Susan (susayq ~)
This was my first Karen Robards and I really liked it! It was chock-full of angst (and for those of you who read my reviews know I LOVE).

For a while there, the hot and cold that Justin was doing was driving me crazy, but I think that was more him trying to fight his feelings for Megan. And Megan. Megan. Megan. Megan. For her to be an innocent 17 year old, she was quick to pick up that tears could get her almost anything with Justin and she was manipulative. But you know what? Her manipulativene
There couldnt be a more descriptive title than 'Forbidden Love' When I first picked this one up I thought the premise was creepy but I think thats what makes it so great. Robards just pushes it further and further. Karen Robards is probably my favorite author.. i wish she would write more historicals!!!!
Nov 23, 2014 Maryann rated it liked it
Why?! Why Karen why?!?!

Don't get me wrong, the ward-guardian relationship didn't put me off, nor did the age difference. Admittedly, when the blurb told me our charming earl was married while he was getting it on with his ward (Woody Allen imagery), I held off from reading the novel. It was my love for Karen Robards work that got me turning the first page nervously and I was pleasantly surprised that I was gunning for Justin (earl) and Megan (ward) to work. Even though he was married since his
Apr 03, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Usagi77777772003 Chi
Aug 28, 2012 Usagi77777772003 Chi rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars actually

Loved everything about the story as it had so much emotion, passion, and angst, exactly what I wished for in a romance. Of course, the H's obsession for the h constantly tugged at my heartstrings, esp. his crazed jealousy/anguish when she made him think her feelings for him were only a school-girl crush and that she wished to marry another. Boy oh boy, him kidnapping her to prevent her marriage and his demonic need to drive all thoughts of the other guy from her mind were my fa
I actually loved this book sooooo much, and I'm really surprising myself when I find the more I think about it and re-read it in my head, the more I love it! At first I thought it was so weird how he's 36 and she's 17 when they first sleep together and fall in love, but as I read on, I thought (for some still unidentifiable reason) that it was amazing, I just don't understand why, and the fact that he is so much older than her, gives me a strange feeling inside me that like I said, I can't ident ...more
Nina (Minou)
I saw "forbidden". I'm ashamed to say I couldn't stop myself from buying it.
Grey Rzeznik
Dec 13, 2009 Grey Rzeznik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah yeah. I know it's a rooomance novel, but it stands out as one that I've actually kept all these years. It's fairly predictable but that didn't keep me from sucked into the story. Then again, I'm no literary snot; I read what I like regardless of the genre. I only base a work's value by whether or not it entertained, enlightened, or fascinated, be it a younger crowd's book or something with a heavy bite to it.

This definitely held my attention and had characters that made me invest emotionall
Country Goose
Dec 03, 2014 Country Goose rated it liked it
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Jun 11, 2016 bdalli rated it it was ok
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Sep 10, 2012 Reverie rated it liked it
Forbidden Love is the opposite scenario of On The Island (by Garves-Graves, Tracy), without the deserted island bit . The plot and writing, within the first part of this book was good, but it started going downhill from there; the heroine and hero's motivations behind their actions/in-actions are completely laughable, some questionable passionate scenes (bordering on rape), and to top it off, Robards decides to throw in some Chris Brown inspired crazy moments.
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Normally I love Karen Robards' books. This one I liked, but I didn't love. I had expected more of it.
At the beginning of the book Megan acted like a spoiled brat. She did what she wanted, without thinking about the consequences. Until her behavior resulted in Justin being thrown off his horse.
Also Justin is a pompous ass.

They start spending more time together and they realize they like each other... a lot. So much so that Justin realizes he's threading on thin ice and tries to avoid Megan, but
This one was a bit more on the taboo-side of romances and was quite dark at times. I will say that I didn't really buy into the 'romantic' aspects of the story, but it was an immensely readable book that captured my full attention for a Sunday afternoon :)
May 21, 2013 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Seventeen-year-old child (who really acts like one) and her much older (I'm guessing twice her age) married guardian. Ew.
Anna Mcfadden
Aug 14, 2015 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing
Justin Brant is the 6th Earl Weston and the Guardian of Megan Kinked a 17 year who has a habit of running away from her private school. Justin usually sends his friend assistant Charles Staton to fetch her and put her back in school. This last time he decided he must do it himself so he can break her of disobeying the rules. As Justin spends time with Megan he realizes how much she's grown up and he's been neglectful to her over the pass 12 years. As they spend time together he can't help himsel ...more
Tropical Sorbet
Mar 20, 2013 Tropical Sorbet rated it really liked it
Sandra Cook
Sep 22, 2016 Sandra Cook rated it it was amazing
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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