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Forbidden Heat

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  818 ratings  ·  38 reviews
If you could make your most forbidden fantasy come true, would you dare?

Danielle, Jake and Trey were inseparable back in college. They used to tell each other everything—except for one big secret Danielle always kept hidden. That even though they were best friends, Danielle always had a huge crush on them. But it was a harmless, hopeless crush, because the two men were in...more
Trade Paperback, 266 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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I have to hand it to Opal Carew. It is quite the feat where an erotic romance author has written a book that is dead on arrival, as in it is one of the un-sexiest books I’ve read in a long time. Forbidden Heat is as fun as reading an IKEA furniture how-to manual. This book has no character development or dimension, and regardless of those issues, this ménage a trio romance made me yawn from the first moment the three main characters acted on their desires for one another.

Shy and introverted Dani...more
Isis FG
Feb 13, 2010 Isis FG rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isis FG by: previously read author
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I waffled so much on whether or not to read this book. After reading Six, which was one of the most unromantic, yucky romance books I've ever read, I've been very, very wary of reading Carew again. I skipped her next book, Secret Ties and was likely to skip this one. But then I saw it was a bi-menage HEA story, which is a sub-genre I love and I was torn. I finally gave in and bought it. Was it worth it? Ya know, I actually mostly liked the book. I liked what went on in the relatio...more
I wasn't sure how I would like this book. I'm not used to reading "smut" books. I like books that have a story, romance and some steamy scenes. I wasn't sure if this book would meet my criteria.

I'm happy to say that this book met my expectations. There was actually a story to this book not just sex. The characters were all extremely likable from the start. Trey and Jake have got to be two of the hottest, well rounded men ever written. They make men in reality a major disappointment. :-)

The Pleasures Chest

At a friend's wedding, Danielle finds herself face-to-face with Jake and Trey, the two men she's had a harmless, hopeless infatuation with forever. Two men it's impossible to be with because they're in love... with each other.

At least, they were in college. But during the reception, Danielle learns that not only are they single, they're also bisexual, opening up the possibility of living out her most sinful fantasy – sleeping with them both. But when fantasy becomes reality, things b...more
I think this book could have been so much more. I love Carew and she knows how to write sex scenes, but her books are either okay (3 stars) or great (5 stars) for me. I loved the men and the woman and their story was great. However, there were two major problems with this book for me.

The first problem was reading about everyone's second and third and fourth guessing. Sure, in a threesome where people love, there will be confusion. But it was overwhelming and constant to where it's annoying and...more
Not sure exactly what to make of this book. It could have been great. Interesting story set-up, the characters had potential, the steam factor was there, but all in all it just did not quite gel for me. I guess the bottom line is the book had unfulfilled potential. The chemistry was lacking between the characters; everything needed more development. For the first half of the book I kept getting the two male leads mixed up. Not a good thing! Danielle had a very difficult childhood that was descri...more
Danielle is reunited with her college crushes at her friend Harmony’s wedding. They too had a crush on Danielle, but never acted upon it because they were in a committed relationship with each other at the time. What starts out as one night to live out her threesome fantasy quickly becomes much more.

Forbidden Heat is filled with page after page of white hot sex. The sexual interaction between Trey and Jake was very minimal and only towards the end of the story. I found that aspect to be very dis...more
It was not exactly a full book in my opinion (160 pages or so only), and that probably explains some of the faults of this book.
I did not manage to have a clear understanding of the main characters: I would have liked to have a better view of how things happened while they spent one year together in college, how and why Jack and Trey relationships fell apart... I did not understand how long it took for both men to renew their physical relationship, while involved in the threesome with Danielle....more
George Ilsley
To give a fair review, one should rate a book according to its genre. This book is erotica; it would not be fair to compare it to "Pride and Prejudice" and lament the lack of witty word play.

This genre is all about fantasy ... giving the reader a fantasy. And since the reader is presumed to be female ... the fantasy is female-oriented. Also, lots of ellipses. Really ... a lot of ellipses ... especially in the first half of the book. No other form of punctuation, apparently, is as serviceable as...more
probably more like 3.5 stars. I'm waffling a bit back and forth on the stars. This was definitely an amazing boinkfest, BUT, it got a bit repetitive. I found myself actually SKIPPING some of the sex! *gasp* I know, I never thought I'd say that, but there you have it.

Also, I thought the relationship aspect of the book were not developed as well as I'd hoped. They were friends in college, they reunited, I felt like it should have seemed deeper and it didn't.

So, I enjoyed some parts but others I...more
This is the first Opal Carew book I have read, and was a bit disappointed. Yes, it's erotica but I like a little more story with my sex. This book is 90% sex, and 10% story. The sex of course is scorching, but Ms. Carew uses the phrase "wailed out her orgasm" way too many times, causing me to roll my eyes every time she used it. I am sure there are other expressions she could of used, instead of using the same one over and over again.
Was not that impressed.
Okay - so fantasies about a threesome. No problem.
She went into it so the two guys would see that they were meant to be together and get back together? Ummmmm, right.
The 'problems' that were preventing everyone from the 'happily ever after' did not seem that interesting to me. Actually, they were a little annoying.
Very flat . . .did not produce any steam for me.
Oh, well.
Glad this wasn't my first Opal Carew book, I wouldn't have gone any further. The subject fascinates me and was so poorly done. SO poorly. I will probably try a few more Carew's and see if this was the one-off terrible book or if Swing was the one-off not so bad one.
Mary Abshire
Two words describe this book well: kinky and hot.
The story was simple, guys were in love, fell out love, they both liked the girl, she wedges between them and brings them together. They all learn a lesson about love. The rest of the book is sex.
There are probably about 5 pages (slight exaggeration) that didn't have sex in it. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, although I would have liked a little bit more storytelling. There was really no character development at all.
Clary ♡.
Maybe I'm crazy? Because for all the people this book have a good rate but for me it isn't good i'm waiting for more story or some like that but don't. i like more the first book for far away ... I found a little boring really
Mar 13, 2011 Kara added it
How can a book about sex be so boring? Also, why didn't the editor take some of the eleventy billion ellipses? ... appears on pretty much ever page. Maybe I'm a mutant, but I found it really distracting.
Menage a trois. Danielle, Jake and Trey went to college together and reconnect at a friend's wedding. Oooh, this was a hot one. Rather enjoyed the storyline as well as the sex scenes.
This book caught my interest. I was surprised but definitely liked the book it never bored me and had a lot of interesting parts. Kept my interest and was fun to read
Quite racier than any other books I've read. The storyline was decent though.
Melvina Davis
I like this author.
** this book had m/m as well as menage'
SO DAMN HOT!!! One of my favorite erotic romances.
More like 2.5...

Where do I begin? I just...

This book was all over the place for me. I like my erotica to have some semblance of a plot, but Forbidden Heat just wasn't compelling enough for me.

Basically, there's this woman, Danielle, who always had an attraction to her college classmates, Jake and Trey -- yet they were in a relationship with each other. When Danielle is reunited with the pair at a mutual friend's wedding, she finally sees her chance to have them both in her bed. Jake and Trey, b...more
3 stars for not so hot scenes...
I loved the relationships between all three of these characters and how they were each intwined. Very nicely done. The emotions were strong and believable, the characters were well-developed and unique, and the love scenes were scorchingly hot. This is not a book for the faint of heart. If you're looking for a book so steamy you think the ink is about to run off the page, give this one a shot. Beware though, this is a book in which EACH of the three characters has some one on one time with EACH...more
Esperaba mucho mas de este libro y sin embargo tiene alto raring. Seré yo la única loca a la que no le gustó tanto. Simplemente no me cautivó :/
3.5 stars Since menage erotica is a particular favorite of mine, I liked the story line of Dani reconnecting and acting on her unrequited feelings with Jake and Trey after a long separation. The sex was plentiful, but I was frustrated how Trey denied his attraction to Jake and Jake hid his true feelings for Trey. Basically, it was a story of "let's have a casual menage" while the three had their own agendas and then having to work through the resulting confusion.
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