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Luke Harper was finally starting to settle into his life - a life that had previously been full of more heartbreak and pain than most people ever experienced. He had a job he loved, and was blissfully content in his on-again, off-again relationship with the striking, and highly sexual, Holly. But, life throws Luke another curveball with the arrival of the alluring April, a ...more
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Published December 9th 2013
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Tarryn Fisher
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Salty. This book is salty. There is no sweet. You'll be hard pressed to find a unicorn. It is sexy and frustrating. I grow so tired of "perfect" steamy hero's. i don't like perfect. I like my men a little nerdy and aggressive. Luke is way nerdy. We have a lot of male perspective books coming out, but most are written by women. I'm really wondering at this point if we are getting it right. As for the actual storyline...I was riveted. Hero is playing with married woman fire. He has a hot, little b ...more
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
2.5--The Hype is a Lie--Stars!!



What was this book even about? What was the point? I think I am missing it?!?!?!

Thou Shalt Not...sleep with another man's wife? It will only come back and bite you in the ass?
Thou Shalt Not....open your eyes and see what's right in front of you?
Thou Shalt Not....IDK what???

I think I would classify this as a love triangle. And honestly I was intrigued in the beginning. All male POV, which is different. We meet Luke, the hero....he's currently involved in a friends
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
Luke: is a high school English teacher for a private Christian school. He’s a single guy.

April: is married with children. She's a substitute teacher filling in at Luke’s work.

Holly: is Luke’s FWB (friend with benefits).

Marco: is a professional baseball player and April’s husband.

For those of you who are wondering:
●Does this book have cheating? - (view spoiler)

●Does this book have a love triangle? - (view spoiler)
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Ana
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
So... I just figured out that J.J. Rossum is a guy!

A book written from a male POV, by a guy, and recommended by Tarryn Fisher? I've been waiting for this since I was an infant! I'm so buying this!!!!!!

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~ Becs ~
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Praise from Tarryn Fisher

Salty. This book is salty. There is no sweet. You'll be hard pressed to find a unicorn. It is sexy and frustrating. I grow so tired of "perfect" steamy hero's. I don't like perfect. I like my men a little nerdy and aggressive. Luke is way nerdy. We have a lot of male perspective books coming out, but most are written by women. I'm really wondering at this point if we are getting it right. As for the actual storyline...I was riveted. Hero is playing with married woman fir
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Thou Shalt Not...that's pretty telling, so...will he or won't he?

Likes:

• LOVED it being from a male's perspective and written by a male!

• The story has quite the range of things from cancer to an obsession with toothpicks. I enjoyed all the elements of being a teacher and dealing with students the most.

• Luke...well, I liked him for the most part. I was hoping he would handle things different...he was sooo close!

• The twist threw me...I wasn't expecting that.

• The sex scenes - I approve. Th
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Kirsty
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Is it okay to just write "Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god." for my review because that is pretty much all that is coming to mind right now? Oh my god! WHY did nobody mention the fact that this had an evil cliffhanger? Well, I assume if is a cliffhanger and that we will be getting a sequel. If not I'm going to stamp my feel like a 5 year old and start demanding. I am SPEECHLESS. Both at the story and the crazy non ending.

I really don't even know how to review this book without giving away major
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Monika
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS

Wow....
What was that?
A tweak at the ending is the real torture!!!

This book is off the chart good. I loved it. There're a lot of sweet books I read lately, this book is not! I read the blurb and then found that there is so much in this book than those on blurb.

The thought of male leading character being seriously infatuated with a very married woman while a sexy girl is on his background intrigues me.

Infidelity is so off limit and the fact that a real good author can change my opinion is
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Mirian
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
1,5 stars.

I really respect Tarryn Fisher for her work in Love me with Lies series, that's why I took a chance with this book.
I don't know how to write this review without nasty words because my feelings about this book are bad.
It's clear the book is written from a male author and is interesting to read from theier point of view.
The first quarter of the book I felt depressive, but I can take depressive.
Then the next 2 quarters of the book flows a little better even if it is confusing, the guy is
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Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
4.5 stars!! I am always intrigued to read a novel written from a male POV. I am equally fascinated by pen names, and even when the writer professes to be one gender or the other (or leaves it open to the imagination such as BG Harlen), I still wonder at the back of my mind whether the author is a male or female. Do some female writers have a decidedly masculine POV? Yes, there are several that come to mind. Do some male writers have a feminine "flavor" to their writing? It seems so.

And so we co
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Zizz
Jul 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
TARRYN FISHER MIGHT (WILL??) INCLUDE A CHAPTER OF CALEB AND OLIVIA AT THE BACK OF THIS BOOK!!!



PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE WITH A CHERRY GARCIA ON TOP, DO THIS
CC
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am not sure where to begin with this review. After reading 23 chapters and feeling like nothing is happening, I skipped to the last chapter and was glad I didn't waste my time on the later middle chapters. I get that Luke is supposed to be kinda nerdy and not an alpha hero. I sympathized with the loss of his wife and friend, but I just didn't feel any sparks between Luke and Holly or Luke and April. It just read like a YA novel. The cliff hanger ending just infuriated me more. Looks like more ...more
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

7. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.

When one of my favorite authors like Tarryn Fisher recommends a book- I take it seriously. That's why I had to read this book as soon as possible and obviously I was intrigued by the title and the gorgeous cover. Adultery is a very sensitive and risky subject for authors to write about, because there're a lot of readers like me who aren't fans of that topic and they usually avoid it meaning the author really has to tr
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Robin
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Several months ago, I learned of an unnamed author who was writing an unnamed book, even had an author page on Facebook. After weeks of speculation, we finally learned JJ Rossum was the author of debut novel, Thou Shalt Not. My favorite author, Tarryn Fisher, gave his novel a glowing review which definitely caused me to be excited. After months of exercising patience, I was finally able to dig into the meat of the story and found it was worth the wait. Most novels found in the romance genre are ...more
♥︎♥︎Sofia♥︎♥︎
What the f*cks up with the ending......regardless; this? Was crap!

After a few days I've realised what I hated about this book. Plotzophrenia strikes again! Somewhere along the line the author decided he didn't know where the hell he was going with this story or changed his mind about making it a standalone or something and veered away from his original course so that a funny, relatable female heroine in a blink turned into a raging bitch. Crazy. And I get it; it takes a lot of work and unlimited
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Kristy
Jul 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
Well if Tarryn Fisher thought enough of this book to not only recommend it, but to put an excerpt at the end of Thief, then it is definitely at the top of my TBR list....
Steph
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll just start by saying that this cover is absolutely amazing. Seriously stunning.

I did enjoy reading this book, especially the last 30%. But there were times when I considered setting it aside for a few days because I was pretty bored.
There just wasn't anything interesting happening at all. We were watching Luke and April live their lives... *yawn*

I'm not sure what I actually think of Luke. In the beginning he was so funny and smart. I liked the way he interacted with his pupils and his
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Renee
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it

“Charming is deceiving and beauty fades. And when it does, all you are left with is who that person is at their core”.

Thou Shalt Not was a fast paced story written from a males POV. I think it’s risky when an author decides to write a story that contains adultery. It can make or break a story, but I believe it was executed really well in this scenario. I loved the cover and title of this book – very sexy and seductive but that’s where I felt the story fell short. The writing was exceptional
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Arabella ~♡AB♡~
4.5 * Wow that was a bit of a mindfuck but I loved it! Is that it though? Is there more? The end was strange....

And furthermore, the Olivia and Caleb bit at the end was odd too albeit clever but that is the genius of Tarryn Fisher.

Perhaps I'll re-review this in the morning when I've processed it.

Again though - it was a great book :)....even though it messed with my head.
♥Sharon♥
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 Just Not For Me Stars

Thou Shalt Not was a book I really was looking forward to reading. I love the book cover. It really is amazing. Oddly, I remember the scene in the book that it connects to. However, for me it just fell short on a couple of fronts. I will not go into much detail with the whole book but I will let you know what didn't work for me.

When I pick up a book I need to make some sort of connection with the main characters and in TSN I just did not. In the beginning, I found Luke t
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Chris- Bookaddict
love triangle, cheating, just not for me


I am Very Intrigued !!!!!


Coming Fall 2013

Luke Harper was finally starting to settle into his life - a life that had previously been full of more heartbreak and pain than most people ever experienced. He had a job he loved, and was blissfully content in his on-again, off-again relationship with the striking, and highly sexual, Holly. But, life throws Luke another curveball with the arrival of the alluring April, a woman stuck in a tumultuous, violent marri
...more
Luisa
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
Another great surprise from a debuting author. Full review to follow.
☆ Sammy ☆彡
This is live! Sounds really good :)

There is also a Caleb & Olivia bonus at the end from Tarryn Fisher's Love Me With Lies series!
Jamie
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Not all that excited about this one. It's difficult when you don't like any of the characters, but then the one you kind of like isn't developed as much as you want.
Arlene
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, read-2013, adult
Okay, well that was full of surprises!

First off, I didn’t know that the author J.J. Rossum was a GUY! See, I’m not one to eagerly pick up male authored novels for some fully flawed biased reason that I can’t seem to pinpoint. When it comes to contemporary novels, I look to women authors for my fix. With the small exception of my three tried and true, including John Green, David Levithan and the occasional Nicholas Sparks when I’m in the mood for heartbreak, male authors simply don’t catch my att
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Serena
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thou Shalt Not is a debut novel for JJ Rossum and this rookie knocked it out of the park!!!! Loved it.

This is the story of Luke. He is a quirky, yet sexy high school teacher. We get to experience the book through his point of view. He is not in a steady relationship, however he does have Holly, his friend with benefits. Holly has been in and out of his life over the past few years. She is beautiful, fun and the best part, no strings attached. Then one day, Luke meets the substitute teacher acro
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Paula
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Taboo, Thought Provoking, Unconventional, Reflectional…..the list could go on and on.

I truly think you should go into this one blind, so I'm not gonna give anything away. I think JJ did a good job with the blurb in giving you an idea of what the book's about and how much information he wanted you to have.

For those of you that have issues with cheating and/or love triangles I'll give you my quick opinion in regards to this book.
Cheating….(view spoiler)
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Sadie
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I had a good feeling about this one from the excerpt at the back of Thief to the reviews I've read and following JJ Rossum on Facebook. I'm a JJ Rossum fan, and can't wait for his next book.

Since 99% of the male POVs I've read are written by women, something about knowing this was written by a guy elevated the experience for me. And not just the sex scenes; I liked being in this nerdy, quirky, flawed hero's head. Luke just seemed like a regular, lonely guy whose life had taken some un
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Miep at The Review Loft
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Male POV written by a male...sign me up! This book did not disappoint,it was full of a male's inner dialogue, sexy thoughts, and inner turmoil over the right and wrong thing to do. I found the beginning to be a tad bit slow but it did pick up once I got into the flow of Luke and the male POV. I would suggest reading this book just to read something written from a male...it was a fun perspective to read from.

P.S. Do male's really think that much? I always thought they were mindless. :)
Shay
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a really really good book.

But right now I'm pissed about the ending so I have to write my review tomorrow when I'm done throwing my massive princess fit. (None of ya'll said this was a series....bitches!!!)

But seriously, great story.
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