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The Forbidden

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A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an exp
Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Forever
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Jodi Malpas This is a stand alone book, not connected to any others I've written :-)
Angie Yes it does. She is usually a good author but I am struggling to finish this book. There is never an excuse to cheat and the way this book is written…moreYes it does. She is usually a good author but I am struggling to finish this book. There is never an excuse to cheat and the way this book is written is full of excuses that every married woman who has ever been cheated on has heard(less)

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐! The Forbidden (stand-alone). A forbidden romance… An off-limits man... Someone else’s man. Falling for a married man was never her intentions!

“I’m up high above them all, pinned against this window with a stranger’s cock buried inside me.”

The Forbidden (stand-alone) is a forbidden impossible romance about falling for a person who belongs to another.

Architect Annie Ryan has a one-night-stand with an imposing stranger thinking she will never see him again. Imagine her shock upon discov

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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This is certainly different than any other book by Jodi Ellen Malpas that I have read before. She picked a very tough subject to tackle, for sure. This is probably not a book for readers who enjoy ‘safe’ reads and are sensitive about taboo subjects. But if you, like me, enjoy an ‘out of the box’ read once in a while, then by all means, do proceed.

➦This book revolves around two people who meet at a bar and have a one night stand. The pull between them is so strong that they are u
Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Gianluca & Archer
*****FIVE+++++++ STARS*****
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I would never have put myself in this situation for anything less than powerful love. The kind that keeps you going. The kind that gives you breath and life. Jack’s my life. He’s my pulse. He’s everything.

Jodi Ellen Malpas has brought her "A game" back with THE FORBIDDEN. There is a reason why I have always called her my “Queen” and it’s because her characters tend to have an intense and near insane passion for each other—the kind of
Sophia Triad
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
He said if the Fates ever led me to him again, he wouldn't let me go.
And he just did.
To go and meet his wife.

So...hmm...I think I may love this story for slightly different reasons in comparison to the reasons most of the others readers liked it.

Reason 1 for loving this story:
The infidelity per se. Yes, I know that most people who love romance, they normally hate infidelity stories i.e. broken marriages, love triangles, broken promises, other women and men who get involved and destroy a unio
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THE FORBIDDEN: is a new standalone novel by Jodi Ellen Malpas in this we meet Jack and Annie. They meet not in the most unusual way but in a humorous sexy way.

We’re first introduced to Twenty nine year old Annie Ryan who has just recently moved into her own studio apartment where she can work from home in West London. Life is good, she’s in her happy place with work, being single and living life.

She’s also reached that stage in life where she thinks men are just too much work a
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I shouldn't like this book. The Forbidden goes against so many things I've said in the past that I could never read about and enjoy. Yet Jodi Ellen Malpas delivered this story of passion and undeniable need, and there was no way I couldn't love it.

Annie and Jack had a chemistry that you could see from their first meeting. Their one night together holds so much passion that, as a reader, I knew I would love them together. And
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 40%
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At the moment - hours after finishing the book - I am halfway tempted to only rate this 3 stars. I'm sure when I've thought about my review a bit more, it might end up being a 4 or even a 4.5! I had a lot of problems with the book - and not the obvious one - that I was against the thing that was forbidden.
I felt that the whole hype about the forbidden part of the story was ridiculous! I was expecting something so much more forbidden or impossible. But this was just ... meh. Not that the story w
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I have no hope of stopping this. And no desire to. The forbidden is too irresistible. It has a dangerous allure and a compelling magnetism. And it’s certainly going to inflict pain and anguish. It defies reason for me to willingly allow myself to be possessed like this.

Just wow.

My feelings are all over the place but there's one thing I know and that's I'm absolutely blown away by the war honesty and emotion of this book. This is a story that many people will hat
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!


So, Jodi Ellen Malpas and I have never really clicked. By that I mean, other than this book, I read 4 other of her books and didn’t like them. BUT, this book just called to me. That and I found out one of my trusted book friends liked it so I knew I had to try it. And I’m glad I took that risk because I absolutely loved it!!! It just shows how versatile and talented JEM is as an author, that she grows and creates stories for different ty
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

I have a feeling The Forbidden will divide reader opinion and in terms of potentially taboo subject matter, this is the one most are likely to have experience of in some form, and is the one everyone has an opinion on. Including me, and here I am, drowning in my own huge vat of hypocrisy, because I picked up this up and polished it off in one sitting, and you know what? On the whole I loved it, because life ain't perfect, shit happens and when you love someone, you love someone.

"Are w
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4 INTENSE Stars <3

I always enjoy reading Jodi Ellen Malpas' books because I love her writing and her stories are unique.I was a little bit wary to start this one but once I start it I found it quite interesting.


I have to admit that this one wasn't one of my favorites by her but still I enjoyed it.It was intense and super hot.The couple has an explosive chemistry and their moments together were passionate and intense.Also there are some moments full of angst that kept me frustrated.

Overall it
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

I’m sure everyone knows what the term “Forbidden” means.

➡Not allowed.
Or I as I would like to call it: A big fat DO NOT CROSS THAT FREAKIN LINE.

From the beginning of time there’s always been something so alluring about crossing into the uncharted waters of the forbidden. Whether it’s the rush we get or just not giving a damn in the moment, those nine letters will make us do crazy things. Stupid things. It can be the most exotic high you’ve ever felt and you think to yourself: this is
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 I Can't Fight My Heart Stars!

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Annie Ryan is a gorgeous single 29 yr. old woman living in London. She's just moved into a fabulous new place & life is good. She loves her job as an architect & owns her own firm. She's ambitious and more invested in building her career than men. She's content with her life the way it is. Her friends joke she's immune to men, but she just thinks relationships are hard work & she hasn't found anyone worth all the effort.

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One evening while out with f
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
In the foreword, Jodi Ellen Malpas warns readers that The Forbidden is a bit of a departure for her, and a controversial one at that. My feelings about the book have less to do with the taboo nature of the storyline and everything to do with the fact that I disliked both main characters.

Jack and Annie get hot and heavy pretty quickly. Jack is very forward and comes across as sketchy, but he’s hot so whatever, I guess. However, Annie is a cautious, intelligent, successful woman. Wouldn’t she ask
Claire Robinson
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - Me♥You Stars!

The Forbidden isn’t my first read by Jodi Ellen Malpas, I will say though that it is my first read of a story of this nature that I actually enjoyed.

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I will say that as a reader that if the subject matter of this story isn’t something you enjoy, then save yourself the time and move straight onto your next read. The story-li
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
4.5 Love Hurts Stars!

**ARC generously provided generously by publisher via Net galley in exchange for honest review**

Going into this read I took Jodi Ellen Malpas's warning to heart. I thought I was prepared for the taboo..the controversry...the "forbidden" romance. I was not. This was a story that I devoured in one sitting and I can't say i loved it...but I also can't say I didn't. Any author that can take my one hard limit and write a rivoting story with angst, suspense, and constsnt thought p
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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★2.5/3 STARS★

In the interest of totally honesty I was fully aware of what the forbidden element entailed going into the story. On any other day it wouldn’t have been a topic I would have gone searching for, but with my interest piqued there was no going back.

Truth be told I was looking forward to the illicit thrill of it all. The clandestine, coquettish nature of something that was so wrong, feeling so right. I welcomed having my opinion changed and being enlighten to the unjust forces that sto
Nikki Brandyberry
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Ugh. You guys, I don’t know what to say about this book. Did I like it? Yeah, yeah I did. Did I want to like it? Nope. Why? Because the entire thing is about infidelity and I don’t want to get behind something that effectively promotes that type of HEA. There is a HEA but not for everyone and that sucks. I guess it’s realistic in a way, but that’s not what I’m looking for in a romance. If I want real life I just need to look around me..


Jack and Annie meet in a bar. Jack
She is strong, independent, successful and single. No man has ever made her wish for more in a relationship, until now. Sure, she was a little drunk, a little flirty and he was the best looking man she has ever seen. He also neglected to tell her he was forbidden fruit, until she took that one bite that had her addicted to his charms. Now Annie is the worst thing she can imagine, the other woman and through it all, she never realizes that just maybe the mysterious Jack isn’t the perfect man she ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I've read quite a few books in one sitting this year but twice on the trot; only two, and this was one of them. The Forbidden strays away from what many would consider to be the conventional love story, it also strays away from what Jodie’s followers expect from her, but I will tell you this, there's no staying away from dynamics of this story. To put it mildly, it is powerful, consuming, brilliantly written. Combined with convincing characters gives rise for
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Title: The Forbidden
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Category: Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Heroine's POV, First Person
Characters: 3.5
Plot: 3.5
Scorching Level: 4
HEA: Not telling

I was very excited for this book!!! I just finished it and I have a hard time rating it. I loved the premise and I was certainly expecting the angsty, the forbidden. Did I get it? Not really.
I loved Jack. He made the book for me. Trapped in a toxic marriage, he has stopped living. Until he meets Annie.
She is a
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Annie Ryan doesn't believe in this fairytale that there is one man out there for you, that it's worth giving all her time to, she'd rather reach her dreams in the architect world that fight for the attention of a man. That is, until she meets "the" man. Jack Joseph makes her fall over her words, get goosebumps when he enters a room, and question everything she believes about romance being dead. They get along famously and the attraction
So, I finished an early read of this book a couple of weeks ago, and I'm finally ready to put my feelings down in a review. This one threw me into a tailspin of emotions, putting it mildly. I was sure halfway through this book I was going to rate it on the lower spectrum, but after thinking it through, taking a few weeks and thinking it over, I've finally come to the conclusion that THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas was in fact, a PRETTY DAMN GOOD thought-provoking and sensual read. I can't rea ...more
Shari Kay
Aug 08, 2017 marked it as skip-it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

“You possess me. You own me. You rule me. You are everything to me, Annie Ryan.”

Jodi Ellen Malpas is back with a standalone page turner; a story of intense, knee trembling passion, heartfelt emotion, a forbidden love story that saw us completely involved in Jack and Annie and their plight. This was a forbidden romance in every sense of the word, and it’s one we believed in.

“Stop fucking lying to me! Stop saying what your head is demanding and start listening to your fucking heart.”

Annie Ryan
LOVED this book! The angst almost killed me but it was so worth it. A top pick of 2017!
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I will admit, the premise of this book will turn some people off.  The author even admits that some may run the other direction when they find out.  But I have to say, this was an angsty, gut-wrenching read that was undeniably hard to put down and to deny this couple wasn't meant for each other.

Annie was determined to make a name for herself as an architect.  She had no time for romantic entanglements.  She had her business and her best fri
Shabby- BookBistroBlog
The forbidden is too irresistible. It has a dangerous allure and a compelling magnetism. And it’s certainly going to inflict pain and anguish.
And yet we gravitate towards it like masochist suckers

It's a very delicate balance to attempt to venture into the Forbidden trope and neutrally justify the story but Jodi has nailed it and in spades!!!
Annie meets Jack in a bar and it's Instant Fireworks . Their bodies and souls ignite like never before. A lustful night of passion that follows, leads to th
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Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN - the first book of the This Man Trilogy - in Octobe
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