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(House of Sin #1)

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From NYT Bestselling Author Elisabeth Naughton

He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving she couldn’t resist.

When Natalie James leaves her small town for Manhattan, she hopes to find answers to her best friend’s death. Instead, she finds him.

Luciano Salvatici.

Dark and commanding, Luc radiates power and heat, yet protects sinister secrets. Natalie knows she needs to keep
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Elisabeth Naughton Publishing LLC
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Sawyer  ❤
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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All right, let’s all acknowledge that first impressions matter. This cover makes one heck of a first impression. I felt like I was about to knock on the lions’ den or something. It was so imposing but welcoming at the same time.

Sometimes you read a book that shakes you to your core. Forbidden is one of those, and that’s why I’ve been watching funny cat videos for the last half hour. I read most of it, thinking this is kind of sweet then I got to about the 80% po
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Forbidden by Elisabeth Naughton is the first book in the House of Sin series. This is the story of Luciano Salvaciti and Natalie James.
Natalie's best friend Elena, died of a drug overdoes but Natalie thinks there more to it. Natalie knows that her friend never did drugs and wouldn' she does know is that she started a new job emailing her some clues of what she was into. Natalie is out to find out what happened to her and she goes to get a job at Covet where she feels will help lead her
Wow! This book was like the best kind of crazy, drag you in and hold you hostage wild!

I’m generally not a fan of BDSM and I suspected this story might involve it with a series titled House Of Sin. But I love what I’ve read from this author in the past and the blurb was just too hard to resist. I expected a sex club with friends of the hero who would be dominant and dark. I did not expect what I found within these pages.

Natalie is looking for answers to her friend’s death and ends up in the sphe
Oct 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
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He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving she couldn’t resist.

When Natalie James leaves her small town for Manhattan, she hopes to find answers to her best friend’s death. Instead, she finds him.

Luciano Salvatici.

Dark and commanding, Luc radiates power and heat, yet protects sinister secrets. Natalie knows she needs to keep her distance, but despite the danger, she can’t help falling prey to his seductive looks, to his forceful touch. Can’t
Dora Koutsoukou
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 ❤️💫❤️🔥❤️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟s‼️‼️

Dio dannato!
This was amazing!!!

“She had called me a beast. I could only hope she was prepared for the beast she had just unleashed inside me. “
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
He mystified her, she intrigued him. Luciano Salvaciti was a man who wanted everything to be under his control. When he caught sight of Natalie James inquiring for a job at Covet, he knew she was trouble. And trouble seemed to follow them both, wherever they would go.

Natalie only wanted the truth about her best friend's death. Going to Covet could bring her close to her suspects. But what she found was something way beyond the norm. More like an occult. A sin. Something forbidden. Something prim
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slow to start of.

I couldn't make what this story was about cause it took its time to unravel. I don't really like Natalie a little too annoying I mean the start was good and I liked her then but middle to ending I kind of just went meh and carried on as curious as I was to know the secret Luc had.
*The Angry Reader*
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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***ARC received for an honest review***

Every time a heroine says "This seems like a bad idea, but..." and justifies her dangerous behavior I die a little inside.

Natalie is in New York investigating a friend's death. She's not a cop or anything... Luc owns a fashion magazine, but happens to be interviewing interns on the day Natalie comes in... He's so powerful. She's so dewy-eyed. You know the spiel. There's darkness and secrets and sexual shenanigans that I felt were unrealistic and uncomforta
Denise H
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark. Daring. Dangerous. Compelling. Intense. Spellbinding. It is Forbidden…the first book in a new series by the wonderful Elisabeth Naughton. She steps out of her comfort zone and dives into the wicked world of power, dominance and submission in this pulse-pounding sensual thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are captivating and the storyline so mesmerizing you will be swept away in the pages. With alternating viewpoints between Natalie and Luc you are able to g ...more
Books and
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
FORBIDDEN made me bounce on my sofa with shock. With its vivid descriptions and mysterious characters, it sets the mood of the story perfectly. You know something heart pounding awaits in the next chapter; it’s just a case of when it will happen.
Natalie James infiltrates a fashion magazine as the assistant to the CEO. Plunged into a world of confusion, Natalie is trying to determine who is responsible for her best friend’s death.
It starts as a whodunit. A bang from page one. Immediately you kn
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Amazing story!

I was totally hooked on this book and couldn’t read the pages quick enough. I knew Gio was trouble from the beginning, but I just thought Luc was an jerk. Then we see his softer side, the side that wants to protect and save everyone that he can.

I liked Natalie and the strength that she had to try to find out what happened to her best friend. She knows her friend would never overdose, so she has to get close to the people at Covet to see what she could find out.

She ends up cat
Book Him Danno
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This isn't the first book I have read by Elisabeth Naughton.

Forbidden is the first in a 3 book series that follow two main characters into a dark world or possession, obsession and Sex.

Trust me I understand the series is called House of Sin but still the story disappeared and is replaced with graphic sex scenes readers will either flip though or enjoy.

Before anyone picks up the book they are warned in a blurb "**WARNING!**

This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Contains consensua
Book Lover
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Natalie James leaves her small Idaho town for Manhattan to look into the death of her best friend. She’s determined to get a job at the same company as her friend. Her initial introduction to Luciano Salvatici does not go well and she is sent on her way. Natalie is strong willed, determined and very independent.

Luc is intimidating, dark, dominant, controlling and drawn to Natalie. However he is hiding dark secrets that he never wants her to discover.

While it was an interesting winding, twisting
3.5 stars

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

Forbidden has an intriguing premisse, similar to one I've read before and liked a lot.
I didn't know that before I started the book, I confess I read the blurb of this one before reading it, but it didn't give much away, which I'm glad. From the blurb I waa a bit intrigued, but became more afte thefirst chapter.

And while it intrigued me, it still didn't make my heart beat faster. Some parts were better than others, but Forbidden may have
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Wow! What a switch in story telling for this author. Great introduction to a new series House of Sin. This book tells about Natalie and her attempt to find out what happened to her best friend. She meets Luc and his family and the world tips on it's axis.

Suspense, intrigue, action, scorching sexy times, and a cliff hanger to boot. The story has it all. It takes a bit to get into as the first few chapters are the set up to the action to come. ONce it gets going, it just explodes. Twists and turn
Nov 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Fantasy Land Romance Reader
This is my first Elisabeth Naughton story and I LOVED it. I love darker books with a hint of mystery and this one has it. Luc is an enigma that I can't figure out yet. He is the soon to be head of his family The Salvatici Family. He doesn't want to be, he hates his family and wants out. But sees no way to make that happen. His brothers are harder and meaner than him but he is the oldest and so will take on as the head of the family.

When Natalie James walks in for a job he knows there is somethi
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first book in a new series. It certainly sets the scene for us, although in a most disturbing world. It is however quite fitting that a fashion magazine would be a good cover for such an operation.

At the heart of the story are Natalie and Luc - a mismatched pair, but clearly one that works for them ... sort of. The level of secrecy and mistrust is such that I am not sure how it could ever really work - but n
Received an arc copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
It's totally not my cup of tea. There's too much drama and the Relationship is not one I'm in awe of. ANd then when I decide to finish the book I had the unpleasant surprise to discover that the love story was to be continued. I Don't know if I'll read the other books of the series.
Jana LaPelle
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forbidden Fruit is always so enticing…

Get ready for something entirely new from this author. I have never really been a big fan of a romantic read that features dominance and submission as a featuring role in the bedroom. The whole premise of one partner needing to dominate the other is not my typical read and although I have read several other authors that write in that genre I was totally surprised to find that Ms. Naughton was indeed taking me down that dark and twisted road in Forbidden. L
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars but rounding to 4 because EN’s writing is excellent.

I have to be honest and say that certain aspects of this story are not in my wheelhouse; they just aren’t topics I gravitate towards reading about. However, EN has laid out a compelling story that leaves you wanting more. While reading this, multiple times my brain kept registering how smoothly the words flowed across the pages, how the story kept pulling me in and moving me forward. I don’t think there is a book EN has written that I
Bookgasms Book Blog
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Forbidden was a decadent treat that I knew would unnerve and scare the heck out of me I could not stop reading because I was lost in the eroticism in the story and the very sexy characters. I thought this story was great. Luc and Natalie were sexy and compelling and I could not stop reading.

When Natalie James decides to go undercover at a leading fashion magazine, Covet, to expose the murder of her childhood bestfriend, she never would have expected the quagmire of epic proportions she immersed
Jennifer Jones
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first in this series called HOUSE OF SIN, FORBIDDEN begins with Natalie James seeking an internship to infiltrate the magazine company, Covet, she believes holds the key to her best friend's death. The model's death was blamed on an overdose, but she knew her friend would never do that. Along with that, Elena also wrote to her in emails about a man she had fallen for, and he was a part of the Covet world.

Luciano Salvatici is the President and CEO of Covet. The handsome Italian had recently
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ordinarily, I do not read books which end with a cliffhanger as I consider them a cheap gimmick to sell more books, but for Elisabeth Naughton I willingly made an exception. Overall this book was what I expected; well-written, well-plotted, interesting and with an excellent hero.

Unfortunately, and I am going to give spoilers here so be warned, there is a serious problem with this book. I hate to be critical, but I have to be honest. The heroine is extremely irritating and Too Stupid To Live. In
Avid Reader
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forbidden (House of Sin #1) by Elisabeth Naughton
4 stars
M/F BDSM Dark Romance
Triggers: Cliff hanger! - Murder, BDSM aspects, "sex kitten" issues, Drugs,
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Luciano is an enigma. Luciano, or Luc, is trying to live his life, but when he's called to head the family business, he really has no choice. He's thrust in to the life he doesn't want and made to heel at his father's whim. He knows that he should not have anyone close to him, but when N
Eva Millien
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, let me tell you that this story definitely has a cliffhanger and it is my understanding that it will take 3 books for the author to tell readers the whole story. That being said, let’s get to the review of the first House of Sin story - Forbidden:

Elizabeth Naughton always creates wonderful characters full of depth and characteristics that ensure that readers really want to get to know them and learn their stories, so you can be sure that while this book is different from her other paranor
Ash P Reads
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luc and Natalie are the kind of couple I'd label as 'unexpected'. Coming from completely different backgrounds, socially, culturally and financially, one could hardly expect them to get together. And Luc doesn't want her anywhere near his world. But Natalie is determined to get her foot in the door in Luc's modeling agency 'Covet' because she absolutely must know what happened to her best friend Elena. In order to keep her safe, he at first refuses her internship application then takes her on as ...more
Jasmin Maitlall
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a dark and sinfully sexy novel! FORBIDDEN is the story of Natalie James and Luciano Salvatici. Natalie is scheduled for a job interview at Covet, a fashion magazine company that Luciano’s family owns and he is in the position of overseeing. Natalie is interviewing for an intern position, when in reality she is trying to find any clues that she can which will help her uncover the truth behind her best friend Elena’s death- a death attributed to an overdose. Elena was a model for Covet. Natal
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. It took a couple chapters to get going for me, but once it did, it was non-stop! This is one of "hottest" books I've ever read! I got so engrossed in the scenes that I had to stop and look around and wonder if everyone could tell what I was reading! Definitely has me looking forward to the next two books, especially since this one ended on a pretty big cliffhanger! Very glad these books are all being released close together and we don't have to wait months on them. I would not have been hap ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark and steamy!

I was really captivated by the story of Luc and Natalie. Natalie goes to New York to find out the truth of the death of her best friend and enters a world she never knew existed. Meeting the CEO of Covet, Luciano, should have been the end of her journey to New York, but his brother Giovanni invites her in as a photographers assistant. Luc’s family has ties to a dark and sinister world and all he wants to do is protect Natalie, an innocent, and he ends up bringing her to Italy to
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Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—award winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time.

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“Know this,” he whispered. “I’m not like your last lover. He wanted to fuck you. I plan to own you. I’ll push your body to the edge and leave you there until you can’t take any more. Until you’re begging me to let you surrender. Because that’s what I want. I want to taste your complete and utter submission on my tongue. I want to feel it pulsing around my cock. I don’t make love, Natalie. I don’t fuck. I dominate. If you let me inside you, I’ll drag you into my darkness and ruin you for anyone else, and when I’m done, you’ll feel filthy and used, and I won’t even care. So be sure this is what you want, because once I touch you, I won’t be able to stop even if you scream.” 0 likes
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