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Breaking Josephine

(Forbidden Romance #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Just before Josephine's eighteenth birthday, her brother kicks her out of their home and ships her off to Oklahoma to work for a widower and his two children. With no money and her parents gone, Josephine has no choice but to board the train to a strange new life.

When Jack Harrington put an ad in the paper for a young man to work his farm, the last person he expected to st
Paperback, 150 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Brooke Chirone
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Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jo’s brother, George answered an ad from a farmer in Oklahoma who was looking for a boy to help work on the farm. George no longer had a use for Jo and so he falsely answered the ad and shipped her out. Jo was not what Jack was expecting but he agreed to let her stay for one month to prove her worth. Jack has two children and between the three of them they have worked the farm the best they could. Jo does finally prove her value but not before Jack wants to send her home. I like the way Jack fig ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hot and steamy! Oh, the good ole days when men were hard working men and had a strong hand for spanking. The feisty Josephine needed a new home but didn't quite expect what was in store for her with the dominant cowboy and his youngsters. The widowed Jack needs help with his children but isn't looking for a new wife. And if he were the willful, young woman from back East would certainly not be his pick. But she'd better take heed to his instructions or he would take things into his own hands and ...more
Sydnee Walsh
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot sassy and spicy read. Loved the older man younger women set up.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Can sometimes (more often than not) knock you over at the unlikeliest of places at the unlikeliest of times.

Say…you have been born and brought up in affluence in posh Manhattan.

Suddenly tragedy strikes and you lose your parents.

And say, your good for nothing brother then proceeds to drive the family business down into dumps.

He then tries to ‘dispose’ of his burden that is you (even though you are far more efficient
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Breaking Josephine (Forbidden Romance #1)
By Brooke Stanton
5 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I absolutely LOVED every minute of this book! I am a huge fan of historical western romances and this is probably amongst one of the best that I have ever read, I was hooked right from the very beginning. This is also the first book that I have read by this author and I was so engaged by her writing style. The writing style fitted perfect with the era in which she was writing abou
Jill A
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Breaking Josephine” by Brooke Stanton is a tale of a determined woman, Josephine Taylor ... from Manhattan who after her beloved father kicked out of her home by her older brother and packed off to work for a farmer in Oklahoma ....unfortunately the farmer, Jack Harrington a widower with 2 children ...Tommy.. age 6...and Ruby... aged 16 ...thought his advertisement would be answered by a male capable of assisting him with his farm chores ... not a willful stubborn female. His children ...more
Mary Mutisya-Astin
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved Jo and Jack!
Jo has ended up in a new town under the orders of her older brother. She didn’t want to leave New York but she has no other family left and had no choice at the age of 18. She has been told she will work for Me Harrington, who has two children and she is excited at the prospect. That is until Mr Harrington shows up claiming that Jo was meant to be a boy there to work for him as a farm hand, not a girl with whom he has no business hiring. Jo realises she comes up with a plan to
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really good historical, western romance that is HOT! 💞💓🔥🔥💞

Jo has lost everything because of her selfish older brother and know, he's sent her on a train from Manhatten to rural Oklahoma to work for a widower caring for his children and home. Or so she thinks... Jack, on the other hand, has been lead to believe that he will be taking over guardianship of a young man, who is supposed to help on his ranch. She is desperate enough to volunteer to stay and help him but he's a bitter man who has let
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the past five years Jo has been nothing more than a servant to her brother after the death of their father. Her brother ran their father's business into the ground and squandered most of the money. On her eighteenth birthday he sent her on her way to a family in need of help on the ranch. He disguised Jo as being a man knowing it would be too late once she get there for the man to say anything. James was livid when he found out Jo was in fact a Josephine. Not wanting to be outdone she got hi ...more
Erhi Divina
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I received this copy in exchange of an honest review and all I can say is it was an okay read for me. The narration was light and easily understood. The plotting was simple. It was a rather simple story of a girl, whose life was turned upside down, and chance brought her to a new family and a new man. It was.. predictable, frankly speaking. And the characters were common; pretty blonde girl and the most sought-out bachelor in the town. 

However, it was rather juicy. So if you like romance, light
Toni Hector-Zepeda
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A sweet tale of romance with the pain of heartache that’s healed with an innocent new love in a western setting. Hero of the story is a stubborn strong dominate male and the heroine is young sassy and innocent. The supporting characters are throughly believable and support the storyline. I throughly enjoyed this book and at times laughed aloud at the things the characters did at others was embarrassed along with them. This book draws you into the story and you are there right along side the char ...more
Jennifer Hevern
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brooke Stanton writes with such strong wit and angst. I have enjoyed all of her books and Breaking Josephine is no exception. I found myself laughing, fuming and sighing at the same time. Jo (Josephine) is strong, smart and doesn't take crap from anyone. She meets her match in Jack. His heart is broken and lost and he can't seem to find his way back to give it again - to anyone, including his children. Jo comes to town and teaches the whole family about perseverance, self-confidence and, most im ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the characters of Josephine, Tommy and Ruby, but I found Jack difficult to relate to. He just seemed like the gruff, ill-tempered male hovering in the background, only to come forward to mete out punishment when Jo didn't behave to his liking. There is a romantic thread between Jo and Jack, however, I found the story to be more about Jo's adventures/attempts in trying to be accepted into Jack's family after having had to escape from under her brother's thumb. I didn't think there was a b ...more
Terri Trawets
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sweet story of a young woman, Hannah, who has lost her parents. She arrives in Oklahoma to help a widower, Jack, tend to his children and his farm. She is full of life, while he is stuck in the past. He insists on being obeyed, and there are a few light spankings that enrage Hannah. I enjoyed reading about the love and life she is tries to bring back into his family. And, I definitely enjoyed the naughty interaction as their feelings began to grow.

This is the first book I have rea
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book although I didn't necessarily like him very much in most of the story. She was a strong, sassy female who he thought ok to deal with in a not so understandingly way. The domestic discipline was very surprising. I only say that because of the way it was done. Regardless, this book was entertaining. I enjoyed meeting the characters and reading about them as their relationship developed.
Penny Ellgass
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jo's brother kicks her put and sends her to live with a farmer and his kids in OK. She has always lived in NYC, she is unprepared for OK.
Jack is a farmer, a widower with children, he advertised for a farmers helper and Jo's brother sent her. Jack is angry he was expecting a boy, he only let's her stay under duress for 3 days
till the next train. Join John on her journey to learn how to live on a farm.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her brother kicks her out once she reached 18 and she ends up going to a strange place to be a worker. He is shocked when she appears as he was expecting a man. Her brother lies now he wants to send her away. She makes a deal. What is the deal? Will it work? Will she get more out of it than her brother had expected? See what will happen

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved it! The characters and storyline grabs your attention and keeps it till the very last page! It’s a sweet romance that has to slowly build but with this chemistry sparking between Jo and Jack it was bound to happen. The smoking hot sex is so well written and graphically detailed it's absolutely awesome! You don’t wanna pass this sweet read up! It’s a spanking good book!
I received a free copy of this book and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Annemarie Suchey
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jo is told by her sceming brother, that she is to be caretaker to 2 children, and he puts her on a train. Mr.Harrington feels played. He was expecting a boy to help work his farm. His wife passed in childbirth with their youngest, 6yr old Tommy. The oldest is 16 yr old, Rose. Jack says he don't want or need her help. But Jo sees different and is determined to help. Love the ending!!
Sherry Westendorf
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read. Her brother doesn't want her around any more so he ships her off to Oklahoma to a widower with two children. But he answered an ad wrong as this person wanted a boy. The widower agrees to let her stay for awhile to see how she works out. It only gets fun from there. I was given a review copy by booksprout and voluntarily review it.
Sheila Wellworth
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story! I really enjoyed it, especially Jo.. I loved the strength and courage of her character.. It's terrible to imagine that a brother could treat his only sibling in such a unforgivable way after the death of their parents. Jo not only survives the situation with her brother but holds her head high while she deals with the new placement with the family.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one in the series Forbidden Romance it is well-written and I want to read the next book. Miss Josephine Taylor and Jack Harrington's first time meeting each other starts off with a misunderstanding because of her brother George. There are spankings and steamy scenes. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
T. Rosado
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I've said it before, but I'm kind of a pushover for broody men in my fiction. Jack was exactly that. Maybe a little too high-handed at times, but I eventually forgave him. He fights his attraction to Josephine in respect for his deceased wife, as well as fear and guilt. Josephine tries hard to break through those erected walls by being what he needs for his family. Josephine is a worthy heroine and I enjoyed her tenacity alongside the respect and love she shows for Jack and his children
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the story, but felt Jo should have be at least 20 instead of 18 given the age of Jack and Ruby. She carried herself and her knowledge seemed more mature then 18. Some parts were a little cheesy while others didn’t seem right for the times. The flow as a little off too. It is okay, but I won’t be continuing onto the next book.
Teresa Price
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Josephine: Book 1 in the Forbidden Romance by Brooke Stanton

5 Stars

I fully enjoyed this great, fun entertaining read! Well written. Great character development. Kept my interest throughout!

"A quiet love can still be love."

Absolutely can not wait to read Book 2!!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must read first book of Forbidden Series. I couldn’t put Breaking Josephine down. The characters are singleminded determination. Hot historical.
This is the first book I’ve read by author Brooke Stanton and it won’t be my last.
I highly recommend
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breaking Josephine (1)

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the story line was good. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Never could quite get into the characters. Sometimes it was boring, other times the story got ridiculous and far-fetched. There was too much wish-washy, ambivalence of the characters.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a very enjoyable and entertaining read with great character and storyline development! I was so invested in this story that I ended up reading this book in one sitting!
Laura Williamson

A great fun new series. Looking forward to seeing what happens next. Some spanking, but more in frustration. I hope there is more DD to come
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After her own misadventures in New York City, LA, and London, Brooke Stanton now lives in sunny South Florida. She’s an award-winning author who has contributed to Natural Awakenings Magazine, wrote a column for, and is the author of The Bloom Sisters series.

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Forbidden Romance (3 books)
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  • Lucy's Awakening (Forbidden Romance, #3)