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The Man I Can't Have

(Ward Duet #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  298 reviews
It started as a simple search for a landscape designer...

I wanted a beautiful backyard for my new home and my neighbors suggested I look into Ward Landscaping & Design.
The owner had no pictures of himself on his website, just a portfolio of nice outdoor sitting areas, pools, and vibrant gardens that I'd always dreamed of having.
Of course I hired him.
I expected to meet
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 365 pages
Published May 4th 2019 by Shanora Williams
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
♨Holy smoking panties on fire!!!!🔥
Sexy as a shirtless hunk with a V and hot as a burning ember, this book scorches your soul with restricted passions and curbed lust. When unleashed the volcano erupts right on the pages. My heart was thumping at every scene with dread and anticipation. I wanted them to happen but was also holding her back. Very cleverly written, this book will set your pulse racing and you will beg for more from Mouthwatering Marcel with full luscious lips (I'm a sucker for them
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
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Forbidden romance lovers rejoice!!!! The Man I Can’t Have will give you all the feels while reading this one. Racing heart, sweaty palms, guaranteed frustration, longing for what you can’t have, and the forbidden temptation you KNOW without a doubt… is going to do you in.

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I’ve said this before on more than one occasion, I love forbidden romance. That feeling you get once you’ve stepped inside the alluring dangerous territory of wanting something you know you can’t have, is like a magnetic pull
Book Maniac Forever

5 "Would You Leave Him for Me?" Stars
When it comes to Shanora Williams, I always know what to expect with her books and she never fails to captivate me. With The Man I Can’t Have, she starts The Ward Duet in a very convincing way! This story had me completely hooked from the first few pages. I already knew from the blurb that this novel is a forbidden romance with cheating, but this story is truly so much more than that. Gabby and Marcel’s illicit relationship is an exquisite slow burn tha
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my GAWD!! Dear LORD this book BURIED me. It buried me so f*cking deep in my emotions that I cant even claw my way out. NO sense in trying to prepare yourself, just brace for the impact, Shanora is not playing any games and will ruin one is ready!

 “I could do so much to you right now, and he wouldn’t even know it.”

Guys, the intimacy unhinged me,  almost like it's too much so you want to look away and the tender moments brought me to tears. The way Shanora conveys the feelings betwee
Jennifer Kyle
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Claypot_Reads -  Michelle
WOWSA!!! This book was just amazing. Think it might be my favourite read from this author and it's definitely my favourite hero from her. He was DIVINE with a capital D!!!

Age Gap ✔
Angsty as hell ✔

Packed with plot twists, chemistry that pours from the page and enough emotions to have you reaching for your wine or tissues. I cannot wait for book 2!!!

Get it on your TBR immediately!!! Definitely recommend.

Beta read
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
So good!

I really liked it! Gabby and Marcel's chemistry was off the charts! They hit it off from the moment they meet, but there's a problem. Gabby is married. Her husband, Kyle, works a lot out of state and in all honesty is a douche. Nobody likes Kyle and its a mystery why Gabby is married to him. I don't want to give too much of the plot away but just know that Kyle is not a nice guy. He may seem like he is but he's not. Marcel on the other hand, is my new book boyfriend. He's charming, hard
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“I don’t just want right now. I want you forever.”

I know you should never judge a book by it’s cover… but one look at The Man I Can’t Have by Shanora Williams and I was done for. Definite cover love with this one. The story inside this spectacular cover was just as amazing; it was angsty, it was addictive, it was forbidden and oh so sexy. This is my first story ever by Shanora Williams and wow, what a story to start with, I know she now has a fan for life. I became fully immersed into the st
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May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Every single one of these kisses are stolen, because I don’t belong to him.”

Another first for me this year. I’ve never read one of Shanora’s books before and again I have to ask myself how did I miss this talented author?

The Man I Can’t have is a book with many layers, but not the obvious ones. You need to pay close attention to every detail.

In an ingenious way Shanora Williams hid hint after hint between the lines, they blended flawlessly into the story so that you didn’t pay them any attentio
Paula D
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell!! This is soo not what I was expecting. It’s more soo more. Gabby is recently married to Kyle and they just got a new house. So Gabby wants to get the backyard worked on. Gabby hires Marcel the sexy man with the drawl. This book is smoking hot, intense, heartbreaking and just ahhh my nerves were up the charts reading it. Then shocking parts happen and made everything make sooo much sense! I can’t wait to read the next book to this series! 5/5 stars
The Book Bee
"How does he always make the choice seem so easy, yet so difficult all the same?"

Oh my gosh....I am not sure how to purge all my feelings into this little review, but I'll give it a whirl. First of all, this was my first read of Shanora Williams' books and I will say that I enjoyed it and cannot look more forward to the second book - as well as reading more of her stories. More specifically, The Cane Series that has been recommended to me over the last few days.

Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok.. here’s the deal.. this book is everything. LITERALLY. Everything about the plot, the characters, the location, the little details along the way.. It. Is. Everything.
When I started it, I had my own idea of where this book would go. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t go where I thought it would and it definitely didn’t evolve like I thought it would. It was so much better! It blew me away how it flowed and all came together at the right time. I never saw certain things coming! I LOVE
Betty Lankovits
***ARC Provided for honest review***

Absolute, hands down. Must, must read.

If this book were a person I would want to hug it sooo hard, maybe even go on vacations with it, go dancing on the beach and even tell it all of my secrets. The Man I Can't Have is pure magic.
What can I truly say about Shanora Willaims that I haven't already been saying?! She is one of my all-time favorite authors. TMICH was every single thing I love about Shanora, she keeps me addicted from beginning to end every single
Dee Garcia
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh, Shanora, Shanora, Shanora... This book, girl. THIS. BOOK. #lorthelpusall

I should preface this review by saying that, if the title and blurb alone pull at your trigger strings, just stay far away from this duet. SERIOUSLY. It's not for everyone, especially safety readers, and if you're going to read it only to jump on here and one-star the author because you're offended, it's best you stay away from it from the get-go. You're doing both yourself and the author a favor.

Get it? Got it? Good.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books, arc
No one knows how to craft a forbidden romance quite like Shanora Williams! And here we are once more with a taboo love story that is all kinds of angsty. All kinds of intense. And all kinds of sexy. What starts as a polite kind of relationship between devoted wife and her landscaper turns into the kind of wanting that will break not only vows but could harm much more than mere feelings.

I can't blame Gabby Moore for wanting a bit more out of her life. Newly married to the very successful Kyle, he
Laura- BookBistroBlog
4.5 Dahlia Stars

My favorite author that writes taboo, older man/younger woman stories is BACK!!! Picked this one up and inhaled it.

While I was reading this story, the feelings were off the chart. From the hot as heck steamy scenes, to the feeling of sorrow for someone who finds their partner a bit too late in life.

There is so much that goes on behind closed doors. Only a person who can truly feel and read the other is capable of seeing that what is pretty on the outside is absolutely beautiful
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my lawwwwwd!
If you think this is simply a taboo forbidden romance you got it all wrong.

One thing about Shanora, she have Twist is her sleeve. The angst. The secrets. The steamy part. The characters. Oh my oh my.... Shanora you just wreck my heart.

For you who have trigger warning, I suggest you read this book. Cause TMICH is a lot more. Open your mind. Don't judge, cause seriously, Marcel and Gabby chemistry will blow your mind. The plot is to die for. The way Shanora write is... Divine!

Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review

All I can say is DAMN!!!!!!!! Omfg this book was amazing. What freaking rollercoaster of emotion but I was not expecting that. I don't want to say too much but THIS IS A MUST READ and I cannot wait to find out how the rest of this story unfolds in the second book.
Arianna Joseph

What to say about this book? Hmm... Well if you didn't already know it's mainly about cheating/adultery/infidelity. I'm seeing so many people give this book high ratings and I don't know why.

The way this author tried to justify cheating didn't make sense to me. I found that so many problems could have been avoided had she (1) not married him like she wanted to (2) communicated with her husband (3) had some self respect.

I strongly disliked Gabby. She was so immature and selfi
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Dilek VT
A newly married "devoted" wife falls for her landscape designer, who is an older handsome man...

(Well, the blurb doesn't say anything bad about the husband so I assume it's just "her" being bad...)

Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4/ 5 stars
Love forbidden romance? What about age gaps? Shanora writes some of the best ones I ever read and she's got a new one just for you...

Mr. Ward is something else. He's all man, a little broken at that. which just makes him all the more special and lovable to me.

I loved Gabby from the very beginning as well, I love her spirit and how passionate she is. She's a recently married woman who just moved to a new home, in a new state away from everyone she knows. She's brave and sweet an
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: May 5th, 2019
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Actual Rating: 5+ stars

You know those books that blur the lines of right and wrong? Those books that make you uncomfortable because of the subject matter? This is THAT kind of book. But let me tell you, once you get to the ending (rather, that cliffhanger) everything makes PERFECT sense. There are times when being wrong is actually VERY right and I think Shanora Williams proves that in this heartfelt, emotional, and heartbreaking novel. Th
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting impatiently for this book for what feels like forever and I went into it with extremely high hopes. From the blurb alone I knew I was going to like this book but even I was surprised by how much I loved the story and the characters.

I’m staying away from the story because as always it’s best to go in blind with this book. The characters are easy to relate to. They’re flawed, their lives aren’t perfect and sometimes they make mistakes. I live for books like this. I like angst,
Keri Loves Books
Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

This story is an angst-filled emotional roller coaster. A lonely newlywed and an absentee husband is not the key to a successful marriage or a happy life. A marriage built on secrets and lies will surely crumble.

Gabby‘s a young newlywed who seemed to have it all. She had a beautiful home, a devoted husband and the ability work at her leisure. She’s just moved away from family and friends and they are beginning their life together.

Kyle is the dedicated husband w
Saira Moodley (BookedMercy)
”Arc provided in exchange for an honest review”

5 +++++++++ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

”He is so perfect—everything I’ve always wanted in a man. Too bad he can never be mine.”

Omg I’m freaking the eff out. I’m sooo in love with this book. Like 5 stars aren’t enough. The sexual tension, angst, drama, sex.. everything had me wanting more!!! And when I reached the last page, I was furious.. furious at Shanora Williams for making me go through so many emotions and then leaving us with a big cliffy😤.. And I’m dying with
KC Caron
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TMICH is a one of kind hot hot "HOLY HELL I can't take it!" story. Williams makes the body heat pulse up off the glass and I swear my kindle got hot. Unputdownable, risqué, and completely out of bounds.

Brilliant storytelling that crescendos with every twist until it's a high wire intoxicating forbidden romance where you question yourself--"wait, I want this?" And you do, you want more, so much more.

Sexy FlockHot Hero and Sassy Secretive Heroine. This story snuck up on me. It destroyed my sleep,
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shanora Williams once again brilliantly weaves an intricate tale that has left me completely captivated!! I was drawn in from the beginning into Gabby and Marcel’s story and just couldn’t put my kindle down. I loved this thought provoking story! There’s always more than meets the eye!

There are so many layers unraveling in a way that only Shanora can develop! I’m still feeling the angst and emotions that I found personally relatable in some unique way. To me, the author has cleverly del

I have to contain my emotions first.

Will be LIVE soon...

ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.
She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is

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