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Forbidden (A Dark Necessities Prequel #3)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Once upon a time, I was a monster.

A predator who seized women just to get my kicks.

And then along came Lily. Lily—the light that chased my demons away.
Consumed with love for her, I finally put the sins of those torrid times behind me, until one dark day, everything changes.
I’m lured back into the shadows, the monster awoken again and now
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Published August 8th 2019
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book broke me. But I have to be honesty, I never did really warm up to Ethan. Maybe because of what he was, I'm not really sure. Lily is a different story.. With her, I was totally invested in her. Emotions ran high and you can feel them all. To love someone who is a serial killer takes a person of extraodinary strength. Lily struggled with her love and devotion to Ethan but also with her own emotions as to why she stayed with him and raised children with him. I felt all her emotion ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**15+++ Stars** I just put my Kindle down after finishing 'Forbidden' & I am in flat out awe of this stellar author: her writing skills, her characters, the plot, EVERYTHING is simply put, OUTSTANDING.
For an author to be able to wield her craft such that the reader actually moves beyond Ethan's (anti-anti-H) heinous past actions, to understand Lily's (h) ability to forgive him & still love him to the very depths of her heart & soul . . . . Despite all Ethan's done, to his victi
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book did not go where I expected. It is disturbing and intense. It was like being punched in the gut at times. Of course it had the dark Brandonesque sexiness. But this twisty story pretty much sucked it all out of me by the end. And that end. OMG. I won’t say more... but WOW!!!
Buckle up! This is one hella ride.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. Full circle. This was such an emotional journey with Ethan and Lily. A tragic love story of epic proportions. I loved the hook! I loved the back story of Connor and Dalton. What a fantastic plot! I knew what would happen, as all readers will, but it is no less powerful. Great set up! I cannot wait to read more, more, more!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve quite literally been in awe of this trilogy, and the third and final installment struck me hardcore. As I said about the previous book - wow, just wow. Felicity Brandon is one of my favorite authors, among a few authors I admire greatly for their incredible writing abilities. Ms. Brandon has never disappointed me, and I can’t tell you how many times she’s made me gasp, laugh, cry and shout out loud. She is one of those authors who deserves the accolades for excellence. She is consistently a ...more
E Loprete
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden (The Dark Necessities Prequel#3 ) by Felicity Brandon took me on an emotional journey as this story will have you on edge from beginning to end as you dread the inevitable with each page you read hoping against hope for a different ending. The back story that introduces Connor and Dalton gave us readers a better understanding of their story. Ethan and Lily were destined from the beginning to always be together, the connection they had was too strong to break. Ethan and Lily's years tog ...more
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

Book #2 ended with Lily in the boot (trunk) of Ethan's car, kicking out the tail lights to try and grab someone's attention. What follows was NOT what I expected, Ms Brandon did not travel the more expected (and cliched) paths with Forbidden. This led to a story that whilst, perhaps, not as filled with drama and angst as the previous two books, allowed us to really (re)connect with both characters, to fall in love with their love story and to understand the choices they ultimately made.

The epilogue,
Anne Baker
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Loyalty

I was not sure on reading the first 2 books of the Dark Necessities prequels if I liked the 2 main characters or not but the 3rd book in the series blew me away with its back to front storyline and explained such a lot that I wasn’t seeing in this dark story! You grow to love Ethan and Lily with their dark passion and loyalty for one another with the love of their sons Connor and Dalton and how they grew into their lives through their parents, shines throughout this wonderful r
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book brought me to tears! Only Felicity Brandon could make me fall for the bad guy and feel bad when his past comes back to haunt him! This was a wonderful conclusion to Lily and Ethan’s story even if it was a sad ending. I can’t wait to see where the dark necessities series goes from here! In this book we get the story told from two different people in law enforcement as well as from Lily and Ethan. I wasn’t as big of a fan of this but I understand that it was used to make everything more ...more
Debbi Taylor
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What can I say 😳🤷♀ this book is amazing beyond amazing as is the whole series! Mrs Brandon you are an amazing author I have been through so many emotions whilst reading, the feelings this book gave me are beyond anything I have read before and I can only imagine how long it will stay with me, tears were definitely shed on a number of occasions. I don’t want to give away a single thing about this book but suffice to say it is a Must 5*+ read . Thankyou Mrs Brandon it’s been an honour to
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I sat and stared into space for at least 10 minutes after finishing this one. I was dumbstruck and the emotional trauma was real. This story, even more than the first two, kept me glued to the pages. I felt sick to my stomach, my heart broke, I wanted to walk away at some parts, and yet I couldn't get the story out of my head and I couldn't put it down. Felicity Brandon has a way of dragging you deep into yourself and the lives of her characters. Their complexity make it difficult to bot ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark, loved-it
Make sure you read Flawed and Fallen before you read Forbidden as this is the last book in the trilogy.

Ethan and Lily’s story continues and what a story it is. Expect the unexpected with these two.

If your looking for a trilogy that will have your head spinning then grab and read these now.

This is truly an amazing and disturbing read. For a dark lover like myself it is everything I want. I’m so looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Lisa Roberts
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cant believe what I just read Outstanding is putting it mildly theres no words good enough to explain the emotions and intensity of these characters you want to hate everything and love them all at the same time because this is Ethan and Lily and they are so unique and beautiful characters and this is how they love, Im not sure if I hate Ethan or not but I was used to his ways it was who he was and I excepted that, his love for Lily and her devotion and forgiveness made her such a strong woman ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It drives me crazy to start reviews out with this warning, and yet, I've seen where people jump in with a series/trilogy at the end, then are upset when they have no clue what has taken place. And when it comes to the twisted brilliance of Felicity Brandon, you just CANNOT do that, so with that being said, Forbidden is the 3rd book in The Dark Necessities Prequel series so YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST READ Flawed (Book 1), and Fallen (Book 2) FIRST AND IN ORDER. Now that I got that out of the way, my hea ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Brandon delivers a stunning conclusion to this intense gripping series.
Ethan and Lily’s love is complex and the connection they have for one another is an awesome thing to feel and see.
Ethan is not a hero I loved nor even liked because of his urges.
But getting to know the love he feels for Lily is remarkable.
All the evil and darkness he harbors would have me believing that someone like him has no capacity to love.
But the author and her talented writing put that
Terri Trawets
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Dark Necessities Prequel. It is full of twists and turns and evil controlled by love. It is filled with a couple raising their children while also reacting to each other in physically unique and gratifying ways.

I have loved Lily from the moment she appeared in the stories. Ethan was more difficult to care for, but eventually, I did. I ached for the horror of Ethan’s childhood, and respected the caring father he strove to be for his own two sons. Lily and Ethan forg
Ruchika Mahajan
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's difficult to put in words what you feel after reading some books. This was one such experience... In a different way. What an end... I could have never guessed that the series would end like this. Anything but that. We get backstory of Dalton n Connor. This was the only time I felt bad for Connor... Only a little. I had thought he was an extreme kind of antihero. But Ethan being his father topped on all accounts. Lily was sweet, understanding easy to like from the word go. But Eth ...more
Gaynor Jones
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ethan and Lilly's story in all it's twisted, dark, depraved, deviant glory comes to a finale. With characters so well written, deeply flawed and monstrously human, you experience every facet of emotion you can think of and more. Ethan and Lilly are complex and enthralling characters that will take you on a journey from the light to the darkest dark and every shade in between.
Love comes in many forms and the heart cannot be controlled no matter what we desire. Can love sooth a sava
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Ms Brandon, you and your twisted, dark mind have written the perfect conclusion for this trilogy. This book has serial killer, Ethan, going back to the dark side after 20 years. Poor faithful and loving Lily has been busy with their 2 sons and 6 salons and Ethan screwed up. The police and forensics guys are closing in. You will need tissues and probably a drink for the last half. It’s so good and bad. Besides, we all need an ugly cry every now and then.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The last book in the series and we have gone full circle. But first we find out what happens after the last scene in the previous book when Ethan gets into a lot of trouble.

The relationship between Lily and Ethan is intense, complicated but also rocky. Is their bond strong enough to survive everything that has happened? And how did they end up at the cliffs and why did they make those choices. all questions that will be answered.

It has been a very emotional but amazing journey.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG! OMG! OMG! Not nearly enough stars. So intense and gut wrenching and I don’t want this series to end. Ethan is a psychopath and I am sure even with her moral dilemma Lily could be considered one too for condoning and justifying Ethan’s actions. But together they are amazingly gripping. I loved the end.. totally didn’t see that one. You want to read this.. truly

I read and reviewed a copy of this book.
Linda Robson
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the final part and Felicity has done it again. This book advanced on quite a bit from the end of book two. They have two sons Connor and Dalton and Lily has built up a business. They start to grow apart and Ethan goes back to his old ways. When Lily realises this they talk and get back to there way of connecting. I’m not going to spoil this only to say have hankies read as you read. I received this ARC for an honest review which I have given.
Mary S.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! What an ending to Lily and Ethan story! From the first book I have read I would have imagine what the ending would be but I didn't think that it would hit me this hard. It was so heartbreaking the consequences Ethan had to face as was Lily as well. Now I'm going to read how the sons survive after what have become of them since I started this series all backwards wish me luck that I will survive Connor story.
Vickie Brown
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felicity Brandon wove a web of twisted sadistic madness in the first two books of this trilogy. In Forbidden we get caught up in the web and she wraps us up her silky cacoon as we fall headlong into Ethan and Lily's life. It's a rollercoaster ride that you won't forget. I ran through a gamut of emotions that has left me shattered. After I finished last night I couldn't sleep, Ethan and Lily would not let me go.....
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Picking up where the last book left off then jumping forward 20 years to Ethan and Lilly's finale then again to 2018 to their son, Connor's dark plans. This is the perfect intro to Connor and Molly and The Dark Necessities Trilogy.

I read a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my review.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This amazing book had me riding a roller coaster of emotions, not to mention the twists and turns that kept me turning the pages of this well written story and the characters were written with such great detail and depth that Ethan and Lily had me totally captivated until the turn of the very last page!
Christy Kremsreiter
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was an extremely emotional love story between Ethan and Lily that ended in tragedy. This series was a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings that had my mind in turmoil. I can’t believe Ethan strayed again I just can’t feel bad for him but I feel he took the cowards way out an took Lily with him instead of facing what he did.

I am so twisted up inside on how this book ended. It completely fckd with my head that Conner is gonna follow in his fathers footsteps and keep the legacy go
Gail Lacroix
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intense and Dark Felicity pulls you deeper into Ethans world.Love him or love to hate him you can't help but wait to see where you go next.I didn't want the ride to end,waiting to see where the story goes' next.
Mandy Sawyer
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is so twisted! There are parts that I should be appalled at but I find my heart totally overriding my head. I wanted these characters to get their HEA. It ties in nicely to the other books by Felicity. Well written.
Kristen Lindtvedt
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A Violently Overpowering Story of Love...

When I started this series I was expecting a twist on the typical tale of a sadist and his masochist.  Albeit perhaps, a darker, more delicious telling of the many D/S trope books out there in the literary universe. But holy hell! What I got was so much more, ESPECIALLY in this installment!

The third and final book in Brandon’s Dark Necessities Prequel, “Forbidden” is the conclusion of Ethan and Lily’s story (or so you’re led to believe…).  I
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