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Forbidden Kiss ( Carson Cove Scandals)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  66 reviews
"We knew the risk. We decided to take it. I don't regret a single second and neither should you..." - Bryant Benson.

It started out so innocent. I saw my best friend's father at an art show, and I knew the woman hitting on him wasn't looking for love. I thought I could do him a favor. That's what I told myself and I think I even believed it. I was just going to walk up, pre
Published (first published August 6th 2019)
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great read by Kelli Callahan. Bryant is rich, sexy as sin, divorced and her best friend’s father. Taylor is screwed (in more ways than one ). Crushing on her best friend’s father since her teens, Taylor gives in to her feelings when they share a kiss meant to be just for show. Things are complicated, more so when a woman with her eyes set on Bryant decides to tear down everyone standing in her way. Taylor and Bryant’s happily ever after does finally arrive but not after an interesting de ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm sitting here stunned and still trying to process the intense, dramatic, and sexy read that I just finished. I think my hand was over my mouth for most of the book, and I couldn't stop gasping, re-reading what I just read, and trying to take in the devastation of this book. However, I also couldn't put it down and walk away. This book swept me up, utterly devastated me, and spit me back out repeatedly. However, I'm going back in for a re-read right now!!!

Please note that I did receive an ARC
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Taylor is an art student and sees her best-friends father at an art show. She helps him out when a woman is hitting on him and she pretends to be his date. Sparks fly between them but will others try to tear them apart? Fast-paced read with great characters. The story is entertaining with lots of drama. I liked it.
Kristen Lindtvedt
Wonderfully Delicious but Left Me Wanting More...

I thoroughly enjoy Kelli Callahan’s writing.  She speaks to the sociologist within me and always leads me down a path of thought exploration and social taboo pondering.   A step above the typical “daddy” tropes, Callahan writes stories of older established men falling in love with much younger women and all the life crap you would associate with such a union in a believable, heart felt way.  And Forbidden Kiss is a wonderful example of the smart,
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This book was hot and one-click and you are in book-orgasm. Pure pleasure. Dirty. Decant—sums up Taylor Abernathy and Bryant Benson’s relationship quite succinctly. This is the ultimate dark taboo of a much older man/younger woman forbidden love story. Although taboo, this was a beautiful love story that was so well done; it has elements of suspense, intrigue, and is entertaining, but also was heartwarming and emotional. I wasn't expecti
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taylor is an art student and she is at a art show that she won tickets for when she sees her friend's dad across the room. The older woman that are gold diggers are talking about him being single again and that they were going to claim him before anyone else did. So when she saw one of them by him she walked over and acted liked she was his date. Bryant was tired of having to fight these women off and all he wanted was to be left alone. He was stunned when Taylor shows up asking him if he was re ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read and not what I was expecting.
Taylor Abernathy had won a raffle to go to the hottest art show in town. It was part of an auction and Taylor was over the moon to have won.
She felt like a fish out of water all the people around her were swimming in money. When she spots Bryant Benson her
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my cup of tea, but I can’t deny that the writing and story are solid. I personally couldn’t connect to the characters, and perhaps that’s because their relationship was primarily physical and it felt very instalove. It could also be that this isn’t just an age gap book; Bryant takes on a pretty dominant, teacher-student type of persona so they’re not really equals here.

The story follows Taylor, a college student who sees her best friend’s dad at an art auction. He’s recently divorced and get
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading this author and have read a number of her books. This is book one in the Carson Cove Scandals series. We are off to an exciting start with Taylor and Bryant. Bryant is divorced and is one of Carson Cove's most eligible bachelors. He is more work focused with some time for friends and family but not looking for a love interest. He also attends the occasional art auction. Taylor is now an art student that wins a ticket to the art auction. She sees her best friend's father in ...more
Misty Schott
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing, suspenseful romance.

Carson Cove is home to some very elite people and Bryant Benson is one of the most eligible bachelors available ever since his divorce. He mainly works and spends time with friends every now and again. He also attends art auctions on occasion and this is where he sees his daughter's best friend, Taylor again after not seeing her since her high school graduation. Taylor is now twenty-three and an art student at the university, which is how she won a tick
Debbie Caswell
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This appears to be the start of a whole new series from the talented Kelli Callahan but it also has aspects of her daddy series as well Once again we have the older alpha male and the young impressionable woman that eh decides is his.

Bryant Benson is one of the most eligible males in Carson Cove and that is saying something as this is a fairly upscale area but since his divorce he has mainly worked and occasionally hung out with friends One night while attending a art auction he runs into Taylot
Ellen Mills
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steamy, Forbidden love with drama overload.
Oh my word I loved this story. When Taylor went to the preview if an art exhibition after winning a ticket from school she never expected to see her best friend Victoria's dad Bryant & had no idea that this one night was going to change the rest of her life. She could see he looked uncomfortable when he was approached by Alexis a woman who got married & divorced just to get exhubbys money so Taylor decided to take action & went over to them
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 Stars

Full of intensity erotic scenes when billionaire Bryant was captivated by his daughter’s very friend Taylor.
Zero ick factor in this well told story as Taylor was a mature albeit innocent twenty three year old to Bryant’s forty five.
I loved the way the author created their first connection as adults. With Alexis as the venomous evil other woman who had set her sights on Bryant, Taylor was refreshingly normal, smart and no pushover.
Combined with a great friend in Victoria, they mana
Candy Edwards
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! This book is Kelli Callahan at her best! Bryant and Taylor had so much chemistry! Taylor was best friends with Bryant's daughter, Victoria. They had been friends since childhood. Bryant had recently gotten a divorce. Bryant and Taylor saw each other at an art exhibit. It had actually been several years since they had laid eyes on one another. Taylor saw Bryant was in a bad situation with a terrible woman and she went over to relieve him by posing to be his date. Innoce ...more
Lisa Cassie
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced copy & am choosing to review it voluntarily.

Oh Kelli, what you do to me! This book seriously rocks!

Bryant is a very successful Billionaire in an exclusively rich town. Taylor is his daughter's best friend. At an art event, Taylor spies Bryant being harrangued by the worst imaginable woman in Carson Cove - Alexis Devereaux.

She comes up with a plan - pretend she is Bryant's date in order to relieve him of Alexis's venomous claws.

What ensues is a fabulously w
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, fast-n-steamy
I have read all of the Daddy series and this is by far my favorite of them. I love the plot, the characters, the emotions.
There is the inner turmoil about their families finding out and what they will think that goes on between the characters that feels so real. Alexis, that catty b!tch, who hates not getting her way and won't stop till she does. The relationship between Bryant and Taylor has that slow burn with Sparks of chemistry that just ignites. The way it is written, it flow of the relati
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good romance full of twists
I loved this story. It could have been just a romance between a young woman and the father of her best friend, but this story is much better because of a manipulative character that gangrenes everyone's life. It's very well written and exciting.
Taylor wants only one night for an art exhibition in high society, to have the impression of getting out of her social condition. During her evening, she comes to the rescue of the father of her best friend who is harpooned b
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This is a riveting story not because of the forbidden romance between twenty three year old Taylor and her best friend's father Bryant. No, it's because of the villian in Carson Cove, Alexis Devereaux. She is ruthless, cruel and unbareable and that's why you love to hate her. She is instrumental in trajectory of Taylor and Bryant relationship as well as the dozens of Carson Cove's residents. I could not put this book down and read it in a few hours. Between Taylor and Bryant's secretive budding ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW ... This story is absolutely one of the better ones from this author and by now I have read quite a few of them. The storyline is certainly there, the characters - OMG - and the villain - another OMG - ... How can this author come up with these ideas? and then make them into a story with all of its highlights and twists and turns? That amazes me totally and blows my mind. This story is so well deserving of the five stars I am givingi it and if there were more available I would give this stor ...more
Teshia Elborne
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not usually the type of book I would go for but found the book to be really great. Kelli approached the topic of older man younger woman with tact and very creatively. Bryant is the father of Taylor's best friend, who she has secretly lusted after for years. Fate brings them together and although there's is lots of outside drama and pressures things turn steamy. A great story, lots of tension, an archnemesis, and eventually a resolution. There are a few surprises and all in all a very en ...more
Shirley Holt
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read with plenty of intrigue. I loved the chemistry of older man Bryant and Taylor and the problems Alexis gave them. I liked that this was not just an older man younger woman story but had some excitement about what was going to happen to the couple. I recommend this book. Another very interesting read from Kelli. I have read a few of her books and she is consistantly good bringing a fresh approach to her stories. There is always a little something extra to her books and loved ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was definitely a page turner. Taylor is a college student and one night she encounters a man she had a huge crush on when she was in highschool. Bryant is Victoria's father and Taylor's best friend. At first their encounter is innocent, but turns into a flaming hot romance. Taboo, but seems so right. The storyline has some very extreme turmoil and some mystery. Their is a gastly mean woman that is making the lives of the people in town pure hell. I love that eventually there is a ...more
Renata Gill
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another panty melting older man younger woman romance by the talented author....i love her books!!!
Taylor saves her best friends father from the clutches of a gold digger. Bryant thought that his wife walking out of him was the end for him and that he will never love again.....nit now he finds that he is attracted to his daughters best friend.....and she feels the same for him.....not only do they worry that their relationship will upset their families but there is a sinister force that will sto
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is about Taylor and Bryant. Taylor is in college student who is at an art auction where she bumps into Bryant, her best friend’s father, and it takes off from there. There is a spark that shouldn’t be there as he is an older man and the father of her BFF. There is a lot to this story from deception, hot tasteful scenes and issues with family and friends as you may imagine. Kelli knows her way in writing this book as I couldn’t put it down. I loved the ending as you can imagine from a ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clueless? Taylor is at an art show where she sees her best friend, Victoria's father, Bryant in the scope of a marriage predator female, Alexis Devereaux. She is looking for husband #4! They laugh at the joke. Then they kiss. What they feel is no laughing matter. They start a secret relationship. Things should be minimally smooth sailing, except Alexis returns to gum up the works! Alexis, gear's up in pursuit of her billionaire #4, Bryant. Does Taylor have what it takes to go against Alexis? Wha ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Kelli Callahan fan and this one did not disappoint. Bryant, divorced, wealthier, into art and one of the most eligible bachelors in town. Taylor and art student and friends with Bryant's daughter Victoria. At an art event in town, Taylor sees Bryant struggling (sort of, not interested type) with a out to acquire a wealthy husband, female. Taylor decides to swoop in and act as his date. Thus starting an intense, passionate spark, twice her age story. A well written story, that will make ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Star Review

I do so love older man, younger woman romances. This one had so much promise in the beginning when Taylor saved her BFF’s father, Bryant from the talons of a conniving gold digger at an art show. Little did they know that their connection that night would lead to a sizzling secret affair. There is plenty of chemistry, intrigue, heart ache and heart break but at times it all moved to quickly and problems seemed to resolve just too slickly. I wanted more romance between the main cha
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Taylor is a senior at college and had won a chance to attend an art show. While there she sees her best friends dad in need of rescuing. Bryant can not believe his eyes when he sees Taylor for the first time in three years. Whay starts out as a favor soon becomes more when their chemistry refuses to be squashed. Plenty of roadblocks and one vindictive woman try to tear them apart but on the end their feelings refuse to die and they realize they have to fight for their love. This was a good read ...more
Julia Gerard
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taylor is a college student, who wins tickets to an Art Showing, winning the ticket is the only way she would ever get in. In her town the rich people rule things, she's been dealing with it since she was a kid. At the signing she see's her best friends dad Bryant, being hit on by The worse person in town, one whom she's just overheard a conversation they had. So she approaches them, and pretends she's his date. Alexis is not one to be deterred, and makes many peoples lives miserable in her path ...more
Leanne Bryson
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was expecting the typical young foolish girl, older experienced guy story, but Kelli Callahan delivered a lot more. Our h, Taylor may have been a virgin, but she is smart, strong, and willing to do the right thing for her family, friends, and the man she loves. Bryant was loyal as well. Both characters were well written and compelling. The story was fast paced, had some great twists and turns. A surprisingly good read!!
*********I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Booksprout and
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elli writes hot and steamy romances with delicious alpha males who will not stop until they get the women they crave exactly where they want them. Kelli's heroes are tough as nails, hot as sin, and underneath the rough exterior is a heart of gold begging to be unleashed. If you think you can tame them, you're probably right, but it won't be an easy journey.

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