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All The Forbidden Things

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  137 reviews
When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden...

I’ve known him my entire life.
Before marriage.
Before fatherhood.
Before betrayal.
Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good.
Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s my boss.
He has a wife.
Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same.
And I haven’t surviv
Kindle Edition, 446 pages
Published September 12th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First page had me falling in love with Max Young. I was gone 🥰
After Sean Maca, Les creates another wronged man, whose life has turned topsy turvy In a matter of minutes. A man who can shed tears & show his vulnerability when overwhelmed with life, gets straight entry in my heart, it makes me want to cuddle him
“I want to be loved, Mum. I don’t want it to be about the fame, the band, or the money. I just want someone to love me. And I’m scared. I’m fucking terrified now that I’ll never have t
Sue Bashford
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

500000000 stars!
Favourite book of 2019... maybe new all time favourite EVER!
Lesley Jones has this amazing ability of transporting me into the pages and lives of the characters she so vividly writes.
It would normally take a series of books to get the feel for a group but of people and side characters but, Lesley has done this in one PHENOMENAL story.
I am sooo in love with Max. I have a girl crush on Billie and a murderous rage for two other characters; boy does Mrs J know how to evoke the
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
The second this book hit my kindle I knew I wouldn’t sleep even for a second till I read every single word! I didn’t realize how much I needed Lesley Jones words till I starting reading because once I started I was consumed! I love Jones’ ability to create these beautifully broken characters who; honestly, never leave you!

Max and Billie definitely have a tribe behind them and even at their lowest moments they are not alone! As they navigate their lives and try to put the pieces together they ha
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!! Lesley Jones has done it again! This woman creates the best and worst characters and makes me feel all the freaking things about them. I devoured this book and just could not put it down.

From page one, I was hooked and had a mad crush on Max Young. The way he cared for his baby girl had me swooning and my heart broke for this man with everything his wife put him through. He’s strong yet vulnerable. And now enter Billie. Billie has been through a lot in her life is now back to p
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
What a fantastic read! I loved this story from Lesley Jones, it has all her usual grit, drama, fun and romance, not to mention a good helping of lust. This story really had me glued to the pages waiting to see what transpired next!

This is a rock and roll story with a difference; a classic Lesley Jones. However, Max's story is all about the man and not the rock star. He has done the drugs, the sex and bad boy image, now he is a Dad and his daughter is his life! Max is a thirty-eight year old Dad,
Ria -  Reading Is Our Satisfaction
Max Young ... a man who will steal your heart

If ever there was a book written by Lesley Jones that MUST BE READ this is the one. ALL THE FORBIDDEN THINGS captured my heart from the very first page. It is obvious from the beginning that Lesley has poured her heart into Max Young’s story, just the emotions experienced whilst reading it are proof positive of this. I became so invested in Max’s story that I could not put it down, I needed to know whether or not this magnificent man found his happy e
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing



PAGE was over for me, sold sucked in. I KNEW I would love this. I was WHAT THE FUCK by the end of the first chapter.


After Each chapter I was dropping my jaw a bit more. Feeling's I didn't want to feel, emotions that just surface. This was all happening. I LOVED EVERY SECOND couldn't wait for more. Each turn of the page my love for this story my love for what I wanted to happen just grew stronger.


You know what I am saying that moment when you wan
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

What an explosive start. This book has everything I love to read, single dad, age gap, best friend’s sister. Max life has been turned upside down. Spoiled ass wife has committed the ultimate betrayal. He’s devastated can’t quite believe what’s happened. Things get worse if that’s even possible. Billie’s life has turned upside down as well and comes home to heal. I like Max and Billie, I am in their corner and on their team. As much as I did like Max and Billie, Makenzie the one that sto
Melissa Schaub
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love love love!! All The Forbidden Things is a book of finding love in the most unexpected places, it is about fighting for love when everyone and everything is standing in your way. But it is about watching love grow into something beautiful and precious!!

I honestly loved Billie, from the moment she stepped on the the pages, I knew she was going to be a strong woman that I would fully stand behind. Not to take anything away from Max because omg he is amazing but Billie made me fall first and ha
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All The Forbidden Things

5 stars

I really didn't know what to expect from this book considering the author hasn't published anything for 2 years and with previous books being what they are, this story has so much to live up to. So much to beat and my god did it do all those things. I was blown away again by this authors ability to bring the story with a punch that stays with you.

I found myself pulled into Max Young's world from the first words I read. Again this is a rockstar book and will no do
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, meh
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Lindsey King
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feels 4
Storyline 5
Steam 4
Overall Rating 5

This book was all the great things!!!!! Steamy, full of angst, and a hot bad boy rocker that melts my heart. I loved it. Lesley has made her come back her bitch! This story yall.... Its amazing. I loved the characters and the flow was freakin brilliant. Just when I thought things were about to level out, she had another idea and led me down that forbidden rabbit hole. I was completely sucked into this story. Addictive as hell and I devoured every single w
Sarah  - Kindle and Koffee Book Blog
Can’t deny Lesley Jones writes great rock star romance books with all the feels and this was no exception. Right from the very start I knew we were in for a tumultuous ride.

I instantly fell in love with Max; who doesn’t go weak at the knees over a single dad!?! Billie was ideal for Max, she was strong, resilient and accepting. Combine that with the situation her and max had to work through they certainly earned their HEA.

For me though, I felt there was just something missing but I can’t put my
Diksha Dikshu
Oh my this book made me feel how much i have missed Lesley's writing. She can write emotional roller coaster like no other. This book grabbed me from the very beginning and i knew this book is going to be fantastic.
Max Young is rock star and a single dad. His life recently turned upside down. Billie was his best friend's little sister. She was looking for a job and when Max offers one sparks fly!!! Will there love survives in the midst of all the chaos.
The end left me wanting so much more. Can't
Lisa Edward
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max Young, just the name makes me smile. He's a rock god who happens to be a single father who adores his baby girl. I loved Max instantly and the further I emersed myself in the book, the more he wormed his way into my heart.

Life is dishing him up one sh!tstorm after another but regardless of what life throws at him, he tries to do what's best for everyone ... everyone but himself.

The villain in the story is vile. The love interest is sassy and strong. His bandmates provide light relief and a m
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love forbidden romance stories and this one was fantastic!
She is his Nanny!
She is his Bestfriend's Little Sister!
Oh and an age difference!!
The story was awesome and I absolutely fell in love with the whole cast of characters. Especially Billie!! She is a wise cracking, give it to you straight, fun loving girl. I want her as my friend! But along with that she had an unbelievable strength. She went through traumatic events in her young life that would have left most broken, not Billie they knoc
The Book Bee
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
"This man. He's been so very badly broken, and yet, still, he has so much love to give."

So in the beginning, I struggled with this one in more than one way and that didn't bode well for my first experience with Miss Jones' writing style. This review also started out on a whole other foot. I ended up putting it down and walking away because I was thisclose to DNF'ing it. I loved the actual storyline and I knew there was more to it, so I knew I needed to step away for a minute and
Meghana Sarathy
I would go with 4.5 stars for this 'come back' book by Lesley Jones. She had done a phenomenal job with this book and I am so glad that the Carnage author is finally back with a blast writing for the genre that I personally feel suits her the most - rockstar romance.
Carnage was the book that introduced me to the lives of the Rockstars and what a book that was! Guess it has been 4+ years since I last read it and it still sits as the one of my fav angst book ever!!! Though I don't want to compare
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

Max Young, the hot rock star seems to have it all. Married to a model, newborn baby and at the height of his career, he's hugely in the public eye and the paparazzi love to know everything going on in his life. Max is your typical rockstar until he settles down to be a husband and father; however, what he thought was his life turns out to be nothing but lies. Just when his life couldn't get any more complicated, Billie Wild walks back
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always tell my students that when they come up with a title for their papers that they need to think about their audience as well as the content of the piece and then create one that not only represents what readers will be heading into but also name it something that will lure them in from the start.

I can wholeheartedly say that Lesley Jones definitely knew who her audience was and created a title that would make readers want to quickly see and understand what all of those forbidden things w
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
4.5 Stars

This was an absolutely fantastic read! A rockstar, single dad, age gap romance that delivered a great storyline full of angst and gave me ALL THE FEELS!!!

Max is the reformed British rockstar bad boy who is now older and has learned from his mistakes. He is now a new dad and is unexpectedly thrown into parenthood by himself. Cue the swooning please! Seeing this bad ass rocker take on the responsibility of caring for his baby girl will have your ovaries spinning. His love for his daughter
Tanaka K
"Our us involves all of the forbidden things, but if we can overcome even a few of them, our us might just end up being all of the most magnificent things."

Before I was a reader, I exposed myself to different authors. I want to experience different love stories. I wanted to expose myself to dynamic writing from more talented writes. That exposure led me to a beautiful story called arnage. Led me to a brilliant storyteller, Lesley Jones. I was assaulted with all the feels from amazing characters
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
Lesley Jones is the queen when it comes to rockstar angst! She has a way of making a rock star larger than life while also showing his perfectly normal everyday side of life. He is an average Joe just trying to make a good life for those he loves. Her characters have a way of separating their stardom from their personal lives. And this is what makes her books so wonderful.

All The Forbidden Things is exactly that. A married man who is a new Father falling for a woman more than sixteen years young
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be Tempted by All the Forbidden Things

I was tempted and loved every minute!!!

Wow! This was my first Lesley Jones book. I was given the opportunity to read the ARC for review. It was like winning a lottery, I just didn’t know how lucky I was.

I realized quickly that these characters had history, so if you are one of those “must read in order” folks, I would encourage you to pick up the Carnage Series by Lesley Jones first. It will be worth it. I am happy to jump in the deep end even if there are o
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

While I may have the Carnage books--the first novel, the original duet, and the most recent box set--in my tablet, All the Forbidden Things is officially my introduction to Lesley Jones's writing. It's a standalone that has a happily-ever-after, but there are recurring characters, some of whom I assume are from the author's Carnage series and some that I'm honestly not sure if they've had their own stories told because I we
***4.5 ‘Bamm & Wilma’ Stars***

I knew things would be intense, but I didn’t expect things to go into craycray mode right off the bat. It had me going “Whoa...ok. She ain’t playing” and I’ll admit I didn’t know if I’d be able to deal with all that uber angsty-ness...but then things started to even out and I got quite comfortable in the rabbit hole I’d been pushed down and absolutely ate up the crazy, sweet, swoonworthy and smexy journey that Max, Billie and Layla were on.

I adored Billie and
Claire Cronin
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous return to writing for Lesley Jones, two years since her last book, and this one blew me away - beautifully written, heartfelt, full of heartstopping drama, very emotionally and wonderfully English!!

Lesley has created another rockstar family here with, Young Wild and Rong, being managed by the infamous Carnage family. Max Young is the lead singer, with a new massive responsibility on his hands, his new baby daughter. His wife has led him a merry dance and done the most reprehen
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! It had it, chemistry, a swoony rockstar with a heart of gold and a sassy, independent loyal woman who loves him!!!!

All The Forbidden Things is the perfect title for this book because it’s all about forbidden things. Max is in the middle of a nasty separation and now a single father to precious Layla. Billie is returning home to her family after being subject to a vicious attack. The two have known each other for years since Max is her older bro
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