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Forbidden Heat

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,238 ratings  ·  58 reviews
If you could make your most forbidden fantasy come true, would you dare?

Danielle, Jake and Trey were inseparable back in college. They used to tell each other everything—except for one big secret Danielle always kept hidden. That even though they were best friends, Danielle always had a huge crush on them. But it was a harmless, hopeless crush, because the two men were in
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Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Dec 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have to hand it to Opal Carew. It is quite the feat where an erotic romance author has written a book that is dead on arrival, as in it is one of the un-sexiest books I’ve read in a long time. Forbidden Heat is as fun as reading an IKEA furniture how-to manual. This book has no character development or dimension, and regardless of those issues, this ménage a trio romance made me yawn from the first moment the three main characters acted on their desires for one another.

Shy and introverted Dani
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: previously read author
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I waffled so much on whether or not to read this book. After reading Six, which was one of the most unromantic, yucky romance books I've ever read, I've been very, very wary of reading Carew again. I skipped her next book, Secret Ties and was likely to skip this one. But then I saw it was a bi-menage HEA story, which is a sub-genre I love and I was torn. I finally gave in and bought it. Was it worth it? Ya know, I actually mostly liked the book. I liked what went on in the relatio
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure how I would like this book. I'm not used to reading "smut" books. I like books that have a story, romance and some steamy scenes. I wasn't sure if this book would meet my criteria.

I'm happy to say that this book met my expectations. There was actually a story to this book not just sex. The characters were all extremely likable from the start. Trey and Jake have got to be two of the hottest, well rounded men ever written. They make men in reality a major disappointment. :-)

George K. Ilsley
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, erotica, romance, m-m
To give a fair review, one should rate a book according to its genre. This book is romance erotica; it would not be fair to compare it to "Pride and Prejudice" and lament the lack of witty word play.

This genre is all about fantasy ... giving the reader a fantasy. And since the reader is presumed to be female ... the fantasy is female-oriented. Also, lots of ellipses. Really ... a lot of ellipses ... especially in the first half of the book. No other form of punctuation, apparently, is as service
 Pleasures Chest
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it

At a friend's wedding, Danielle finds herself face-to-face with Jake and Trey, the two men she's had a harmless, hopeless infatuation with forever. Two men it's impossible to be with because they're in love... with each other.

At least, they were in college. But during the reception, Danielle learns that not only are they single, they're also bisexual, opening up the possibility of living out her most sinful fantasy – sleeping with them both. But when fantasy becomes reality, things b
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica-romance
I think this book could have been so much more. I love Carew and she knows how to write sex scenes, but her books are either okay (3 stars) or great (5 stars) for me. I loved the men and the woman and their story was great. However, there were two major problems with this book for me.

The first problem was reading about everyone's second and third and fourth guessing. Sure, in a threesome where people love, there will be confusion. But it was overwhelming and constant to where it's annoying and
Aղցela W.
This book was picked for me in a pick it for me challenge. This was a pretty good book Danielle, Jake and Trey all went to the same college before Danielle transferred. These three hook up at a college friends wedding. Danielle can't believe that they have broken up and that they are each dating women now so she sees this as her chance to get with one or both of them. Trey broke up with Jake because he realized that he was attracted to women also so they break up and reminded friends although Ja ...more
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Not sure exactly what to make of this book. It could have been great. Interesting story set-up, the characters had potential, the steam factor was there, but all in all it just did not quite gel for me. I guess the bottom line is the book had unfulfilled potential. The chemistry was lacking between the characters; everything needed more development. For the first half of the book I kept getting the two male leads mixed up. Not a good thing! Danielle had a very difficult childhood that was descri ...more
Jul 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, menage, mm-ff-romance
Danielle is reunited with her college crushes at her friend Harmony’s wedding. They too had a crush on Danielle, but never acted upon it because they were in a committed relationship with each other at the time. What starts out as one night to live out her threesome fantasy quickly becomes much more.

Forbidden Heat is filled with page after page of white hot sex. The sexual interaction between Trey and Jake was very minimal and only towards the end of the story. I found that aspect to be very dis
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, erotica, romantica
It was not exactly a full book in my opinion (160 pages or so only), and that probably explains some of the faults of this book.
I did not manage to have a clear understanding of the main characters: I would have liked to have a better view of how things happened while they spent one year together in college, how and why Jack and Trey relationships fell apart... I did not understand how long it took for both men to renew their physical relationship, while involved in the threesome with Danielle.
probably more like 3.5 stars. I'm waffling a bit back and forth on the stars. This was definitely an amazing boinkfest, BUT, it got a bit repetitive. I found myself actually SKIPPING some of the sex! *gasp* I know, I never thought I'd say that, but there you have it.

Also, I thought the relationship aspect of the book were not developed as well as I'd hoped. They were friends in college, they reunited, I felt like it should have seemed deeper and it didn't.

So, I enjoyed some parts but others I
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Was not that impressed.
Okay - so fantasies about a threesome. No problem.
She went into it so the two guys would see that they were meant to be together and get back together? Ummmmm, right.
The 'problems' that were preventing everyone from the 'happily ever after' did not seem that interesting to me. Actually, they were a little annoying.
Very flat . . .did not produce any steam for me.
Oh, well.
This is the first Opal Carew book I have read, and was a bit disappointed. Yes, it's erotica but I like a little more story with my sex. This book is 90% sex, and 10% story. The sex of course is scorching, but Ms. Carew uses the phrase "wailed out her orgasm" way too many times, causing me to roll my eyes every time she used it. I am sure there are other expressions she could of used, instead of using the same one over and over again.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, mfm-mmf
Glad this wasn't my first Opal Carew book, I wouldn't have gone any further. The subject fascinates me and was so poorly done. SO poorly. I will probably try a few more Carew's and see if this was the one-off terrible book or if Swing was the one-off not so bad one.
Mar 13, 2011 added it
How can a book about sex be so boring? Also, why didn't the editor take some of the eleventy billion ellipses? ... appears on pretty much ever page. Maybe I'm a mutant, but I found it really distracting.
Mary Abshire
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Two words describe this book well: kinky and hot.
The story was simple, guys were in love, fell out love, they both liked the girl, she wedges between them and brings them together. They all learn a lesson about love. The rest of the book is sex.
Jessica ♡.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Maybe I'm crazy? Because for all the people this book have a good rate but for me it isn't good i'm waiting for more story or some like that but don't. i like more the first book for far away ... I found a little boring really
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Menage a trois. Danielle, Jake and Trey went to college together and reconnect at a friend's wedding. Oooh, this was a hot one. Rather enjoyed the storyline as well as the sex scenes.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SO DAMN HOT!!! One of my favorite erotic romances.
Amanda Cummings
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Quite racier than any other books I've read. The storyline was decent though.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
Lots of sex, although I found myself skipping the mf sex to get to the threesome couplings. It did get resolved rather quickly. Still an enjoyable read.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book caught my interest. I was surprised but definitely liked the book it never bored me and had a lot of interesting parts. Kept my interest and was fun to read
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like this author.
** this book had m/m as well as menage'
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Forbidden Heat is a loose follow-up to Carew's very sexy book, Six. It opens with Harmony's wedding to Aiden. The wedding has brought together many of Harmony's college friends including, shy and introverted Danielle Rayne. Danielle hasn’t seen the bride in fifteen years because she only attended the Carleton Falls University for one year before having to withdraw because of financial difficulties. Although she hasn't remained close to Harmony, Danielle is touched to have been invited ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
More like 2.5...

Where do I begin? I just...

This book was all over the place for me. I like my erotica to have some semblance of a plot, but Forbidden Heat just wasn't compelling enough for me.

Basically, there's this woman, Danielle, who always had an attraction to her college classmates, Jake and Trey -- yet they were in a relationship with each other. When Danielle is reunited with the pair at a mutual friend's wedding, she finally sees her chance to have them both in her bed. Jake and Trey, b
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Forbidden Heat is a story about old friends Danielle, Jake and Trey. When an old friend's wedding brings the friends back together after not seeing each other since college, old feelings surface once more as Danielle battles with a secret fantasy that she's held since she last saw the two men. She wants to be with them both but doesn't think it's possible since the two are together as far as she knows. Soon she finds out that the two are now only friends and her interest sparks even hotter. The ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: quit-reading
Incredibly predictable, unrealistic, boring, and uninspired. That's how I felt about this book. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, as the book has a pretty good rating. However, aside from there being no grammatical errors (that I noticed), I didn't really like a single thing about this book in the 12 chapters I read. The heroine' seemed to be suffering from a split personality, not the out of character adventure that the author was trying to portray.

Yeah, so, didn't like the book, quit reading a
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the relationships between all three of these characters and how they were each intwined. Very nicely done. The emotions were strong and believable, the characters were well-developed and unique, and the love scenes were scorchingly hot. This is not a book for the faint of heart. If you're looking for a book so steamy you think the ink is about to run off the page, give this one a shot. Beware though, this is a book in which EACH of the three characters has some one on one time with EACH ...more
After skimming the obnoxious amount of sex scenes trying to find out anything of substance about these people, I finally got to the end. I'm in awe that this was such a bad read. I found no character development or plot (other than the progression of one sex scene to the next). The dialogue was stilted and stiff, the transition from scene to scene jerky. There was nothing about his story I liked - none of the characters, none of the sex scenes, and I'm still waiting for the plot to show up.

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