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The Forbidden Room

(The Forbidden Room #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  764 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
When Jayden Carter applied to be Ethan Bryant's roommate, he never expected his whole life to change. Drawn into a world he knows nothing about, Jayden joins the beautiful and mysterious Lexi as Ethan's submissive. He then begins a journey of self-discovery that teaches him more than merely BDSM.

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Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 14th 2009 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2009)
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Ethan, you delicious devilish Dom! Oh how I dream about you. Wow. I'm very impressed with this BDSM novel as it is very sweet and shows quite a bit of education. I wish all the BDSM communities were this way. Well, this is a fictional story so I can only dream and fantasize.

This story was just the right sweetness and tartness. Ethan is a complicated Dom who has his own demons to wrestle. We don't really know the full story about Ethan until close to 2/3 of the way through the story. This story w
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Midia
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 2 to 3.

I am very conflicted because I liked the way Jayden and Ethan got together and I sort of liked the two main characters, so much that I want to read the sequel, but the book didn't really satisfy me.

First of all, I think Jayden's acceptance of Ethan as a master was too fast. The words he spoke - especially "Yes, Master Ethan" at the end of their first encounter - were so unexpected. I don't expect someone who has not eve
Firstly ignore that shitty cover. What you are about to read is H.O.T seriously freaking off the charts VOLCANIC!
This book was so erotically attractive to me. Arousing, provocative, sensual and down right carnal. At times it was even wickedly depraved and salacious.
Yes it's BDSM erotica with but for me the edge play was more focused on the B&D rather than the S&M (thank god)There is a lot of sex in this novel and I mean A LOT, but whereas usually with this amount of sex I become bored a
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
I was recommended to read this book a while back and I finally got round to it. I have to say that I was intrigued at first, the characters were written so well I needed to find out more about them.

However, I have to say the BDSM content made me feel very uncomfortable at times as it was more prominent than the character development. This is not a negative to the book though as I knew it would be in there, I chose to read it and in no way does it affect my rating. However, certain elements of th
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica-contemp
3.5 stars

Great emotion emerges through this exploration of sexuality and makes the reader wonder why one is so quick to want to categorize everything. It demonstrates the fluidity of sexuality and why naming something often negates it. The sex and emotion is off-the-charts stunning. Unfortunately, there are several heavy-handed plot points that didn't need to be there, and are melodramatic. I rolled my eyes and cringed a bit, but the character study between the Ethan, Lexi, and Jayden is fabulou
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
i am rating this as 1 star because i despise being misled about the contents of a book so that i buy it with false expectations. i am not opposed to female characters (no, in fact i rather enjoy strong/interesting female characters), but i do NOT enjoy them as lead characters in my supposed m/m erotica, and especially not in BDSM. heck, in this book the woman has a more intimate relationship with the sub than he has with the dom. i didn't finish -- not because the writing was bad (it's quite goo ...more
I just thought that this book was OK. I felt like there was too much going on for it to have ended the way that it did. I felt very unfufilled at the end. There is supposedly a continuation, and I will likely read it to get a sense of what happened.

As far as the smut factor, the book was very hot as far as sex scenes and BDSM sessions go, but the story was lacking.

Also, I believe that I have said this before, there were spelling errors in the book. There was a big one where instead of using the
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
If I was an author of erotic fiction I would be very pissed off if the cover of my novel had a guy on it with zits all over his shoulders. That just doesn't scream erotic.
If I was an author of any book I would be very pissed off if the editing was substandard and the text was littered with spelling errors. That just doesn't scream professional.
I am not an author. I am a reader though and those are things that would turn me away from buying the book. Thankfully I was privy to receiving a free cop
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I loved this book! I enjoyed the journey the characters experienced together and individually.

When I think of doms and subs, I always think they just start out that way, but this story paints a very different picture of the process and I thought it was very fun and interesting...not to mention hot and erotic!

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Jason Bradley
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-list, bdsm, ebook, m-m-f
I don't think I realized this was MMF, or at least not as much as it was. The ending left me unsatisfied although I know that life isn't always able to be tied up in a neat bow. The BDSM aspects were well written and sexy.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
I have so much respect for this book and its sequel that I have had a hard time putting what I think into words.

On one hand, I had an immediate reaction between "what I would do" versus "what the characters do." As you'll see from some of the other reviews, Jayden is given a choice ... stay and submit or leave the house. His inner dialogue splits his decision so equally that the only reason we know he will stay is that it would have been a very short book had he decided to leave.

On the other ha
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ayden is in his final year in college and finds himself looking for an apartment to rent. He couldn't stand the circus in the dorms and he loves his sister Kimberly, but sleeping on couch got old real fast. After reading an add looking for a roommate he thinks it is an answer to his prayers. The first time Jayden meets Ethan everything works out well. The only hitch is that there is one room that Jayden isn't allowed to see and of course the temptation eventually is too great, especially after E ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I would be kinda mad if I paid for this book. I don't mind porn with a plot if the plot is as good as the porn but in this case the plot was not as good.

Twists felt as if they came out of nowhere. I didn't feel any connection with the relationship between the 3 main characters outside of the playroom. I'm supposed to believe that ethan, jayden and lexi have somehow become friends but there aren't many scenes that show them building that relationship. I suppose the scenes in new york were suppos
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I stuck with this book. I have to admit the BDSM aspect made me very uncomfortable. I guess it is safe to say my hard limits would be crawling around on my knees, whipping, and most of what took place in the forbidden room. With all that said, once Ethan began to open up to Jayden, I found my self really beginning to enjoy the book.

I wanted to read this based on it's M/M recommendations, and at times Lexi and her girlie bits got in the way at first, she eventually becomes what brin
Jan 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Misled by publisher and author - this is MMF. Weird that there was not a romantic relationship between the Dom and his male and female subs. The relationship was between the two subs and it surprisingly came out of nowhere at the end of the book. This book was all over the place as far a story arcs and relationships to where it just wasn't believable and I stopped caring about the MCs. There just wasn't rhyme or reason behind the MCs' actions and relationships. It felt like the author was trying ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
This book was very hard for me to rate. Although there was parts to this story that I enjoyed, I found all three of the main characters hard to find any feelings for. The time jumps were also a problem, as I think I needed to see these people interacting more in their day to day lives. I was also a little disappointed by the lack of true affection shown by Ethan.
I will read the rest of these books, as I feel that once I have read the whole series I may understand everyone better, but on its own,
Not a quitter, so felt compelled to finish this. A BDSM m/f/m tale with little or no humour, an odd storyline and poor grammar, not for me..
Shirley Frances
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shirley by: Shaz
Shelves: mm-read, mm-series, 2012
This is my first book by J.P. Barnaby and it came highly recommended. By no means is the book a bad one, it just left me sad and none to happy. I enjoyed Jayden's journey into this new lifestyle and the relationships he develops along the way.

I loved the chemistry between the characters and the scenes they created and even enjoyed the scenes between Jayden and Lexi. I just didn't get Jayden. I though he was a selfish brat who wanted his cake and eat it too. At times, I felt like he used Ethan an
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hmm. Mixed feelings about this one. Good writing, despite some typos. I'm not a fan of m/f or m/m/f so I found the scenes with the girls a little... jarring, almost. It was a little heavier on the smut than felt necessary, but, at the same time, some of those scenes were incredibly hot. If I were rating it just for erotic value, it'd be an easy five star read. The plot is engaging and the characters are pretty well done, so, for me, I would've preferred more of that over a few of the sex scenes. ...more
Danny Tyran
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, gay, d-s
Sometimes, I thought it was an excellent novel, but at other times, I was bored enough to move on to other activities and to read another complete novel before returning to this book. Yes, there is a good psychological study of the characters, but why the authors always describe the Doms as having been abused children? I have known several dominants and they were all very psychologically strong. So please, stop describing them as damned sick! It was the same in Fifty Shades of Grey (which, incid ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, m-m, menage
I found this book to be, well not sure what to say about it . I loved it, but at times it tore me to shreds. I can see so much of why Ethan is the way he is, and I can understand why he lives the way he does. His life is so filled with control, and its the only thing that keeps him going. Jayden is a little harder for me. He seemed to take to this life quite quickly, and he was perfect in every way for Ethan. He has to make some tough choices, but its the right thing in the end. Lexi is great sh ...more
Toni (U.A.C.)
Thought that the story was pretty good. Think that certain scenes were glossed over and not sure why, specifically closure scenes, they just kind of rounded up a bit too neat, not really believable in my head. Wished the ending was a little different.

I'm glad that I found out after reading most of the story that this was written based off of the twilight characters(not that I hated those but it's apples and oranges, you know?). I think it would have possibly turned me off. Instead I had already
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2012
There was so much emotion in this book. I could not put it down. All the characters feelings and responses to their lifes. I was so impressed with the author's descriptions of everything. How it doesn't matter the sex of the person you love just who they are as a person. It was very beautiful. When I was young I was pretty strick in my thoughts of people being gay was wrong. But as I have grown up I realize it is not a choice and that love is better then hate. What could be wrong with love.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
OK....I am changing my review in fairness to the author. It is not her fault that I have the hangups that I do. I did not enjoy the way this book ended.....but it was a very good read. Having found out that there is more to Master Ethan I am much happier. Sorry....I get attached to the characters...can't help it. I am looking forward to reading more by this author....and keeping my fingers crossed that she will do right my HEA hangups
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading The forbidden room by J.P Barbaby. At times I did not really like the book. Ethan (the Dom) has major issues. It also has a female in the group. I didn't care for reading about her. I soon did fall in love with the character. I am planning on giving it high markes. There is another book, but I did not find it on Kindle. I will look other places
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don't have the words, not yet. Just that I loved this book.
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)

Yet another special snowflake from the Twilight fandom to think it's okay to file the VIN off her fan fiction. See comments.
Wendy Ann
Never wrote a review for this the first time around, so here goes. Lately, this book was infiltrating my memory and I had an overwhelming urge to re-read it – something I rarely do. I was amazed at how many of the small details I didn’t recall at all from my first go around. Somehow, I had built up pieces and parts into something different, but overall, I loved it every bit as much as the first reading. I have the new combined version of this one and the sequel in paperback format (signed by the ...more
Wynne Katherine
May 12, 2018 marked it as ahh-how-about-no


I was in the middle of culling my TBR shelf, when I found that I have added this book into my list.

It has menage in it.

Must have missed it the first time.

I began reading knowing it was BDSM but assumed it was MM. I was surprised to find quite a bit of it was MF as well, although I guess in the end its MMF.
Jayden replies to an ad placed by Ethan for a roommate. All goes well and Jayden moves in, under the strict proviso that he is never to go into a certain room. The Forbidden Room. Jayden has seen this room and has also seen Ethan go into the room with a woman, Lexi.
Of course, as time goes on, Jayden's curiosity gets the better of him and he ente
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An award-winning, best-selling novelist of over a dozen books, J. P. Barnaby is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is often described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica which is, of course, far more inter ...more

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