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Everything Forbidden

(Albright Sisters #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,368 ratings  ·  267 reviews

For summers Miranda Albright has watched—aghast, yet shamefully titillated—as her wicked neighbor Ethan Hamon, the notorious Earl of Rothschild, "entertained" a succession of lovers on the grounds of his estate. Now that her father has passed on, leaving behind a mountain of debt, Miranda must do the unthinkable. For Ethan has promis
Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Avon Red
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Review posted at Swept Away By Romance

5 stars with a caveat

To say I enjoyed Everything Forbidden is an understatement! Not only was this book an erotic historical romance with an abundance of steamy, provocative, and erotic love scenes, but it also contained a hero and heroine who were wonderfully developed, intriguing, and full of depth and charm. A rarity for an erotica. While the plot may have taken huge liberties within the book's time frame, was not particularly original, and bit clichéd–t
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rane by: Fani & East
After her father’s death, Miranda Albright and her family have ben living fugally, but due to her mother’s still overspending Miranda is forced to make a choice to be able to have all her sister’s have their season, make a deal with a man whom awaken her sexuality when she spied on him and his lover three years ago and whom she still watches Ethan Hamon, the Earl of Rothschild. When the deal is set between them- three months of pure passion and pleasure, Miranda has more up at stake then her bo ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers looking for an ick-free sex fest with story
Hard to breathe after reading this hot tamale (!!) The perfect mix of scorcher sex and story with a wickedly divine bad boy hero ;) This is my kind of erotica :D

Ethan is a lover par excellence and has had more than his fair share of women, but then he strikes up a sex-filled bargain with the innocent Lady Miranda whose family is in dire financial straits, and so the story unfolds. The novel is very well-written and finally someone writes erotica without acrobatic anal sex. There is no anal sex i
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Everything Forbidden is not a terribly creative storyline, but that’s ok because the author made it work by giving us characters we could care about and believe in.

Her father having passed away and leaving the family in a precarious financial situation has made it difficult for the oldest daughter, Morgan Albright, to run the household and make ends meet. With a mother who seems to think money grows on trees, the family is quickly being sent to the poor house. In order to provide the needed fun
Tammy Walton Grant
Ok, I've changed my mind.

A few months ago I said I didn't like erotic historical romances. That I didn't like dirty words and porny love scenes in my HRs; that I preferred my smut to be contemporary. Imagine my surprise when I realized that it wasn't the genre that was the problem, it was just that I'd read a crappy book!

That was NOT the case with Everything Forbidden . OH MY GOD THIS WAS GOOD.

There was a bit of everything that I love in here -- a scandalous (and deliciously sinful) bargain, e
Fani *loves angst*
I absolutely, 100% LOVED this book! Loved the hero, loved the heroine, loved the story and I really loved the ending! Amazing, how such an erotic story can also be a very emotional one. This one had tears misting my eyes near the end. I sometimes have a problem with erotica books, that the characters are not always fully developed, but not with that one. I'm so glad I had already bought the second, even before I had finished this!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a decent read. It was not appreciably that much steamier than a few of the mainstream historical romances I've read. I admit I am pretty bored with the oversexed rake, and I think that Anne Stuart did them a lot better in her Rohan series.

What I liked:
*I found myself really liking and respecting Miranda. She was a good person. I like that she is honest about her needs as a person, and she is also generous and giving to take care of her family, even when they have been so ungrateful and
Duchess Nicole
Well, this was a very pleasant surprise! I expected to enjoy the read, but I ended up LOVING it! I've always wondered why the steam factor in historical romance is so much less than any other form of romance. Is the author trying to remain true to historical accuracy? Or is it the that the loyal HR fans may be too shocked by more explicit sex scenes? In any case, I had heard that this is an erotic historical romance, and it came recommended.

While the sex WAS more erotic than most HR, I can't re
Jennifer Leighton
The theme of “older, experienced man schools the innocent young virgin in the ways of the flesh” is a favorite indulgence of mine. No matter how many times I read this particular trope, it never gets old.

What made this story different was that this virgin, while inexperienced, is anything but naive about what goes on between a man and a woman, thanks to her wicked next door neighbor and his exhibitionist ways. So when Miranda Albright’s family is in need of a benefactor, she boldly propositions
This is just what I needed. A slightly angsty, really sexy historical romantica.

Miranda, the oldest Albright sister, witnesses her neighbor, the Earl of Rothschild, aka. Ethan, do the dirty with his current mistress outside on his grounds. Since then Miranda had craved for passion (with Ethan), refusing the hand of many eligible suitors. They just didn't fire her up like the wicked earl did. 3 years later, her father is dead, and Miranda has to care for and keep up with the family finances. Wit
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers that fancy contemporary style sexy times in an historical setting.
5 stars.

I think it's important to go into this book with no expectations and with the understanding that it's historical erotica. In saying that, while there were sex scenes aplenty (compared to other HR's), they weren't overly gratuitous or overbearing. It was quite deliciously done and SUCH a refreshing change to the average HR mating dance.

The sexual overtone didn't take anything away from the story in my opinion. While it wasn't as detailed or fleshed out as your average HR plotline, it made
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women with a pulse
Recommended to TK by: I will never tell
Hello, hotness.

While I would recommended this book to just about any woman, desperate housewife or no, I would not recommend reading this book on the subway, on a bus, on a place (well, maybe on a plane), or anywhere else that wasn't within a few steps of a very private space.

If you know what I mean.
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like erotica with a strong romantic plot
OMG! I could not put this book down! I burned the family dinner and read the whole book in less than 24 hours!
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alycia by: Rachael
*This review contains mild spoilers

I loved this book! I have never read anything before by Jess Michaels (pen name for Jenna Peterson), but I will definitely read more. Especially since this is book one of a series, The Albright Sisters.

Miranda Albright, a young girl, and oldest daughter living in the country in England is the voice of reason for her mother and younger sisters. After their father died leaving them penniless, Miranda took upon the responsibility of making sure her family was neve
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Everything Forbidden is a rare gem in erotic romance. Ms. Jess Michaels succeeded in injecting a somewhat convincing romance to the story, a victory that very few writers of the genre can claim. This success, however, is relative; the story shines only when compared with other erotic stories.

But taken individually--judged alone--it is merely an okay novel with an unrealistic plot, less than likeable characters, and flat dialogue. There was no depth in Ethan and Miranda, nothing to indicate that




If I can write a poem to thee dear book I would! It was beyond amazing and I'm reeling from its loss**sniff, sniff**

Sensual? Check! Erotic? Double check!! Awesome story and even better characters?! Triple, quadruple check!!!

This book OWNED me. It cuffed, collared and bartered me to the highest bidder and
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Jess
Miranda Albright is the eldest daughter of five, and ever since their father - the younger son of a peer - died, leaving the family deep in debt, she has managed the finances. Now her sister Penelope is of age to come out, and their mother is determined to have now dresses and balls to increase her chances of marrying well - something Miranda turned down three times during her own Season.

Desperate to keep her mother from bankrupting the family, Miranda puts together riskiest plan yet: she goes t
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical romance where the characters speak and act as if they are modern day lovers. This did not bother me too much as I was eager to follow the romance between the two characters, the incorrigible, irresistible rake and the innocent yet wildly sensual country lass who sells herself to him in order to save her family from dire straits. It was easy to see the predictable conclusion to this journey yet it was still entertaining to read. The stronger voice belonged to the female heroine, who ...more
The premise is interesting, and I'm all for historical steaminess :) However this book to me fell a little flat. I don't expect the characters to particularly well-rounded in this genre but I couldn't really care about them, particularly the hero. He kept waxing on about his well honed control and how he kept loosing it around the heroine. Which, in idea is kinda exiting. But he keeps mentioning it over... and over, and over... and over. To the point where it drove me nuts. Despite this it wasn' ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I'm supposed to be cleaning the house, grocery shopping, washing clothes, getting ready for New Years Eve. Instead, my ass is numb from sitting on the couch reading this entire book in one sitting. I don't think I have to tell you I really liked this book!
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, ebook
4.5 and would have been a 5 if there would have been an epilogue.

A historical cross between Pride and Prejudice and Pretty Woman. Very steamy too.
An epilogue would have been nice, the ending was rather abrupt.
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while back and LOVED t. Just wanting to add it to my read book's.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Erotic Fictions readers
There are a couple of cliches in this novel which I'll mention now. The heroine's father was a gambler and spendthrift leaving the family near penniless. The hero doesn't want to marry because his father philandering ways led to his mother's drinking, depression, and decline.

Three years ago, Miranda Albright stumbled upon an erotic encounter between her neighbor Ethan Hamon, the notorious Earl of Rothschild, with his summer lover. She continued to spy on him and his different lovers every summe
3 2/3 Stars
Just a shave off 4 stars b/c the ending didn't add up consistently with characterization(hero) and the freedom of the heroine, in this time period, I couldn't stop thinking about because I kept asking (view spoiler) messed with the flow.

I liked this story, however! Three bright characters to point out would be Miranda,
Mar 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, own
well, that was.......... different.
This is definitely not for Young Adults, this thing needs a warning label on it. Sex is pretty much on every other page...

Miranda Albrigh's Father has passed away, leaving her family with unpaid debts, 3 daughters and no money. Her Mother is basically in denial and refuses to live frugally. It is up to Miranda to figure out a way to make money- this is set back in the 1800's, so of course it becomes a scheme to marry off one of her sisters. To do so, she must h
Aղցela W.
Spoiler Ahead This was a pretty good erotic historical read. Miranda Albright has a secret she has secretly watched her neighbor Ethan Hamon the Earl of Rothschild entertain guess and lovers for awhile and although she is ashamed she continues to watch him. When her father dies he leaves a lot of debt that she can't pay and she has a little sister to take care of. Ethan makes her a deal that she can't refuse he will take care of her and her sister financially if she agrees to submit to him for n ...more
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, it was fast-paced and a quick read (well, it would have been a quick read if I'd had the time to read it all at once!). 4 stars!

I'm not going to write a summary for this book in this review, I just want to say why it didn't get 5 stars from me. Something was missing. I can't really put my finger on it, but there was just something that had me right on the edge of being totally in love with it. I think it had something to do with the fact that it didn't go into their
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: HR readers that love a lot of heat in their story
This is a solid 4.5 stars for me. Miranda Albright must do something to keep her family from ruin when the death of her father leaves she and her mother and 3 sisters nearly destitute. She comes up with a plan to get her handsome roguish neighbor to help her give her sisters "seasons" so they can find husbands. This entails making herself available to his every whim for a specified period of time. I thought Miranda was an excellent HR heroine. Willing to sacrifice everything to help her mostly u ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!! Great, convincing plot, realistic characters and really beautifully-written steamy bits. Read through it in one go. It really describes the protagonists emotions and motivations with depth, and is a stonking read. More please!
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USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She watches too much daytime court shows, but just enough Once Upon a Time (CaptainSwan FOR LIFE). She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in a be ...more

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“Good morning,” he drawled. She straightened her shoulders with the silent reminder that she had to be as distant as he was. “My lord.” He gave her an indulgent smirk. “As much as I like to be referred to as your lord, I think we’ve gone far beyond those empty platitudes. You have called me Ethan several times.” He hesitated and tapped his chin. “Actually you moaned it once. I prefer you call me that while we are alone together.” 18 likes
“She’s having a party, you
know. This coming week.”
He took a sip of wine. “I know. I received an invitation this morning before you arrived.
According to her flowing prose, I am to be the guest of honor.” He shuddered.
Miranda couldn’t help but laugh. “Yes, my mother is quite taken with you now that you’re assisting us financially. I’m sure she’ll fawn over you all evening.”
He downed the remainder of his wine in one swig. “Dear God, now I wish I hadn’t accepted the invitation.”
She giggled at his twisted, pained expression. “Oh, of course you must come. Drink the wine, appreciate the orchestra. After all, you’re paying for it.”
Ethan’s expression went from a playfully pained one to a truly pained one for a brief instant. His frown drew down and he looked at her evenly.
“No, Miranda. I believe it is you who are paying,” he said softly.”
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