The Forbidden

The Forbidden

by Jodi Ellen Malpas


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series comes a "brave, cutting-edge romance" (Library Journal) that begs the question: what would you do if you fell in love with someone you can't have?

Annie has never experienced the "spark" with a guy — the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455568215
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 154,179
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and mojito addict, and she has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion — a passion she now shares with her devoted readers. Her novels have hit bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today, Sunday Times, and various other international publications and can be read in more than twenty-four languages around the world.

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The Forbidden (Special preview of the scene everyone's talking about) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Be prepared this book is unlike anything Jodi Ellen Malpas has written and also note that the title is totally in sync with the plot of the book. This book is raw, emotional, shocking, tragic and above all else confronting. It will not be to everyone's taste and honestly I wasn't certain I could read it, let alone finish The Forbidden. However such is the skill and brilliant writing by Ms. Malpas that I persevered. What a roller coaster of emotions this book brought to the surface.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end! Life is messy, and this story captures it nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodi said she thought this book would bring forth controversy but I think this story, love and journey is more realistic and relevant than the typical romance story. LOVED IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This goes against everything we're taught. Hope it turns women away from engaging in affairs with married men. However,I empathize with Annie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I love this author. I have read all of her books and this is one of my favorites. I couldn't put it down. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure I would like the story because of the theme. But I really did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was truely emotional at both ends. I can see how an author like Jodi would struggle to write such a controversial book. At first you hate Annie for being the other woman. But then something happens and you begin to love her character through her struggle to be the other woman. No one ever said True Love is easy. It's a constant fight just like life and isn't it wonderful when your lucky to find it! I did think the love scenes could have been hotter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books shares with the reader a story of true love. True love is tough, scary and not always straightforward but it can be found. Wonderfully written and wonderfully concluded. Well done. I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in one day. Could not put it down.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
The Forbidden is a very different side to Jodi Ellen Malpas's writing, it's raw, it's dark, it's heart wrenching , its witty and as the title says it's Forbidden, that being said it captivated me, it drew me in, a taboo subject with plenty of angst but I couldnt put it down and I read it in one sitting. This is a standalone featuring Jack Joseph and Annie Ryan a couple who meet in a bar, one thing leads to another and they end up having the best night of their lives, never to meet again or will they, fate sometimes works in mysterious ways..... I fell for Jack big time (I didn't want to, I wanted to hate him) but he sucked me in just like he sucked Annie in and although I struggled at times with the story I needed to know how fate worked out for them. Every character in this book is strong and has depth, the supporting characters are loyal and witty whilst staying true to their own beliefs. This book is a beautifully written story that will have you on a emotional roller coaster, i felt every emotion possible in those few hours and in the end I have to say this is quite possible the best we have seen from Jodi Ellen Malpas and I don't say that lightly I'm a huge Jesse fan. What's next for this very talented writer who knows, she seems to be going from strength to strength and is not afraid to cover subjects others skim over. I loved it, great job Jodi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not what I expected, it's so much more! What are you waiting for? Start reading!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
writing about the forbidden is tricky because there is one plot point that shouldn't be spoiled that informs the whole book. it's one that is controversial enough that i know certain people draw a line at reading books that deal with this. i actually find it interesting, i actually appreciate the drama and angst stories like this stir up. but i do realize that it's not to everyone's taste. at its heart, the forbidden is a story about love. about how hard it is to find. how it doesn't always find the perfect moment to find us. and how hard it is to walk away from a love that you feel to the depths of your soul. even when circumstances and everyone you trust tells you that you can't be together. and what if what is forbidden feels so right. so undeniable that the only way forward is to give in? and what if instead of being terrible it's every dream come true? except the foundation is quicksand and it will fall away. and what then? that's where annie and jack find themselves. building a relationship on quicksand. but an architect and a contractor can probably figure out a way to build something that lasts. even if it seems impossible. **the forbidden will publish on august 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars--THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas is a stand alone, contemporary adult romance story line focusing on contractor Jack Joseph, and twenty nine year old architect Annie Ryan. NOTE: The author’s use of British euphemisms and slang may be foreign to North American readers. The subject matter controversial, and may not be suitable for more sensitive readers. Told from first person point of view (Annie Ryan) THE FORBIDDEN is a story of the taboo; the forbidden romance between Jack Joseph, and the woman with whom he will fall in love, Annie Ryan. A chance meeting with the sexy Jack Joseph, at a local bar finds Annie stepping out of her comfort zone leading to a one-night stand that neither Annie nor Jack will ever forget. What ensues is the forbidden relationship between Annie and Jack, as they struggle to keep secret their growing love from family, friends and the people at work. THE FORBIDDEN follows the building relationship between two people whose attraction to one another is off the charts; the palpable sexual energy is strong; the passion and fiery entanglements forbidden, buried beneath months of secrets and lies. When discovered, their controversial romance brings tragedy, heartbreak and grief to everyone involved. No one is safe when a woman scorned seeks retribution for sins of betrayal and lies. THE FORBIDDEN is a roller coaster of emotions. The back and forth, up and down of a relationship that is stalled by fear, promises to another, and commitment to someone else. The angst is tangible; the suspense riveting; the nature of the forbidden controversial and taboo. Jodi Ellen Malpas breaches the line from which there is no return; the prohibited crossing over in the land between black and white where matters of the heart are colorful, complicated and circumstantial. The premise is dramatic and intense; the characters are passionate, vibrant and alive; the romance is powerful, rebellious and strong. Their happily ever after comes at a cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! First of her books I have read and will buy another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 3 words....Jack and Annie ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love her books and this one definitely didn’t disappoint!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read. I'm only sadden by the fact that there isn't another book until March!!! Thank you Jodi for writing wonderful stories that take me to another place for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me from the highest highs to the lowest lows. It makes you wonder, if two people who shouldn't be together are really meant for each other. How can your soul mate be with someone else? This book really makes you thinks; you can never say what you wouldn't do in certain situations. In the end, this was a great read and I enjoyed every page.
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 4.5 Stars Wow. This book was nothing like I thought it’d be. It was gut-wrenchingly angsty, with an intense rollercoaster ride through the gamut of emotions – betrayal, anger, passion, sympathy, and of course, love. At first, I took issue with the premise of this book. I was outraged at the fact that a man could ever step out on his wife, especially for a woman he barely knows. But as the story unfolded and his situation became known, I softened toward Jack, and hoped that what he was building with Annie would boil to fruition. It was difficult for me to put this book down, honestly. At first, I was angry. I considered throwing the book across the room (truthfully). Betrayal is not something I am a huge fan of in my romance readings, but my anger quickly turned in to curiosity, and then hope. Hope that these two incredibly charismatic characters would eventually find their happily ever after. As the book went on, there was a sickening desperation to Jack’s situation, and a heart-breaking angst to Annie’s. It was, at times, difficult to read, but I had to. I had to believe that they would figure it all out. The truth in this story is that love truly can hit you at the most inopportune time, and sometimes it isn’t an easy road to happiness. I have always been a firm believer that love shouldn’t be something you hide from the world, nor is it something that should ever hurt someone else. But, as Annie and Jack have proven, sometimes, that isn’t always true. This was a brilliantly written story that is truly eye-opening for people like myself who have never been in that situation or who have always thought that there was only one formula for a great love story. Thank you for broadening my horizons and for making me believe that even in the most unfortunate of situations, love truly can exist. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't what I expected at all but loved it just the same. I love this author and have read all of her books. Love them all! Maybe lean toward Jesse Ward, but Jack is a strong second. Must read!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many twists! I wanted just more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a unique twist on an age old situation. This is not your ordinary affair between the other woman and married man. Please give this a chance and withold judgement. You will actually root for a HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll think differently in the end! I didn't want it to end!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very controversial subject.