Title: The Forbidden
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 8 Aug 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously 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 must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden.
💛 A Note From The Author 💛
“The Forbidden” is exactly that. Not allowed. Prohibited. Banned. At least, that’s what society says. But what about your heart? It took a massive leap of faith for me to put these words on paper. I’ve always said that I write what my heart tells me to write, not what people want me to write. Never has my own motto been so significant in my writing career. I questioned my sense when I came up with the idea of The Forbidden. Then I reminded myself of my motto, of my heart’s desire, and my heart really wanted to tell this story, despite knowing that it might not be what people expect from me. I couldn’t let my fear of the taboo subject matter dictate my writing. So I dove right in—no holding back, no inhibitions, no softly-softly approach. The Forbidden is controversial. I’ve no doubt it’ll cause debate, and I’m cool with that. As a writer, you accept that what you send out into the world is going to be picked apart, sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. This story is about the conflict. The feelings. The questions. It’s about the heart ruling the head. I ask you to go into it with an open mind, and please remember that it is a story. One of passion, of love, and of heartache. It’s about falling in love with the wrong person at the wrong time. Because it happens. Every single day. But above all of that, it’s about being true to yourself and your heart. It’s about finding your soulmate and fighting for them. It’s about standing by what you believe in. And we all believe in true love.
OK so I should have known better BUT I was so intrigued by the premise of The Forbidden I had to give it a chance even though I struggle when there is any form of cheating involved. Is there really any excuse for cheating rather than just walking away from a previous relationship before embarking on another one – can Jodi convince us otherwise??
Annie is very driven career wise, pouring her heart and soul into her architectural business and ticking off her goals as she maneuvers through her life with a special kind of blinkers on. Her tunnel vision eliminates forming a deep connection with another person apart from her friends – she has yet to experience an intense attraction or sizzling chemistry within her personal life. However, this does not seem to be a problem for Annie, content with her single life, friends, and career. That is until on alcohol fuelled one-night stand she can’t get out of her mind. The stuff of fantasies Annie tries to move on from the encounter never expecting to see the source of her passion again, however, fate has other ideas.
I honestly, found Jack more than a little sleazy during the first encounter with Annie. He had douche written all over him, and I felt Annie was naive to allow the rendezvous to occur, hormones fuelled by alcohol have a lot to answer for. The memories of their encounter are like a torturous obsession for Annie as they keep playing over and over again in her mind.
The devastating thing is that Annie and Jack are absolutely perfect for each other in every way, their careers, their attitudes, and personalities compliment each other beautifully. There is just one pesky problem, Jack already belongs to someone else.
Although there are extenuating circumstances for Jack’s behavior and need for Annie, I still can’t help but feel it isn’t enough to justify the deceit they embark on. Emotional blackmail can be a terrifying thing BUT there are professionals who are trained to deal with these issues – seeking help and trusting other people by being open and honest seem the ideal solution as opposed to dragging a third party into the mess, ultimately creating more problems that the situation solves. To be honest, I don’t think I would ever be able to trust someone who has previously cheated, I would continually be wondering if it would happen again 🙁 No matter which way you look at the situation, the lying, hiding, and deceit are not the foundations on which to build a secure relationship especially when there is another one already established. While I understand that sometimes we can’t help who we fall in love with, there has to be a different path than the double life Annie and Jake are on.
While The Forbidden isn’t a traditional romance there are aspects that will make you question how far you would allow yourself to fall in the name of true love.