Claudia’s Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Posted August 8, 2017 by Claudia Alfaro in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Claudia’s Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen MalpasThe Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
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Published by Forever on August 8th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Source: Forever (Grand Central Publishing), NetGalley

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.

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I think this is the hardest rating I have had to give and the hardest review I’ve ever had to write. First of all, because I LOVE Jodi’s flawless writing. She’s an insta -One click for me. But the topic was a hard limit for me, one I couldn’t look past.  Secondly, I think that this book should has come with more of a “warning”. Simply saying it was “Forbidden”, was very ambiguous. If you love romance  novels, you know that we can’t build love over lies, and we can’t build our happiness over the sadness of others/ourselves. That’s why I can gave it 3.5 stars (on average). Ultimately, I couldn’t look past the matter at hand, but I couldn’t deny their love.


As I said, I’m a HUGE fan of Jodi’s writing style. I love all her books and I’ve read them all. This book is truly a masterpiece in that sense. I love how she describes emotions, actions (they had scorching sex scenes), places, people. I could clearly visualize what was happening and how they were feeling.  Jodi knows how to develop characters so well, the main ones and the secondary. In this book she has created characters that are very real and with flaws making the story believable. They’re so human, that you just end up loving them, or in my case hating them.

The ability this author has that despite you’re hating the subject, but yet you can’t stop reading it and you know why? Because Jodi trapped us on her web and we are stuck there until “THE END”.

This is not the first time that Jodi given us a debatable book. I remember all the long convos about loving or hating “The Lord of the Manor” (This Man Series), there were people who love Jesse (like me) and people who actually hate Jesse, and THE FORBIDDEN will be the same way, we will talk about this forever, readers will be divided once again on their opinions, that is how you know how good of an author Jodi Ellen Malpas is.


*sigh* This was hard for me, when Annie met Jack their connection was undeniable and almost unbelievable. Just with the brush of their skin, both felt something that  neither have experienced before.

Annie Ryan was a successful woman, she just bought a new home and she owns her own business, but she never found love or she never felt a connection with a man that will make her want to have a relationship. She is hardworking and very independent.

Her friends were worried about her, about her love live, she hasn’t been with a man in years so they insisted she have a wild night. So she does exactly that. She meets Jack in a bar and they had the most amazing, scorching, hot and very consuming night. But when they both think this was just a “one night stand” and they will never meet again, Annie finds out she will have to work with him because he is the contractor on her new project and also that he was off her limits.

Annie knew he was forbidden and that they can’t be together but as she said, Jack consumed her and she can’t live without him. (Yes, he consumed Annie’s brain, sense and morals too), despite Jack lied to her about his current relationship status, they both decided to have a relationship anyways.

That’s when they both disappointed me and hit my hard limit. I understand that when you love someone, you just love them. “The heart wants what it wants.” I can understand that they are in love and they belong together, but why Jack couldn’t fix his “situation” first and then go for the love he deserves. Sorry, but I can’t buy all the lines or excuses he gave like “my wife is volatile”, “I’m miserable in my marriage”.  Maybe if we’d had Jack’s POV his excuses would have been more believable. But as if stands for me, he is just a liar and cheater.

And Annie regrets all the time about the situation, but still she continues on it. Even when she has an inner battle, she chooses wrong. Both of them made the wrong decisions and there is a price to pay at the end.

I REALLY tried to have an open mind about this relationship. I struggled while reading it, maybe hoping they will do the right thing. I love romance and I believe in love, in your soul mate but I can’t believe we can build our happiness at expenses of others, not in this situation.


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Claudia Alfaro

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