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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: Forbidden by Jess Michaels

This full length Woodleys novel ALMOST makes up for the fact that the Woodley I was looking forward to the most had a novella instead of a novel. However, after this one, I just might have to revise my choice of "Favorite Woodley" to one that hasn't had their own book yet!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Release Date: August 25, 2015

Jude Samson has worked for the Woodley family for such a long time that he is seen as a brother. But he has very unbrotherly feelings toward the youngest of the clan, Lady Audrey. When they find themselves off at the family’s country estate, long simmering desires will come to the forefront and Jude won’t be able to stop himself from taking that one, oh-so-forbidden taste.

After seeing what it has done to her family, Audrey is afraid of passion. But the moment Jude touches her, fear is washed away by intense and powerful lust. Only Jude has a secret that could destroy everything that is beginning to develop between them. And when it comes out, it will change everything.

Lady Audrey Woodley has seen what passion can do to a person. Her brother’s passion for his first wife almost destroyed him and her older sister’s passion for her worthless husband has taken her far away from her family. Naturally Audrey fears what she doesn’t know but that doesn’t stop her from having intense feelings for a family friend. Worse still, the moment he kisses her, Audrey forgets her fear and wants more but when she finally lets her guard down, a terrible secret just might take away Audrey’s chance for happiness.

Jude Samson has been the man of affairs for the Woodley family for so long that he is seen more as a brother than an employee. Except when it comes to Lady Audrey, his feelings are less than brotherly. When he and Audrey find themselves working together to redecorate the family’s country estate, those feelings become harder and harder to hide. So does the painful secret about the Woodleys that Jude has carried around for years.

The first official full length Woodleys book is finally here!

On the surface, Jude and Audrey don’t seem to have that much in common but once the social class barrier is removed they have almost everything in common. They’re both loving, loyal and accepting characters. Despite believing he had no right to her, Jude pursued Audrey as a woman and not an object of conquest. His consideration of her feelings made his claim of affection more real to me. Audrey may have been a titled lady but I loved that at no time did it ever occur to her that her social class might be an obstacle between her and Jude. She was intelligent and stubborn to the point of recklessness though and her emotions sometimes overrode intelligence and logic.

Jude and Audrey’s romance was passionate and the center of Forbidden but it also opened up the door to many more questions about the Woodleys’ past and that just kills me! It’s obvious her elopement with a less than honorable man has the Woodley’s worried and mourning her absence but author Jess Michaels, tease that she is keeps hinting that Claire’s life is so far from the one she had before that it may be impossible for her to come back to them so naturally: I wanna know what happened to Claire and how her story will play out! Oh please let her be an unconventional heroine!

Character curiosity is going to kill me one day I know it is. This family's dynamic is a mixture of unconditional love, playful banter, protective instincts and blunt conversation. I loved their interactions and I can't even say that there isn't one member of that family that I don't love.

Forbidden brings more questions than answers about the Woodleys and the secrets they carry but that only heightens my interest in them. They’re an interesting bunch to be certain. Jude and Audrey’s passionate romance was addictive but so were their relationships with the rest of the Woodleys.

Final Verdict: I definitely can’t wait for the next book and I’ll try not to get too hung up on wanting Claire’s story like, right now.

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