Title: The Forbidden Man
Author: Elle Wright
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Series: The Edge of Scandal
In Love With the Wrong Man
Sydney Williams has forgiven her fiancé, Den, more times than she can count. But his latest betrayal just days before their wedding is too big to ignore. Shocking her friends and family, she calls off the engagement. She walks out on Den . . . and into the arms of his brother, Morgan.
Known as a player, Morgan Smith has secretly spent years fighting his feelings for Sydney. When Den's latest dirty deed leaves Sydney devastated, Morgan can't stop himself from coming to her rescue. What begins as friendship quickly escalates into all-consuming passion. Despite their intense connection, Sydney would rather deny her desire than come between brothers. But as Morgan is determined to make Sydney his, Den won't give her up without a fight . . .
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From the moment I saw the cover of this book and the blurb, I wanted to read this book.
Sydney is preparing for her wedding day when she finds out that her fiance Den has cheated on her again with Laney. Her friend Allina is there as a shoulder to cry on and her brother Red is ready to kick Den's ass. But it is Morgan (brother to Den) who comes to her rescue as the solid, dependable friend whose house she crashes in, since she couldn't go home.
Morgan is best friend to Red and right from the time he'd first met Sydney has treated her more as a sister/friend because of his relationship with her brother. This is the bit that I couldn't understand. Why was it okay for Den to date Sydney but not for Morgan to date her? I guess we wouldn't have a story if that was the case.
The drama in this story is upfront and centre, right from the first page. There is a good cast of supporting characters and we get a feel for the future stories in this series as the author sets it up well.
In between all that was going on, I really craved for the one-to-one moments between Sydney and Morgan that were filled with sexual tension or just plain old sweet romance. And there were moments like that. For example I loved this scene.
She squeezed his knee. "Let's not talk about me anymore. I want to hear about you. What do you want?"
Is she flirting with me? Just to be sure... "Excuse me?"
"You spend so much time taking care of everyone. If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?"
You. He cleared his throat in an effort to keep himself from blurting it out loud. "I don't know."
Morgan is the good guy, who's had a thing for Sydney for so long but keeps it bottled up. I really wanted him to loosen up and when he does, boy, the heat between these two quickly ramps up.
But then all my excitement fizzles away when all that build up is for nothing as I turn the page and find out the love scene I was looking forward to is non-existent as it all happens behind closed doors and we see the couple in the post-coital afterglow. Don't get me wrong, there are other on-the-page love scenes, but missing out on their first time together made me feel cheated.
Anyway, that aside, this is still an entertaining read about friends who become lovers. I loved the chemistry between Sydney and Morgan and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Fans of Lifetime movies or romantic drama will love this one.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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“Are you still feeling cold?” he asked, adjusting the heater and finishing off the contents of his flask.
“Actually, I’m feeling pretty hot.” She jumped when he started coughing. “Are you okay?”
He wiped his mouth. “I’m straight.”
“You sure?” Syd studied his face as she smoothed her hand over his back.
“Yeah.” He closed the flask and tucked it back into his pocket. “It’s the liquor.”
“The bourbon.” He patted his pocket. “It’s making you hot.”
“Somehow I doubt that,” she mumbled.
“What?” he asked, leaning in closer.
I doubt it’s the liquor. “Forget it. I’m cold again.” She burrowed into him.
“You want me to make you hot?” he asked.
Her eyes flashed to his and her lips parted.
“I meant . . .” He cleared his throat and shifted in his seat.
“Uh, I can turn the heat up.”
“No.” She forced a smile and lowered her gaze. “It’s fine.”
When his hand caressed her cheek, her eyes closed of their own volition. Time seemed to stand still. She felt his warm breath on her skin above her lips. “I think—”
He slid his thumb down the side of her neck.
She exhaled. So this is what Terry McMillan meant when she waited to exhale? “Because this isn’t going anywhere good. You’re acting like you want to kiss me and I know that’s not true,” she joked.
He clenched her hair in his hands and tugged gently.
“How do you know that?”
She searched his eyes. “Do you? I mean—do you want to?”
“I do—and so many other things.”
She let out a nervous giggle. “I think you’re feeling the effects of that gasoline you’re drinking, Morgan.”
His gaze dropped to her mouth as his hand crept up her thigh and rested on her hip. She jumped in surprise when he squeezed. “Actually, I don’t believe I’m drunk enough,” he said. “At this point, I know exactly what I’m doing, which means I’d be held responsible for my actions.”
Syd placed her hands on his stomach and felt his taut muscles tighten in response. “Den would kill you. So would Red.”
Morgan traced her lips with his thumb. “It may be worth it. Let me . . .” Then, his mouth was on hers, drawing a low moan from her mouth. The simple touch of his lips to hers set off a fire in Syd that seemed to burn brighter and hotter with every second.
She wrapped her arms tightly around his neck as he continued to assault her senses with his kisses. He slid his tongue across her bottom lip, demanding entrance, which she happily granted. She gripped a fistful of his hair as he pulled her onto his lap. He rocked into her, introducing her to his rock hard erection. She braced her other hand against the window as she grinded into him. He trailed hot, wet kisses down her throat and cupped her breasts in his hands. As his thumbs traced her nipples, she cried out and he captured her cry with his hot mouth.
Reluctantly, she tried to pull away, but he latched onto her bottom lip with his teeth and sucked. He obviously wasn’t ready for this to end . . . neither was she.
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