Romance Is The Key To The Secrets Of "Forbidden"


Title:  Forbidden
(Her British Stepbrother #1)
Author:  Lauren Smith
Length:  167
Format:  Kindle
Publisher:  Forever Yours
Rating:  4 Stars

Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she's a nineteen-year-old virgin who's never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.

Then she sees him walk in. He's tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he's imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . . . 


My Thoughts
The flirty and vivacious vixen that manages to captivate Tristan Kingsley with one scorching kiss, in a crowed pub. Is far removed from the reality of the studious, introverted, innocence of Katherine Roberts. An American transplant in the middle of undergraduate studies at Cambridge. Kat's world has been one shaped by the pain of her mother's abandonment, and the responsibility that she feels toward her father.
Never does it occur to Kat that the kiss shared with her tall, darkly handsome, mystery man could and does have the same earth shattering effect on him that it does on her.

But it does.

And it's a feeling that Tristan is bound and determined to experience again.

This is a very engaging and captivating read. 

The reason?

Authoress Lauren Smith's ability to play her characters details very close to the vest. Only showing readers enough to make them want to know more.
Making it quite clear that Tristan wants Kat, but leaving us quite in the dark as to the lengths that he is willing to go to win her.
Until he plays his quite sweet and surprisingly romantic hand.

As for Kat...
There is no doubt whatsoever about the feelings that she has for Tristan. The cards that she holds are the ones that answer the 'all in or fold' question when it comes to whether or not she is willing to risk both her body and her heart.

Though there are a great many sexual promises made to the virginal Kat by one very smitten Tristan. The emphasis of their relationship's foundation is one based in romance.
Tristan is careful to get to know Kat's likes and dislikes, wants, fears, and desires. There by establishing himself as a gentleman that both his lady, and their readers would definitely love to see play to win.

Things really do move quite fast in this read, but due to the depth of their emotional connection. There is certainly no shortage of jaw dropping, as connection leads to spark, and spark leads to explosion by story's end.

Surprisingly, there is but one Joker to be found in this Royal Flush of a story. Tristan's promises of earth shattering sex. While the quality is definitely there...the quantity?
Not so much.
In the interest of not being a spoiler sport. I think Oliver said best. "Please sir, can I have some more?"

This is a very romantic versus sexy read. As the first book in a series, there is more than enough room for the afore mentioned more in the following book.


Author's Note:  This is the first book in a continuous series.  As such, it and all subsequent works are to be read in the order in which they appear within the series.


About Lauren

Born and raised in Tulsa, Lauren Smith spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Oklahoma, bridging the worlds between urban girl and cowgirl. After high school she attended Oklahoma State University where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in history and political science. Drawn to paintings in museums and obsessed with antiques, she has satisfied her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands.

Over the years, Lauren’s studies have opened doors throughout the world. From spending two summers at Cambridge to attending classes at such divergent places as Ireland and Chengdu, China, she has discovered fascinating opportunities for enrichment wherever she goes. 

After completing college, Lauren moved to Michigan to attend law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy and University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Armed with two Juris Doctorate degrees from both countries, she returned to Tulsa and became an intellectual property attorney.

Since third grade when her English teacher proposed that all students should craft a story for a young writers’ conference, Lauren has been hooked on writing. Her first self-illustrated manuscript described the mysterious disappearance of rare brown bats that were being captured by scientists bent on using them as carriers for an incurable disease. The immense sense of joy in sharing that story with others, and discussing plots and characters, made it clear to Lauren that writing was her true passion.

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