Monday, March 16, 2015

FORBIDDEN LOVE by Lola Stark


Synopsis

 
Jude and Haven share a secret.
 
 One he willingly hides and she tries to
forget, but it regardless, it has tied them together.
 
It's not until their relationship is discovered that Haven has a choice to make.
 
She can pine for the man who walked away or choose a new path.
 
 But secrets have a way of showing themselves,
making it difficult for Haven to let go... And when she does, can Jude live
with the consequences?


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Review

 
I loved, loved, loved the first book in this series, Tattered Love (there’s a scene where Scarlett and her best friend, Teeny – the heroine of the 2nd book in the series Conflicted Love – are drunk in Mace’s truck that mimic’s me and besty’s drunken adventures to a delightful but almost eerie degree); it was funny, sexy and all around awesome. I enjoyed it so much that when I reached The End, I immediately purchased Conflicted Love and by dawn was waiting anxiously for this book’s release.
 
Forbidden Love picks up where Teeny and Trip’s story ends. Haven the little sister of Mace and Trip has fallen love with Mace’s best friend, Jude. They’ve been carrying on a secret affair that is discovered at the end of the second book. When Forbidden opens, they are both miserably unhappy, at odds with Haven’s brothers, and more than a little broken hearted but still they share a secret. 
 
This book misses the humor of the first in the series and has far less eroticism than either book (in my opinion) but because this book, the series finale, is deeper, darker and a fucking sob-fest it’s appropriate that the earlier elements that made the first two so enjoyable are used conservatively. It wasn’t a less enjoyable read, just a far more emotional one. I’ve re-read Tattered a few times because it makes me laugh out loud on the commuter train like a psycho; Conflicted  too because it is a real turn-on. However, I won’t be re-reading Forbidden until I'm in the need of a good long cry. 
 
I had some minor issues with dialogue between Haven and another character that felt a little contrived at times. But the give and take between the six primary characters from all three books was delightful it more than compensated.
 
I’m giving it a solid 4 hearts!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Teaser

 


 
Excerpt:
 
Chapter Two

Jude

I walked back into the garage and punched one of the big metal tool cabinets on
my way past. I sucked up the pain like a drug I couldn’t cope without. Why was
she here? There was something about her that was just so alluring. I couldn’t see
her without wanting to fall to my goddamn knees and worship her like she was a
queen amongst peasants.

Suck it up, you pussy! When did you acquire feelings?

Pushing away from the
doorframe at the back of the shop, I trudged outside in my heavy boots, kicking
rocks as I went. I cut off my emotions as soon as I was able. I struggled to handle
these kinds of feelings; they messed with my head and left me making bad
decisions. Decisions that screwed with friendships, families and futures. I
couldn’t have a future with her; it just wouldn’t be good for anyone.

Sitting at the bar stool, I pulled Haven between my legs and
moved my hands to run up her silky legs, stopping at the bottom of her tight
black skirt. Her arms came up and circled my neck as her head came down to my
face. My fingers teased the skin at the edge of her skirt as she pulled my
bottom lip into her mouth and sucked, tearing a growl from my throat. My
fingers stopped their progress and dug into the skin of her legs, pulling her
tighter to me and deepening the torturous kiss.

In response, her hands dropped to my shoulders, her nails
close to breaking the skin through my t-shirt while my fingertips ghosted over
the curve where her legs met her luscious ass. The tightly wound restraint I
had been keeping snapped, and I swiftly stood, picking her up. Her legs
instantly wrapped around my waist and I took a few long strides to the edge of
my workbench where I set her down, then pressed hard against her core and
ground my hips. Haven’s hands tugged at my shirt ripping it over my head as I
ran my rough hands higher and higher up her soft thighs until I hit the sweet
spot. She moaned just as my mouth came down, devouring her like the starving
man I was. She was my drug of choice. Her taste, touch and smell I just
couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t get enough of her, and I didn’t need it
either. Haven would always be exactly what I craved.

“Dude, snap out of it.” The
voice broke me out of my reverie and yanked me back to the present. Goddamn it,
I did it again. I’d been slipping into memories of Haven for weeks. I just couldn’t
get her out of my head. It was fucked up, messy and it left me in a piss-ass mood
for the rest of the day.

Why’d I have to fall for a girl I can’t have?
That’s how it always worked though, right? The guy loved the girl he couldn’t have.
Then the poor bastard pined for her for all eternity and was unable love anyone
like he loved her. He’d end up miserable and alone, simply because a
relationship would be selfish and do more harm than good to the people they
both loved. Scrubbing my hand down my face in an effort to wipe her from my
thoughts, I knew something had to give. I didn’t know how much more I could take. 


 


About the Author

 
What to say ? Errrr…

Lola hates all things sultanas.

Lola is a little strange and unusual.

Lola has no brain-to-mouth filter

(this may or may not have gotten Lola into trouble – repeatedly).

Lola is keeping Coca-cola in business one 2lt bottle at a time.

 Apparently, Lola likes to talk in the third person about herself.


This here is what my profile says everywhere: Lola Stark lives in Australia, Is an at-home mummy with no filter, raising a hoard of minions. Lola has loved to read for as long as she can remember. When not wrangling the children, she can be found sitting at her computer, writing, facebooking or just generally messing around. I know, I know third person again.
 

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