Sunday, January 17, 2016

Forbidden (Her British Stepbrother Series, Book 1) by Lauren Smith


He's her first. He's her everything. He's her . . . stepbrother. 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 . . .

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First, let me start off and say that I wish the book wasn't promoted as "Her British Stepbrother" because that gave the entire premise of the book away with just one glimpse.  I wish that would have been left out and it would have been revealed by reading the book. With that being said, Forbidden is a book that is definitely worth reading. 

In Forbidden we are introduced to Katherine "Kat" and Tristan. Kat is an American girl that is studying in Cambridge while her father is in London for his job. She has moved around quite a lot growing up, never staying in one place for too long. She is excited about being in Cambridge for the next three years.  Kat is very reserved, very predictable. Now that she is nineteen, she decides that she wants to live on the edge, have an adventure, check a few things off her bucket list. 

The first thing she checks off her list is to kiss an amazingly gorgeous man, who she can't seem to keep.  When she kissed him, something inside of her sparked. Something she has never felt before. Now keep in mind, Kat is not experienced in the love department.

So when her lips find Tristan's, something inside Tristan awakens. Tristan is known as a playboy, a ladies man. He is set to be the next Earl of Pembroke, a title that he doesn't want. Tristan wants to live his own life, a life that he gets to make all the decisions. A life that isn't dictate to him by his father.  

After one conversation with Kat inside a local pub, his interest is piqued. He isn't just drawn to Kat because he knows she is forbidden, he is drawn to her because she is different. His father would kill him if he knew he was interested in an American. 

Kat doesn't want to be another notch on Tristan's headboard. She has heard of Tristan's reputation. She doesn't want her heart broken, so she pushes him away. But Tristan wants more than a want night stand.  He sets out to SEDUCE her. Tristan wants... KAT. He wants to claim her as his. He wants to make her his, even if she is forbidden.

Well, as you see from the banner above and the title of the series, we know that it is revealed that Tristan may become Kat's stepbrother, when their parents paths cross.

Tristan and Kat have spent several nights together, exploring each other's body, becoming addicted to each other. What will happen between Tristan and Kat once it's revealed that their parents are dating?  Will this revelation keep them apart?  Or will they continue their relationship behind their parent's back?

The second book in the series is named SEDUCTION. I think Book 1 should have been named Seduction, since throughout the book, Tristan emphasizes that he will stop at nothing to seduce Kat.  So after we find out that their parents are dating, and he may become her "British" Stepbrother, I would think then their relationship would be FORBIDDEN. This is just my opinion.

This review was prepared by Heather. An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.


“I find you fascinating,” Tristan said. Their faces were so close, his lips a mere
breath from hers, and it made her head spin a little with a strange, excited dizziness. His
gaze dropped to her lips as his voice softened to a low murmur. “I made a promise
tonight, and I won’t break it, even it if bloody well kills me.”

Kat shivered and when she spoke her voice was husky. “But after tonight?”

With a curve of his lips, Tristan leaned in half an inch closer. “After tonight…I
could fuck you here, in this bed and leave you so sated you’d wouldn’t want to get up for
days. The things I could do to you to make you purr, make you moan and beg… After
being with me, no other man would satisfy you.” The tips of their noses brushed as he
leaned a tiny bit closer. Every muscle in her body tensed in heady anticipation, and her
heart thudded against her ribs so hard it hurt.

Those images his words created, his body on top of hers, his weight trapping her
while he owned her in every way…why did it sound so wonderful and frightening all at
the same time?

Kat’s lips parted, but no words came out at first.  He seemed like a man who
before now got everything he ever wanted. She didn’t want to be another thing he got
simply because he wanted it. She was a woman worth fighting for, and Kat wanted him to earn it. Her father used to say “a good man will climb to the highest branch for the ripest apple, rather than pluck the low hanging fruit.” She deserved a man who was willing to work for her.

“But not tonight,” she replied softly, almost teasing. Her heart pounded at a wild
pace and her hands shook as she clenched them together.

As though it were the most natural thing in the world, he slid an arm around her
waist, pulling her into his body. Her hands came up on instinct, settling on his chest, but
she didn’t push him away.

 “Not tonight,” he agreed. “But that one kiss at the Pickerel? It was only the
beginning.” His arm around her waist tightened.

His words, so determined and confidant, made her shiver. There was no denying
his confidence was appealing, but this was her sex life they were talking about. She had

never been the type of girl to just give in to a guy, so why was saying yes so tempting?

About Lauren Smith:

LAUREN SMITH, winner of the 2014 Historical International Digital Award, attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in both history and political science. Drawn to paintings and museums, Lauren is obsessed with antiques and satisfies her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands. She is currently an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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