Friday, February 15, 2019

Review ~ FORBIDDEN by Lauren Smith

Forbidden (Love in London, #1)
by: Lauren Smith
Series: Love in London
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2018
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Kat Roberts has a plan. Love doesn’t fit into it.
Move to England.
Study at Cambridge.
Become a history professor.

See? No room for dating or love. Life is going exactly according to plan….until she met him one snowy night in an English pub. Tristan Kingsley, the future Earl of Pembroke. He’s as gorgeous as a god, funny, sweet, and oh-my-god that accent… With a chiseled jaw, bewitching eyes, and a voice as smooth as a glass of brandy…he’s every woman’s dream. He tempts Kat to leave her carefully laid plans behind as she falls head over tea kettle for this British playboy.

Tristan Kingsley went into the bar that night to avoid the duties of his future as a titled lord. When a gorgeous American girl kisses him on a dare from her friends, that kiss turns his world upside down. Oh, he’s used to having exactly what he wants: women, money, notoriety. But now he wants Kat. In his arms, in his bed—and the more time he spends with her, the more he wants her in his life. Tired of shallow, social climbing English debutantes, Tristan can’t get enough of his brilliant, sweet Yank.

But not everyone is happy with the situation. His father, the Earl of Pembroke, has other plans for Tristan, and getting rid of Kat is number one on the list. If you thought this was a fairytale of a girl finding her Prince—er, Earl, and living happily-ever-after…then prepare yourself for one heck of an American Revolution.


Originally published in January 2016, as part of the Her British Stepbrother series.



Step-brother romances are new to me. In the past, I tended to not read them because the whole idea was taboo to me. I read an excerpt of Forbidden somewhere and got the idea that it was different from other step-brother romances. For that, I wanted to read the story. Unlike other books of its kind, Forbidden is told in third person. For me, I would have preferred first person. I just think it would have allowed me to connect with the characters and get inside their heads better.

What I like about this story is that Katherine “Kat” and Tristan have no history together. They are just two people who meet like any other potential couple. They don't have a whirlwind romance. It’s a fight to even attempt to be together. The two are from completely different worlds. Kat is an innocent, shy nineteen-year-old American girl who has few friends and suffers abandonment issues. Tristan is a twenty-five-year-old British aristocrat who is experienced. He knows how to get the things he wants. He just doesn't want the future being pressed upon him by his father, the Earl of Pembroke.

The two meet at a pub and Tristan becomes intrigued by Kat, who is unlike any woman he’s ever known. They share an attraction as well as a connection. Tristan is a silver tongued devil who had not only Kat but myself melting. However, I didn't feel the overwhelming connection to them I would have liked.

Just as things are finally going good for them, they are each crushed with the knowledge that not only is Kat’s father dating Tristan’s mother, but the two are also recently engaged. Forbidden ends with this face to face crushing discovery. Next up is Seduction and I desperately want to know how this story will unfold.

**Received a copy of the book courtesy of the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4

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