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Publisher's Summary

A new stand-alone novel from Jodi Ellen Malpas, the best-selling author of the This Man and One Night trilogies. 

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise. 

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden. 

©2017 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Every kiss, every sexy scene, every word between this pair owned a piece of my soul. I could read this book a hundred times and still react as if it was the first time. The Protector is a top 2016 fave for me." (Audrey Carlan, best-selling author of The Calendar Girl series)
"The latest queen of erotic literature." ( The Sunday Times)

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Eh? It was o-Kay. Not my fave

The story was ok. I think I may have enjoyed the book better. I wasn't keen on the narrator. The H was a coward, but in saying that he was obviously in an abusive relationship and found that his reaction may have been natural considering all he endured. The wife seemed like a crack pot. Didn't enjoy the h character. In my opinion I think it was predictable and underwhelming. Just my opinion some may enjoy this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2018

Thank you

Thank you for this book I loved it and it is very close to my own experience

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  • Garden girl
  • 15-02-2018

Love comes unexpectedly

Well written and well performed. Julie Garthan has a sweet and very expressive voice. Very good listen.

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  • HAPPYGOLUCKY
  • 13-08-2017

Story is amazing....narration not so much

What made the experience of listening to The Forbidden the most enjoyable?

The story is amazing. I'm not a fan of infidelity in my love stories, so I'm super glad I gave this story a chance. It's a beautiful story, and one I can relate to on so many levels.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forbidden?

All of it, the story is amazing

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Julie Garthan?

All my favourite narrators are American (Andi Arndt, Elena Wolfe, Ava Eriksson) but I don't know any good English narrators to suggest. I am English, and it kind of bugs me that all English narrators seems to go over the top with the "Englishness". Julie Garthan was okay as a narrator, expressive, but unfortunately she has that same level of expression all the way through. Her tone barely changes whether drinking with friends, during the sexy scenes or during the heartbreaking scenes. Her male "voice" also isn't much of a voice at all, just the same as hers. I must stress, Julie is not annoying to listen to, but I just feel that a story with so many emotions and ups and downs, needed someone who could convey those extremes more effectively.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Story yes, narrator no.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad I read the book before I listened to the audio book. I have a feeling if I had listened first, the book would not have had the same impact on me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-2021

terrible narrator

the story is OK, but ruined by the narrator! her narration and voice would be more suited to toddler books. very annoying

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  • Kaz6dw
  • 09-12-2020

Bloody loved it

Just the right amount of romance, just the right amount of lusty raunchyness without it being to often or too much detail. I really enjoyed this book, the way it was written and the voice narrating it.

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  • E. Butcher
  • 06-06-2020

Amazing book about a difficult situation.

Another well written book from JEM. A subject that was sensitively broached and once again I fell in love with the main characters. I'm so glad you wrote it. Many thanks

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  • Dodi
  • 23-02-2020

True Love Prevails

Everyone needs a Jack in their life. I absolutely loved this book, it was so well written, I loved all the characters but definitely Jack, obviously!! Julie Garthan who performed the book was excellent. would definitely recommend! Slightly sad that I've now got to go back to 'normal' life - wish real life was like a story lol.

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  • Jane Bryder
  • 24-05-2019

Jodi Ellen Malpas your the best author.

Fantastic story to read and I couldn't put it down. The house work went out of the window. I was hooked... Congratulations on this wonderful story. 10/10

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  • asdfghjkl
  • 16-01-2019

Good story, but has the usual JEM predictability.

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was fairly well written and approached the subject of adultery well. The one thing that has started to irk me with JEM books… This Man series, One Night Series and this book, she seems to follow some kind of template where there is the shock of an “unexpected” pregnancy, she even describes the discovery of/reaction to the pregnancies in more or less the same way. I'd expect a little more originality in her writing by now, instead of rehashing the same situations and scenarios in her books. The narration is good, great performance.

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  • Lauryn
  • 14-01-2018

WOW!!

I have literally not stopped listening to this audiobook - just wow! My first book by this author and I’m genuinely blown away, I loved every moment of it. I love the characters, the storyline, the shocks and surprises along the way. I didn’t want it to end!! Will definitely buy more from Jodi Ellen Malpas. The narration was great too, I’m sometimes wary about women having to perform as a man but Julie did a great job!

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  • dena74
  • 07-11-2017

Fantastic

I loved this book. At every opportunity I got I listened to the story being told. I was gripped.

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