Thursday, April 26, 2018

Forbidden by Elisabeth Naughton

From New York Times Bestselling and RITA Award-winning author Elisabeth Naughton, the first book in the House of Sin Series.

She has no idea what lurks behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin...

He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can’t seem to resist.

I went after him in search of answers, certain he had blood on his hands. Now I’ve fallen prey to his seductive looks and commanding charisma.

I know he is a threat. He's entwined in a dangerous world I don't understand. But even that doesn’t stop me from aching for his touch, for the taste of his wicked lips.

Before I can truly surrender to the fire smoldering between us, I need to know more. I have to see behind the doors he keeps firmly locked.

I need to discover what he's hiding in the shadowy world known as the House of Sin...

This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Features a mysterious hero with a dangerous secret. This is a big story that can't be told in only one book so there is a cliffhanger - but never fear, book two releases three weeks later.

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F BDSM Dark Romance
Triggers: Cliffhanger! Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for additional trigger warnings.

Luciano is an enigma. Luciano, or Luc, is trying to live his life, but when he's called to head the family business, he really has no choice. He's thrust into the life he doesn't want and made to heel at his father's whim. He knows that he should not have anyone close to him, but when Natalie comes to his office, he is immediately intrigued with her.

Natalie is at Covet for one reason – find out what happened to her best friend. When she meets Luc for the first time, she's intimidated and then thoroughly dismissed. Feeling defeated, she finds a different way into the company. Natalie is very naïve in this story. She is trusting and so virginal it really takes a lot for me to believe that she can even survive this world.

The journey that Natalie and Luc go on is one of danger and lust. There is a lot of chemistry between Luc and Natalie, but their overall relationship is one of mistrust and lies. When the truth comes out, you can't help but wonder where the story will take you – lead you. This was a quick read with a lot of steam. It will be interesting to see if Naughton can hold the storyline throughout. I hope that it becomes more clear and is developed with less "white noise," as I thought this story was good but had a lot of misdirection woven in.

This is the first book in a new series. It certainly sets the scene for us, although in a most disturbing world. It is, however, quite fitting that a fashion magazine would be a good cover for such an operation.

At the heart of the story are Natalie and Luc – a mismatched pair, but clearly one that works for them... sort of. The level of secrecy and mistrust is such that I am not sure how it could ever really work, but no doubt Ms. Naughton plans on showing us in future books. I did find Natalie's ability to determine Luc's every mood by his eyes a little unbelievable at times, and then even when she did, she reacted in denial of what she saw. I get that she was a little (haha) out of her depth, but at some point, she had to trust her own eyes.

This was not really for me, but it is well written, and pages of it I loved, but then it got too dark or twisted, or I became frustrated with bad decisions. I do believe that we will get more clarity as we go forward, but for now, I am stuck in uncertainty.

Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Forbidden (House of Sin #1) by Elisabeth Naughton to read and review.

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