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Forbidden Love (Dell Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – November 10, 1997

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"Ms. Robards has the marvelous talent to zero in on the heart of erotic fantasy. She seems to know instinctively our most secret thoughts."
--Romantic Times

"Splendid! Among the best!"
--Affaire de Coeur

"Heavenly! Ms. Robards writes with a graceful flair."
--The Literary Times

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Forbidden Desires...

He was her guardian, absentee landlord of her neglected life--until Megan Kinkead returned to Maam's Cross Court, determined to make Justin Brant notice her.  She finally commanded the attention of the sixth Earl of Weston when she burst into his room and caught him stark naked in the tub.  Suddenly she knew a woman's hunger--and a woman's needs....

Forbidden Kisses...

When had the scrawny brat from hell become a fiery, raven-haired, violet-eyed temptress?  Justin told himself she was still a child as she offered him a seductive yet innocent kiss.  He tried to remind himself that he was her guardian, her protector.  But the flashfire desire that blazed between them ignited a love neither had ever known before.  Then he told her he was married....

Forbidden Secrets...

Bestselling, award-winning author Karen Robards sweeps us into Ireland's lush landscape in this spellbinding novel of a headstrong young beauty and her aristocratic guardian, torn between passion, propriety, and...

Forbidden Love.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dell Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (November 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440221064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440221067
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Fascinating. on October 21, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The relationship between Megan and Justin, the central characters in this book, reads like a scary, abusive relationship. First, the hero is more than twice the heroine's age. He is also her legal guardian, and hasn't bothered to give her any attention for the last 12 years. Nice.

He seduces her, and she doesn't find out he's married until his wife shows up. He treats her like a posession, and blames all his frustrations on her. He calls her names, abducts her, coerces her into sex, slaps her across the face and is just cruel and selfish in general. Yet she is still "drawn to him". (He needs her, poor guy!)

At times, he frightens her and makes her flesh crawl, but everything is fixed up at the end by his being really, really sorry. Please. This is just a sick relationship. Justin sounds more like a psychopath than an honorable guy who is helpless to resist the power of "love". There is nothing loving about him.

The only redeeming quality to the book is that is has the ring of truth, but that truth lies more in the fact that there actually are relationships like these than that such a relationship could turn out happily ever after.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elspeth on March 2, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book had lots of inconsistencies in it's characters and their developments. while i can understand a 17 year old girl falling for a
man old enough to be her father (technically) as she never really had
a family,i found justin's behaviour to be that of a pre-teen,at best.
from the beginning when he can't control his lust for her;he seems to
be an emotional ping pong ball: he loves her, hates her,loves her,
ad infinitum. he also possesses no ability to understand that maybe
there's more to her behaviour than her rejection of him (in this case her
pregnancy which he did nothing to prevent). it always seems it's all about justin (for justin)and poor little megan has to figure things out to take care of herself in a world which was cruel & rejecting of someone
in her circumstances. actually justin's behaviour was so bad that after she finally tells him she was going to marry someone else just to give the baby a name, he says:"i could kill vicious immoral little slut". at this point i wanted to hit him with a very large heavy object.
i,too, also found the 'deus ex machina' divorce solution to her not being
a single mother totally not's historically inaccurate and too contrived to be the answer to the problem. certainly not karen robards best.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tiger Mama on December 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished this book and while it sort of follows the age old romance novel formula (young woman with nothing falls for a rich handsome much older man with a Title, endless discussions go on about what she is wearing, a relationship that should have been decided in about 20 pages stretches out for hundreds of pages, etc.) I find all of the violence a red flag. When the 36 year old married man in this book doesn't like something the 17 year old girl says to him, he hits her (causing the miscarriage of their baby), he rapes her (but supposedly she just loves being raped) he spanks her (yeah big turn on for a 17 year old to be spanked by her foster parent=apparently this author thinks so), he slaps her and he kidnaps her and tells her outright he will keep her as his sex slave until he gets tired of her. This all takes place while he is supposedly in love with her. In the real world, this man would turn out to be a wife beating psychopath. Why do they write a novel like this (geared toward women, and probably young ones at that) telling them that this behavior is OK? Why do they have to be brainwashed into thinking this is a big turn on for at least this 17 year old? Who wrote this book-a woman or a wife beating man who thinks this is what women want and is trying to convince them that this guy isn't really a jerk because he is handsome and rich, so it's OK that he slaps the woman around that he loves. If there wasn't so much detail about every outfit the girl wears, the trademark of most female writers (and very few men) I would bet money that this Misogynistic story was written by an angry man who hates women. I'm sorry-I tried to like it, but all of the hitting and bruising of the 17 year old-even when pregnant with his child (made pregnant while he was married to someone else) was a huge turn off to me. Correct me if I'm wrong-but I am getting really tired of this violence toward women and this rape culture being perpetuated even by women authors.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. H. Casstevens on February 2, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just finished reading Forbidden Love. Couldn't put it down. Justin has been Megan's guardian since she was 5. But he has he has seldom seen her during his guardianship. Now she is grown, and very beautiful, but wild. After she runs away from school again, Justin follows her to his home in Ireland. From the moment he sees her dancing on the table, he is smitten. After he breaks his leg when his horse throws him, Megan spends a lot of time caring for him, and the sparks fly, igniting a fire in Justin that he can't put out. He is a fantastic lover, and she is an eager pupil.
This book has an uncommon twist in that the hero is married, a fact the 17-year old Megan did not know. Otherwise, Justin, at 36, is perhaps somewhat less of a rake than most found in Regency romances, but he has been one and he knows the kind of men who pursue Megan when she makes her social debut in London. He is in pure agony when she persists in seeing the very men he has warned her against. He knows he can't have her, but is insanely jealous, and will allow no one else to touch her, even though he has already ruined her. He is a dead shot with a dueling pistol, and doesn't hesitate to defend her "honor" when she is threatened by one of the men he had forbidden her to associate with.
One can sympathize with both Megan, who is desperate for love and for a family, and Justin, whose wife doesn't even live with him. He hates himself for what he did to Megan, but he simply can't stay away from his beautiful young girl, and is miserable away from her. Everything works out in the end (as is possible only in a novel). Great book!
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