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The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2015
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What an emotional journey! Elle Wright's debut release, The Forbidden Man, will hit the right chord for romance readers. From the first few pages, drama unfolds and maintains a steady pace that keeps any sagging bits out of sight. The launch of this new series - Edge of Scandal - starts with a strong, compelling introduction of family and friends. Through Wright's craft, we see the characters at their best and at their worst. As a result, tension and conflict intertwine to test the boundaries and stamina of the hero and heroine, providing us with rich content to devour. So now that Wright has us hooked, we eagerly await the next installment, His All Night.―USA Today
"Scandal never read so good! Elle Wright wraps passion, desire and taboo into a delicious read."―Cheris Hodges
--- Lutishia Lovely, National bestselling authors
"This gripping debut is packed with drama and a love triangle that will certainly tug at the old heartstrings. Ms. Wright's entry into the world of romance is a memorable one that I'm sure readers will enjoy from the first page to the last."―J.D. Mason, Bestselling Author of the Beautiful, Dirty, Rich series
About the Author
Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor, Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance. An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).
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The story grips you from the first page as readers develop immediate disdain toward Sydney's fiancé, Den. What could have been a familiar, drama filled story becomes magic in the hands of Wright. She fleshes out each character, gives just enough backstory to understand the choices each person makes, and creates a measure of empathy for everyone's journey. It is fast-paced and will have you wondering where the Morgan is in your life.
This read is highly recommended and I look forward to the sequel.
Sydney has endured a lot in her relationship with Caden, but she still wants to walk down the aisle and become his wife. But there’s only so much a person can take before reaching their breaking point. Sydney’s breaking point comes when she receives a phone from someone detailing their sexual trysts with Sydney’s fiance, Caden. Unable to forgive him for the thousandth time – Sydney calls off the wedding.
Sydney finds comfort in the arms of her good friend, Morgan the one person that knows her and her heart. Even though Morgan has kept his feelings for Sydney a secret for years he finds it hard to suppress them with the given situation. The only problem is Morgan is Caden’s brother. That’s when things get tricky, and they enter the “forbidden” zone. Is Sydney willing to give her heart another chance at love with Morgan? Is loving Sydney worth losing a relationship with his brother?
Elle Wright pulls readers in with this well-written, intoxicating, and engaging read. The sex scenes in The Forbidden Man were realistic, sensual, and steamy. I had to close the book a few times because I felt as though I was spying with my binoculars during their love-making sessions.
For a person that’s not a big fan of Romance reads – The Forbidden Man has found its way on my Best of 2015 list.
Second case in point regarding another shocker just thrown out by this storyteller willy nilly: a sub character, Jared aka Red, the brother of Sydney, had a 6 year old daughter of whom he never knew existed. He was consumed with finding her since the mother had seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. Well again Ms. Wright just threw that important and juicy tidbit in the realm of readerdom shockingly blasé through his then booty call when she was complaining to Sydney about her love life as opposed to Sydney's. Then boom! She says "he's (meaning Red) is on a mission to find his daughter". With my eyes bugging and my mouth agape, I'm like saying what in the hell??!!! Where did this come from????
Therein lies the reason for me looking up the word of conundrum in the dictionary!
This storyline is not a new one on the block - woman (Sydney Williams) in love with man (Caden Smith) who cheated repeatedly but was slick enough to get woman to take him back repeatedly - woman finally reaches her boiling point and gets out of toxic relationship - younger brother ( Morgan Smith), who has loved her from afar for years, finally gets his chance to declare his long held romantic feelings for said object of his desires - they begin a guilt ridden love affair - said guilt resulting because of brotherly bond and cheating brother convinced he can slick his way back into relationship- said cheating behind older brother has accident - cheated on girlfriend's guilt leads her to help in his recuperation by spending nights in his house - fallout with other brother she's having affair with - ensuing drama resulting in separation - separation ending - HEA.
Old storyline but beautifully done and well written. I enjoyed this read and know that Ms. Wright has a very bright future in this writing game. She embroils you immediately into the world of her characters and continues to captivate you with the originality she injects into her unique story telling capabilities. I highly recommend this author to be added to the list of authors to follow. She is going to continue to write stories that will bring many delightful moments to your reading enjoyment. So I guess I can say, despite my initial conundrum, I enjoyed the read to come down on the side of 4.5 stars. Though I enjoyed this story and recognize a great talent in Ms. Wright, I will read reviewer comments to see how this particular series ends, but will definitely be reading more of her future works. Okay, Okay! I know it sounds like a left handed compliment, even to me, but that's my end result after finishing this read.