There's so much to recommend this sweet yet erotic romance. What I don't understand is why so many romance authors ruin it with ridiculous details. And I knew this would be an issue on page 3 of this book when the heroine compares the wealthy rake's upper body to the chests she's seen "at a distance" that belong to the estate workers and calls the workers' bodies "soft."
Men who do physically labor are NOT soft. The statement is blatantly ridiculous. But I gritted my teeth and tried to ignore it.
But of course there's only so many things you can say about the sex act and it is admittedly difficult to make these scenes feel fresh and original, but when the hero indulges in oral sex and the author repeatedly emphasizes the heroine's reaction to his "rough tongue" I have to roll my eyes. What is he? A cat? This flirts with purple prose, and for me, knocks me out of the waking fantasy.
So in the end, if you like sweet historical romances, which in spite of the erotic scenes (some of which are nicely done) and you can ignore the ridiculous moments, this is a worthwhile read.
"Everything Forbidden" is centered around Lord Ethan Rothschild, Miranda Albright, and the tangled web they weaved. Oh, and sex. Lots of sinfully delectable sex.
But more than the sex scenes, Jess Michaels' Everything Forbidden is a story about a woman trying desperately to save her family from ruins, and about a man who ends up being "saved" by her love as well.
Ethan Rothschild is a cad, and while he's honest about it, he's still a cad. Miranda knows this, and despite this knowledge (or because of it?), enters into an agreement with him that has him sponsoring her three younger sisters for their Season in exchange for 12 days of sensual "ownership" by Ethan.
Secret trysts and forbidden knowledge aside, Miranda is also falling in love with Lord Rothschild--a terrible fate as he has vowed never to marry nor love her. How can this possibly end well? Trust me, it does.
Overall, Everything Forbidden is well written, and steamy without being raunchy (oh, that mirror scene in his chambers--wow!). The portrayal of the main characters struggle with their decision to enter into an agreement that could spell ruin for them all (in one way or another) made their HEA one that was well deserved.
I am eager to get my greedy little hands on the rest of Ms. Michaels' series, and would recommend Everything Forbidden to anyone who loves historical erotica or Charlotte Featherstone's Addicted.
I'm supposed to be cleaning the house, grocery shopping, washing clothes, getting ready for New Years Eve. Instead, my ass is numb from sitting on the couch reading this entire book in one sitting. I don't think I have to tell you I really liked this book!