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Posted January 23, 2013
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Bryan pens a taunt, emotional romance with "Forbidden." Set in 1980, Zoë Adair goes to work for a Texas oilman, Holt Hamilton as a biographer for his late wife, actress, Sarah Clarke. Soon, Zoë is plunged into a world of lies of deception. Can she determine what is forbidden and what is not?
Clint McCann is Holt's son, due to inherit his old father's riches. Holt throws a wrench in the plans when he blackmails Zoë into marrying him. Holt wants to make amends to Zoë, but does he? Zoë's only friend in the house is Maggie, Clint's sister, but one ally is not enough in a ranch full of vipers. Complicating matters is the attraction Zoë and Clint share. Can true love grow in a house full of secrets?
Bryan's writing style is easy to read. She uses a good economy of words to paint Zoe's world in vivid brushstrokes. The characters are interesting. Clint hasn't had it easy growing up, making him appear gruff and a bit jaded. Can love soften his heart? Zoë's seen a lot of hardship and faces more. Her courage and bravery shine.
The best part of the story was the twists and turns the plot took. Forbidden will keep the reader on the edge of their seat, flipping the pages, anxious to know what will happen next.
There were an abundance of punctuation errors throughout the story, missing quotations, capitalization, and lack of periods, however, this did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.
The novel has several love scenes that capture the intensity felt between Clint and Zoë. Overall, "Forbidden" will take the reader on an emotional journey of the heart.