Forbidden [NOOK Book]


Zo? Martin finds the perfect summer job, helping millionaire oil magnet Holt Hamilton compile the biography of his recently-deceased wife.

The setting is perfect, a luxurious ranch in far West Texas.

Too soon, the mystery and intrigue that surround this isolated utopia begin to unravel. Zo? is caught in...
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Zoë Martin finds the perfect summer job, helping millionaire oil magnet Holt Hamilton compile the biography of his recently-deceased wife.

The setting is perfect, a luxurious ranch in far West Texas.

Too soon, the mystery and intrigue that surround this isolated utopia begin to unravel. Zoë is caught in a web of deceit and lies and falling in love with the one man in the world that she has no right to claim.

Can she find her way through the maze of secrets and taboos that haunt this forbidden place or has fate conspired with circumstance to ensnare her in a net of cunning and deceit?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016137636
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 541 KB

Meet the Author

Barri Bryan is the pen name for Billie Houston. I acquired a pseudonym at the behest of my adult children when they discovered a steamy excerpt from one of my romances at the web site of a publisher.
I am a former teacher and educator. I like poetry, George Strait's music, old movies and Earl Grey tea. My hobbies are reading, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, taking long walks, and growing houseplants and herbs.

I'm a four-time EPPIE winner and a published author with over twenty novels, four books of poetry, numerous essays, several short stories, and one non-fiction how-to-write-book to my credit. I have been writing since 1990. My first romance was published in 1998. I write the kind of books I enjoy reading --- romantic tales about relationships; stories that explore feelings and probe emotions. The plots revolve around ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances and faced with difficult decisions.
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  • Posted January 23, 2013

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    Bryan pens a taunt, emotional romance with "Forbidden."

    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. 

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