Book Review: A Forbidden Temptation by Anne Mather


Title: A Forbidden Temptation

Author: Anne Mather

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 192

Publication: February 26th 2016

Synopsis: An unwanted desire…

With the death of his wife still raw, Jack Connolly’s mood is dark and dangerous. He’s not looking for a woman, until he meets buttoned-up but beautiful Grace Spencer, who stirs his senses back to life. Yet Jack cannot act on his feelings, as Grace belongs to another!

An impossible affair…

Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows crossing the line with Jack would risk everything she holds dear. Beneath the hunger she sees in Jack’s eyes is the promise of something more…but is it enough for her to surrender to a taste of the forbidden?

Disclaimer: An arc was given to me on netgalley in exchange for an honest review

My rating: DNF 20%

Why I didn’t keep going…

What? WHAT. WHAT ON EARTH WAS THIS BOOK? It was literally like picking up a random supernatural fantasy book in a bookstore and reading a chapter in the middle and have the story unroll after that. First of all–and I hate to say this–but it was NOT a Harlequin Presents novel. Maybe it was a Harlequin supernatural romance and it was categorized wrong when publication /printing happened but it was soooooooooooooooooooooo not Harlequin Presents. A typical Harlequin Presents novel has drama, a brooding billionaire, a hot sassy female, and the indescribable passion between them.

This whole book was just weird. Jack can speak and see his dead wife, Lisa. I understand that this might be intriguing to some readers but it was unexpected for a reader of Harlequin Presents because it was simply random. Everything about this book was random from where I left off. It felt like I was falling into Alice’s hole, into a different world, far, far, away.  And did Anne really expect me to love the relationship between Jack and Grace after Jack can see his dead wife? No. Just no to everything.

This book did no favours to Harlequin in proving that romance novels can be smart.

Skip it. Or pick up a copy and chuck it out the window to save someone from this eyesore.


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