Title: Forbidden
Author:Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher:NineStar Press
Release Date: November 30th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Reviewed by:Ele
Heat Level: 4.5flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

When things are forbidden, you merely want them more…

Vice-president David should have had it all–nice cars, the most expensive restaurants and the finest clothes. But he hides a secret from all his colleagues–he’s gay. He’s too scared to come out at work so he spends his evenings cruising for company and frequenting strip clubs. In one such place, he meets pole dancer Jeremy, a young man with problems of his own. Jeremy’s controlled by his boss Donny and soon David’s interest starts to spell danger for them both…

Hop on the crazy train, everyone!


What is it about the Scarlet Blackwell madness, that lures me in every time? It’s insanity, the plot is all over the place and there are the biggest WTF scenes ever. But when a new book comes out, I’m adding it so fast I’m close to spraining my finger. Could be the great chemistry, or the scortching hot sex. Or the rollercoaster that never stops.

I’m afraid Forbidden was not among my favorite rollercoasters.

So what we have here is a closeted businessman, David, and Jeremy, a rent-boy-dancer-waiter-vallet (what, can’t a person hold 4 different jobs? Just roll with it)d.

David frequents the club where Jeremy works, and is infatuated by him. They, also, keep bumping into each other in all these places where Jeremy works (what, you don’t believe in 4823… coincidences? I said roll with it.)

And then they take part in a club orgy. No wait, it’s not how it starts. At first, it was just Jeremy and David on stage, and then it turned into an orgy. So, I rolled with it. After I got over the initial shock of seeing every patron in the club just hopping on stage to have a small taste.

Yeah, if you have a voyeuristic or exhibisionistic streak, you ‘ll clap excitedly during almost all sex scenes.

The villain of this story is Jeremy’s pimp and owner of the club, Donny. He’s also kind of obsessed with Jeremy and goes to extremes to make sure he stays away from David. Like um…

abduct David and try to kill him


At some point and in the middle of another orgy all of a sudden, the plot turns suspensful and there’s a little bit of action thrown in.

So, I was minding my own business, rolling with it, until the end.

What the hell happened with David’s boss? Did he set him up with Donny? WHY? What happened? And he keeps working for him? And we ‘ll never learn WHY?

In all seriousness now, there just wasn’t enough page time for Jeremy and David. The time they actually spent together, it was just to have sex, and nothing more. It didn’t even justify Donny being so jealous over their little “romance”, and I certainly didn’t buy the “I love yous”. And the WTF ending was just the cherry on top.

But there is a very nice epilogue!

If you ‘re a fan of the author, I suggest that you give Forbidden a shot. If you ‘re not…I don’t know what to tell you. All I know is that when Scarlet Blackwell writes, I read.

You just have to learn to roll with it.

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Galley copy of Forbidden provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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