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FORBIDDENHe was raised in the gilded lap of luxury: Etienne Martel, the magnificently virile Duc de Vec, notorious rake, expert sportsman --- and the most celebrated lover in all of Paris. But from the moment he saw the incomparable Daisy Black, he knew he would never desire another.FORBIDDEN She was born half a world away: Daisy Black, a proud Montana beauty, exotic and uFORBIDDENHe was raised in the gilded lap of luxury: Etienne Martel, the magnificently virile Duc de Vec, notorious rake, expert sportsman --- and the most celebrated lover in all of Paris. But from the moment he saw the incomparable Daisy Black, he knew he would never desire another.FORBIDDEN She was born half a world away: Daisy Black, a proud Montana beauty, exotic and untamed --- and determined to fight for the rights of women in a land ruled by men. Yet the instant she felt the heat of de Vec's jungle-green gaze, she knew she was lost. Like some haunting promise of paradise he drew her in, fanning the flames of her desire until all she could think of was lying in his arms.FORBIDDEN Now caught up in a dance as old as time, Etienne and Daisy have eyes only for each other. But soon, they'll find their happiness threatened ... by a society rocked by their scandalous love ... by the woman Etienne calls wife....

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  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    2018-11-16 10:29

    ★★★★ 1/2! The Braddock-Black series, book 3 of 5. Continuing the family saga with Hazard’s daughter the fiercely independent Daisy and Etienne Martel, Duc de Vec, playboy extraordinaire!UK EDITION SERIES INFO & REVIEWThe Braddock-Black family saga, started in book 1 with its matriarch Jon Hazard Black; an Absarokee Indian chief, Harvard educated attorney, rich and successful business man, land & mine owner, gorgeous and sexy playboy meeting the beyond rich heiress Blaze Braddock. Together they have amassed fortune and power, equally respected AND hated and so their story continues with the next generation.Susan Johnson aka C.C. Gibbs has different publishers in the US and UK, hence the different titles and covers.These are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:Book 1: (Year 1865)Blaze (US) / Burning Touch (UK)Book 2: (Year 1889)Silver Flame (US) / A Seductive Flame (UK)Book 3: (Year 1891)Forbidden (US) / Forbidden Pleasure (UK)Book 4: (Year 1896)Brazen (US) / Rapture (UK)Book 5: (Year 1888)Force of Nature (US only)Etienne Martel, Duc de Vec: French/39 years/lord-blue blood-attorney-playboy/$$$/married/black hair/green eyes.We first met Etienne Martel, Duc de Vec in Silver Flame (book 2). He is the most celebrated lover in all of Paris; A rich and successful attorney and beyond handsome, playboy (man whore). Plus he is very much married, though a marriage of convenience.Daisy Black: Absarokee Indian/29 years/attorney/$$$$/black hair/black eyes.Successful attorney Daisy Black is Jon Hazard Black’s illegitimate daughter (book 1) and Trey’s (book 2) older half-sister. She is smart, strong, fiercely independent and sexually liberated. She has travelled to Paris to represent Trey and Empress’ family legacy. “You Mademoiselle are hardly in a position to remonstrate. The entire world has no doubt been at your feet from the cradle.”“Would you care to join them?” She was teasing but testing her powers too in a feminine display of vanity.”She encounters the enigmatic and charming Etienne, Duc de Vec and they have lust at first sight. Scorching sex (including sex toys) embarks them on a journey leading to a deep and profound love. “She was too perfect he thought, as she stood provocatively nude before him, too exotic, too tempting, too assured of her extravagant beauty. “Perhaps some other time,” his gaze having shuttered slightly, the familiar sardonic half-lidded gaze of the Duc de Vec once again regarding her…”But it’s year 1891 and Etienne has a vindictive wife who is not prepared to give up her social; status. Money, power, status and much more are at stake. Strap on your seatbelt this is one roller-coaster ride you wouldn’t want to miss!Another note-worthy and for my utterly charming characteristics about Etienne is his use of Majestic Plural (Royal we):“Well, thank you, ma’am,” he said still breathing hard, his heated body sleek with sweat, his smile angelic. “We … try.”Unforgettable characters! Mind-blowing sex! Captivating storytelling. Susan Johnson at her best!***Hero rating: 5 stars Heroine rating: 4 starsSex scenes rating: 5 starsSex scenes frequency: 4.5 starsStoryline concept rating: 4 starsStorytelling skills rating: 5 starsStory ending rating: 5 stars******************************Overall rating: 4.5 starsWould I recommend this series: Yes.Would I re-read this series: Yes.Would I read future books by this author: Yes.Be sure to join CCGibbsFANS here on GR for the latest news:https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...(Public group for members 18 years and older)

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    2018-10-31 07:28

    eBook LIVE: http://goo.gl/G4S9Qh One of the best HR series out there!★★★★ 1/2! The Braddock-Black series, book 3 of 5. Continuing the family saga with Hazard’s daughter the fiercely independent Daisy and Etienne Martel, Duc de Vec, playboy extraordinaire!US EDITION SERIES INFO & REVIEWThe Braddock-Black family saga, started in book 1 with its matriarch Jon Hazard Black; an Absarokee Indian chief, Harvard educated attorney, rich and successful business man, land & mine owner, gorgeous and sexy playboy meeting the beyond rich heiress Blaze Braddock. Together they have amassed fortune and power, equally respected AND hated and so their story continues with the next generation.Susan Johnson aka C.C. Gibbs has different publishers in the US and UK, hence the different titles and covers.These are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:Book 1: (Year 1865)Blaze (US) / Burning Touch (UK)Book 2: (Year 1889)Silver Flame (US) / A Seductive Flame (UK)Book 3: (Year 1891)Forbidden (US) / Forbidden Pleasure (UK)Book 4: (Year 1896)Brazen (US) / Rapture (UK)Book 5: (Year 1888)Force of Nature (US only)Etienne Martel, Duc de Vec: French/39 years/lord-blue blood-attorney-playboy/$$$/married/black hair/green eyes.We first met Etienne Martel, Duc de Vec in Silver Flame (book 2). He is the most celebrated lover in all of Paris; A rich and successful attorney and beyond handsome, playboy (man whore). Plus he is very much married, though a marriage of convenience.Daisy Black: Absarokee Indian/29 years/attorney/$$$$/black hair/black eyes.Successful attorney Daisy Black is Jon Hazard Black’s illegitimate daughter (book 1) and Trey’s (book 2) older half-sister. She is smart, strong, fiercely independent and sexually liberated. She has travelled to Paris to represent Trey and Empress’ family legacy. “You Mademoiselle are hardly in a position to remonstrate. The entire world has no doubt been at your feet from the cradle.”“Would you care to join them?” She was teasing but testing her powers too in a feminine display of vanity.”She encounters the enigmatic and charming Etienne, Duc de Vec and they have lust at first sight. Scorching sex (including sex toys) embarks them on a journey leading to a deep and profound love. “She was too perfect he thought, as she stood provocatively nude before him, too exotic, too tempting, too assured of her extravagant beauty. “Perhaps some other time,” his gaze having shuttered slightly, the familiar sardonic half-lidded gaze of the Duc de Vec once again regarding her…”But it’s year 1891 and Etienne has a vindictive wife who is not prepared to give up her social; status. Money, power, status and much more are at stake. Strap on your seatbelt this is one roller-coaster ride you wouldn’t want to miss!Another note-worthy and for my utterly charming characteristics about Etienne is his use of Majestic Plural (Royal we):“Well, thank you, ma’am,” he said still breathing hard, his heated body sleek with sweat, his smile angelic. “We … try.”Unforgettable characters! Mind-blowing sex! Captivating storytelling. Susan Johnson at her best!***Hero rating: 5 stars Heroine rating: 4 starsSex scenes rating: 5 starsSex scenes frequency: 4.5 starsStoryline concept rating: 4 starsStorytelling skills rating: 5 starsStory ending rating: 5 stars******************************Overall rating: 4.5 starsWould I recommend this series: Yes.Would I re-read this series: Yes.Would I read future books by this author: Yes.Be sure to join CCGibbsFANS here on GR for the latest news:https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...(Public group for members 18 years and older)eBook LIVE: http://goo.gl/G4S9Qh One of the best HR series out there!

  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl
    2018-10-30 09:27

    This had the advantage of being different. Sadly, that's the only advantage. If you're in need of an adjective CC has a few to spare. I've wanted to read this book for ages. It's an A read on AAR, but under the author's American (publishing market) name Susan Johnson and with the title Forbidden. For some reason she's CC Gibbs on the Blighty Kindle and the book is Forbidden Pleasures. And I was so happy that, in fact, I could get this book on Kindle because: Native American lady lawyer, Daisy, meets late 19th century French Duc for erotic romance fun. On paper: interesting and different. And that AAR review is glowing.So, perhaps this was a case of elevated expectations. This was just: a whole load of no.It doesn't start off badly. The Duc's character is pretty clearly and explicitly set out, as is Daisy's. They clash when they first meet and I expected a dance towards a relationship, particularly, when we discover that the Duc is already married. Some things bugged (the language is old fashioned, that is to say: you can tell this is a 1990s romance, the Duc has a "carnal paroxysm" before "pouring into he the moist interior of the voluptuous woman") but there was definite potential there.And then, by 20% the're together andthey're in love and Meant To Be Together Forever and it all goes so very, very wrong. And, all the things that bugged came roaring to the fore because there was nothing about the book to distract from them. First amongst them: the writing. "His broad shoulders swayed with the racing speed, but he held her firm prisoner of his passion and need, filling her entirely, the undulating motion of the speeding carriage creating a dizzyingly pleasurable friction. "She nodded, a shiver of uncontrollable desire vibrating through her body as he touched his fingertip to his mouth, licking away a drop of her essence.""The Duc felt an answering rush of pleasure course through his senses. She was, he thought, a woman of captivatingly varied parts: more natural than a country lass; as sophisticated as a queen; immodestly capable of holding her own in a man's profession; as beautiful as the most treasured sunrise from his childhood - and seductive... as orchids drenched with jungle rain seduced the eye and lured one's sensibilities." Do you hear that? Listen closely now. No? That's because I'm silently screaming. This woman doesn't exist, first of all. But second of all: seductive as orchids drenched with jungle rain. Like: what. Really, what? Do they seduce the eye? I mean, I've seen them in Sainsburys after they've given them a watering and I've got to say: not seductive. But then that wasn't 'jungle rain', so perhaps that's the difference. That ellipsis, incidentally, isn't me omitting text: that's the Duc taking a moment, thinking and then coming up with that description. So in addition to making me think Daisy is an insufferable paragon of perfection, this paragraph also makes me think the Duc is an idiot. Look, I could go on and on with these examples and rant and rant, but we'll move on.The characters. They lose all of their edges. In Daisy's case she almost literally does, Gibbs actually says it, "'Yours,' Daisy whispered on a small caught breath, giving up the very core of her independent, soul without through or regret." Well, there was regret this side of the Kindle, Daisy, let me tell you. In this context the references back to Daisy's Native American heritage felt rather, exploitative, I suppose. Sort of shoehorned in as a way to assert that she's different and interesting but without any organic integration of those parts of her heritage and without them really impacting her actual actions. The Duc goes overnight from unrepentant rake, bored by woman, to loved up paragon of virtue comparing Daisy's seductiveness to wet plants. It is extremely boring to read all about a couple in love when the external factors damaging their relationship aren't engaging. And here they were bloody dull. I'm as much of a historian as the next person with a history degree, but the hierarchical, Christian nature of the French judiciary in the late 19th century and the difficulty therefore of obtaining a divorce is the very definition of dull. To compound matters, the force exploiting those difficulties, the Duc's wife, is horribly characterized as a villainess woman without any nuance and constantly set against the heroine's perfect womanhood. So this 'conflict' is not only dull, it's irritating. What you're left with is two perfect people, who both lose their interesting characteristics when they fall for one another, having luxurious meals, in idyllic houses on the Seine, drinking fabulous wine and bathing in glowing sunlight amidst soft fields of glistening green grass before having amazing euphemism, adjective-filled sex and then moaning periodically about how they can't be together. And then they do the same thing over again. But perhaps in a different idyllic house. Suffice to say, it doesn't work. And I couldn't stick it out. DNF at 60% (in my defence, the book is loooong). Perhaps it picks up at the end but I'd lost all interest in the characters. And I'd just have been hate reading to guffaw at some of the excessive language on display. If you like old fashioned romance writing, you might enjoy this. For everyone else: step away from the book.

  • Oleta Blaylock
    2018-10-24 04:50

    I read this book some years ago and decided I needed to read it again. Ms Johnson has a style of writing that sometimes make you want to smack her characters just to knock some sense into them. This book is no different. While I know that the aristocracy of Europe often married for alliances instead of love it is sad that so many were probably very miserable. My one real problem with this book is that Etienne was worldly enough to know that if he really wanted a divorce from his wife he would need some leverage. This book like all the others I have read by Ms. Johnson is lavish in its descriptions and lush in its love scenes. The dialogue can be a little abrupt at times but the main characters do love each other and come to enjoy that love. If you like you historical romance with a little more spice than normal you will probably enjoy this book.

  • Rebecca Huston
    2018-11-13 07:49

    One of Susan Johnson's better books before she went overboard on the smut. Not for sensitive readers, nor for the young. You've been warned.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-16 11:23

    Good Book. Kinda dragged along towards the end. And then there really wasnt an "ending".

  • PurplyCookie
    2018-11-08 04:37

    Daisy and Etienne are an improbable couple--their lives, characters, heritage, upbringing, views--none seem to match. And yet Johnson makes the love affair between them convincing and sizzling. Her intelligent reparté and delicious tension are certainly at their strongest in this novel, and the few weaknesses in her other books are all but invisible here. The heroine has as a truly believable depth, and while she eventually (of course) capitulates to Etienne, she says more than "No" and "I really shouldn't" to stave them off. Etienne actually agrees to discuss the realities of their relationship several times, instead of brushing off difficulties as Johnson's other male characters have a tendency to do.That said, the plot is also much more believable than usual, but the reality and history do not intrude on the escapist nature of the book. Johnson also manages to find a rare balance between erotic and tender.Book Details: Title Forbidden (The Braddock-Black Series)Author ForbiddenReviewed By Purplycookie

  • Bridget
    2018-10-21 03:48

    11/14/13 Reading for the second time, I still loved it. So far, the Braddock-Black series has not disappointed. This is the third and I didn't expect it to be so well written.9/24/12 Although I didn't expect to like this book, much less love it, I was haunted for several days with the depth of the love between Daisy and Etienne. Some books convey love in such palpable and intense emotions that it leaves the reader breathless. In the best tradition of a "romance" book, this one raises the level to intelligent and thoughtful rather than the typical "bodice ripper" story that the genre sometimes falls to. Unpredictably complicated and thoroughly enjoyable. I will be reading more of Susan Johnson as soon as I can.

  • Anita Abigail
    2018-11-14 07:29

    I guess I am being bias... I just finish outlaw and silver flame and see a repeating storyline...Quick affair - after a second thought we want more - separation - reunion - everything magically resolved - happy ending. It was a good book in itself, and I am being unfair. The storyline is good! Why mess with perfection right? Right?... But I just cannot give 5 stars...sorry

  • Erin
    2018-11-06 08:37

    Absolutely, hands-down one of her best written books. It's love, lust, fantasy, sensual characters with a true story line, not just right to the bedroom which has come to be with her latter written books. I wish Ms. Johnson would go back to her roots and write more books like this and the whole Braddock-Black series. They are masterpieces for the romantics!

  • Jen
    2018-11-08 09:51

    A really enjoyable read with a very different setting/perspective from the usual historicals I tend to favor. Part of me wishes I'd started with the first book because a lot of the inter-familiar relationships went over my head.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-17 09:52

    An amazing love story with quite a twist at the end. I was left wanting to know more about the characters.

  • Dinjolina
    2018-10-31 04:43

    A real keeper!

  • penelopewanders
    2018-11-03 04:27

    Well, I hadn't read one of these in a long time. It's ok, if you can get beyond the love at first sight and decision to change a whole life-time of habits within a week... Not a keeper for me.

  • Mitzi
    2018-11-15 11:22

    Book 2 in Braddock series. Great.

  • Danette Steward
    2018-10-29 08:25

    Typical Johnson smut....enjoyed it.

  • April Brookshire
    2018-10-28 03:28

    The cover makes me feel like I'm not wearing my contacts. Refreshing different story about a female Native American lawyer named Daisy Black who falls in love with a married French duke by the name of Etienne Martel. Having lived in a loveless marriage for the past 20 years, the hero falls in love with the heroine and is determined to hold on to the only woman he's ever loved. The biggest obstacle in their happiness is his married state and determined ex-wife. So well written! Not particularly exciting plot-wise or villain-wise (although the angry pervert Isabelle is entertaining). I would have liked less reminders throughout the book of what a man-whore the hero was in the past. Daisy came off as kind of uptight at first and I was glad that she opened up and revealed her real personality to the hero once they became intimate.Most of all, the story is so well-written and it's obvious the author did her research (hence the mile long of footnotes at the end).

  • Eli
    2018-11-13 06:36

    Прочетох книгата трудно. Защо казвам това? Защото на няколко пъти исках да се откажа от нея, но все пак я прочетох. За мен, този роман е скучен. Няма никакво действие в него, никаква интрига. В повечето страници перобладават описанията на сексуалните им преживявания. Общо - взето, по -голямата част от книгата заемат именно тези им моменти. Ами, това е книгата. Съжалявам, но не ми хареса!

  • Dawn ♥ romance
    2018-10-29 09:45

    Very steamy story set in 1891 was rich in historical detail most of which I skimmed. I would have enjoyed book more paired down to half the size with just the passionate romance. Parisian playboy Etienne, Duc de Vec, falls for Montana attorney Daisy but his wife stands in the way.

  • Chun Yee
    2018-11-04 08:46

    He was a grandfather. /shakes head/

  • Emma
    2018-11-11 04:35

    Very predictable and not a lot of sex for a book that is classed as 'erotica'. An easy read when you need something that doesn't engage your brain too much.

  • Angel
    2018-10-26 10:47

    Not as good as the first 2 books. But it was still a good read. I also enjoyed reading about Trey and Hazard.

  • Mancho283
    2018-11-14 04:24

    3.5

  • Anita Wills
    2018-10-29 06:28

    It's been a long time since I've read a smutty romance. If you like the genre, it might be a 3/4.

  • Rally
    2018-10-26 08:49

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