Overall Rating: # Stars
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he’ll barely even speak to me.
But he still won’t leave me alone.
We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.
But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way in hell I’ll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back.
I’m not going to let him bully me anymore.
***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations.
Ok, so, maybe this was my fault. I shouldn’t have read this book in the first place and I probably should have just DNF’d it.
Forbidden Romances are one of my all-time favorite tropes. I don’t know what the “official” definition of a Forbidden Romance is (or if there even is one – I’m too lazy to look it up), but I consider any book in which the main character’s love interest is someone that he or she should not be involved with for any given reason.
The books I’m listing below are a few of my favorites in this category. They’re filled with the longing, intensity, and excitement you’d expect from forbidden love stories.
The genres run the gamut: contemporary romance, fantasy, dark romance, paranormal romance… everything from age gaps to body guards to dueling mystical creatures to supernatural interspecies to teachers and students to religion … it’s quite the mix!
So, without further ado…
My All Time Favorite Forbidden Romance Stories
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I’ve seen these questions asked many times in the book blogging community:
What do you hate in romance novels?
What tropes can’t you stand?
What are your romance novel pet peeves?
I used to have several definitive answers to this question, but slowly, as I’ve read more and more romance novels, I’ve come across so many books that have proven me so very, very wrong.
Now, whenever this question comes up, I struggle.
I struggle because even though there are many books that get these things wrong, there are still those few who get them right and part of me feels like I’d be betraying those great books if I listed those pet peeves. I know, it’s silly, but for those of you who view reading books as time spent with close friends will understand where I’m coming from.
And even if I haven’t come across a book that defies me yet, I know that one may exist – I just haven’t read it yet.
Honestly, I think this mindset could go for any genre of books. I mean, if the story is good enough? The things you think you hate can easily turn into the things you love … if done right.
Here is a list of my romance novel pet peeves… and the books that proved me wrong:
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Does anyone else get super tired when it rains?
My reading chair is right next to a window and I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open!
So, before I fall asleep, let’s see what books I hauled this month.
Here are the books I hauled this month
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Penelope Douglas
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.
I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father.
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
I am living proof that book reviews have a huge impact on purchases.
I have a Summer resolution and that is to go to the beach more. I’m literally minutes away from the beach and around only an hour away from one of the best beaches in the US and I’ve gone maybe 3 times last year.
It’s very sad.
This weekend I’ve vowed to take a family trip to the beach.
The beach is a great place to get in some reading! So, I’m going to share with you the books I’m planning to read this month and talk about the books I read last month.
I read a total of 11 books and re-read 3 in April.
First of all, happy release day to Sarah J Maas! A Court of Frost and Starlight is out and I couldn’t be more excited!
May is sure to be an exciting month with the release of Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Trisha Wolfe’s Broken Bonds series on audio.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re talking about favorite reads from April, so let’s get on that.
I read a total of 12 books this month and 5 of them are new favorites.