Forbidden Pleasure

Author: Lora Leigh

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Release Date: May 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: Print

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John 'Mac' McCoy is a former Trojan and member of The Club; a specialty club that that caters to men with specific wants and desires.  In the past, Mac and his best friend Jethro experienced everything the secret club had to offer, even the risqu' sharing of their women.  After meeting and falling in love with one special lady, Keiley Hardin, Mac resigned his membership with the idea that his intrinsic sexual tendencies and cravings will stay on the back burner.  Three years later, Mac knows he was only fooling himself.  No longer able to keep his wants at bay, Mac realizes that his sexual needs have started working their way into his psyche and his marriage. 

Keiley Hardin McCoy loves her husband Mac with her whole heart and soul.  It's not surprising that she has heard the rumors surrounding her husband and his best friend, Jethro Riggs.  However, Keiley has a secret of her own.  Buried inside of her, and now making itself known, is a sensual curiosity that wants to know and experience the type of relationship that has, up until now, only been speculation.

Jethro Riggs brings new meaning to the title of "bad boy".  He loves women and they love him - at least in a physical sense.  Life has taught Jethro the hard lesson that loving someone will only lead to loss, and for this reason he avoids any emotional ties until one phone call from Mac turns his world and emotions upside down.  When Mac states his request, Jethro can't suppress his raging desire.  With one kiss from Keiley McCoy, too late, Jethro recognizes his error.  Though his position is only temporary, he realizes that if there is one woman who could touch his heart, it's the wife of his best friend.

When a sinister presence sets his sights on Keiley, the two men vow to keep her safe at all costs.  While racing to identify Keiley's stalker, the three explore their sensual cravings causing passions to explode and lives to alter.  But can such a relationship survive when the smoke clears?  Or will one remain on the outside, always craving what he never knew he wanted?

Before reading FORBIDDEN PLEASURE, I never attributed the adjective "sexy" to the name Jethro.  Now, however, I'll be unable to say the name without thinking of sensual blue eyes, a strong body, and a naughty smile.  Jethro Riggs was sin personified and I loved watching his emerging feelings for Keiley, who turned out to be one lucky woman.  Her unconditional devotion to Mac was readily apparent and it was not compromised with her rising attraction to Jethro; rather, it was made stronger and more intense.  I felt the genuineness of Mac's anguish at the effects his sexual needs could have on his relationship with Keiley.  While he desired nothing but his wife's pleasure, I could feel his turmoil over wanting to make Jethro a part of his and Keiley's marriage bed.  

Highly intense, poignantly emotional, and wonderfully delicious, FORBIDDEN PLEASURE was a truly decadent read.  As with all Lora Leigh novels, I read this cover to cover in one sitting.  There is nothing more forbidden than a Trojan, and I can't help but adore them.    

FORBIDDEN PLEASURE, the eighth installment of Ms. Leigh's Bound Hearts series, releases in June from St. Martin's Griffin.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Natasha Smith

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