All the Forbidden Things by Lesley Jones

Posted September 10, 2019 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments


Age-gap, best friend’s little sister, rockstar romance … three delicious tropes in one tantalizing book, and chock-full of drama and heat. All the Forbidden Things by Lesley Jones is live now on Apple, Nook, and Kobo and will be exclusive to Amazon on September 12th.

When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden…

I’ve known him my entire life.
Before marriage.
Before fatherhood.
Before betrayal.
Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good.
Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s my boss.
He has a wife.
Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same.
And I haven’t survived all that I have to not go after what I want.

Her story is a tragedy, mine’s a publicity disaster.

Just when I needed her most, she walked back into my life, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
With a newborn baby, a divorce, an album to record, and a world tour to plan, I don’t need the distraction.
She’s off limits.
She’s my best friend’s little sister.
She’s my nanny.
Billie’s a golden drop of sexy sun on a grey autumn day, tempting me into the light and a life full of possibilities.
A life not meant for us.

This book is all about the melodrama — and believe me, there is plenty of it within these pages. I don’t want to spoil anything, but trust me, it starts pretty much right away and just keeps getting crazier as the story progresses.

All the Forbidden Things is a slow reveal — not really a slow burn, because once the two main characters meet up on the page, things start sizzling almost immediately. But Jones certainly takes her time letting the story — and backstory of each character — unfold. The writing was good, but at times, it felt like the editing could have been tighter to keep things moving along a little more quickly, but if you like having a LOT of backstory told in the meat of the book, than you’ll probably dig the vast material Jones offers her readers.

Romance readers who love a good mash-up of beloved tropes will find at least four (five?) within these pages. First, there’s an age gap — as the hero is more than 15 years older than the heroine. She’s also his best friend’s little sister (trope #2), and she was even the first baby he ever held when she was born. She’s also his nanny (trope #3) as he struggles to raise his baby daughter as a newly single (or about to be single) dad (trope #4). Oh, and did I mention that he’s the lead singer and guitarist of a globally popular rock band? Yep, trope #5 — rockstar romance. Really, Jones is just dishing out these delicious tropes left and right, but she makes the crazy combination work.

If you like your romance slow and melodramatic, heavy on the tropes mentioned above, and plenty steamy, then check out All the Forbidden Things today.

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Lesley was born and raised in a small working-class town in Essex, just outside of East London. She’s married with three sons and in 2006 they all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about fifty kilometres outside of Melbourne, Australia.

Lesley is currently ‘a stay at home mum’, but in the past, she has worked at ‘good old Mark & Spencer’ for thirteen years and as a teacher’s assistant.As well as writing, Lesley loves to read and has been known to get through four or five books a week, when she’s not writing that is.

Her other interests are watching her boys play football… the round ball version. She’s happy to admit to being an addict of social media and owes a lot to her Facebook and Twitter family in promoting her book. Lesley is also rather partial to a glass or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being her favourite.

Being a born and raised Essex girl, she will happily admit being a big fan of spray tans, manis, pedis, and is regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although she doesn’t own a pair of white stilettos.

Sara | Novel Novice
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