Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother by Lauren Smith
Overview by Amazon:
He’s her first. He’s her everything. He’s her . . . stepbrother.
Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she’s a nineteen-year-old virgin who’s never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.
Then she sees him walk in. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he’s imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . . .
You know that you really love and trust an author when you take a huge leap of faith because of them. I have seen the whole step/brother/father/sister genre out there and have really, really not had an interest. Then Lauren Smith emails me with the news that she has written a new contemporary series featuring a sexy Brit stepbrother book and was I interested?
Lauren Smith has introduced me to the wonderful world of gothic novels. I have read her historical romance books, her vampire menege book and her BDSM series, the Surrender series, so I figured if I was going to try this genre, who better to start with than Lauren?
AND….once again I was not let down. This book had me panting! While Kat is very young, she quickly blossoms under Tristan’s tutelage. Here I thought people went to Cambridge to study dull subjects!
Lauren hasn’t just made Tristan a stepbrother. She has made him British, sexy, kinky, rich and a member of the aristocracy! I honestly can’t imagine a better combination! I could totally relate to why Kat felt overwhelmed by Tristan’s attention!
Of course Kat and Tristan meet without knowledge that they are to become family – that would be really weird. It’s a twist of fate that the step brother element happens. But before that bomb drops, the book spends time developing their relationship and setting the boundaries.
Kat isn’t like typically YA characters like Bella from Twilight. While she is young and naïve, she doesn’t give into Tristan and lose herself. She challenges him, questions things and makes decisions that are in her best interest. I really respected the character for making hard choices that I am not sure I would be able to make if I was in her shoes. Of course, this is evidence of the excellent writing skills of Lauren Smith that she can create such delicious conflict. It made me want to keep reading and I literally exhaled with frustration when I realized the story was at an end! I wanted more! I wanted to know what happens next! It’s not a terrible cliffhanger to end on, but a realistic one. I have to give Lauren credit as she gives a taste of what is to come in the next book, Seduction.
So if you have been skeptical of the step-relation genre like I was, I highly recommend that you try out this book! I was more than pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book! The content was great and like always the writing transports you to another place!