Review- Forbidden by Jess Michaels

Title:  Forbidden (The Wicked Woodleys book#1)


Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Author: Jess Michaels

Publisher: The Passionate Pen, Aug. 2015

Pages: 250

Source: Purchase for Kindle, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

Jude Samson has worked for the Woodley family for such a long time that he is seen as a brother. But he has very unbrotherly feelings toward the youngest of the clan, Lady Audrey. When they find themselves off at the family’s country estate, long simmering desires will come to the forefront and Jude won’t be able to stop himself from taking that one, oh-so-forbidden taste. After seeing what it has done to her family, Audrey is afraid of passion. But the moment Jude touches her, fear is washed away by intense and powerful lust. Only Jude has a secret that could destroy everything that is beginning to develop between them. And when it comes out, it will change everything.


I do like the way Jess Michaels writes.  Her Hero and Heroine are very realistic.  They have much to recommend them but they also have some serious flaws.  Jude’s flaw was to be too hard on himself.  For years he has carried around guilt that affects all his interactions with his best friends and employers the Woodley family. Audrey Woodley’s flaw is to be too impulsive wherein she imperils her own well being/life and that of those around her.  But all flaws aside these two characters have a lust filled, sizzling attraction to each other that they feel unable to deny. The attraction is not new, it has been simmering for seven years and only now boils over.

This is the first book in the Wicked Woodleys Series and Each of the three brother Woodleys are introduced, Edward first born, Evan, And Gabriel whose twin Claire has gone missing for three years since she ran off with a nefarious rogue. Audrey is the youngest Woodley and Jude Samson is the family business manager/steward.

I enjoyed this easy, steamy read and Highly recommend it to all Historical Romance readers.  I have already pre-ordered book #4 Ruined coming in April.  I also intend to read the others before that one comes out.  I just love it when I don’t have to wait for the next book in a series.

The Wicked Woodleys Series:

  1. Forbidden (Audrey’s story)
  2. Deceived (Evan’s Story)
  3. Tempted  (Gabriel’s story)
  4. Ruined (Claire’s story) coming March 8, 2016




Filed under Book review, Books, Books Historical Romance

2 responses to “Review- Forbidden by Jess Michaels

  1. Dot, I haven’t read any of Jess Michaels’s books yet but I do have three books in her “The Pleasure Wars” series.

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    • I have not read that series but I have read a few in the Notorious Flynn series and One in the Mistress Matchmaker series. I really like the way Jess Michael’s writes. Her prose and plot are unique and her erotic scenes are sizzling hot. I look forward to reading more of her books.

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