Note: This review is for the individual story. However, the four books have been joined into a box set – Forbidden Desires: The Complete Series.
She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.
A lonely librarian desperate to experience the kind of passion she’s only read about in her favorite literary classics.
One handsome stranger with a tragic past.
A chance meeting that will change their course of their lives forever. . .
Point of view:
1st person. Multiple POVs. Alternating perspectives by chapter.
This first book ends in a cliffhanger. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. Gavin is a jerk, plain and simple. He has his reasons and since it’s alternating POV, we get insight into that so it’s somewhat understandable and he does sort of attempt to let Emma know he’s trying to get his act together. However Emma is a bit irritating in her inability to really stand up for herself for quite some time despite Gavin’s disrespect & gruff demeanor.
Hoping that the second half, Dirty Little Promise, elevates the characters and story a bit higher. I’m also anxiously awaiting Cooper’s book and I think there’s something to be said for creating an intriguing secondary character.
Zachary Webber is amazing – but I think the fact that he voiced Christian in Grey served to further heighten the similarities between the Gavin and Christian characters. This is my first time listening to Megan Tusing and I mostly enjoyed her take on the character, but she came off overly whiny at times I didn’t feel it was called for.
About the author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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About the narrator:
Megan Tusing is a West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and Audie Nominated audiobook narrator. She has numerous credits in stage, film, and television. Additionally, she has recorded over 150 audiobooks with such publishers as Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from James Madison University. When not on stage or in the booth, she can be found knitting in the company of good friends.
You can connect with Tusing here:
My Favorite Quotes
My brain knew Cooper was the safe choice. But my heart? My heart yearned for Gavin. – Dirty Little Secret by @KendallRyan1 #ForbiddenDesires narrated by @megantusing & Zachary WebberTweet
I knew this wouldn’t be casual, knew I wouldn’t walk away from this in one piece. – Dirty Little Secret by @KendallRyan1 #ForbiddenDesires narrated by @megantusing & Zachary WebberTweet