Author: Nicola Cornick
Series: The Scandalous Women of the Ton, book 6
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“As maid to some of the most wanton ladies of the ton, Margery Mallon lives within the boundaries of any sensible servant. Entanglements with gentlemen are taboo. Wild adventures are for the Gothic novels she secretly reads. Then an intriguing stranger named Mr. Ward offers her a taste of passion, and suddenly the wicked possibilities are too tempting to resist. Henry Atticus Richard Ward is no ordinary gentleman. He's Lord Wardeaux and he is determined to unite Margery with her newfound inheritance by any means—including seduction and deception. But when the ton condemns the scandalous servant-turned-countess and an unknown danger prepares to strike, will Margery accept Henry's protection in exchange for her trust?”
Forbidden is the sixth book in The Scandalous Women of the Ton series by Nicola Cornick.
Margery Mallon has worked as a lady’s maid for many scandalous women (previous books). Her latest position is with an honorable family, one that appreciates her and lets her use their kitchen to prepare her sweets. Margery’s dream is to own her own bakery, for that reason she works during the night selling her products to not too respectable women and saves every cent for her dream.
One of those nights she meets Mr. Ward, a man that intrigues her and attracts her. They meet clandestinely couple of times. What Margery didn’t know was that Mr. Henry Ward was not a simple gentleman but a Lord, more specifically Lord Wardeaux, the heir to the Templemore title and fortune, or at least he was until the missing granddaughter of the Earl of Templemore was found.
Henry was send by his godfather the Earl of Templemore to London to confirm the information his solicitors gave him about his missing granddaughter. That was Henry first intention while approaching Margery but what he wasn’t expecting was to feel attracted to her. After confirming that Margery is the missing heiress he has to confess to her his original purpose for approaching her. Saying that Margery feels betrayed by his actions is an understatement.
Accepting she is a Countess is also not easy for Margery, after a life as a maid with little money becoming one of the wealthiest women in England is something that is not easy to come to terms with and growing up in a family of thieves doesn’t help in the matter. To add to all of that Margery cannot help but be attracted to Henry. And when she is place in a very complicated situation he may be the only person that could help her, the question is: Can she trust him again?
I liked Forbidden but found some things a little bit too difficult to believe. For example Henry was too good to be true. I can’t imagine that he was honestly as happy and complacent to be replaced by Margery as the Heir to a big fortune. I would have liked to see more of his real feelings about it. Apart from that he was ok. He is the tortured hero that once believed in love but was deeply betrayed by the person he once loved, for that reason he has closed his heart and doesn’t have plans to love again or at least that’s what he thought.
I liked Margery but in her case it was difficult to believe that she had so much trouble accepting she has money and felt bad for having it. Despite that she is a nice heroine, she is smart, kind and has a good mixed of innocence and sassiness.
Their romance and their attraction was believable, their banter was entertaining and the hot scenes were steamy hot. What I didn’t like about their relationship was the reason why they got together at the end, it made me feel cheated, I would have preferred for them to come together because of their own decisions and not why it happened.
The mystery behind Margery’s mom assassination and Margery’s disappearance was good but nothing too difficult to guess. Another thing that left me wanting for more was the story behind Margery’s father. He is supposed to be alive, even though he wasn’t the father of the year I may have guessed that she would want to know what happened to him, but she didn’t and it was a if he didn’t existed outside of have been a complication in Margery’s mom’s life.
Some of the characters from previous books have cameos in Forbidden. If you have read previous books is good to see where they are now with their own families, if you haven’t read previous books is ok, this book can be read perfectly as a standalone.
Forbidden was an entertaining book, but one that brings nothing new to the genre. Still, I’m sure you will enjoy it if you like your historical romance with torture heroes and sassy heroines.
My Verdict: 3 Stars
Other books in the series
Whisper of Scandal
One Wicked Sin
Mistress by Midnight
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