For #ThrowbackThursday I’m sharing some of my favorite past reads WITH review!
“The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal)”
by Elle Wright
Genre: Women’s Fiction/African-American/Romance
Release Date: July 28, 2015
In Love With the Wrong Man
Sydney Williams has forgiven her fiancé, Den, more times than she can count. But his latest betrayal just days before their wedding is too big to ignore. Shocking her friends and family, she calls off the engagement. She walks out on Den . . . and into the arms of his brother, Morgan.
Known as a player, Morgan Smith has secretly spent years fighting his feelings for Sydney. When Den’s latest dirty deed leaves Sydney devastated, Morgan can’t stop himself from coming to her rescue. What begins as friendship quickly escalates into all-consuming passion. Despite their intense connection, Sydney would rather deny her desire than come between brothers. But as Morgan is determined to make Sydney his, Den won’t give her up without a fight . . .
September 23, 2015
Most people who know me know that I tend to read 2-5 books at a time – reading some of each book daily. Every couple of weeks, I come across THAT ONE BOOK that I start…and do not put it down…or even move until I’m finished. The Forbidden Man is one of those books.
The story begins with beautiful business professional, Sydney “Syd” Williams rushing through her wedding dress fitting. Life comes to a screeching halt when Syd receives THE CALL from Laney – Resident Skank and home-wrecker. For a short while, I felt bad for Syd. Days away from her wedding to Caden “Den” Smith, marrying the man she’s loved forever, (whether he deserved it or not) and all of a sudden her world falls apart.
My empathy quickly turns to apathy as each member of Syd’s small inner circle gets the news – and while they feel bad for Syd, NONE of them are upset over the turn of events. If the people that you love the most and would trust with your life believe you’ve dodged a bullet, doesn’t that go in the plus column? Not if you have Syd and Den’s rocky history. That inner circle, which included her brother, Jared, her girlfriends – Allina and Calista, Den’s brother, Morgan, and their adoptive brother, Kent, all seemed relieved the wedding was off but were also cautious because the couple had split up before because of Den’s indiscretions, and she always took him back. What is the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Syd was definitely in the insane zone. But, she seems resolute this time…she’s done. During her mini-meltdown days after calling off the wedding, she leans on Morgan for support and finds herself in a couple of intimate situations with him. While Syd felt guilty, being with Morgan felt “different” than anything she’d ever felt – even with Den – and she liked it.
As I got to know Sydney better, I wasn’t convinced that she was ever truly in love with Den. He was there for her during the most traumatic event of her life, and I believe familial love grew from it. He made her feel safe when she never thought she would again. It also felt more like obligation to me. Add to that, Den’s bipolar disorder, (and teenage alcoholism) and you end up with a woman with a man who had “righted” her world, and she wanted to do the same thing for him.
Den’s bipolar disorder. I had issues with him and his “illness”, and even more so with his friends and family. He was so coddled and catered to, it worked my nerves. His misbehavior had life-changing consequences for those who loved him the most, yet he was never expected to take full responsibility – nor did he. His trials and tribulations were always someone else’s fault. His family and friends knew he would act out – or act up – when the mood hit him. Everyone was SO worried about how Den would feel when he found out about Syd and Morgan, and I was like WHO CARES? LOL! There would be no “Syd and Morgan” if Den wasn’t such a jerk, so have a seat and shut it, sir! I’m not discounting the devastating effects bipolar disorder can have on an individual AND their family – I raised a bipolar son – but a bit of “tough love” could have ended SOME of the seemingly endless situations with Den – and ALL of the guilt. Being engaged to one family member and subsequently becoming involved with another is not ideal or the norm, but sometimes there are just extenuating circumstances – for me, this is one of those times.
Guilt leads everyone to make rash decisions, especially Morgan, who thinks walking away from Syd is the thing to do. I was throwing the book by this point – on the counter, on the sofa, across the bed. Thank God it was the paperback and not my Kindle! Every time I began to think things were sorted out, something else came along to raise my blood pressure!
The author does an amazing job of pulling the reader right in – almost as if the reader is IN the story. But, fortunately for Den…I wasn’t.
You cannot go wrong with this read. Clear your schedule, turn off your phone, and get ready for a rough ride.