Forbidden: The Wicked Woodleys, Volume 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 11, 2016|
|Publisher||The Passionate Pen LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #226,445 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,443 in Regency Romance
#12,938 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#21,627 in Regency Romances
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THE STORY: Lady Audrey Woodley has been fascinated with Jude Samson for years. The friend and man of business of her older brother, the Marquis of Woodley. Although born of a good family, Jude and his mother were shunned by his father's family after his death and Jude has had to make his own way in the world. Although Jude has strong feelings for Audrey, he knows that they have no future together. He believes that his status as an employee disqualifies him from having a relationship with Audrey. Even worse, Jude has been keeping secrets that he knows that will make Audrey hate him if she knew. When the two end up unchaperoned at the family's country estate, Jude and Audrey cannot contain the passion that bursts between them. Jude knows that when his secrets are discovered that Audrey will never forgive him and he risks losing the family he loves.
OPINION: Michaels introduces readers to a fun, intriguing, sexy family that have enough secrets to justify the series that this books kicks off.
The Woodleys siblings are comprised of Edward (the Marquis), Evan, Gabriel, Claire and Audrey. Edward is newly married (A MARQUIS FOR MARY). The older sister has disappeared after running off to marry a man who turned out to be a scoundrel. Claire's disappearance negatively effects all the members of the family -- most especially Audrey who now fears passion as a result. Audrey is supposed to be hunting for a husband, but has lost interest because she worries about allowing her passions to lead her astray.
To give Audrey a break from the Season, her mother and she travel to the family’s country house that is being remodeled. Edward sends an unhappy Jude along to handle the business issues. Their seclusion allows the longtime friendship between Jude and Audrey to blossom into passion and love. Audrey and Jude do not plan on a longtime relationship even though each is attached to the other. Their passionate relationship begins on the excuse of showing Audrey that she doesn’t have to fear passion, but both clearly know that it is only an excuse and the trust is that Jude and Audrey have wanted one another for years.
The characters here are fresh and fun. Like the Flynn series, the Woodleys are not stuffy, staid typical ton. This is a family and they have deep connections to one another and their missing sibling has left a hole in their lives. Each of the siblings experiences that differently and Michael has managed to distinguish each of the Woodley siblings through their response to their loss.
Audrey is the more reasonable daughter. After what happened to Claire, Audrey fears and yet yearns for passion and love. She is not bound by convention and doesn’t allow expectations to interfere with her desire for Jude.
Jude has wanted a family like the Woodleys. Although they consider him a part of the family, Jude has been damaged by the rejection of his own family and cannot help but expect for the Woodleys to ultimately reject him as well. He knows that his affair with Audrey will ultimately separate him from the only family he has ever known but he cannot resist her. He wants the chance to love her and to show her that she doesn’t have to fear her passions. Jude has made poor decisions in the past and believes that Audrey will never forgive him. He is filled with guilt and yet continues to do what he feels best even if it means lying to Audrey.
I love these books where there are conflicts arising over the stations of the characters and Michaels does a great job reversing the usual trope of the woman being of a lower working class. (Michaels has a similar cross-station story in the excellent NO GENTLEMAN FOR GEORGINA). This book doesn’t shy from confronting the inadequacy that Jude feels because he is employed by Audrey’s brother.
What is also wonderful is the strong love that the Woodleys have for one another – and also for Jude even though he insists on not accepting that the Woodleys really do see him as family.
Finally, this book is really hot. Michaels has built on a true emotional relationship to make the sexual relationship between these characters not only hot and sexy, but also emotionally engaging. Michaels does a great job in writing hot sex scenes and her most recent books have also created fully developed engaging characters. Her characters are likeable people and it makes it easier to root for their happy endings.
WORTH MENTIONING: There is a fascinating story regarding the missing sister Claire that I look forward to discovering more about in future books. Her story appears to be an ongoing dilemma for the family that will cover several books.
FINAL DECISION: Likeable characters, sexy romance and secrets that threaten to tear them apart, FORBIDDEN is definitely a book I recommend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out more about these Woodleys.
CONNECTED BOOKS: FORBIDDEN is the first book in the Wicked Woodley's series. There is a prequel story about the oldest brother called A Marquis for Mary. That novella is not necessary to read to enjoy this book, but I recommend reading it first anyway because it introduces the Woodley family.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in order to provide an honest review of the book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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. Decieved (Evan’s Story)
3. Tempted (Gabriel’s story)
4. Ruined (Claire’s story) coming March 8, 2016
Audrey has loved her family’s estate and all around business manager Jude Sampson for years and he reciprocates the feelings. They both keep their emotions under wrap. Audrey believes Jude sees her as only a friend and Jude is not titled and is convinced Audrey deserves a peer.
These two are thrown together and the sparks fly. They have held back for years so it is explosive when they finally act on their deep held feelings. Audrey wants a life time with Jude but he feels he cannot give her what she wants. Besides his lower station, he harbors a secret about beloved sister Claire that would devastate the entire family.
I liked Jude. He has overcome much, he was rejected by his father and his father’s titled family. He has always felt the Woodley’s were his family and he wants their good opinion. He has had to carry so many secrets, and they have burdened him.
I like Audrey until she turned into what all the Woodley’s do concerning older sister Claire, absolutely singularly focused on bringing back a woman who does not want to be in the fold of her family. Audrey can be impetuous but to her credit she is also forgiving. When this story rests on the main couple it is good but it got sidetracked just like the Woodley clan by sister Claire.