The Forbidden Men Series
The Forbidden Men series is a compilation of stories about different characters in each novel whose lives intertwine with each other. To rate Forbidden status, one main character in the story must at some point in the series be a bartender at the Forbidden Nightclub and their love interest has to have some kind of forbidden element! Their stories can be read as standalones, or in any order, but to get the full experience, it's recommended to read them in this order!
NOTE: If there are more than three books you still need in the series, this box set is the best way to get them alll:
HE'S A GIGALO
I don't care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean--
Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.
It's no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he's just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate...except for one teeny tiny glitch.
He's a gigolo.
Boy, do I know how to pick them.
Junior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex.
On this campus, I'm worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I'm still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in.
These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal.
Problem is, Dr. Kavanagh's my literature professor.
If I start anything with a teacher and we're caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family's, and especially Dr. Kavanagh's. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be because I can only resist so much.
HE'S ALREADY MARRIED
Once upon a time, there was this pampered rich girl who was kind of full of herself. She really only cared about appearances and hiding all her dark, ugly secrets under the guise of an opinionated snob. But then Eva Mercer got pregnant, shot by a psycho, and kicked out of the only home she knew. Now she's broke, unemployed, and has to start anew with a newborn to raise. But how?
On the other side of town, sexy, tattooed orphan, Patrick Ryan, can't get a break. He's out on parole for defending the last damsel in distress while trying to help her support her child, but all he wants is to find his one true love. He knows this woman by scent, smile, and laugh, but he's never actually met her. He doesn't even know her name. He just knows she's the key to fixing everything.
One kind of hero can save you from physical harm. Another can rescue you from a different kind of doom. To reach their dreams, Eva and Pick can save each other. But first, they must open their hearts and learn how to trust.
HE IS HER ROOMMATE'S BOYFRIEND
I used to think everything was black and white, truth or lie, easy or hard, that if I could just escape my strict, overbearing, abusive father, my life would be perfect. But since I've found a reason to risk his wrath and leave, to help a friend in need, I've come to realize everything I thought I knew is wrong.
Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn't even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and love...love is the most painful thing of all.
Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn't asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn't have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn't feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can't take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I'm not as good, or honest, or caring as I'd always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone's going to get hurt. Probably me.
*Don't worry! The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*
SHE IS HIS BEST FRIEND'S LITTLE SISTER
Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.
I know I've closed myself off in a major way over the past year, ever since "the incident" where I messed up my life completely. It's past time I try to live again or just give up altogether. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I'm standing outside Oren Tenning's bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he'd probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.
Maybe after tonight, I'll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I've ever met. Or maybe I'll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I'll discover there's so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.
POOR BOY - RICH GIRL. THEIR FAMILIES ARE ENEMIES
I fell in love once.
It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing.
I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret.
Our love could conquer all.
Until it didn't.
So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her.
It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged.
Or so I thought.
Years later, I swear history's trying to repeat itself because she's back in my life, and I'm just as drawn to her as I was before. But I'm older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless ex-con like me.
So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.
Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I'm not sure I can resist her, anyway.
This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper...
HE THINKS SHE'S A DUDE
Here's the same old "girl posing as a boy" story but with a rock-n-roll twist.
Remy Curran dreams of one day being in a band, except the group she wants to join refuses to hire a girl drummer. So, she auditions as a guy...and makes the cut.
Becoming "Sticks," a member of Non-Castrato, isn't quite what she dreamed it would be, though. She spends most of her time keeping up the subterfuge and learning how to walk, talk, act, and drink like a man.
But what's even harder to deal with is acting oblivious when the band's heartthrob lead singer, Asher Hart, treats her like one of the guys and not a woman. She never imagined he'd be so much more than a pretty face with a nice voice. But he's better than perfect. He's perfect for her.
When love and lies combine, Remy must keep up the act or lose everything. But who knew lying to reach one dream could prevent you from attaining an even bigger dream?
BEST FRIENDS AFRAID TO CROSS THAT LINE
Three things in my life were fact.
I needed Sarah to survive.
I needed sex to remain sane.
And I could never mix sex with Sarah.
I just knew, deep in my marrow, that if I did, I'd somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn't unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone.
People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn't about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy.
Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity. Now it's all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please?
SHE HAS A CRUSH ON HIS BROTHER
Don't you just hate it when someone destroys all your carefully made plans?
I mean, I had goals: college to graduate in one semester, a future I was working hard to reach, and an image of myself I wanted the world to see. My life was stacked into these precisely placed blocks. But then Colton Gamble came along and knocked them all askew.
I hated how he messed everything up, how he could hog all my attention whenever he was around, how he made my pulse quicken, but only because he ticked me off...not because I was attracted to him. Oh! And I hated how he knew how attractive he was too, the shallow, full of himself, doesn't take no for an answer, too flirty, too cocky, extremely irritating jerk.
The boy had all the qualities that turned me off. Or so I thought.
One night he wasn't quite the brainless, overconfident jerk I assumed he always was.
One night, he took care of me when I was at my lowest. He opened up to me and made me open up to him.
Now I'm learning maybe he's not what I first thought he was. And maybe I'M not what I first thought I was. Maybe it's okay to rearrange a couple of my perfectly set blocks. Maybe, just maybe, I'll stop worrying about what I'm afraid everyone else will think and finally reach for something I really want. It's possible some of my plans need to be destroyed, and Colton Gamble is exactly the kind of mess I need in my life.
What do you think? Should I give him a try?
Desperately seeking your advice,
SHE'S TOO GOOD AND INNOCENT FOR HIM
I might've ruined any chance I ever had at a meaningful relationship when I decided to become a male prostitute at eighteen, but that was okay.
I paid off my mom's debt, the rent, my sister's hospital bills. I put food on the table and kept eviction notices at bay.
It was worth it.
But was it worth the price of my soul?
Two years later, this job has begun to kill me in every way but physically, until SHE comes along.
Reese is the breath of fresh air I need. She makes me smile, she makes me laugh, she makes me want more. But how can we ever be together after all the choices I've made?
Listing one mistake after another, these are my confessions and how we came through to the other side.
The Forbidden Men series concludes with THE PRICE OF MASON by looping back to the beginning and retelling PRICE OF A KISS through his eyes.
Just when you thought you knew everything, here's the rest of the story.
Forbidden Men descendants are just spin-off stories, novellas, or scenes. They're not part of the series and therefore do not have to have any forbidden element or have a character working at the Forbidden Nightclub! They're more like "WHERE ARE THEY NOW" updates!
MINI STORY (Only 5 Chapters Long)
FEATURING: Julian Ryan
CHILD OF: Pick and Eva from BE MY HERO
STORY FOUND: At the end of THE PRICE OF MASON
"So, um..." Her dark brown eyes lifted to mine. "You want to get started?"
Yes. Because that meant I'd get to put my hands on her. For some reason, I totally forgot that I was actually supposed to dance, and that I sucked at dancing, and the most humiliating thing I could do was dance in front of someone else. I was too focused on the fact that I'd get to touch this cute, little thing.
Trying not to sound too eager about it, I answered, "Sure," and then tossed in a loose shrug for effect. "That's why we're here, right?"
"Right." Her cheeks darkened into the cutest blush, and she tucked that single beaded weave of hair behind one ear. "So, uh, I guess we need to start by facing each other."
"Okay." As she looked down at my phone and went back to the beginning of the video, I stepped in close. "Like this?"
Nia looked up. "Oh," she breathed out in surprise. "I..." She quickly lowered her face and studied my phone before saying, "Yeah. Uh, this seems right."
TIS THE SEASON
JUST A SCENE (...Or Two)
FEATURING: Skylar Ryan
CHILD OF: Pick and Eva from BE MY HERO
STORY FOUND: For free on ELENA'S BOOK BLOG (Posted December 12th 2018)
"I'd like to talk to you and get to know you better."
My grin bloomed full force. "Really?"
He laughed. "Why do you sound so surprised? You're gorgeous and sweet mixed in with some clever orneriness. That's like the makings of my dream girl, right there. Of course, I want to learn more. I want to know everything. Even Julian knew I'd be fascinated by you. You know he told me before we even left the college that I couldn't hit on you, right?"
With an outraged gasp, I pressed a glove to my chest. "He did WHAT?"
Dominic grinned. "He said it'd be too weird to see his sister and best friend hook up, so…" He shrugged. "He put the hammer down and told me not to even think about it. But I think I'm going to have to disappoint him and hit on you, anyway."
A laugh bubbled from me because of the way he said it, as if he were confused and surprised by his own revelation. "Oh, you do, do you?"
He shrugged. "Well, yeah. I mean, we're sitting under mistletoe. It only seems proper than I kiss you. Right?"
"What?" I yelped, craning my attention up in order to see above us, and then frown when I spotted absolutely nothing at all over our heads but moonlight. "We're not sitting under mistletoe."
"Oh." Without checking for himself, my brother's best friend leaned toward me. "I guess we'll just have to improvise and pretend it's there, then."
ONCE UPON A CANOE TRIP
MINI STORY (Only 4 Chapters Long)
FEATURING: Teagan Tenning and JB Hamilton
CHILDREN OF: Ten and Caroline from A PERFECT TEN and Zoey and Quinn from WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT
STORY FOUND: At the end of THE PRICE OF MASON
"Lucian Michael," I growled through clenched teeth. "I said go get him something warm. He's cold." For some reason, it didn't seem to matter or even phase me that Luke was just as shirtless as JB was.
"I'm fine," JB cut in quietly.
Ignoring him, I sent Luke my crazy-eyed glare, threatening all sorts of bodily harm if he didn't comply.
"Okay, okay," he muttered, hopping off the picnic table. "Jesus. I'll be right back." Then he pointed at his brother and snickered. "Try to keep it in your pants while I'm gone, bro, or Ten will kill me for leaving you two alone." Then he wandered off, laughing over his own lame joke
Glad I finally had a moment alone with JB, I glanced his way, but he was studiously attempting to ignore me. So I went over and sat next to him on the tree stump, trying to force his attention.
Why I wanted to force it, I have no idea. But after what had just happened between us in that tent, I needed him to look at me. I needed to know...I just needed to know what this meant between us now.
He glanced at me, scowling. But as soon as his gaze met mine, air hissed from between his teeth, and his eyes filled with something hot and seeking, something I felt deep in my womb. It was more intense than sex--or at least any sex I'd ever had--and a shudder of attraction consumed me. Oh, God, what did this mean?
PLAYING TO WIN
MINI STORY (Only 4 Chapters Long)
FEATURING: Rory Hart
CHILD OF: Asher and Remy from THE GIRL'S GOT SECRETS
STORY FOUND: At the end of THE PRICE OF MASON
"I don't hate you," I blurted, glaring at him for even suggesting that. No one put words into my mouth, especially untrue words. He stepped close, towering over me, making me gulp because of his overwhelming presence. "Then what do you think of me?"
His voice was so quiet and compelling, I floundered. "I..." Choking in the spotlight--for real this time--I didn't know what to say. The sarcastic instinct in me wanted to lash out with something scathing and mean, and yet, I kind of wanted to tell him the truth more.
"Don't be a coward," he coaxed softly, his eyes begging for honesty. "You're the bravest spitfire I know. Just say it."
Dammit, he'd turned this into a dare. I could never resist a dare.
So I growled, "I like you. A lot. Okay?"
His chest heaved as he drew in a long breath. Then he exhaled before admitting, "Well, I like you a lot too." Eyebrows furrowing in question he asked, "So, then why are we mortal enemies?"
THE REVENGE PLAN
Full Length Novel
FEATURING: Haven Gamble
CHILD OF: Sarah and Brandt from PRICELESS
After I caught my boyfriend cheating, I tried to be mature about it with an amicable split. But he took his retaliation too far, and I have officially had enough. No more Miss Nice Haven.
No one is allowed to lie to me, betray, embarrass, and devastate me, fill me with self-doubt, or put my future at risk, and expect to get away with it. He is going to feel my wrath.
Enter Wick Webster, his archenemy.
Nothing would provoke my ex more than to see me moving on with the one guy he hates most, so that's exactly what I plan to do.
The only hitch in my brilliant scheme is Wick himself. He's just gotta be all love-not-war and peace-is-the-only-way. He's more concerned about helping me heal than seeking my sweet revenge.
And what the hell is it about his soothing presence and yummy looks that calls to me until I forget how much pain I'm in? He's making it awfully hard to use and abuse him for my malicious means. The damn guy is making me fall for him.
Secrets That We Keep
Full Length Novel
FEATURING: Bella and Gracen Lowe
CHILDREN OF: Reese and Mason from PRICE OF A KISS and THE PRICE OF A MASON
Twin siblings, Gracen and Bella, are best friends. People say it's weird how close they are. But their strong ties are put the test when each of them decide to keep secrets from each other.
Gracen meets Bella's nemesis and realizes she's not so bad after all. In fact, if his twin didn't hate her so much, he might actually be interested in her. Worse yet, he might be interested, anyway.
Meanwhile, Bella's heating up the sheets with one of Gracen's best friends and she can't seem to tell him--or anyone--about it; being burned has left her too scared of commitment.
But when the truth comes out, the siblings might lose more than each other; they might lose the people they've fallen for as well.