Title: Love on the Forbidden Side
Author: Mariah Ankenman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Assistant District Attorney Julie Ryder plans to hide out at her brother’s ranch house in Peak Town, Colorado after a killer she put away escapes. Hoping for a little peace and quiet, what she gets instead is hot and bothered when she discovers the good sheriff is gone, and his sexy best friend is house-sitting.
FBI agent Liam Graham is on medical leave after a career-jeopardizing injury. He’s taking the time to rethink his professional choices while watching his buddy’s place, but he never expected to watch the guy’s sister, too. Julie is a fiery ball of sweet temptation he’s been denying himself for years. When she finally reveals the real reason for her visit to Peak Town, Liam does everything in his power to keep her safe. But with his focus on protecting her body, Liam fears he may lose his heart.
My Review: 4 Stars
Thank you to Enchanted Book Promotions for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. And thank you to the author for her interview which you can read here.
Well, I’m so glad I stuck with Love on The Forbidden Side! This is a slow burner story ( for me), from my reading experience. All the action starts at just over half way through. That said that does not mean this is a boring read, oh no! 🙂 This author has a snappy, witty, sassy writing style which went down well with me. I found myself smiling and breaking out in small girly giggles at times. The main character Julie is very likable as a woman, The hero Mr. Tall Blond and Handsome, is also a very swoon worthy kinda guy! He fights for his woman literally.
I’m giving Love on the Forbidden Side four wonderful stars as I really liked the writing style of this author, full of sass, the villain was VERY well developed and believable. I had an instant dislike toward him, his cold hearted resentful ‘mad man’ attitude was put across well. Given that I’d say the characters are well developed. This is a series and I have not read the first book, but it did not stop my enjoyment by not knowing back story. This author showed the sexual tension between the hero and the heroine really really well! Overall I enjoyed reading this romance, I would have loved more action in the first fifty percent, but that said it ends on a high note with a beautiful HEA considering all the drama of the last half of the book. Worth a read, and I would read more of this author’s work for sure I think I’m a fan of Mariah !
About the Author:
RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman began writing at the tender age of five. Her first book “George and the Green Glob” received high praise from her mother. Many years, and green glob stories later, Mariah received a playwriting degree from the University of Wyoming. After a few years in Hollywood, working in “the biz,” she came home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. When she’s not writing Mariah loves to read, crochet, and play her ukulele. She loves to hear from readers.