Sloan O’Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she’s free. She can live the “normal” life she’s always wanted. A life without fear. But there’s nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.
Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he’s never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan–who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation–has forbidden written all over her. Only after it’s way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.
At the end of book three, An Indecent Proposal, I felt like the series was at a crossroads and I sincerely hoped book three was just a launching pad for the next phase of the series. How dare I doubt Katee Robert ☹
Sloan O’Malley is the first of the O’Malley siblings to break all ties with her family and get the hell out of town. It wasn’t easy and being totally isolated with no real skills isn’t easy, but it’s immensely better than being under her mafia-ensconced family’s thumb and a pawn in their never-ending schemes. Sloan’s self-imposed isolation is terrifying, but with a bit of help, she’s slowly finding her feet and discovering just how much she enjoys being free. The only thorn in her side is her mysterious and seriously sexy next door neighbor, Jude MacNamara.
Jude is a man who shouldn’t be alive and in that spirit, he has spent his life in the shadows. He has honed his skills and is one of the most accomplished assassins in the world. He has iron-clad rules and has spent his life in pursuit of justice for his family. Until Sloan O’Malley, Jude has never wavered in his commitment to his cause and pursuit of his goals. Until Sloan O’Malley. Sloan is everything Jude should avoid, in large part because she taps into emotions he didn’t even know he had. Jude has long been fueled by anger and single-minded determination, but Sloan ignites another kind of passion in him that takes him completely by surprise. What’s even more surprising, in a ridiculously short amount of time, Sloan becomes the center of Jude’s world and his single-minded determination shifts to protecting Sloan.
Jude is hard for Sloan to resist. He’s more than she ever could have imagined and while that’s exciting, Jude brings trouble with him that Sloan has worked hard to escape. Trouble is, with one very explosive moment, Sloan and Jude’s lives become inextricably linked. More trouble is, both Jude and Sloan’s past comes crashing in on their isolated little world and in the blink of an eye, their safe, isolated space has been violated and they’re on the run. Though Jude has a tremendous amount in the way of resources, so do the people who are after them and each must suck it up and call in help from some seriously unexpected sources. To be sure, the situation gets damn ugly before it gets better and it’s a wild ride right on through to the end, but Sloan and Jude are committed to one another and the possibility of a real HEA far away from the violence, anger, and treachery that has littered their respective pasts.
The Bottom Line: Forbidden Promises is a sort of slow burning read with some action populating the early chapters and then BOOM, the awful hits hard and fast and doesn’t let up until the very end. I. LOVED. IT. Sloan and Jude are both incredibly strong characters who become stronger as their awful situation becomes increasingly more awful. Sloan takes absolute control of her life and once she does so, nothing and no one stands in her way. Under her influence, Jude becomes more human, more able to be the man Sloan risks it all for. In case you missed it the first time, I LOVED IT!!!! I sincerely hope there is more to come for the O’Malley’s from the twisted mind of Katee Robert whom I shall never doubt again 😊
“I won’t hurt you, Sloan. I promise.”
There was no logical reason for her to trust him, but he’d been careful with her up to this point. Perhaps he’d be careful with her with what came next. She nodded mutely, watching as he rolled on a condom that he’d retrieved from his pocket. Her body hummed in anticipation and trepidation, but she didn’t let it show as he moved back to join her on the bed.
Jude palmed her between her legs, his big fingers exploring her. It didn’t seem possible that he could spark pleasure with a few specific touches, but it didn’t take much to have her relaxing, letting him once again take the lead. He kissed her neck. “Feels good, huh?”
“Well, I—oh.” Her eyes went wide when he pushed a second finger into her. It stretched her, the feeling not entirely pleasant at first, but he merely waited, pulsing the slightest bit, until pleasure took hold once more. She clutched his shoulders. “Kiss me again. Please.”
“You don’t have to ask twice.” He took her mouth like he owned it—like he owned every part of her. Jude slid between her legs, his body rubbing deliciously against hers. His hard length slid through her wetness, creating a friction that sparked a tide of desire deep inside her. Again? I couldn’t possibly…
He nipped her bottom lip and then soothed the slight ache with his tongue. “Ready?”
There was no mistaking his meaning. She nodded. Despite the earlier orgasm and how good it felt to have him moving against her, she was so incredibly empty. Instinct had her hooking a leg around his hips and arching up to meet him, needing more, so much more.
Jude reached between them, and then he was at her entrance. He kissed her, tongue twining with hers as he pushed into her, just a single inch. It was too much and not enough and she couldn’t help but thrash, pinned in place by his big body, overwhelmed by her helplessness and what he was doing to her. “Jude, I—”
“Shh. I’ve got you.” He rolled, taking her with him. One second she was on her back, finding it hard to breathe, and the next she was straddling him where he sat with his back against the headboard.
Sloan looked down, daunted by the sheer size of him. “I don’t know if this is going to work. You’re too big.”
He laughed, deep and full-throated, the sound rolling through her like the tide. “You can take every inch of me, sunshine. I promise you that.”
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.