Vaughn wants revenge.
Elisa wants her son back.
Neither expected to want each other....
by Anastasia Black
(Romantica) -- ultra sensual.
This book contains explicit and graphic sex.
Published by Ellora's Cave.
Anastasia Black is the penname that Tracy and
Julia Templeton used for romances they have written together.
You can find out more about Julia at her website.
CAPA awards Finalist, 2004
Casting the movie
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about this story. It is, bar
none, the best story Ellora's Cave has to offer. The love scenes
were steamy, intense, yet heart warming. The struggles of the
characters were real, and spending time with them was a real joy. I
especially enjoyed the unique way the characters handled the
situation, leading to a happily ever after unlike anything I ever
I highly recommend this book, as it takes readers on a most amazing
but enjoyable roller coaster ride. This is definitely one I wish I
could get in hard cover so I could give it a prominent place on the,
"I will keep this book forever and read it over and over shelf.
Danica Favorite-McDonald, In the Library Reviews
An emotional and erotic tale of forbidden love, this is a story that
will linger on long after you turn the last page. The characters
come to life and bring with them a host of emotions; hate, anger,
sympathy, love, and of course lust. This well-written tale has
everything a good romance should, a hero with a powerful erotic
appeal, a damsel in distress that, luckily for us, cannot resist his
charms, and a villain, who is so wicked, even death seems to good
for him. Not to mention a wonderful twist in the end.
Colorful descriptions and careful attention to detail gives this
book a charm that is not always prevalent in some. The images
painted by the author's words will pull you into the story and allow
you a glimpse of an era gone by. As a fan of historical romance, the
reviewer was delighted by the tale of Vaughn and Elisa. Ms. Black
has once again written a story that you will want to read over and
Kathi for Fallen Angels Reviews
Forbidden is a sexy, compelling novel. All through the book, I found
myself holding my breath afraid of what may happen next and hopeful
that Elisa and Vaughn could work things out. I was unsure of how Ms.
Black (a pseudonym for two Ellora's Cave authors) could turn the
situation around, as the future looks bleak throughout the book. The
wonderful end deserves cheers. Forbidden is milder than most
Ellora's Cave titles, but the sexual tension is sizzling.
Denise Powers for Sensual Romance
With the eloquent style of writing and the vivid descriptions of
England in 1835, I felt as though I had been transported to another
time period. The traditions of the era were well studied and
incorporated into the story, especially those concerning the lives
of women. The writing team of Julia Templeton and Tracy
Cooper-Posey, have crafted a tale where there is a deep
understanding of human nature. The characters are dramatically
portrayed, and I was caught up in their lives from the moment I met
each one. Forbidden is an immensely rewarding read with the
passionate and emotional love story.
Anastasia Black will have readers experiencing innumerable emotions
while they read this deeply moving story. With the engrossing
dialogue, I felt every character’s thoughts and feelings, whether
they were about their hopes, fears or desires. This story about
ambition and retribution was woven seamlessly together, and the
touching ending is heartwarming. With the sexual tension being off
the scale in this highly sensual tale, Vaughn and Elisa’s forbidden
thoughts, looks and touches are erotic yet sincere. Readers will be
swept up into this stunning historical story, and Forbidden will not
soon be forgotten.
Amelia Richard, eCataRomance Reviews
The first in the series of tales, Anastasia Black burns the pages
with her words. Anastasia ignites the passion waiting to explode
between the characters quickly turning it from a luscious appetizer
to the main dish and back again. What's amazing is the blatant
seduction that takes the better part of the book to complete. Elisa
and Vaughn find themselves in what could be considered very public
places acting out their ravenous desires numerous times. Of course,
because of the setting, the finale cannot be completed for fear of
discovery leaving both Elisa and Vaughn wanting for more. A huge
letdown that will drive many readers crazy. Scorching!
Brenda Ramsbacher, Scribe's World
This is my first experience reading one of Anastasia Black’s stories
and does she ever have me hooked. I found Vaughn and Eliza’s journey
of exploring their FORBIDDEN love to be a very gripping,
heart-warming tale that had my emotions on edge as I waited to turn
the next page to see what happened to them next. Kudos to Ms. Black
for bringing to life such a wonderful romance. I for one will be
anxiously waiting to see what great tale she has in store for us in
Briana Burress for Romance Junkies
Anastasia Black's Forbidden is truly a wonderful and very passionate
love story! With her exquisite descriptions of time and place you
are immediately drawn into a mystery that surrounds so many lives!
Vaughn Wardell is coming home to claim what is his and finds himself
twisted in the holds of fate and "powerful secrets" that lead him
into all that is forbidden to him! I enjoyed the heated passion that
builds so beautifully between Vaughn and Elisa! The challenges they
faced had my emotions so intertwined within their challenges, I
could hardly wait to finish the story!
I give this book a HOT "Devilish Dot Thumbs Up!"
I just had the ultimate in sublime pleasures. I got to proofread
Forbidden! I'm STILL happy dancing over this one.
Everyone, you MUST run out and buy this one! It is a historical
tale, set in late Regency England about a woman who will do anything
to find someone who has been lost to her. Her life gets a great deal
more complicated when her fiancé's son comes to visit. Anger and
hatred swirl around the father and son, with the dear woman being
caught in the middle.
Anastasia has a beautifully elegant writing style, the story is
stunning and the sex? Well the sex is both hot and sweet at the same
time! I can't stop talking about this book and neither will you!
She had me in tears by the end of the book, MULTIPLE times! And I
don't cry over romances! Well...let me correct that. I do now!
Briana Lambert, reader.
I was in the mood for a really good read tonight, and OMG,
Anastasia's Forbidden is fabulous! It kept me turning e-pages (the
dh was mad because I wouldn't turn off the light and go to bed), and
I kept reading until the power died on my laptop. Forbidden had me
tearing up towards the end, not once, but twice. I decided to
actually take some time off to relax and finish reading -- it just
kept calling to me!!!! It has one of those endings where you say
YES!!!! And damn but the sex was hot!
I highly recommend this novel--the hero, Vaughn, is to die for, the
heroine is deliciously sensual and the man she's supposed to marry,
Vaughn's stepfather--I want to kill him. The bastard.
What a great read, Anastasia. Write more!!!
Cheyenne McCray, Ellora's Cave author.
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Elisa's determined to have her son back at any cost. Even if it
means marrying a vicious stoat of a man like Rufus Wardell. But her
plans, and her life, are turned upside down by the sudden
reappearance of Rufus' son, Vaughn.
Lured by the contrast her sweet beauty makes with the rumors of her
wanton past, Vaughn embarks on a seduction as scorching as it is
daring. What he finds is not at all what he sought: Elisa is an
innocent, but with a sensuality so raw, that he cannot resist her.
It doesn't matter to him that their passion is Forbidden...
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Forbidden fell into my lap, making it one of those delightful things
that happen when you least expect it. It began several years ago.
I met Julia Templeton on the internet via a critique-finding
service. I had decided to give the whole critiquing thing away --
I'd had very little luck finding someone who suited me, but just
hadn't got around to withdrawing my name. Julie approached me and we
decided to give the critiquing process a trial run. Julie's
strengths propped up my weaknesses and vice versa, so although the
formal once-a-week thing quickly fell in a heap, we have continued
to stay in contact and critique each other's work whenever the
need arose. Julie, I discovered, also liked to attend Romantic Times
I attend the annual Romantic Times reader conventions as often as I
can afford them, which isn't anywhere as often as I would prefer.
However, I've managed to get to them for several years, and Julie
has also managed to be there the years I've gone. This is a good
thing as Julie lives several thousand miles away from me, and
meeting someone in person helps iron out misperceptions of
character, and puts a face to the name. Julie has never let me
forget that I had assumed she was a brunette. I was shocked to find
a tall, slender blonde waiting for me in the foyer of the Toronto
Sheraton Centre the first time we met.
A couple of years after we met Julie said "we should co-write a
book. You're good at the sexy stuff and I can do the romance...." As
my one and only effort at co-writing up until then (with the man who
I would end up marrying a year later) was a dog's dinner, I
shuddered, and politely prevaricated as I didn't want to offend
Julie without appearing to have given it some thought. But Julie is
one of the most persistent people I've ever met, and got her way.
Thankfully. Forbidden was tough work -- there are no guides out
there for hammering out the process of co-writing. But the book is
one of the better ones I've written, and by deduction, I must
conclude that Julie's efforts are what made the difference.
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Casting the Movie...
I often get asked who I would cast in the movie of my book, if it
should ever come to pass, so just for fun:
Movie producer's pitch:
Pride & Prejudice meets The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Graduate melds with The Age of Innocence.
Elisa: Kelly Preston.
Vaughn: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, from Ireland.
Rufus: John Noble -- "Denethor" in Lord of the Rings -- The Return
of the King.
Natasha: Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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entertaining! Wickedly wonderful! Almost too hot to pick up,
but too good to put down."
Dark, Author of Dangerous to Love
dramatic, exhilarating and enjoyable a story as you'll ever
find. Absolutely outstanding!
Williams, Author of The Don Juan Con
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awaited sequel to Red Leopard. "I was hooked from the first
chapter and read well into the night."
Black's sequel to Forbidden. "I absolutely loved this book."
Fallen Angels Reviews
I cannot say
enough wonderful things about this story. It is, bar none,
the best story Ellora's Cave has to offer.
In the Library Reviews
"...a fabulous read ...it combines a
political thriller with an erotic, sensual read that builds
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Thief in the
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and turns that I didn’t see coming, Thief in the Night kept
me turning the pages, eager to see what would happen next.
This is the
must read story of the year. The way this author uses her
words to draw you into her story is like a work of art.
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