Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields
Release Date: January 27, 2018
5 The Moon and Stars CROWNS
Let’s just get this out the way. I HATE romances that have cheating. I’ve tried them. I end up hating characters. I hate the secrecy, the dishonesty, and the pain it causes. But for some reason, I was continually drawn to this synopsis. It pulled at my heart, and it kept going back and forth between reading it and not reading it . You can obviously tell that I did since a review is coming, and I can say without a doubt that Ella Fields blew my mind. If she never wrote anything but angsty affair driven romances, I would buy every single one. My opinion of cheating in romances hasn’t changed, but if she is writing it then I am reading it. Actual review is below:
Words for how amazing this book is will elude me. This I know. The pain, the angst, the hope, and the love that emanates from the words on each page is felt in the soul. It crushed me, had me on the verge of tears, and had me yearning for these two, the moon and the stars, to finally light up the sky.
I should hate Quinn. I should be so angry for his choices and his actions, but I can’t. From the time we meet him as a little kid, I was in love. Ella Fields is a genius for using flashbacks to develop my loyalty to man who will anger me to no end, because no matter what he did, my love of him never wavered. Trust me, there are moments I wanted to tell him to get it together, to be honest with himself, to stop being such a good man(that seems ironic and impossible but it isn’t), but then I would be taking a part of his character that made me so attached to him. His poor choices make things worse, but readers have to remember that he is young and tries to do the “right thing” for most of the novel. Even when things go wrong, he still tries to fix it, to lessen the damage, which strangely makes me love him more.
Daisy, oh daisy. Her naivety should have annoyed me. The idea that he would be waiting speaks to her innocence, and yet I found her endearing. Like Quinn, I was drawn to her. Her artistry, her purity, and her kindness, even when she is making huge mistakes, had me firmly rooted to her side of this cheating trio. As the novel unfolds, and moments of the past are revealed, my sympathy for her grew. Her pain is palpable, and my pain came from her pain. I felt it, like I was a college kid watching my boyfriend not keep his promises to me, and the pain had me attached to this heroine.
So it is time to talk about the best friend, and while I question some of her motives and choices she made, I love that, ultimately Ella Fields did not vilify her. She is a teen, a group of people who are traditionally egocentric, when she makes her first error, and then she is a woman trying to cling to someone she loves. Like Quinn and Daisy, she makes poor choices, her emotions clouding her judgment, and while I didn’t love her for the role she played, I found myself sympathizing with her for the loss and pain she endures.
When you finally decide to pick up this book, you should, be prepared to feel a level of angst you haven’t experienced before, and, while it is dramatic, it is a story that centers around college kids. The level of “the world is ending” emotions is real, but there is undo angst. Ella Fields did a phenomenal job articulating the emotions of each character and the predicament they are all in together. The one aspect of the story that I did love is that isn’t overrun with cheating. The characters try to be honorable, and even respect what is established. After the cheating, the behavior only served to make me love the H/h more than I ever thought I could. I found again that we live in a world of grey, and Ella Fields articulated that so well, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Suddenly Forbidden is decadent angst-filled romance that gutted me. Ella Fields crafted this story in a way that had me sympathize with the plight of the characters, all of them, even when they are wrong. I read this story with my hand clutching at my chest trying to ease the pain it felt, and that my fellow readers is the sign of beautifully composed romance.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
I thought he’d always be mine,
even when I was forced to say goodbye.
We were never meant to let go,
but it happened anyway.
Too bad I didn’t know someone was waiting to take my place, or I would’ve held on a lot tighter.
Two years later, we were exactly where we’d always planned to be.
I’d kept my promise.
He’d forgotten all about his.
Not only had he moved on, but the person he’d moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart.
I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in, repaired my shattered pieces, and made me smile again.
This isn’t that kind of story.
My heart might have been broken,
but it refused to fall out of love.
WARNING: this book contains cheating.
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About the Author:
Ella Fields is a mother and wife who lives in the land Down Under. While her kids are in school, you might find her talking about her characters and books to her two cats. She’s a notorious chocolate and notebook hoarder who enjoys creating hard-won happily ever afters.
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