The Forbidden Billionaire
(Sinclair Novel, Book 1)
Publisher & Release Date: Montlake Romance, March 31, 2015
Time and setting: Present Day, Maine
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Length: 242 pages
Heat Level: 3 Scorching Hot Flames
Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns
All of Jared Sinclair’s wealth still can’t ease the pain from his terrible childhood…or his guilt over a recent tragedy. Unable to forgive himself, the billionaire property investor buries his emotions, toughens his skin, and becomes a notorious womanizer, refusing to commit his heart to a woman when he’s convinced she wants only his wallet.
But ever since Jared arrived in Amesport, Maine, he’s been intrigued by Mara Ross, the petite and sexy shop owner who asks nothing of him. When Mara’s store is purchased without her knowledge, she stands on the brink of losing her home, her livelihood, and generations of family history. Then the irresistibly persuasive Jared proposes a business deal to Mara…and soon draws her into a steamy, sensual affair, convincing her that he’s anything but cold. However, when a revelation shakes Mara’s fragile trust to the core, Jared must finally confront the truth about his past.
In The Forbidden Billionaire, J.S. Scott brings the next chapter in her passionate Sinclairs series to life.
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I have been a fan of J.S. Scott’s for a while now, ever since I read Mine for Tonight. Recently I had a chance to meet Ms. Scott at the Romance Writers Of America conference in New York City the other week. She gave me an advance reader copy of The Forbidden Billionaire, and I also downloaded the audio version as soon as it was released. Ms. Scott has written another great story in the Sinclair series. I enjoyed it immensely.
Jared Sinclair has a troubled past. He is plagued by memories of his best friend and girlfriend’s death. His guilt over not driving them the night of the accident is eating him alive. Through the help of his brother, Evan, he has managed to stumble through life by maintaining ridged control over every aspect of his existence.
Mara Ross has just learned her home and doll shop have been sold. For her this is devastating news. Not only will she lose her premises for her shop, but the only home she has ever had. As she pours her heart out to Jared Sinclair, she is unaware that he is the one who has bought her home.
Jared feels a major load of guilt for putting her in this position. When he discovers her side business of selling taffy, jams and sauces at the local farmer’s market, he offers to help her expand her business. As they work together on the project, his attraction to Mara grows to a fierce passion. He must have her.
When the passion between the couple flares to a combustible level, Jared realizes his feelings are much more than only physical. Will his secret destroy his chance at a forever kind of love?
I enjoyed the romance between Mara and Jared tremendously from the first combustible scene to the last. The chemistry between them sizzles, threatening to burn my ears and my hands. Since I listened to this while driving and on my breaks at work, I worried that my flaming cheeks and heavy breathing would give me away! Ms. Scott definitely knows how to write sexually explicit love scenes to say the least.
Mara is an endearing character with her fierce determination to succeed and her touch of innocence. Her reaction to Jared leads her to experiencing a level of passion she has never experienced before, and I loved her awe and amazement as she discovers true physical desire. Her feelings and emotions fairly jump off the page.
Jared is my favorite kind of hero, a tortured soul. However, he does not let his past stand in the way of his pursuit of Mara. I love how he convinces Mara to accept his help. When he shares what happened to his best friend and his girlfriend, his pain is raw and moved me to tears.
I highly recommend The Forbidden Billionaire to anyone who enjoys a sexually hot romance with a unique storyline. I found it a fast and entertaining read and will definitely hope there will be another book in the series. I want Evan’s story. Happy reading!