Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 12/11/19
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
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A reckless and irresistible soccer star. A forbidden affair that could ruin her career. The locker room has never been this steamy.
Starting over was her only option.
Forty-years old and still reeling from a public and painful divorce, Thalia Blackwood is looking for a fresh start, somewhere far away from her upside down life. When she's offered a new job as the sports therapist for a football (soccer) team, she jumps at the chance. This is just what she needs to leave the heartbreak and shame of Manchester behind, trading it in for the warmth and hopeful vibrancy of Madrid.
He was her only desire.
Alejo Albarado is rising up the ranks in his career. As the charming forward for the Real Madrid team, Alejo's life revolves around women, parties, and being a tabloid darling, that is until the new sports therapist joins the team.
Their passion could not be ignored.
What starts out as a strictly professional relationship between Thalia and the young Spanish player, slowly evolves into something more. Much more.
Their relationship was forbidden.
But their combustible chemistry and simmering sexual tension can only go so far--should Thalia give into Alejo's advances, she's at risk of not only losing her job, but succumbing to a younger man will drag her through the spotlight again.
Alejo might be worth that risk.
Unless he breaks her heart in the process.
Guys, have you read this book yet? Because if you haven’t you MUST. It’s a complete standalone and THE FEELS. WHOA! They are intense and overwhelming and just delicious. This story is so sexy and sultry, so decadent and forbidden, so emotional and passionate and tender. Totally unputdownable. Everything I want a romance to be. Hands down one of THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019! Go read it.
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I AM STILL TRYING TO CATCH MY BREATH. Whew baby, Karina Halle BRINGS IT with The Forbidden Man! This book absolutely wrecked me. It was angsty and sexy and decadent and forbidden and heartfelt and beautiful and romantic and dreamy anddddddddd … I could keep going on and on for days. I’m IN AWE of Alejo and Thalia. These characters are so special. They are MORE THAN memorable. They are the kinds of characters that leave a mark on you and I’m not sure how I will get over them.
I mean, my word! The Forbidden Man is simply a GUARANTEED BOOK HANGOVER. From start to finish, it’s impossible to put down. It more than holds your attention, it demands it. The characters have charismatic personalities that charm you through and through. And there’s not a chance you won’t FALL HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE with every aspect of this story.
From the gut wrenching prologue to the melt-your-heart epilogue, this is a romance that packs a punch. The age gap is significant, Alejo 23 and Thalia 40, but you barely notice it as these two are kindred spirits, connecting on a soul deep level.
Karina Halle not only delivers a stunning romance but one that pushes boundaries, makes you squirm, and has your pulse pounding like crazy. The way Thalia and Alejo’s relationship is set up is out of this world intoxicating. Thalia has just moved to Madrid and has been hired as the head physical therapist for Real Madrid. She’s there for a fresh start, having just come off a divorce. Alejo is NOT in her plans. But who could ever plan for someone like Alejo (the star football player of the team)! He’s a force of nature, a sexy-as-sin, sweet-talking, gorgeous and passionate man that makes you want want want.
The relationship is forbidden. In Thalia’s contract it states she can have NO sexual contact with a player. But when Alejo is hurt and they’re forced to work closely together, things burn and they get swept up in an inferno that rages out of control.
And you guys, it’s EVERYTHING. You truly can’t catch your breath. The storyline is so heady and sultry and sensual. It heats you up inside and out! On top of that, there’s a depth and realness to these character, a sweet-tenderness to their love story that just RUINS you. I truly can’t say enough good things. I was completely romanced, carried away by Alejo and Thalia’s love. It’s so immersive, so visceral, so BEYOND any words. You need to read it. Undoubtedly one of my most FAVORITE STANDALONE READS of 2019! I. JUST. LOVE. IT.
About the Author
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.