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Review: All The Forbidden Things by Lesley Jones

Author: Lesley Jones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 12, 2019

When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden…

I’ve known him my entire life. Before marriage. Before fatherhood. Before betrayal. Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good. Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter. He’s my brother’s best friend. He’s my boss. He has a wife. Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same. And I haven’t survived all that I have to not go after what I want.

Her story is a tragedy, mine’s a publicity disaster.

Just when I needed her most, she walked back into my life, and the timing couldn’t be worse. With a newborn baby, a divorce, an album to record, and a world tour to plan, I don’t need the distraction. She’s off limits. She’s my best friend’s little sister. She’s my nanny. Billie’s a golden drop of sexy sun on a grey autumn day, tempting me into the light and a life full of possibilities. A life not meant for us.



Nancy's Review - Rating ★★★★★

was hooked before the first chapter! Max is a rocker who was struggling to care for his four week old daughter. His wife Whitney refuses to care for her. She causes so much drama for Max. Billie is his best friend and band mate’s little sister. She works as a nanny and has just returned home after a horrible thing happened at her last job. Max hires her to be his nanny and things go from there. Billie is a wonderfully strong woman and falls in love with little Layla and her dad. This book has all the feels and had me laughing at the fast and witty banter and sobbing at the tragic things that happened. You feel so strong about what happens to these characters. Lesley Jones draws you in and keeps going to see what happens next.

Rebecca's Review - Rating ★★★★

Max has lived the life of a famous rock star to the fullest. When he meets Whitney he decides it's time to settle down and get married. They have a beautiful baby girl. Max s the happiest he's ever been. Unfortunately, it's not the same for his wife.

So when she leaves him, he's perfect fantasy is blown completely apart. He's left a broken-up single dad.

Billie Wild has lived on the side lines of celebrity status all her life. She is forced to leave a terrible situation and come back home to England. She decides to take a job as Layla s nanny. When childhood crushes come back, new attractions start and an ex-lover that wont go away, it's a rocky road to start on.

Sarah's Review - Rating ★★★★

From start to finish it has you invested and devouring the pages. A forbidden romance and lots of things happening that make you hot, swoon, shed a tear and want to bash heads.

Krista's Review - Rating ★★★★★

I had to wait a day to write my review because my emotions were all over the place with this story! I don't think I've ever wanted to climb into a book and just beat a b*tch's a$$ like I did this one. Billie has been through so much in her short 22 years of life and she is so much stronger for it. Max will literally break your heart. He is definitely in my top 10 favorite book boyfriends! I loved the shout out to Carnage and how this book is sort of connected to the Carnage gang. Lesley Jones is such an amazing story writer and know just how to hit you in the feels!!!!

Briana's Review - Rating ★★★★★

It’s nearly three in the morning here in California. I’ve just finished this book. My eyes hurt. I have a busy schedule for today. I SHOULD be sleeping.

Lol. No regrets.

Billie and Max are so frustratingly perfect together, it almost seems unreal. But man, do they make you work for it. And it’s so worth the read.

Also, I’d like to point out this is the first book I’ve read by her since she went and obliterated my happiness with Carnage. So I went in to this cautiously and slowly. Somewhat reluctantly. Now I’m doing a major facepalm for not giving it a chance sooner.

If you’re like me and are somewhat terrified of Lesley Jones after Carnage, just give this a chance. I promise, Max and Billie will fix you right up.


Lesley Jones was born and raised in Essex, England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family. Her first book, Saviour, was published in 2013 and she quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage, her third novel, made a number of lists, and won a number of awards for 'Best Ugly Cry'. Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble ugly crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences. She has declared that the very best part of her job is meeting her readers and has travelled the world a number of times over the past few years to do exactly that. Lesley is a big fan of wearing pyjamas at any time of day, but not a fan of wearing a bra, unless absolutely necessary.

When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week. She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football, spicy food and enjoys a glass of wine... or three.


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