Release Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Ever wondered if Ransom Scott would get his happily ever after?
It started with a drink.
It turned into a promise.
Ransom Scott lost his heart the day the woman he loved chose another man. Or so he thought. Estranged from his brother, distancing himself from the world, he’s been drowning his sorrows in cheap booze and women…determined to forget.
His world is falling apart, until a beautiful woman decides to take a chance on him.
Dani Deviche is as bewitching as she is innocent. Full of youth and vitality, she captivates him. Challenges him. She’s everything Ransom never thought to look for in the opposite sex, and he can’t get enough.
When a promise of friendship turns into something more, can Ransom fulfill his end of the bargain, or will a secret from Dani’s past destroy his last chance at happiness?
* * Author’s Note * *
This book was written as a compliment to the Forbidden Trilogy.
However, it can be read as a standalone.
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THERE WAS A STRANGE sensation bubbling just beneath the surface of his skin. Ransom couldn’t put his finger on what it was, but he knew it had to do with his brother and that hug they were forced to share. All he knew was it was warm, comforting, and the underlying meaning he refused to acknowledge set him on edge.
He wasn’t ready to let go of his anger. Some bridges weren’t meant to be crossed, not after so much water had passed beneath it.
The knowledge that his brother couldn’t guard his heart any better than he could made no difference at all, though he knew it should. The problem was that they’d always had a sort of rivalry between them, taking from one another, especially when it came to women. So in his mind, he’d been scorned. Left out to dry like a piece of wet laundry.
And now the very fabric of him was wrinkled, and he didn’t know the first thing about how to iron himself out.
Except that a faint voice in his head whispered to him, and it sounded suspiciously like Dani’s name.
They sat in his living room, the silence a pulsing beat of sexual tension that no one could deny. He wanted her, and he knew, despite her best efforts to deny it, she wanted him, too.
He’d enjoyed having her with him at the party. Hadn’t realized just how much it would mean to him or how much it would affect him. Just by being there, she’d calmed his nerves, as well as silencing the little voice inside his head that wanted nothing more than to climb back in his car and leave.
But she’d served as a safety net. A lifeline. Someone he could lean on, even if she didn’t know it. And she clearly didn’t judging by the way she sat so stiff now, her shyness calling to him. Begging for him to take it away.
He only knew of one way to do that, and he didn’t think she’d go for it.
Sex was something that Ransom had grown accustomed to using in order to bury his feelings, in order to keep the overwhelming depression from sucking him down into an inescapable oblivion. Somehow, he didn’t think it would be the same with Dani. It was a terrifying thought, and the only thing that kept him from jumping on her and ravishing her small, curvy body.
Hers was a body made for sin, and Ransom was inclined to explore every dark corner. Somehow he resisted, though only barely.
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward FightersSeries and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.
J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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I really enjoyed reading Forbidden Valentine. I had not read the other books in the Forbidden series so I went into this not quite grasping the backstory for the book’s hero, Ransom. But it didn’t matter, the author filled in the blanks and before long I understood his very painful past.
See once upon a time Ransom and his twin brother fell in love with the same girl. This unintentional love triangle worked out really well for Rebel but it left Ransom incredibly angry and bitter. He’s completely lost faith that there is someone out there for him and he now believes that he is somehow a lesser man because Rebel walked away with the only woman he thinks he’ll ever love.
So when Ransom stumbles upon Dani while he’s intoxicated at the bar, he’s completely surprised at how much she captures his attention and how she ignites his desire to make her his. Suddenly feeling more alive than he has in months, Ransom cannot stay away from Dani even though he believes that he has nothing to truly offer her. However, Dani sees who Ransom truly is and realizes that he is a man worth taking a chance on and loving.
They both understand feeling betrayed and it bonds them together. Their friends to lovers story is an excellent and highly entertaining read. Both characters are captivating and easily likeable. You want them to figure everything out and to get their happily ever after.
It is all kinda awesome but I think what I liked most about this book was that it just left me feeling happy and smitten with Ransom and Dani. Their romance was fun read and I was absolutely consumed by their story in Forbidden Valentine – it made me want to go back and the Rebel’s books, too.
Forbidden Valentine is a must read – I completely suggest you check this book out even if you have not read the previous books.