Review: Forbidden Desires by Jodie Griffin

Title: Forbidden Desires by Jodie Griffin
Bondage & Breakfast Series
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, BDSM
Length: 41,000 words
Book Rating: C

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


When it comes to sex, Bella Massey wants a man who’ll get down on his knees and beg. And although she’s got the hots for firefighter Marcus Aiello, she can’t believe an alpha male like him could have a submissive bone in his body.

Marcus isn’t looking for a relationship, but Bella is not like any woman he’s ever met. When he discovers what the sexy librarian is really looking for in a man, he’s even more intrigued. But giving up control is difficult for Marcus–no matter how much he desires it.

Despite their intense attraction, Marcus and Bella’s budding relationship is at an impasse. Until a weekend at a unique B&B offering all manner of naughty nightly activities teaches them both just how good it can feel to lose control

The Review:

Forbidden Desires is the latest scorching hot novella in Jodie Griffin’s Bondage & Breakfast series. The common theme is the BDSM B & B and some of the same characters, but the novellas can be read as standalone stories.

Bella Massey and Marcus Aiello carry scars from their previous relationships. They also have sexual desires that make them uncomfortable and they are afraid of how the other will react to them. Bella craves complete control in the bedroom while Marcus would like to give in to his submissive urges on occasion.

Although they both have reservations about getting involved with one another, Bella and Marcus quickly jump into a relationship. On their very first date, they reveal their desires but neither one is willing to talk about why their past relationships failed. This lack of communication continues to plague them throughout the novella and results in a frustrating on again/off again relationship that is full of unresolved issues.

The sex scenes between Marcus and Bella are quite erotic and while they definitely have a physical connection, there was not much opportunity for them to connect emotionally. The inability to talk about their desires comes between them again and again and they go for periods of time without talking or seeing one another. Bella eventually comes to understand her conflicting sexual needs but Marcus never really seems to be comfortable with his submissive desires.

While there is a BDSM aspect to the storyline, it is not hardcore. Neither Marcus nor Bella want to live a BDSM lifestyle but they enjoy experimenting with domination and submission. What makes Forbidden Desires unique is the fact that both characters are switches and that certainly makes for some pretty intense and seriously hot sexual encounters between them.

If you are a fan of romances with a little extra kink and a whole lot of heat, then you should pick up a copy of Forbidden Desires. I am looking forward to the next installment in Jodie Griffin’s Bondage & Breakfast series.

Read my reviews of the other books in this series HERE.

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One Response to Review: Forbidden Desires by Jodie Griffin

  1. Timitra

    I like the sound of this-thanks Kathy!