Book Review: ‘Forbidden Desires’ by Ava Sterling

Forbidden Desires

Title: Forbidden Desires: A Stepbrother Romance

Published: 30th May 2016

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling


Kara’s never thought twice about her step brother, Brad, until she notices his profile on a dating website her roommate signed her up for. Their parents haven’t been married long, and she only met him once, but he came across as a bit too confident.

One night at home, she discovers that her roommate has been messaging him on a different account. Her roommate forgot to log out before she went to work, and the temptation to message Brad pretending to be her roommate is too much to pass up. Maybe that would give her a safe way to tell him her forbidden thoughts about him. What could go wrong?

(This explicit story is intended for adult readers only)


Another fun, hot, nicely paced short read. I have read a few stepsibling romances before and find they are always an interesting read, especially with how different each author writes them.

So Kara has been in a bit of a romance slump for a while and feels that being out of practice sexually will clearly show with the next person she’s with. I guess she should have known that her roommate would be right when she said it is like riding a bike, because once started there is no holding her back with claiming the passion she wants. After being bugged by her friend to set up a dating profile she just lets Crystal take the lead with talking to people on it as her, and as she puts it weeding out the ‘no’s’. Crystal kind of created a slide show of sorts with images of possible men Kara might be interested in. Kara gets a shock when she see’s one face she recognizes – none other than her new stepbrother Brad. Loved how calm and sneaky Crystal was with saying that she wouldn’t contact him through Kara’s profile, leaving it open to talk to him through hers.

It’s because of Crystal being a bit nosey that Kara even has the guts to talk to Brad in the first place when she gets home and realizes that Crystal left her profile open. Just a few flirty voice messages with Brad and she already feels better about her self worth. Not that it lasts for long. Good job the pizza guy is on his way then!

Brad clearly has been thinking about his new stepsister for a while with the amount of times he kept bringing her up in his conversations with Crystal. He must have thought his Christmases had come at once when he heard Kara’s voice coming through the voice message instead of Crystals. Now he has her in front of him there is nothing that is going to stop him from taking what he wants. He knows she wants him just as bad and once they let loose the forbidden passion they have held back its hot.

Spicy chemistry between them that I don’t think they will be able to hold back from. One time thing Kara, I think not. A fun memory to think about at all the family occasions that I can see they both will be attending from now on. Good rounded characters that you would be interested in seeing how life turns out for them. I do think that Crystal should have her own story next though, not with Brad mind you, but with someone she manages to trap in her snare. Only in it for a short part but does make a big impression with her bubbly, bold character.


4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.


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