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5 Forbidden Romance Books That Will Test Your Mental Fortitude

The romance genre has been a timeless favorite for readers all over the world. The genre is remarkably deep with several sub-genres and hence, it allows a wide variety of readers something unique to enjoy. Today we are looking at five uniquely special forbidden romance books. Forbidden romance includes any and all romantic relationship that is considered taboo or unnatural. In some ways, even Romeo & Juliet should be considered a forbidden romance story.

In this post, however, I am going to explore books that explore slightly more complicated relationships; stories that appear taboo to society but in reality, is an individual choice of freedom. We will judge these books by the complexity of struggles of its characters to come to terms with their relationship and their own internal conflicts.

In this post, however, I am going to explore books that explore slightly more complicated relationships; stories that appear taboo to society but in reality, is an individual choice of freedom. We will judge these books primarily by the complexity of struggles of its characters to come to terms with their relationship and their own internal conflicts.

'Forbidden' by Tabitha Suzuma

Tabitha Suzuma is a British author. So far, she has written five books and of that she is best known for her book Forbidden.

Forbidden is about a relationship between a brother and a sister. Forced to grow up due to a drunken mother, their maturity and problems are highlighted beautifully. Although the subject is not for everyone, Forbidden presents it poignantly and will leave you emotionally drained.


The book's subject is highly controversial and will not find an interested audience in everyone. However, the book is beautifully and boldly written.


Rating: 4.5/5

Check out the Book on Amazon: International - India


'Misconduct' by Penelope Douglas


Born in Iowa, United States, Penelope Douglas is a new-age writer who loves writing on taboo subjects and adult themes. She has written sixteen books so far! She holds a degree in public administration and education, but today she is just a full-time author.

Misconduct explores a romance between a single father and the young teacher of his son. The story manages to convey the struggle for both as they enter into a taboo romantic relationship. A teacher scared for her job, a father scared for his reputation, and a desire to be together. Misconduct manages to capture and beautifully narrate their relationship as they overcome their own limitations and vulnerabilities.


The story has a few minor issues, especially the slightly repetitive sex scenes. But I can overlook that and focus on the brilliant portrayal of emotions.


Rating: 4/5

Check out the Book on Amazon: International - India


'Slammed' by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is an American author who specializes in writing contemporary romance books. She has written 14 books to date, with a consistent on strong yet vulnerable female lead characters.

Colleen self-published Slammed in 2012 and immediately won the hearts of her readers. The book explores vulnerability in relationships, especially between a student and a teacher. I almost added it to our romantic suspense thriller books reading list as well, until my better senses prevailed. Hoover's explorations in grief, internal struggles, and difficult choices make this book lovable and relatable.

Slammed is a very fast-paced book with falling in love and complexities arising at breakneck speed.


Rating: 3.5/5

Check out the Book on Amazon: International - India


'Debt Inheritance' by Pepper Winters


Pepper Winters has written more than twenty books and is famous for her work in dark romance. Having been both self-published and traditionally publishing, she is a unique success story.


Exploring the treacherous subject of slavery, Debt Inheritance is a fast-paced book. The unique aspect of the book is its portrayal of the male lead as a villain. This book makes no attempt at trying to find light in the darkness and that was a refreshing perspective. The character arcs are beautifully sketched out and make this book an unputdownable page-turner.


The only issue with the book is a set of inconsistencies, which sometimes adversely affects character development. That aside, the side characters are not very engaging either. This book had much more potential.


Rating: 3/5

Check out the Book on Amazon: International - India

'Born Darkly' by Trisha Wolfe


Trisha Wolfe is an American author best known for her takes on the dark romance. Exploring taboo subjects and relationships, the author makes you want to read her stories, online or offline, and doesn't let you forget about these stories easily.


Born Darkly attempts to explore and explain a relationship between a psychologist and a criminal. A forbidden relationship as per her profession, the book explores the dark and murky mind of a really flawed character.


The book is extremely dark and not for the fainthearted. Know what you are getting into before adding this to your reading list.


Rating: 3/5

Check out the Book on Amazon: International - India


Did I leave out some of your favorites? Tell us in the comments. I'd love to discover some new books to add to my forbidden romance reading list.

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