THE FORBIDDEN BROTHER (The McNeill Magnates #7)

THE FORBIDDEN BROTHER                  JOANNE ROCK

One night of passion, mistaken identity... and unmistakable consequences! Jillian Ross craves adventure. And she gets it when her new career as a film scout leads her to the ranch owned by the wealthy Wyoming McNeills. Giving in to temptation with the playboy McNeill causes havoc--since it's actually his reclusive twin, Cody, she's fallen for! Now she's pregnant--and still can't get enough of her reluctant rancher. Is this adventure just beginning?







MY REVIEW:
     Although I enjoyed this short story there were a lot of answers left unanswered for me with no explanation at the end to let you if more was to come. Or what or why?
     The two main characters were engaging enough but just when I was starting to feel we were going to go somewhere the story was over.  So, we don’t find out about the movie, who wrote the note, Cody’s stepmom’s secrets or health, Scarlett’s ex, does Cody marry Jillian, does her pregnancy go well???, etc.….
     There seems to be a whole lot of secrets the siblings are keeping too from one another that stem from their father.  What is up with his dislike for Scarlett?  Is she not his? HMmm?
     Now this book is mainly about Jillian a breast cancer survivor of two years out from the surgery.  She is a locations scout for a major studio in Hollywood.  She found a perfect location sold her bosses on it not knowing when she hiked onto it that it was private property.  Owned by the McNeill family.  She’s asked to film there but Cody McNeill keeps just saying “No” flat out.  No explanation or meeting with her.
     So, she went to town to get his approval in research she finds out he has numerous siblings including a brother, Carson.  She decided she would contact him since he at one time was involved with the movie industry.  So, when she is sitting in a little busy bar having her first glass of wine since being diagnosed she sees Carson pass by the window she is sitting in front of.
     Even though it’s raining she follows him.  He goes into a little hole in the wall bar that only locals seem to know about since no one is there.  She sits in a seat that she can observe him.  When he catches her staring at him and he assumes she believes he is his twin brother.  He is mad at his brother for the first time in years so he decides to have a little fun to get back at him.  Not knowing she doesn’t know him.
     He asks her to dance not realizing having the feel of Jillian in his arms he would find out how well she fits.  She fits in his arms cause the chemistry is overpowering and the chemistry stirs him that he hasn’t felt in months.  Really some ever.  When he looks down at Jillian’s face he would have to guess by the blush on her cheeks that she is having the same reaction.
     So, he asks if she would like to go somewhere on an adventure with him.  Well, once he said those words Jillian couldn’t resist because of her list not to mention she hadn’t been close to a man since her boyfriend dumped her the day of her surgery to remove the cancerous tumor.
     During the end of the one and done she says Carson’s name and Cody, goes still because although he was lying to her she really thought she was with his brother.  She is pale when he says who he is.  Then she has a confession to make.
     The story itself is a good one.  It could just have been me looking for more answers.  Maybe I missed something and this is a novella, to set you up for the series for sure.  But the characters are likable.  I give this: 3 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at

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