After reading ‘Complicate Me’, I couldn’t wait to start the next book in the series. M. Robinson’s stories have a way of sucking me in. Like it’s predecessor, ‘Forbid Me’ proved to be an emotional, angsty story of forbidden love. I couldn’t get enough.
‘Forbid Me’ is the story of Lucas’s little sister, Lily and his best friend, Jacob. Much like half-pint, Lily has always been around the “Good Ol’ Boys” for all of her life. Also like half-pint, she was very much “off-limits” to any of the guys. As much as they sheltered Alex, who was only a couple of years younger than the boys, it was far worse for Lily, who was seven years younger than Jacob.
The age-difference between Lily and Jacob might be tough for some to swallow. After all, she was around 15 when they first started exploring their attraction. He was in his early twenties at the time. If Alex was “half-pint”, then Lily was “jail bait”.
Most of the conflict in their story centers upon the forbidden nature of their relationship. In many ways, it was very similar to ‘Complicate Me’. Jacob spends a lot of time trying to deny his attraction to Lily because she is so much younger and the sister of his best friend. Eventually, Lily has had enough of Jacob’s rejection and tries to move on, only to have him then figure out how much he wants her. Once he’s no longer fighting his attraction, they waste time trying to hide it from their friends/family.
Where this story differed from ‘Complicate Me’ was in the personalities of the characters. Lily was no shrinking violet. This was one bold, outspoken heroine. M. Robinson did a great job of crafting her character. She managed to keep her from coming across as young or “victimy”, which was essential, given the age difference between her and Jacob. If anything, you felt like she was the one taking advantage of Jacob.
Jacob also stood out from Lucas’s character. Yes, he was attracted to a younger, off-limits girl, but that was where the similarities ended for me. He didn’t engage in the same self-destructive behaviors that Lucas did. He also seemed to give more regard to Lily and her feelings. Sure, he made plenty of mistakes along the way, but there wouldn’t have been much of a story otherwise.
Overall, this was a great story. It was sweet, taboo and very angsty. I listened to the Audible version and it was well-narrated. If you’re looking for a sweet, forbidden love story, this is a good choice.