Review: The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle



Karina Halle


A reckless and irresistible soccer star. A forbidden affair that could ruin her career. The locker room has never been this steamy.

Starting over was her only option.

Forty-years old and still reeling from a public and painful divorce, Thalia Blackwood is looking for a fresh start, somewhere far away from her upside down life. When she’s offered a new job as the sports therapist for a football (soccer) team, she jumps at the chance. This is just what she needs to leave the heartbreak and shame of Manchester behind, trading it in for the warmth and hopeful vibrancy of Madrid.

He was her only desire.

Alejo Albarado is rising up the ranks in his career. As the charming forward for the Real Madrid team, Alejo’s life revolves around women, parties, and being a tabloid darling, that is until the new sports therapist joins the team.

Their passion could not be ignored.

What starts out as a strictly professional relationship between Thalia and the young Spanish player, slowly evolves into something more. Much more.

Their relationship was forbidden.

But their combustible chemistry and simmering sexual tension can only go so far–should Thalia give into Alejo’s advances, she’s at risk of not only losing her job, but succumbing to a younger man will drag her through the spotlight again.

Alejo might be worth that risk.

Unless he breaks her heart in the process.

The Forbidden Man is a full-length standalone romance. Characters from Love, in English make a cameo in this book, however The Forbidden Man is intended to be read as a STANDALONE and was previously titled The Younger Man.


This book brought it with an age gap and forbidden romance – 2 favorite tropes in one book. AND it’s a sports romance which I LOVE!!As I was reading THE FORBIDDEN MAN I kept thinking this book has a little flavor of the tv show, Ted Lasso, along with the former relationship of Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher.

I really loved this book because Ms. Halle has a way of writing a book that makes it feel like you’re watching a movie. Even up to the ending the reader has the thrill of wondering how Alejo & Thalia will make their relationship work.

One fun surprise in reading this was discovering that Mateo from Love, in English is the coach of Alejo’s soccer team and Thalia’s boss. I read his Love, in English in 2014. I loved seeing Mateo and Vera and hearing how they’re doing.

THE FORBIDDEN MAN is a STANDALONE. A new to the team sports therapist catches the eye of the star player. She’s 40 years old and he’s in his 20’s. Their connection is a steamy one but also one that goes against the rules of the team.

Audiobook source: Hoopla
Narrator: Alexander Cendese & Stephanie Rose
Length: 13H 14M

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