Abby Strickland has always had crush on Richard Braddock, her best friend’s father...her father’s best friend. With Richard’s divorce six years before, that crush turned to longing, longing to love. If only Richard knew. At Melanie Braddock’s wedding, Abby decides it’s time to get this out of her system. No matter how forbidden, Abby knows she’ll regret it more if she never tries.
Richard Braddock hasn’t seen Abby Strickland in six years, and he blesses the distance those years have given him. Not only can he see the beauty in the woman she’s become, he can also fully appreciate it...and want her more than he’s ever wanted a woman. And while Richard knows he risks the wrath of their families if he acts on his feelings, he also knows he cannot resist a taste of forbidden fruit this sweet.
NOTE: This story was previously released and has been re-edited and re-released.
FIVE ANGELS! Caitlyn Willows has written a very moving and sexy story. Forbidden Fruit is a book that you will want to read over and over. The story is very moving and shows that love can conquer about anything. Ms Willows is a very talented author and she can write some very hot and sexy love scenes. They just keep getting hotter and hotter. Forbidden Fruit will leave you hot. ~Moonluster, Fallen Angel Reviews
FIVE STARS! Both Abby and Richard Braddock are wonderful and sexy characters. Ms. Willows does a fantastic job as always in bringing together a wonderful story full of heat, interesting and dynamic characters whose sex appeal leaps off the pages, and a believable plot. In this instance Ms. Willow tackles the difficult topic of falling in love with a much older and sexy man who also happens to be a family friend and neighbor. There is also a suspense subplot that is woven into the story to keep readers on the edge of their seats. All these elements continue to make this book one captivating read...a true winner. ~Aggie Tsirikas, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
4.5 BLUE RIBBONS! FORBIDDEN FRUIT is an awesome read. Love knows no boundaries regardless of age. Caitlyn Willows did a perfect job of portraying these two characters; it’s almost as if she took a page from my life. This is a book I will be recommending to everyone I know. ~Shayla, Romance Junkies
FOUR HEARTS! Caitlyn Willows has penned an adventurous and explosive erotic romance with Forbidden Fruit! Abby and Richard's growing bond is very beautiful and very sensual. Ms. Willows has once again captured my attention with this heartwarming and truly romantic story of a timeless love, ready to be explored at any and all ages. ~Sarah W., The Romance Studio
4 CUPS! This is fabulous romantic tale, with real life situations and complications. The characters have depth first and you are kept entertained by the secondary characters as Richard and Abby discover each other, and on your toes as danger is involved. A fast paced romance with plenty of action and hot spicy sex scenes. Wateena, Coffee Time Romance
I loved that this was not a typical older man/younger woman story; there was a certain history, and more happiness at stake than just Abby’s and Richard’s. Sometimes the best things in life start out forbidden. ~Cerise, Joyfully Reviewed
Make this right, Richard reminded himself when he
finally found Abby at the Golden Nugget. She was hunched over one of the
quarter slots. Even from where he stood Richard could see the machine was
paying out. Abby was raking up credits big time. The wins didn’t translate to
her face. She looked sad, lost. All he wanted to do was wrap his arms around
her. That roused the beast in his pants. As it hardened he also stiffened his
resolve and took the seat next to her.
“You look like you’re doing very well.”
Abby snapped her head his way. A second later she gave him a
smile so bright her whole body glowed. “This is a nice surprise.”
At least she wasn’t upset. In fact, she twisted around to
face him more fully.
“Mom and Dad with you?”
“They went to see Lance Burton.” He pointed to the machine.
“You’re up to a two thousand credits.”
Abby glanced at the digital display. “So I am. I hadn’t
Lovely as this innocent conversation was, it didn’t solve
the problem. Richard didn’t know if Abby was still mad and just making nice or
what. It didn’t matter. It was time to fix this. “I’m glad I found you.
Actually, I was looking for you.”
She cocked her head to one side. “Really?”
Richard reached for her hand, then pulled back. Touching her
would really mess everything up at this point. “I wanted to apologize for
Abby curled her fingers over his arm, much in the same way
he’d seen Erin do to Ron earlier. He wondered if it had the same effect on his
friend as it did on him—a conduit of electricity straight to his cock.
“It was my fault. I shouldn’t have baited Pam.”
“No, no.” He took a chance and placed his hand on top of
hers. “Not Pam, me. I wanted to apologize for my… Look, Abby, you’re a
beautiful woman. I haven’t seen you in six years. I can’t control how my body
reacted, but I never should have—”
Her soft fingers against his lips cut off his words. “You
think you insulted me? No.” She shook her head, locking her gaze onto his.
“Trust me, you have no idea how thrilled I was to find you interested.
I’ve wanted you for so long.”
The last came out on a whisper. Richard struggled for
something coherent to say. Nothing would come out. All he could do was stare
into her sparkling brown eyes.
“The only reason I came to the wedding was to see you.” She
traced her finger against his chin. “I had to know if you looked as great and
tempting as I remembered. You look better, by the way, and more tempting than
ever. I didn’t know what to say, how to tell you.”
She dusted the other hand along his thigh, sending tiny
shock waves to his groin.
“Then you wrapped your arms around me and I felt you.”
She started to drift upward to his crotch, then stopped.
“I thought it was just a reaction, but your thumbs… I knew
then. You want me too.” Abby laughed lightly and eased away. “I had this grand
seduction scheme in my head. As I was sitting at the table, I thought of how
upset the families would be if they found out. So I told myself I was stupid to
consider it in the first place. That hurt too.”
“So you left.”
Abby nodded and glanced down. “I’ve been sitting here
calling myself a fool for that too. Then you showed up.”
He lifted her chin on the pads of his fingers. “Our families
don’t need to know. This is our business.”
A sigh loosened the tension in her shoulders. Dropping his
hands to her knees, Richard bunched up the dress slowly until he could reach
bare skin. It was silky, warm. A hint of her arousal drifted to him, urging him
to take what she offered—as if he needed encouragement. He circled his thumbs
against her thighs, stopping halfway to his goal.
“I want to love you, Abby,” he said softly. “I want to take
you upstairs and feel you quiver beneath my touch when I make you come. I want
to love you as a woman was meant to be loved—thoroughly. I want to bury myself
in your heat and lose myself in the wonder of your beautiful soul.”
“I want that too,” she breathlessly replied. “Just one
night, Richard. I don’t want to tie you down or make you promise forever to me.
Just one night to fulfill my dreams.”
“Then let’s make it a night we’ll never forget.”
She nodded and pushed to her feet as he stood.
“Are you forgetting something?” Smiling, he pointed to her
Abby giggled and punched the “cash out” button. The machine
made the sound of coins dropping. When that show was over, it printed her
receipt. She smiled. “Five hundred dollars. Not too shabby from one twenty
dollar bill.” She stepped up to the redemption machine nearby and in less time
than it took to think about it, she was holding her cash.
“So, your room or mine?” she asked.
“Have you eaten?”
“Dinner first. I didn’t eat much either.”
“But, I thought…”
Richard leaned forward, his mouth close to her ear. “Relax,
sweetheart. There are many ways to make love that have nothing to do with sex.
This is our night. Let’s explore them.”
“On one condition… My treat and we splurge.” She shoved half
of the money deep into his front pocket, setting his cock on definite overload.
“Your wish is my command, ma’am. I know just the place.”
She rewarded him with a smile. “Lead the way. I’m all
He was going to make sure of that.