Review: The Forbidden Brother by Joanne Rock

Series: The McNeill Magnates #7
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 240
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 4 Stars
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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?



Holy sexy cowboys!

Cody McNeills is a hard-working cowboy who loves and protects his family. He’s the oldest of six siblings and the last holdout in some pretty complicated family drama. The last thing he needs is some tenacious film scout riding roughshod all over his life, no matter how sexy she is!

Jillian Ross is trying hard to do her job and Cody isn’t making it any easier, especially since she’s also fighting her attraction to him. Jillian has got a second chance at life and is not letting a little thing like a tall, dark and handsome cowboy stand in her way. Fate however, has some very interesting plans for the two!

This is my first read from Joanne Rock and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love family-based stories and the dynamic of the McNeills is mysteriously complex. Secrets are lurking just under the surface of this seemingly normal ranching family. As I was reading the book I was reminded of the adage, “What’s done in the dark, will eventually come to light.” And I can’t wait for someone to flip the switch!

Jillian and Cody paired well together. Both characters have been through a lot, suffering tremendous tragedies and hardships. But I think that’s what made them work so well together, they are survivors. Their chemistry was great and the passions were overflowing!

Whether you come in at the second or seventh book in the series like me, you won’t have any trouble keeping up with the storyline. This book easily reads as a standalone. I found myself fascinated with the characters and wanting to learn more about the extended family so I’ll definitely be checking out previous books.

THE FORBIDDEN BROTHER is an exciting, sexy and mysterious read. I invite readers to check out the series. Try on a McNeill for size and see what fits!

I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.



Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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