Consolation Prize (Linda Kage)

Don’t you just hate it when someone destroys all your carefully made plans?

I mean, I had goals: college to graduate in one semester, a future I was working hard to reach, and an image of myself I wanted the world to see. My life was stacked into these precisely placed blocks. But then Colton Gamble came along and knocked them all askew.

I hated how he messed everything up, how he could hog all my attention whenever he was around, how he made my pulse quicken — but only because he ticked me off… not because I was attracted to him. Oh! And I hated how he knew how attractive he was too, the shallow, full of himself, doesn’t take no for an answer, too-flirty, too cocky, extremely irritating jerk.

The boy had all the qualities that turned me off. Or so I thought.

One night he wasn’t quite the brainless, over-confident jerk I usually took him for.

One night, he took care of me when I was at my lowest. He opened up to me and made me open up to him.

Now I’m learning maybe he’s not what I first thought he was. And maybe I’M not what I first thought I was. Maybe it’s okay to rearrange a couple of my perfectly set blocks. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll stop worrying about what I’m afraid everyone else will think and finally reach for something I really want. It’s possible some of my plans need to be destroyed, and Colton Gamble is exactly the kind of mess I need in my life.

What do you think? Should I give him a try?

Desperately seeking your advice,
Julianna Radcliffe


I will admit that I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. But here we go. The last book of the Forbidden Men series was another amazing one, and I cannot believe that this series is over. I need more. I need more of the whole gang!

This book is about the youngest Gamble brother, Colton, who we met when he was a small child, when his brother and sister in law took him in and raised him as their own. Colton is definitly a grown up now, and he’s such a smartmouth, so hilarious, and he has such a big heart. What a family. Julianna we met on the previous book, when she went on a date with Colton’s older brother, Brandt. I really liked Julianna, and I understood her struggle to always present a perfect image and project the best of herself. But I loved that Colton helped her be more relaxed and start doing things for herself and not anyone else.

Julianna is a black woman, and she’s older than Colton. The interracial aspect of their relationship plays a big part in the book, especially from Julianna’s side. But I was happy that their age different didn’t gather that much attention (even though they met while he was still a minor…).

I loved their banter though, they spurred each other on, and were always ready for a verbal fight. I loved their dynamic.

I’m sad to see this series end, because I fell for all the characters in this series. Family and friends played such an important role throughout all these books, and I really liked them all. I’m sorry to see it come to an end.

But it was a great ending, that’s for sure.

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

Priceless (Linda Kage)

Three things in my life were fact.
I needed Sarah to survive.
I needed sex to remain sane.
And I could never mix sex with Sarah.

I just knew — deep in my marrow  —that if I did, I’d somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn’t unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone.

People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn’t about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy.

Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity.
Now it’s all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please?


OHHHH BOYYYY!!!! So, finally finally finally I got to the book about Brandt and Sarah :D. I’ve been following these characters since book 1 and 2 and I’ve loved to see their friendship, so I’m so happy that they have their own book and their own HEA.

The book starts with the story of their friendship, showing us events that happened since they were 13 years old. Events that happened in the other books, but now we see them through the perspective of the 2 kids. Which is awesome! Their story, their romance, only starts at around 23% of the book, when they’re both 22 years old and finishing college. I loved that Linda Kage gave us their FULL STORY!!

Once again, Linda Kage threw me for a loop here. I already knew one of the themes of the book, given that Sarah has cerebral palsy, but I wasn’t expecting Brandt to have gone through such a  traumatic event himself. But they are both such amazing and complex characters, and I loved their friendship and their connection.

The only thing that kind of upsetted me, was the lack of communication at some point. They were both crazy about each other, and it took them ages to get to a point of actually admitting it to each other. Oh well.

Another amazing book on this series, with amazing characters. I loved to see a character with cerebral palsy get a main role in a romance book. Well done.

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

Worth It (Linda Kage)

I fell in love once.

It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing.

I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret.

Our love could conquer all.

Until it didn’t.

So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her.

It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged.

Or so I thought.

Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I’m older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless ex-con like me.

So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.

Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway.

This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper…

— Knox Parker


Worth It is the 6th book of the Forbidden Men series, and the 7th book that I’ve read, and another one I loved. Again, I loved the writing, and once again, this book is told in dual POV and through different time periods. We learn how they met and their relationship developed, while they were teens, and then we see the now.

I really liked the characters, Felicity had such a great light and I loved both her POVs. I loved how much more confident she was and how much she grew. But Knox was such a different person… He was considerate and amazing when he was 18, but after everything that happened, he’s a much more subdued person, and it’s justified, but it broke my heart. While Felicity has an amazing character development in the past, Knox’s character development happens in the now. Knox went through hell… it still breaks my heart.

This is a story of first love and second chances. I loved their connection, and all their experiences together.

Another great romance on this series, and these 2 are a great addition to the group.

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

A Perfect Ten (Linda Kage)

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

I know I’ve closed myself off in a major way over the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It’s past time I try to live again or just give up altogether. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I’m standing outside Oren Tenning’s bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he’d probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.


Guys, this was my 6th book of this series, and I’m still quite enjoying it, even though I had some issues with just how this romance gets started.

Again, the writing is still pulling me in big time, and I’m super invested in this series and in these people, because Linda Kage just made them such an amazing group with some great dynamics.

About the characters though, I already loved Caroline and Ten, by now, I’ve read 3 books were they were prominently featured, so I knew I liked them a lot already. What I wasn’t expecting was for them to fit together so well. Ten and Caroline ended up being much more alike than I original thought, and I loved their shenanigans together. I loved how Caroline saw past all the bullshit that Ten said, and got to know the person he truly was, and Ten was so damn devoted to her.

Now… I wasn’t very pleased about how their relationship finally started. It is implied in the blurb, but I thought it was going to go a different way. But the thing is, Caroline sneaks into to Ten’s room, he believes he’s meeting someone else, he realizes she’s not the girl he’s supposed to meet, but he still doesn’t know who she is… and this happens more than once, and even though he WISHES she’s Caroline, because he’s in love with her, he BELIEVES that she’s not. Because of this, I have to say that I was really uncorfortable with this situation, even though it all worked out well for them.

While I loved the character growth and the romance between Caroline and Ten, I also loved the support of most of their friends, and the lengths they went to to be together and happy. But I was so disappointed at Noel for a moment there… 

Also, this book made me cry like crazy!
The last portion is just so darn sad.

For me, another strong installment of this series. Not perfect, but still pretty amazing. I only have 3 more books to read, and again, I’m excited!

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

With Every Heartbeat (Linda Kage)

I used to think everything was black and white, truth or lie, easy or hard, that if I could just escape my strict, overbearing, abusive father, my life would be perfect. But since I’ve found a reason to risk his wrath and leave, to help a friend in need, I’ve come to realize everything I thought I knew is wrong.

Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn’t even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and love…love is the most painful thing of all.

Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me.

-Zoey Blakeland

*Don’t worry! The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*


I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book, but I ended up enjoying it a lot, even though not as much as the previous ones.

I’ve been enjoying this series a lot, so you guys already know I really like Linda Kage’s writing, and this one is no exception. I love how she writes the dual POV on the first person. The characters always have such different voices… I love it. Another great thing about this book – that makes me super excited about reading the next one – is that we get a few chapters from Ten’s POV. He’s hilarious.

I really liked Zoe and Quinn, they were just such amazing people. It’s rare to get a book about two shy and stand up great people. Usually, one of them is a little more outgoing, so this was such a delight to read. Zoe and Quinn do belong together, they’re just perfect. (Especially for each other).

Now, it’s truth that Quinn is dating Cora for over half of the book, and that was highly frustrating, because Cora is a huge BITCH! I wish Quinn had made some different decisions and saw what was right in front of him, because it was just so clear that Cora was not the right person for him.

But there is no cheating at all in this book, and there’s a lot of character growth. I really liked the slow burn romance between Quinn and Zoe, they were beyond cute together, and I loved that they loved Psych so much, because that show is awesome.

I just wish that Cora has been out of the picture a lot sooner, and I also wish Quinn had reacted differently at one point of the book, but I did get his point of view.

Overall, this was a very great installment for this series, and I’m beyond excited for the next book, A Perfect Ten, I’m excited for Ten and Caroline 😀 .

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

August TBR

I did very well with my TBR for last month, and I finished most books there, except for one, that I did start. So, I hope I do as well this month… as I plan to read:

  1. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn
  3. Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland
  4. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon
  5. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4; Winston Brothers #0.5) by Penny Reid
  6. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid
  7. Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid
  8. Beard in Waiting (Winston Brothers #3.5) by Penny Reid
  9. Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid
  10. Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase
  11. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  12. A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage
  13. Heartfall by J.B. McGee

Have you guys read any of these books? What are your thoughts?

Be My Hero (Linda Kage)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK You can finish in one day

Once upon a time, there was this pampered rich girl who was kind of full of herself. She really only cared about appearances and hiding all her dark, ugly secrets under the guise of an opinionated snob. But then Eva Mercer got pregnant, shot by a psycho, and kicked out of the only home she knew. Now she’s broke, unemployed, and has to start anew with a newborn to raise. But how?

On the other side of town, sexy, tattooed orphan, Patrick Ryan, can’t get a break. He’s out on parole for defending the last damsel in distress while trying to help her support her child, but all he wants is to find his one true love. He knows this woman by scent, smile, and laugh, but he’s never actually met her. He doesn’t even know her name. He just knows she’s the key to fixing everything.

One kind of hero can save you from physical harm. Another can rescue you from a different kind of doom. To reach their dreams, Eva and Pick can save each other. But first, they must open their hearts and learn how to trust.


I have to say that I was a tiny bit scared going into this book, because Eva was not the nicest person in the previous 2 books, and because NA books with children in it are either a hit or a miss, no middle ground. This one was a huge hit for me.

The writing keeps being so good! The story is told in the first person, dual POV, and it works like wonders.

This book starts with heartbreak, because neither Pick or Eva had an easy childhood, but they both persevered and became super strong people. I loved their strength. Now, this book does have an small element of “magic” and you need to suspend your disbelief a little tiny bit, but it’s totally worth it, because it makes the story even better.

I was scared of not loving Eva, who’s Reese’s very pregnant cousin, but I actually loved her since she first appeared on this book, because I understood her actions, why she was so distrusting of people, especially men. But I really liked her, and I loved her journey and her growth. It takes a strong woman to be put in her position and make the best of it, and she did. She turned into an amazing mom to her kids.

And then Pick… Pick is kind of dreamy! He knows the life he’s gonna have, sort of, and when he finally meets Eva, nothing seems to fit into what he thought. But it’s amazing how everything starts to fit in. He’s a great guy, he supports Eva and her kid, he loved his friend’s son like his own, and oh boy… a guy and a baby? Always great!

Then when they’re together it’s amazing. Their connection is strong from the beginning, and it just gets better and better. The way they form their own little family? ADORABLE! The kids are adorable, and Pick and Eva are great as a unit.

I really liked the plot and the pacing, because with two small kids, that could have been tricky, but I thought that was handled very well, and they truly got to know each other before they became more.

There was a bit too much drama towards the end though, and I could have done without some of the elements brought on, but after reading the 2 previous books I kind of knew that the book would have some kind of twist like that. I’m happy that it tied up 3 storylines though, because I really want all of these characters to be super happy.

I highly recommend this one, it’s my second favorite in this series so far, and Pick and Tink are GOALS! The love they show their children?! AMAZING!

Now… small warning (SPOILERS… sort of…): This book includes several mentions of sexual assault and pedophilia, nothing is shown, just mentioned, but still… be warned.

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1)
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2)
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4)
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5)
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7)
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8)
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

February TBR

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This month will be crazy! I went a little overboard with my netgalley requests, and ended up getting way too many ARCs for this month, most of them YA from Entangled Crush. Check out my enormous TBR for February.

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  1. There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
  2. The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged #2) by Jamie Howard
  3. Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts, #6; Willa and Finn, #2) by Emily McKay
  4. Any Boy But You (North Pole, Minnesota, #1) by Julie Hammerle
  5. A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
  6. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  7. Off the Ice (Juniper Falls, #1) by Julie Cross
  8. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
  9. Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
  10. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  11. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
  12. Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3) by Rebekah L. Purdy
  13. A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott
  14. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray
  15. The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway Penny Reid
  16. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray
  17. Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) by Linda Kage
  18. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

I doubt that I’ll be able to read all 18 books, and follow this huge TBR, but most of these are ARCs, so I need to read at least those. Wish me luck…

To Professor, With Love (Linda Kage)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK Set In College

Junior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex.

On this campus, I’m worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I’m still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in.

These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal.

Problem is Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor.

If I start anything with a teacher and we’re caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family’s and especially Dr. Kavanagh’s. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be, because I can only resist so much.

-N. G.-


I decided in December that the Forbidden Men series was one of those I wanted to finish in 2017, so I took the first opportunity I got this month to read book number 2 of this series. While I didn’t quite like it as much as book 1, Price of a Kiss, it was still very entertaining.

This one, however, is not fit for every NA lover. See, it involves a teacher-student relationship, and while I think it was all handled quite well, it is still a problem for a lot of people, so if you’re not comfortable with that trope, maybe skip this book.

To Professor, With Love starts off very differently than the previous book, mainly because this one is dual POV, in contrasts to the single female POV of Price of a Kiss. So, I really liked this change, because it gives two very different perspectives of the romance, which is a good thing, considering how forbidden it is.

One thing I really did like were both main characters, Noel and Aspen. Noel really surprised me, because at first I thought that he was an entitled player, but he worked so hard for everything and the fact that he was trying to have a better life, so he could provide for his younger siblings was just amazing. He turned out to be a very strong willed guy with the most amazing heart.

Aspen was a little harder to get, but once I did… oh boy, poor girl. She tried her best to please two people who never gave her any value, and she ends up finding love in the least likely of places. She freaks out a lot during the book, and while I understood her completely, her back and forth was a bit much at times.

The romance is where things get a bit tricky, because I can spin it all I like, but at the end of the day, Aspen is still Noel’s literature professor. But here’s the thing, the first is only 23 yo, yes, she had a PhD and is in a position of power, but she’s just a young girl herself. Even though they do use their classes to advance their relationship, I was kind of ok with it because I think that she found a fair way to not let their relationship influence her grading. I also really liked her ethics, and how they survived despite everything. I did like their connection, they had a bit of a love/hate relationship, and there’s no doubt that their relationship was all kinds of hot. It did advance pretty quickly though, but again, super ok with it, because it was based on them really getting to know each other and falling in love.

I did like the plot, even though I wasn’t super crazy about some elements, and I think the overall story is a sweet and deep romance. There’s more to them than at first meets the eye, and that’s always something good, right?

Overall, I’m really really enjoying this series. It was very cool to see the main characters of the first book here, and see how the rest of the series is shaping up. I’m excited!

January TBR

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Welcome to my first TBR of 2017 :). I have to say that I’m kind of in love with my new color scheme… Back to the matter at hands… I read 25 books last month, and that was a lot, though I know that I won’t be able to have a repeat performance. For this reason, I’m aiming for 14 reads, and hoping that I can surpass it.

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  1. Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee
  2. Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson
  3. Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein
  4. Worth the Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) by A.J. Pine
  5. Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston
  6. The Rule Maker (The Rule Breakers #2) by Jennifer Blackwood
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
  9. The Room Mate (Room Mate #1) by Kendall Ryan
  10. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
  11. Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  12. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  13. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
  14. To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage