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)

WWW Wednesday: January 3rd 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m listening to Four Letter Word by J. Daniels (and I’m loving it!) and I’m reading an ARC of Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn.


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This week I only finished Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade. It was a bit slow, but I did enjoy it.


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Next I’ll read Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely, Hot Shot by Karina Halle and Man Card by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby.

WWW Wednesday: December 27th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m reading an ARC of Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade. It’s a bit slow, but it’s a good story so far.


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This week I finished Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon and Consolation Prize by Linda Kage, I LOVED both.

 

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Next I’ll start Sacked by Jen Frederick and Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn.

WWW Wednesday: December 20th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m reading an ARC of Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon and reading Consolation Prize by Linda Kage, and I’m really liking both.


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This week I finished Pucked Over by Helena Hunting, Priceless by Linda Kage and Decidedly With Love by Stina Lindenblatt .


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I’ll probably start Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade.

WWW Wednesday: December 13th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m listening to Pucked Over by Helena Hunting and reading Priceless by Linda Kage, and I’m really liking both.


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This week I finished The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli and Miss Mechanic by Emma Hart.


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I’ll probably start Decidedly With Love by Stina Lindenblatt and Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade.

The Way Back to Us (Jamie Howard)

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules — always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.


Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

I’ve loved all the books of this series so far, and this was another great installment. The writing was great once again, and I really liked that it was told in dual POV, because the story is so clouded with mystery.

About the characters, I’ll admit that I liked Gavin way way more than I did Dani. But again, this was because her character is not very transparent. Yeah, she kicks ass, but I wanted just more from her. While Gavin was always in, and I loved his openness regarding his feelings and his intentions. I also cannot get enough of the relationships within that group. I love them.

I really liked the connection between Dani and Gavin, but I felt like I was missing something. They met and fell in love in the past, and while the chemistry was very much there, I still didn’t know HOW it happened, and it bugged me a bit. Because I felt like Dani kept so much of her under lock and key, and I wondered how her first relationship with Gavin worked, if there was always so much of her that was hidden from him.

That’s what I wish I gotten more of, the development of the romance and the feelings, because I felt like I was coming in in the middle of their story without much context.

I did like the overall plot, though I thought it was a bit expected. But it was well done, and I really enjoyed the resolution.

I really recommend this book, and this series as a whole. So, if youhaven’t started Love Unplugged yet, please do!

ALL THE WAYS YOU SAVED ME | THE FEELING OF FOREVER

WWW Wednesday: December 6th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I started The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli this morning. I’ve only read one chapter so far, but I hope it’s a fast read.


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This week I finished The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen, which took me a long time because I was out of the country for a few days, and had little time to read, and The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente.


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I’ll start Miss Mechanic by Emma Hart as soon as the ARC arrives on my kindle, hopefully today. And I’ll also start Pucked Over by Helena Hunting soon, I’ll probably listen to it at the gym.

WWW Wednesday: November 29th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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Nothing at this exact moment.


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This week I finished Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby, which I loved loved loved, The Way Back to Us by Jamie Howard, which I loved as well, and I finally finished PUCKED UP by Helena Hunting, which frustrated the hell out of me.


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I’ll start The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen later today.