Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Worth It" by Linda Kage

Book & Author Details:

Worth It by Linda Kage
(Forbidden Men #6)
Publication date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
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 piece of 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


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AUTHOR BIO:
Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn't already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com

Author links:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3213942.Linda_Kage







Review : Dear Ms. Kage, I would like to thank you for giving me the chance to review “Worth it” from your series “Forbidden Men”
…Please let me start by telling you it will make my “Best of” list in the department “Causes of ugly crying” and you are in good company there as Colleen Hoover is sitting to your right and Amy Harmon to your left. 
Daily I am scanning through tons of Books and Authors – always looking for something new, something different and reading this book  I wonder… where have you hidden the first 5 books of this series that I did not come across them any sooner.  Because YES this was actually the first book of this series that I read and I will change this fact as soon as my “TBR” pile will allow me.

Even though I know now how most of those books will end as I saw their results in book 6 I do not mind at all. Honestly as strange as it sounds, where other books would spoil the fun to read the previous books of a series, in this special case “Worth it” only created the need to rectify my mistake and read those books fast. 

With City and Knox you created two characters that are so alive to the reader that I almost physically hurt when reading their story. City is such a strong woman and it is almost unbelievable how she fights for what is important to her. In many ways I could relate to her more than I like to admit. And Knox – oh my god – I have now words for what you created when you brought his character to the book pages. He left me speechless – he is simply the perfect imperfection.

As for all the secondary characters I this book – I could almost feel their stories… I did not  read them so far and their outcome may now be obvious to me,  but “Worth it” only just spreads enough information about their own stories to make you want to read them. And if they were written only half as good as this book – I am pretty sure they will be amazing. 

I admit that I normally totally dislike “now” and “then” chapters, but in this very special case your chosen way of storytelling only added to the inevitable tension of the story. You know ? “this Titanic issue” as I call it … The reader knows from almost the first pages for sure what will happen, but still you have to read it as if the outcome would change just if you want it badly enough. 

You will no find any big spoilers on the story in my review here – only some comments – you actually got me looking up when the first Kindle was produced (yeah it works it was 2007). And I am not sure about the (lets call it) “Stephen Amell 6 years ago” subject – I do not think he would have decorated teenager walls back than – but still the name references made me smile and they placed a nice picture for those characters in my head even though well your suggested hair color did not fit. 

I guess the reader will figure out quite fast the reasons for Knox behavior (I did in the moment when he remembered what he did on City’s 18th Birthday , but again as strange as it sounds – it did not matter. In any other story it might have disturbed my figuring it out that easy but here … it “only” made me cry and believe me this is not funny sitting outside on my lunchbreak from office with people staring at me reading … 

By the way, I added a certain other author to my “take a look” list, because whoever City is considering a friend when reading, needs a closer look. This was one of those books that lets you hide out in the restroom at boring parties that you could not avoid, just to read another chapter on your Kindle…
Thank you …




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