April 8, 2015

Review - A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage

A Perfect TenForbidden Men # 5 
By: Linda Kage
Releasing March 30th, 2015

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

I know I've closed myself off in a major way in 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 completely. 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.

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Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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The entire notion was crazy. I would never in a million years actually go through such a thing.
An hour later, thousands of voices in my head shrieked. “For the love of God, Caroline. What’re you doing?”
“Shh,” I hissed at the annoying shits. “I’m doing this.”
I slipped inside the front door to Quinn, Oren, and Zoey’s apartment. If anyone caught me, I already had an excuse handy. I was here to see Zoey. To talk important girl stuff. Yeah. That sounded good. And I really would talk to her if I was caught...about the fact that I’d lost my ever-loving mind!
Pausing at the beginning of the hall, I took a moment to bolster my nerve. Oren’s bedroom was the first door on the right. Only ten feet away. Drawing in a deep breath, I started to step forward when an idea hit me. Scrambling, I reached under my skirt for the panties I’d raced home to change into, and I peeled them down my legs.
I know, I know. They were the nicest underwear I owned. Why was I taking them off before he could even see the goods? Well, probably because, if we stayed in the dark like we were supposed to, he’d never see them anyway. And tonight, I just wanted to be bold and promiscuous. If I was really going to do this, I was going to do it right.
Pantyless, I stopped in front of his door and lifted my palm, but instead of knocking, I set my fingers against the wood. He was on the other side of this door, waiting for me.
Okay, fine, waiting for some other girl. But if I knocked and went inside, it’d be me he took.
A thrill raced up my spine, and butterflies danced in my stomach.
I knocked

My 5 Star Review

If you have read my reviews you know I love brother’s best friend books, they are my absolute favorite. I have read so many of them and they never get old. Naturally some are better than others, and people this one was definitely one of the best! I am huge fan of The Forbidden Men series. I have been anxiously awaiting Ten’s book, but had no idea how much I would love it.

“Let me get this straight. You argued with some girl and pulled her hair during sex? Wow. What are you? Five?”
“No,” I muttered, growing more irritated than ever. “I’m Ten.” 

We all know Ten as the fun loving, outspoken, sort of obnoxious guy. We have grown accustomed to his crude comments and funny jokes. Now that we have his POV we can see how he has been struggling with his feelings for Caroline.

When we first met Caroline she was beaten down, hurt and discouraged. We have seen her be the best friend to Zoey and reliable sister to the Gamble boys, but seeing her as a love interest for Ten has been my favorite.

Caroline has never kept her desire for Ten a secret, but Ten has been fighting off her advancements for months. Caroline has taken these actions as rejection, while Ten just wanted to respect Noel’s wishes. Enter my favorite type of love story: forbidden love. In these types of stories there has to be a turning point and I loved the way Linda created the change between these two. It was fun, sexy and lighthearted.

Every time with you is better than the last. I can’t even… God, Caroline. You own me. 

I love fun and sexy, but as the story progressed I really loved the depth of the story. Ten has always been fun, no drama or anything deep, but as he begins to open up to Caroline my love for him grew even more. I loved that Ten had someone to rely on and trust with his feelings. Caroline was the perfect heroine. She was understanding, accepting and didn’t jump to conclusions.

This story put a huge smile on my face. I enjoyed the dual POV and seeing Ten struggle with his feelings, while Caroline schemed to seduce him. A Perfect Ten was absolute perfection. If you are looking for a story with lots of heart, sexiness and forbidden love this story is for you!

The Forbidden Men series has a special place in my heart, I love these guys, but Ten and Caroline is my favorite story so far. I highly recommend if you are a fan of the series or if you love a brother’s best friend story.

‘Lick you later, baby.’ 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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