November 21, 2016

Review - Consolation Prize by Linda Kage

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

Forbidden Men #9
Linda Kage
Released Nov 17th, 2016

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

My Review

I started reading this series years ago and I fell in love with all the characters and how they created a family for themselves. I love how I feel like I know them and how I just feel at home when I am reading these books. Consolation Prize is the ninth book in the series, but each book features a different couple. 

This is Colton’s story and I couldn’t believe enough time had passed for Colton to be old enough for a story, but he is. I am so happy that Linda’s is giving all these guys a story. Colton is the youngest Gamble and when you first meet him you think he’s got a little/a lot of Ten in him, which I love. Just like Ten, he surprises you by being sweet and protective, too. 

Julianna is the beautiful, older woman he met when he visited Brandt at work. He came on super strong to her and you couldn’t really tell if he was serious, but surprisingly enough he made Julianna pause and think about him. Julianna is the opposite of Colton, she isn’t easy going and free spirited, no she considers every decision and always takes the path of least resistance. 

These two are opposites who can’t stop thinking about each other and once they meet up on campus they decide to hook-up. With the intent of just getting things out of their system and moving on, but that was not enough for them. Colton comes off so immature and Julianna is so uptight you wonder how this can work, but when things begin progressing they just bring out the best in each other. 

I love this series, legit love it, this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but I still enjoyed it. Personally, I didn’t want Colton to feel like a consolation prize, which is my hang up and I am not even sure most will walk away with this feeling. Judging from the title I was walking into this one, but it’s what really stopped me from falling head over heels for this story. Regardless, I highly recommend this series, it features some of my all-time favorite reads. 

Linda Kage 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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