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~ Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9) by Linda Kage Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway ~

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

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christie review 5 star a

Wow!!! Consolation Prize completely blew me away. I was expecting one thing from the book and the characters, and I got something so much more. At first glance, it looked like it would be a light romance with some spice, but boy was I wrong!

Julianna finds herself at the wedding of her one-time crush, Brandt. She doesn’t even know why she showed up. She feels completely out of place. As she begins to leave, Brandt’s younger, infuriating, and sexy younger brother, Colton, shows up at her table. He makes her blood boil. She doesn’t know whether to slap him or kiss him.  As she spends more time arguing with him, she realizes she has forgotten how uncomfortable she feels. She even finds herself laughing and enjoying herself. Colton is all wrong for her…he’s several years younger than her. She is more settled in her life and has goals. Colton is not. Somehow those reasons don’t matter when she’s with him.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this couple. They are complete opposites but somehow complete and balance one another. Colton is a free spirit, and Julianna is more serious. I loved the banter and chemistry between the two of them. As I read more, I realized Colton wasn’t just the good-time, cocky guy he shows others. He really is quite intelligent and is sly as a fox! I loved that I discovered just how complex both of the characters really were with each chapter I read.

There is so much more that goes on within the pages of this book that I’m not touching on…one major issue is their relationship and how OTHERS perceive it (the age difference and the interracial romance), but I want others to read it for themselves. I laughed, I got angry, and I got teary-eyed at times, both happiness and some sadness, and I love a book that makes me emotional!

I love a romance that has a deeper meaning, and this one did! It was a book of hope and understanding. It reiterated what I already knew…as Julianna’s dad said, “We’re all just people. We love. We hope. We fear. We hurt. The packaging on the outside is just that, pretty packaging to decorate the world and make it a beautiful, colorful, assorted place. It’s the gift inside that counts.” What better message is there than that? This is my first book I’ve read by Linda Kage, and I can’t wait to go back and read more of this series! Thank you, Linda Kage, for giving us a book that not only entertains us but gives us hope too!

 Abou the author

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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