ARC Review: Consolation Prize by Linda Kage!!

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 3:27 PM
5 "Sweet" Stars!!

Title: Consolation Prize 
Author: Linda Kage
Series: (Forbidden Men #9)

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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

Let's get one thing clear first!! The Forbidden Men series is my absolute favorite!! No doubt!! That's because each character so far has been so well-thought and carefully-written! Even though the series consists of 9 books now, every single one of them was special! The characters are so different from one another and they've managed to find common ground to form this deep bond that everyone wishes they had!! I honestly don't know where to start!! After all this waiting, I thought I would have been prepared for it, but noooo...!! I always fall into a no-books comma after reading a Linda Kage book!! Always!!

So, yeah, about the actual book!! Consolation Prize tells the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love.
Wish that was only it! But noooo...!! Being Linda Kage, she had to put not one or two, but multiple obstacles to prevent them from getting to that point. Let’s see, there's the age thing, Julianna is FOUR years older that Colton. He thinks she's a wild, unattainable girl and she thinks he is an immature, annoying little kiddo.. He is the little brother of the guy she thinks she is in love with and she is off limits to him due to his big brother's warning! Oh, and they are of different races. She is a black girl and he is a white boy!! Not that it matters to them. It matters to everyone around them.

“Just for that, I’m going to make you cuddle.”
“Cuddle?” My eyes bulged as he crawled closer.
“Yes, cuddle,” he said. “I like to cuddle.”
My muscles clenched and limbs went tense as he climbed up right into my personal space and wrapped himself around me like a second skin.
“I…I’m not big on cuddling,” I finally admitted, my body board-stiff against him.
“Really?” He sounded surprised by that. “Well, don’t worry, by the time I’m through with you, you’ll love it.

At first they try to deny their feelings and pretend it's - what else?! - lust!! But as the story unravels, they realize they both have developed deep, soul-crushing feelings for each other! Now you might say "been there, done that",  but as I said at the beginning, Linda's characters are always so well-written and special! And Colton and Julianna's interactions were so hilarious and touching! They made this story so distinguished from the others!!

Yet I knew without a shadow of a doubt there was no way that would ever happen, because that lady right here was a ball breaker. You could tell it by the straight-backed, poised way she held herself, as if she might as well be behind a boardroom table, doling out punishments to her inferior insubordinates, and by the way she had no tolerance for stupidity or players. I swear, her stare alone could shrivel a guy’s family jewels to impotent nothingness. I usually had the itching urge to cover my junk whenever I talked to her.

At the end, they both try to overcome any fears and insecurities they have and choose to aim for happiness!!

Ultimately, Consolation Prize was the perfect story to choose to write as a conclusion to the Forbidden Men series!! I know it's not the final book in the series, but it's the last couple of the gang Linda is writing and that might have made me a bit sad!! She has managed to make me both laugh and tear up again and I appreciate and love every writer that can do that to someone with a book!! I highly recommend it! In case it wasn't clear!! :P

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review!! 
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