April 14, 2015

ERIN REVIEWS: A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage

A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage
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Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.
I know I've closed myself off in a major way over 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 altogether. 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.
She’s done it again, ladies and gents, and this time around Linda Kage handed us the best yet of this unforgettable and highly addicting Forbidden Men series!!  I have personally loved each book, and the lovable characters that I just can’t get enough of, but Ten and Caroline have stolen the show with their story.  Ten, the manwhore with a vulgar mouth but a heart of gold, and Caroline, the young Gamble who’d been pushed around by the wrong people and now just wanted this one man who she couldn’t figure out.  They were as imperfect a match as you could get, but when they got together…damn!

Oren Tenning was on my radar the minute we met him, so when I heard this would be his book I was thrilled! He stood out as Noel’s completely inappropriate and obnoxious best pal, but I just knew there was much more beneath the surface.  His hilariously filthy mouth and cocky attitude warred with his sweet side this time around, because when we get inside his head we get to see all of his adorable insecurities and bad boy longings when it came to Caroline, the woman he swore he’d never touch but deep down loved from afar.  He hid it well with his womanizing and asshole behavior, but for some reason Caroline just couldn’t shake him.  And let me just say, the way these two wind up crossing the line was a perfect combo of thrilling, sweet, funny, and damned HOT! 

There was never a shortage of drama between Caroline and her Oren, whether it was getting him to let his guard down, hiding their relationship from her brother, or dealing with her past coming back to haunt her.  She made some decisions that had irrevocably altered her life, and it was hard to see her in so much pain from something that she couldn’t go back and change.  But Ten was amazing through any challenges, and he just…ugh, I loved him!! They were so perfect together despite everything that was working against them, and between their cute bickering and the crazy chemistry they had, I couldn’t get enough. Seriously, I stayed up into the morning hours to finish this incredible story, I couldn’t put it down! When a heart-wrenching twist turned everything upside down right when I thought things were settling, I was a bleary-eyed mess of emotions watching Caroline and Ten work their way through.  It was painful, but beautiful, and I am so glad that we got to have their journey along with all of Linda Kage’s other unforgettable characters!  A Perfect Ten is a must-read right along with the rest of this series, and it gets 5 glowy, blissful, heartfelt stars from me!


Quotes:

“Right there.  Right there.  You found it.  Don’t move.” I wanted to freeze this moment in all eternity and memorize the feel of him lodged deep, filling me, and consuming me.  I just needed a second to appreciate the wonder—
“Don’t move?”  he yelped, repeating my instructions.  “Are you insane?  You can’t let a guy into pussy heaven and then tell him not to move.” ~Loc 643

If she would’ve looked away first, I might’ve too, but she hadn’t, so there I was, screwed into staring back and getting a stiffy in the middle of a wedding because I’d so desperately wanted to mount my best friend’s little sister.  ~Loc 780

“Because, wow, my mind is completely blown right now.  It was good.  Oh my God, it was sooo good, Zoey.  Like…I want to build a room inside my panties and force him to live there permanently kind of good.  ~Loc 1201

“Watch your mouth, you little smart ass.”  The fourteen-year-old batted his lashes at me.  “I’d tell you to watch yours, but it seems Ten’s already got that job covered.”  “Jesus,” Oren groaned, shaking his head.  “He’s a freaking mini me.” ~Loc 2746


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

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