13 October 2015

Title: Worth It (Forbidden Men #6 (reads as a stand-alone))
Author: Linda Kage
Publisher: (August 25th 2015)
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
From: the Author
Format: eARC
Add to: Goodreads
Order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 18+

Synopsis: I fell in love once.

It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing.

I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret.

Our love could conquer all.

Until it didn’t.

So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her.

It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged.

Or so I thought.

Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I’m older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless piece of ex-con like me.

So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.

Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway.

This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper…

–Knox Parker

Review: 4.5 Stars - Worth It is the sixth book in author Linda Kage’s Forbidden Men series. From the first book through this, I have been drawn into a world of contemporary characters’ that I have come to love and look forward to reading more about in each and every book.

For me, when I find an author I love I tend to stick to them and never look back. I have a few that are my “Go-To” authors and no matter what they write, I’ll read. Doesn’t matter what it is, I’m all over it. Linda Kage happens to be just one of those authors for me. She writes wonderful stories with wonderful characters that I find myself thinking about often. Most times it’s long after reading. Not every character sticks with me, but most of, if not all of Linda’s characters have had and left a lasting effect on me.

Each of the books in this series can be read as a standalone, however the characters have become friends so their stories kind of overlap a bit. They interact with each of their stories in many ways. So please keep that in mind. You won’t be missing key pieces of the story for each book if you haven’t read the previous you’ll just not know the other characters back stories and how they’ve become the “people” they are.

With all that said.. Oh Knox. Oh Felicity. You two and your story left me shattered time and time again while reading. My heart still hurts days after finishing the book. They’ve left such a lasting impression and mark on me that this book will forever be a favorite. So many of Linda’s books are on my all time favorite lists!

It’s just these two… I can’t even begin to tell you what they’ve been through to get to the point they are even in the middle of the book. The more I read, the more I learned and the more my heart ached. I honestly haven’t had a book affect me as much as this one in a long, long time.

If I could experience this book again for the first time, I would. And for a reader like myself that’s telling right there.

This is a story about two characters from different sides of the tracks finding each other as their families are at war with the one another. It’s about finding love in places you least expect it. It’s about growing up, grieving for who you used to be and the past you missed and the time they’ve missed out on. It’s about healing and finding yourself and finding someone you thought was long lost. It’s about all these things and so much more. This book is just bursting at the seams with all the amazing pieces that make a book such as this one I just can’t get enough of.

Both characters are broken and lost and you learn just how they ended up the people they are today because of a summer six years ago. The story itself is told in alternating points of view from both Knox and Felicity and flashes back and forth between the past and present. So it’s in small pieces you learn how these two met and fell in love and then the darkness that found them during that summer that took away their youth.

I think it’s one of the best ways for this story to unfold. I couldn’t see Linda writing this book any other way. The impact it made on me was so much more because of the build up over the chapters. Also, her writing just keeps getting better and better and I’d say that this is her best book yet and it’d be the truth!

With characters I’ve come to love with her world she’s created I highly recommend these books. These stories have left a lasting impression on me and I know they’ll do the same for you. They are without a doubt “New Adult” for everything that makes people in their twenties do, deal with or might go through with some things you’d never see coming thrown in to make them honest, good and relatable. So, don’t pass on these books, characters or author. Start with Price of a Kiss today and you’ll be well on your way to understanding just why I love these books and why Linda Kage is without a doubt a “Go To” author of mind. Enjoy!

About the Author:

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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