Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blog Tour: A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage

A Perfect Ten
Forbidden Men # 5
By: Linda Kage
Releasing March 30th, 2015

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

I know I've closed myself off in a major way in 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 completely. 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.


Some authors like Linda Kage seem to know how to suck me in even when there are things involved I usually have issues with. This story is one that at times bugged me but for the most part I couldn't stop reading because I wanted Ten and Caroline to find their happiness so badly. A choice Caroline made that I'm not at all OK with brought her into Tens life and he immediately found himself smitten for the one girl that his best friend deemed hands off. His feelings wouldn't go away so his response was to sleep with as many girls as he could.. that's how much he cared? That made me not like Ten very much in the beginning. If I would have spent time thinking on these actions I'd have had to stop reading so I took a step back and remembered that Linda has a way of turning characters into people with flaws that actually grow and change and so I grew with Ten and Caroline .. falling with them and finding a little grace and mercy in my heart. I found that Ten was funny and loyal. I found Caroline was a girl trying to forgive herself while fighting for the one man she wanted and she never gave up. There was one moment where her judgement came a little too late and I felt really bad for Ten because he never hid his past..she knew who he was so that was really a bad way for her to handle things.. but well Linda in her magic ways brought things together with pain..and beauty and threw in an epilogue that had me in tears. I'm glad I gave Ten a chance and Caroline too. I really have to say that Linda is one author that for some reason keeps me right on the border of my do not cross line...but some how saves me from falling over. She does this by simply making characters..not just interesting..but she makes them human...flaws and all. 

ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review

Ten hearts for Oren and Caroline!
Every so often, a secondary character steals the show and haunts me to the point of which I crave jumping inside their story and their minds. The ornery Oren “Ten” Tenning fascinated me from the moment he was introduced in “To Professor, with Love” and I was so excited hearing he was getting his own book. Could hardly stand the wait, but it was absolutely worth it. Ten is by far the sexiest of all the ‘Forbidden’ men. He is also crowned my new favorite bad boy in this series. (Hope Mason will find it in his heart to forgive me).

He’s sexy, he’s lewd and often a crude snarky bastard (I mean that in the most loving manner). Couldn’t help myself - I adored all of his amusing and sarcastic ways. Ten was one of the wittiest book boyfriends I have come across in a long time. However, there is so much more to his persona. Lying beneath the surface, Ten masks his true pain. The more I got to know the real Oren, the deeper I fell in love.

Honestly, I was a wee bit fearful of stepping into Caroline’s story. Events in her past tread on one of my few “reading triggers”.  Nevertheless, I got over it real fast. Her character shinned brightly as she was the sweet yet brazen tough girl whose sense of humor and cleverness was the perfect match for Oren. I love a gutsy chick who’s determined to chase what she wants. Caroline was ballsy enough to take on the man-slut of her dreams, and Ten gave her a wild run for her money. When these two finally got together…BAM…fireworks exploded. From midnight rendezvous’ to stolen moments on rooftops, Caroline and Oren were an adorable couple whose passionate chemistry sizzled both in and out of the bedroom.

Aside from this couple’s hilarity and deliciously overactive sex drive, “Perfect Ten” was an endearing, tender love story of two people weathering painful pasts, trying to find their way to bliss. After battling through their individual hurdles, together they faced so many obstacles. I loved every moment of their journey as I found myself constantly rooting, hoping for their well deserved happily ever after.

In “Perfect Ten” Linda Kage is at her finest penning a romance chock full of giggles, desire, lust, sexual tension, angst and nail biting moments. It’s definitely my absolute favorite read in this series. Loved that it was told in dual POV’s, seeing love blossom through the eyes of both main characters. And best of all, revisiting some old friends from earlier installments. Kage gives me the sense that I never have to say a final goodbye to her characters – they will always find a way back into the next story. As always, looking forward to more Forbidden Men.

The entire notion was crazy. I would never in a million years actually go through such a thing.
An hour later, thousands of voices in my head shrieked. “For the love of God, Caroline. What’re you doing?”
“Shh,” I hissed at the annoying shits. “I’m doing this.”
I slipped inside the front door to Quinn, Oren, and Zoey’s apartment. If anyone caught me, I already had an excuse handy. I was here to see Zoey. To talk important girl stuff. Yeah. That sounded good. And I really would talk to her if I was caught...about the fact that I’d lost my ever-loving mind!
Pausing at the beginning of the hall, I took a moment to bolster my nerve. Oren’s bedroom was the first door on the right. Only ten feet away. Drawing in a deep breath, I started to step forward when an idea hit me. Scrambling, I reached under my skirt for the panties I’d raced home to change into, and I peeled them down my legs.
I know, I know. They were the nicest underwear I owned. Why was I taking them off before he could even see the goods? Well, probably because, if we stayed in the dark like we were supposed to, he’d never see them anyway. And tonight, I just wanted to be bold and promiscuous. If I was really going to do this, I was going to do it right.
Pantyless, I stopped in front of his door and lifted my palm, but instead of knocking, I set my fingers against the wood. He was on the other side of this door, waiting for me.
Okay, fine, waiting for some other girl. But if I knocked and went inside, it’d be me he took.
A thrill raced up my spine, and butterflies danced in my stomach.
I knocked

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Linda 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.


  1. thank you for hosting A PERFECT TEN today! ~gaele (for Lisa)

  2. havent read this series yet but cant wait

  3. I haven't read this series yet, but I have both Price of a Kiss & To Professor, with Love on my Kindle!

  4. I haven't read any books in the series so I don't have a favorite character.

  5. I've read the first 3 books. Which would I choose... I guess I'll say Pick. Hot alpha tattooed guy with babies? Yes!


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