Book 9, Forbidden Men
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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, overconfident jerk I assumed he always was. 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
Colton and Julianna's Story
"Consolation Prize" by Linda Kage is book number nine in the "Forbidden Men" series. This is Colton Gamble and Julianna Radcliffe's story.
Colton is only eighteen and comes across as a flirt and a guy just out for fun. As the story progresses you see a completely different side to Colton.
Julianna is several years older than Colton. She is a very organized and disciplined young woman that has goals. Julianna gets to know Colton and then her life gets turned upside down.
Wow, this story covers so many controversy issues such as older girl/younger guy, black girl/white guy, postpartum depression, college, domestic violence, unique family situations, and so much more.
I enjoyed this story but at times it did frustrate me. But, then the last part of the book had some surprises, twists, and suspense that kept you on the edge of your seat that made the story complete.
FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I loved it! As a black female I can relate to how Julianna would feel about everyone's perspective of her. So I felt that the book had some realistic protests to their relationship. I adore Colton! & have since Brandt's story! I feel like I watched him grow up through the series. Cocky, yet there's so much more to him than the ego and the sexually suggestive comments. He has a huge heart. He & Ten have remained my favorites. Good job on the book.
I cannot believe this series is officially over. Every book in this series is memorable and wonderful, and to finish it with Colton's story really made it bittersweet. Just reading about Colton growing up and learning about the man he becomes is a bittersweet feeling for someone who has read every single book in the series. He's such a smart, charming, kind of arrogant, guy who falls for the beautiful, spitfire that is Julianna. I loved every part of this book and I'm sad it's all done, but I'm sure Linda Kage will blow my socks off with more great reads. Well done, Linda! 👏🏻👏🏻