I used to think everything was black and white, truth or lie, easy or hard, that if I could just escape my strict, overbearing, abusive father, my life would be perfect. But since I’ve found a reason to risk his wrath and leave, to help a friend in need, I’ve come to realize everything I thought I knew is wrong.

Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn’t even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and love…love is the most painful thing of all.

Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me. -Zoey Blakeland


I love this series to death so when I heard that the fourth book would focus on Quinn, I nearly pee-d my pants with excitement!

Quinn Hamilton works at Forbidden Nightclub, and is a back reciever on the college Football Team. If you are familiar with all of the characters, you will know that Quinn is the quiet one who more of an observer and a listener than the rest of his friends who are a pretty loud and outgoing bunch. He is shy and has little experience outside of the bad childhood that he so painfully went through before he left home for college.

Having only recently lost his virginity to ‘Cora the Whora’ he is now dating her and he is really happy to finally have a girlfriend who accepts him for who he is.

When Cora invites her best friend to escape her abusive father and move in with her, Zoey Blakeland jumps at the chance to leave home and move hundreds of miles away in order to not only attend college and move on in life, but to do Cora a huge favour that she must keep secret.

It’s apparent from the get go that Cora is not the right woman for Quinn, and that quiet and shy Zoey is his perfect match. She has experienced pain like he has and they share an understanding that nobody else can even touch. They enjoy the same things, and have a lot in common but Quinn is a loyal boyfriend and he fights hard to quash his feelings for his girlfriends best friend.

This is quite obviously a love triangle and it takes a long time for things to actually develop between the two main characters but I didn’t mind this at all, I loved the slow build up of their friendship and watching them get to know each other.

Cora turns out to be the bitch from hell so I did not mind at all that Quinn was having thoughts about another girl whilst still dating her, he was very inexperienced and he truly though he was doing the right thing by standing by Cora, the first girl who ever took any notice of him and made him feel like a man.

I loved how Quinn became more confident once he had a woman who loved him for who he really was, he definitely grew as a man from the start to the end of the book and I loved that Zoey, although quiet and reserved at times, stuck up for herself and her loved ones when the need arose.

I normally don’t really care much for past characters in series once their book is over, but with these guys I can’t get enough. We got a lot of interaction with Mason & Reece, Noel & Aspen, Pick & Eva and also Ten, Asher & Caroline.

We also get a few chapters from Ten’s POV – I am dying to read his book, I think he might turn out to be my favourite! A Perfect Ten releases March 30th.

This is Book 4 in the Forbidden Men series, It’s probably best not to be read as a standalone due to all the past characters making their appearances, but you could if you really wanted to.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

linda kage

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.

I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and a local chapter, Midwest Romance Writers, who meets monthly in the Kansas City area. I’ve been through a writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

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Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) Worth It (Forbidden Men #6) The Girl's Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) consolation-prize-by-linda-kage

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