A Perfect Ten
Forbidden Men # 5
By: Linda Kage
Release date: 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.
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.
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“Yo, Ham. I’m heading out.” He appeared out of nowhere beside me to tap our table and get his roommate’s attention.
I yelped because I hadn’t even noticed him moving toward our table. With a low growl, I scowled at him for startling me…or maybe for leaving now, because that meant he was still planning on meeting Kelly. The ass.
He met my gaze and paused. Reading something—though I’m not sure what—from my face, he leaned close to talk into my ear. “What? You’re not still mad at me for chasing off that little boy, are you?”
I sniffed and lifted my chin. “You’re never going let me date anyone without any kind of interference, are you?”
He watched me a moment longer, his intent expression harboring all his thoughts. Then he leaned in again. “How about this? If you ever find anyone good enough for you, I will step back and let you at him without even a single fuck-off glare in his direction.” Then he leaned even closer. “Problem is, I don’t think anyone will ever be good enough for the likes of you, baby doll.”
When he reached out slowly and caught a tendril of my hair, the achiest look entered his eyes. He studied the piece of hair he was methodically winding around his finger, and the way he watched it was just…I knew that look and recognized it intimately. Every time I saw him, I felt it rising from my own core, wanting, yet helpless to take.
A shudder wracked me. Once upon a time I’d told Zoey that if I knew for certain Oren really, truly liked me—liked me the way I liked him—I wouldn’t let Noel keep us apart. And I’d meant it.
I still meant it.
“Even you?” I asked him.
His eyes flashed at the question. “Especially me.”
*****MY 5++++ STAR REVIEW!*****
arc received via Tasty Book Tours in return for an honest review
This book was my absolute favorite (so far) in the series. I think everyone is going to adore Oren..or as most know him, Ten. Things start out pretty much the same for Ten and Caroline in this one. She wants him, he’s trying to ignore his feelings for her because he doesn’t want to screw up his friendship with her brother Noel, who absolutely does NOT want them together. More on him later.
Caroline comes up with a plan to trick Ten into being with her. It doesn’t last too long, so don’t let that turn you off. I’m not gonna lie…the sex between them was scorching. Ten is a very sexual guy and Caroline is pretty much his equal in that. She’s always wanting to jump his bones and he has zero problems with that. I loved the dual POV between Ten and Caroline. Going into Ten’s mind was such a treat. He kept me laughing, swooning and I even shed a tear or two at times.
Now we come to Noel. Caroline’s brother: In this book, Caroline and Ten pretty much have to hide their relationship when they’re in the vicinity of Noel because he’s said more than once he doesn’t ever want Ten with Caroline. You can see how much both of them have changed for the better when they’re together, everyone around them notices but Noel is very stubborn. Something happens towards the end to shake him out of it but it was very rocky for him for most of the story. It made me feel so bad for Caroline and Ten.
If you’re a fan of Ten, definitely read this one. You won’t be disappointed. He comes through in ways you can’t even imagine. My ARC is full of highlights from most of his quotes. He and Caroline are so sweet, perfect and hot together. Their banter is A+. I loved the interaction Ten had with Caroline’s little brothers. They fought like brothers would. And that epilogue? Oh yeah… One of the best.
“I’m at the library with Zwinn.”
“Quinn and Zoey. You know… Zwinn.”
Hmm. I liked that name shipped for them. Jealous I hadn’t thought of it myself.
~That still didn’t excuse her in my book. She’d traumatized my Oren. The bitch must die….in my head anyway. I pictured myself pushing her off the side of a bridge and listening to her scream all the way down until…oops, she wasn’t screaming anymore.~
~I shook my head, unable to keep my temper intact. Just being around her mellowed whatever anger I wanted to feel. Damn woman had a habit of making me happy whenever she was around.~
“So how’s Tenoline these days? Or do you guys go by Caroten? I wasn’t sure exactly how you were shipping it.”
I snorted and rolled my eyes “It’s Oreline, motherf**ker.”