Review: Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage

April 17, 2014 Book Review, New Adult 9 ★★★½

Price of a KissPrice of a Kiss by Linda Kage
Series: Forbidden Men #1
Published by Self-pub on August 15th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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<p>*new adult romance*<br />
**explicit scenes and language**</p>
<p>I don’t care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean—</p>
<p>Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.</p>
<p>It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he’s just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate...except for one teeny tiny glitch.</p>
<p>He's a gigolo.</p>
<p>Boy, do I know how to pick them.</p>

After seeing Price of a Kiss mentioned in my twitter timeline and seeing the super cheap price of $0.99, I immediately grabbed this one up! I was absolutely in the mood for some romance and I LOVE the forbidden type. What better way to indulge than a story about a girl falling for a gigolo, right?

Yep, I said gigolo. Immediately my head went back in time to a young Patrick Dempsey in a movie called, Loverboy, a movie I loved once upon a time. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend. I also found some parallel’s to a different Patrick’s character, the one and only Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. Both these men had experience with rich, older women throwing themselves and money at them, and felt stuck in a world they didn’t necessarily belong too. That is our Mason.

The book opens up with a prologue that gives us a clear picture of how Mason found himself dragged into a life of sex for money. No it is not for the fortune and glory other young men might seek in these circumstances, but for something way more important and dignified, his family. It’s not the life he wants but he felt stuck. And then he meets our main character, Reese. Slowly the walls he built up come down and we see someone sweet and caring shine through, someone who is a victim in his own right. And guys, he definitely knew how to bring the heat with some swoon-worthy moves.

I really enjoyed Reese in the beginning and through much of the book. She had great sarcasm and a fun nature. She was quirky and adorable, very outgoing and confident, yet also guarded and reserved at the same time. There was a great balance to who she was, especially for a girl dealing with the aftermath of a terrible ordeal with an ex. Her thoughts and stream of consciousness were oh so entertaining, especially in the beginning when she first meets Mason, or Hotness as she referred to him.

I’d internally combust from hormone overdose if I went anywhere near Hotness right now. Like getting too close to the sun, he’d probably burn me with one of his deadly testosterone rays. And I so wasn’t wearing enough SPF for that kind of action.

It was very exaggerated to be comical and it worked, for the most part. At times it did feel like overkill, especially in situations that were more serious in nature. It just didn’t belong in those places.

These two together were magic together and full of hot chemistry, both trying to deny their feelings and remain great friends. Reese tried to be supportive of what he was doing on the side, which was a little weird to be honest, but she was willing to take as much of Mason as she could, without jeopardizing her morals and his ‘plan’ for the future. The unresolved sexual tension was very high and I had a hard time putting the book down because of it! I just wanted to keep on reading until they finally got together!

Another aspect I enjoyed immensely was the relationship Mason had with his little sister, Sarah, who had cerebral palsy. He was so sweet with her and protective and patient. Likewise with what friendship develops between Reese and Sarah. She treated her like anyone else and made her feel special and loved, which she was. All those moments in the book were a complete delight.

Of course there is so much more storyline to discover, especially about Reese’s past, but I’ll leave that for you to discover on your own. It did leave me on the edge, waiting for it to rear its ugly head into Reese and Mason’s world. If I had to nitpick a little more, the ending wrapped up a little too nicely for me. Too perfect. It felt unbelievable just how much everything came together, but I think people with a strong love for happily ever afters will be very pleased. I’d definitely recommend this one for fans of New Adult and mixing a little humor with your more serious romances. It definitely one I flew through and had fun with.


About 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.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

9 Responses to “Review: Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage”

  1. Jasprit

    Sara this book sounds like so much fun and the chemistry totally off the charts! I think I would enjoy watching the tension play out between these two characters. Also I’m glad to know that this book provided so much more than you were expecting! Thanks for putting it on my radar!
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  2. tonyalee

    I am still trying to get over the fact that your are reading NA.

    I actually, have never heard of this one but it sounds pretty good! I hate how those endings happen! That’s kind of a turn off for me. :/

  3. Andreea

    I don’t read too many NA books as I already told you, because I just love the YA genre more. But from time to time, it’s entertaining to read such books.

    Great review! Glad to hear you had fun!
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