by Linda Kage
Release Date: August 25th 2015 by Linda Kage
Series: Forbidden Men #6
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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I fell in love once.
It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing.
I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret.
Our love could conquer all.
Until it didn't.
So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her.
It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged.
Or so I thought.
Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I'm older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless piece of ex-con like me.
So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.
Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway.
This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper...
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Ever since I saw the cover of the book for the first time I really wanted to read the story, then I read the synopsis and I was hooked. Although the synopsis itself doesn't tell us what the problem is going to be in the story like any other book would, it still manages to leave us wondering what really happened between the main characters to drive them apart.
Right from the very beginning we get to meet Felicity Bainbridge, a teen whose family is very rich and important in their town. She has older brothers who are total jerks to everyone including her, but that is the least of her problems because her family doesn't get along with the Parkers who live next to her property. Wanting to get some alone time with her kindle in hand, Felicity ends up in the woods near her home only to stumbled upon Knox Parker. Their first encounter as teens is brief, but it changes them from then on. The Parkers and Binbridges have never been able to see eye-to-eye, they are total opposites, and what makes things worse is that one of the Parkers is pregnant with one of Felicity's brother's baby. Now that is what is keeping them all angry with each other, yet when Felicity meets Knox she finds him to be kind and caring. He is different from anyone from his family, and soon they start to meet in secret. From the on the story is full of twists and turns as we get to find out slowly what happened to them when their families find out about their secret meetings, and what drove them apart.
For Knox Parker, his only priority is caring for his little niece while also trying to maintain the rest of his family. Though they have never been rich, he does live next to one of the richest families in town, and their disagreements have created a war against the two families. Nevertheless, when he meets Felicity, sparks fly and soon he is doing anything in his power to be with her. But that doesn't last long, because after they get caught his life changes, and he is whisked away from the love of his life. Now fast-forwarding a couple years, they meet once gain only to discover what truly happened the day they last saw each other and while they were apart.
I absolutely loved the book, it is full of twists and turns that you don't expect to happen that just made the story that much more enjoyable to read. Their story reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, minus the ending! Their families hate one another, and that ultimately is what keeps them from truly be the couple that they want to be. Knox is one of those characters that is swoon worthy, and totally lovable. He calls Felicity his “City,” and that is the cutest nickname once you get to know their story. At the beginning of the book it was slow for me, as we got flashbacks every other chapter, which I'm still not sure if I liked the set up or not. Anyway, the art at the starting page of each chapter fit with the book perfectly as well. Towards the ending the story has me in tears, as it was shocking and sad. Now the very end was perfect for the characters, and I'm sure you will love it as well. Overall, I highly recommend this book and I'm really looking forward to reading more from the author in the future. :)
***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
My Rating: 4.5/5
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