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“Be My Hero” is the third installment in
the Forbidden Men Series and Linda Kage has done it again… creating yet another
loveable, sweet and sexy book boyfriend ~ Patrick “Pick” Ryan ~ He is a hero in
every way, a true knight in shinning armor. I easily fell for his charms, his
tender heart and all his gallant ways. Pick and Eva’s story is one filled with
several bold characters that rise up to brave great challenges. It is a
wonderful tale of destined love, insurmountable courage, overcoming emotional
pain, and the undying pursuit to find happiness.
The Prologue ~
This was one of the best prologues I’ve
come across in a long while. To enjoy it’s beauty, you really need to suspend
all logic and believe in the magic of fortunetellers. We are first introduced to Pick and witness
his dismal childhood. Being raised in the foster care system, life holds little
hope for him and his friends. Until one evening he encounters Madam LeFrey, a
soothsayer, who feeds him HOPE. Visions flash before him of a life filled with
purpose and promise; the promise of happiness and joy; of love and family; and
most importantly, the promise of finding his true soul mate…. Tinker bell. But these visions, I feel, were a blessing and a curse for Pick. They showed him a beautiful life… but when will it be his to enjoy?
Pick and Eve ~
I first met Eve in “Price of a Kiss’ and honestly, I REALLY DISLIKED her character. She was a bitchy, slutty, mean-spirited girl whose careless lifestyle led her to be left stranded and pregnant. With nowhere to turn, she mooches off of her cousin Reese and boyfriend Mason. But as they say, you never should judge a book by its cover. I did, and I was happily proven wrong.
As I got to know Eva
and discovered her closely guarded secrets, my heart ached for her pain. Eva
lived a nightmare, and the hard lessons she learned caused her to distrust the
people (especially the men) in her life. Her character transformation shocked
me as I found I adored and admired her bravery and strength. A misunderstood sassy girl who has suffered
both physical and emotional horrors, Eva is a hero in her own right. She is affectionate, caring and displays overwhelming
courage in the way she loves her children, her friends and Pick.
Sweet Pick… it was easy to fall for him.
He’s a tattooed and pierced mechanic/bartender that wormed his way into Eva’s life
and my heart. He has all the bad boy “playa”
qualities, but nothing could be further from the truth. Pick is uniquely
different and the noblest of men. An honorable guy with a heart of gold, Pick
protects all in need without expecting anything in return. He loves
unconditionally. What I relished the most was his determination to fight for a
better life. Loved the way he cared for his children, for Eva and friends. Pick
easily became one of my favorite Forbidden Men.
I really enjoyed reading “Be My Hero”. It
goes without saying I enjoyed the chemistry and passion between Eva and Pick. I
liked seeing the story from dual points of view. Although this is a sweet love
story of courage and friends falling in love, Kage weaves some very serious taboo issues into her tales. Terrible things befall these young adults at the
hands of some of the most nefarious characters. There was a great deal of angst
and nail biting tension embedded in the plot, creating twists and turns that
kept the story line interesting. All in all, it was a passionate, swoon worthy
read. Added bonus, Kage treated us to an insight to some old friends from
“Price of a Kiss” and “To Professor, With Love”. It was a perfect mix of love,
romance, heartache and DRAMA. Looking forward to the next installment and more
from the Forbidden gang. Thank you, Linda Kage, for yet another captivating
He is Mysterious…riddled with secrets yet to be disclosed.
He is Mercurial…prone to mood swings and extraordinarily
broody, in a sexy way.
He is Mesmerizing…a fascinating man who is passionate, charming
and above all, a proper gentleman.
M is an enigma. “One Night Promised” treated me to a mere
glimpse of his multifaceted personality. Jodi Ellen Malpas is a masterful
writer. A temptress who presented a tale that gently and beautifully
lured me into the minds and lives of her characters. Like a slow seductive
dance, Malpas held my hand and gradually led me into a world where my emotions
were twirled and my mind was twisted from a plot filled with questions,
intrigue and angst. This installment laid the foundation for what I believe
will be an epic romance..
M is a character in his own right and should
not be judged, paralleled or compared to any other. Also, be patient. M and
Livy’s story is not fast paced.Written
from Livy’s point of view, it is extremely detailed. I entered this series with
an open mind and embraced this new cast of characters. If you are a fan of JEM,
or new to her work, trust this author to lead you on a compelling journey.
Livy is a sassy and stubborn barista/waitress
with a painful past. M is a sexy, insanely wealthy “gentleman”. On a chance
encounter they meet as Livy serves M a terrible cup of coffee. (His reaction
was hysterical). There’s an immediate attraction between the two that is undeniable.
Both fight against the allure…but eventually, they succumb to their desire. Oh,
how I savored the build up and the chase. M was delicious as he fought his
“I need to force myself to stay away from you”... “Because
you seem like a sweet girl who should get more from a man than the best
fuck of you life." M.
And so it begins. The unassuming girl falls for the enigmatic
man. Both consumed by lust, a proposition is made and accepted. One night
together – 24 (non consecutive) hours of passion, tenderness and off the charts
A promise to worship Livy in every way. M’s incredible as he
sensually feeds Livy’s body with insurmountable pleasures.
Livy is a likeable female lead. There were times
she grated on my nerves as she fought M’s temptations and towards the very end
she managed to MAJORLY piss me off. But overall, she was endearing. I fell in
love with her family. Livy’s grandmother, Nan and George, a delightfully comical
pair, had me in stiches with all their crazy antics. Sidekicks Gregory and
Sylvie were funny, lovable characters as well.
I have to admit, it took me some time to warm up to M. As the
story developed, I began to somewhat understand him. Not really pleased with
some of his actions, but I got him. What I most enjoyed were his sexy,
charismatic and quirky ways. He’s a true romantic and smoking hot in the
bedroom. But mostly, M was a total head-trip. There must be justifiable
reasons for all his quirks, fears, secrets and obsessive compulsions - and
have a gut feeling the revelations will overwhelm me. I am looking
forward to digging deeper into his persona.
As always, JEM's readers need to pay close attention to the
story’s details. As a writer, she is incredibly clever and extremely sneaky in
dropping unsuspecting hints within the storyline. Certainly was a crafty way of keeping my
attention and drawing me further into the world she created. Expect the
unexpected in “One Night Promised”, for perception is not necessarily reality. A good start to what promises to be a great
series. Be warned - as I suspected, the ending is one hell of a cliffhanger. Nail-bitting AGNST. And thus begins my
excruciatingly painful wait for “One Night Denied”.