The continuation of Linda Kage’s Forbidden Men series is focused on one of my favorite characters, Patrick ‘Pick’ Jason Ryan from Book 2 (To Professor With Love.) If you’ve read any of my reviews for Kage’s work you’ll know that I’m a fan of her writing and I’ve not been disappointed in anything that I’ve read so far. Now that being said – this story was no different for me. I suspected as much when I started tearing up by chapter 3, I was already sucked in and all I could do was hold on for the balance of the ride.
Although I really liked the glimpse I got of Pick in Book 2 the main (make that only) thing I really liked about him was his personality. I’m not a fan of the facial piercings and ‘sleeves’ so I based my entire likability on personality. Then there’s Eva. I wasn’t sure I was going to like Eva (Reese’s cousin) who was the worlds biggest spoiled brat, or so it seemed. If you’ve not read either of the first two stories I’m most likely going to spoil those for you so and I’m sorry about that, but it’s unavoidable because these characters and, in turn, their stories are tightly wound together. Parts of this story run parallel to Book 2.
Nineteen year-old Eva Mercer is pregnant. She’s told the father of the baby, her ex-boyfriend Alec Worthington, that he’s going to be a father. The only thing is, Alec doesn’t want to be a father and he’s convinced that if Eva has the baby she will live up to her personality and forever torment him. So Alec being the fine and upstanding gent that he is, goes to Eva and beats her up so she will lose the baby.
Eva’s done with her old lifestyle of self-indulgence and gluttony. Once she found out she’s with child, it’s been her and Reese (and by default Mason) against the world. She has no job and has been living with Reese and Mason so she feels a certain obligation to help them out with cooking, cleaning and laundry as she doesn’t have any money to contribute to the household. Even though she was getting a hefty allowance from her father, Eva never learned the finer art of saving, much less saving for a rainy day. So at first I questioned how this spoiled child can be anything likable. It turns out that Eva’s been hiding some very dark secrets of her own. She’s used the cover of snobbery to hide behind for years and it’s only because of the love of her unborn that she makes the decision to change.
Pick’s story was inspiring. Remember when you were a kid and someone would ask you what you wanted to be? Everyone had a dream of what his or her future looked like and most of us would have answered – doctor, lawyer, baseball player, football player or something like that. Pick knew what his future would look like after an encounter with the local fortune teller/witch. Pick’s heart and soul were immediately captivated with an image of his perfect future and he did everything he could to make sure that he would live up to what that future would demand of him and that was keeping his butt out of trouble.
Together these two made me cheer them on. Eva’s sass and no nonsense attitude with Pick was one of the things I really liked about her and made me start liking her. By page 94, I couldn’t even think about her as Eva anymore because by then she was Pick’s girl and his nickname for her stuck. There are a lot of sweet moments between these two, moments where Pick was fighting for his soul and sanity and not doing the wrong thing when it came to Eva. The moment that convinced me that Eva’s love for Pick was more than meets the eye was when she was diligently trying to convince Reese that her spending time at Pick’s apartment while babysitting his child was not leading toward anything especially since she and Pick hadn’t even kissed. Reese succinctly replies ‘love doesn’t start with kissing or sex, it starts with feelings’ – truer words have never been spoken.
There’s so much story going on. The guys – Quinn, Ten, Mason and Noel – all make their appearances and the bar is still a prominent meeting place. That child molester and rapist, Patricia Garrison, is back to taunt Mason and Reese. This time she’s got competition – there’s always somebody worse. That made the reading even more compelling. Kage manages to keep the sexual assaults to a minimum and there’s no graphic scenes relating to that.
Happy Reading Folks!
*Book provided by author for review
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Be My Hero
by Linda Kage
Release Date: August 25, 2014