Linda Kage – Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)

Synopsis

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 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…

–Knox Parker

*It can be read as a standalone.*

Képkivágás

Nagyon szép és magával ragadó volt ez a történet. Az első oldaltól úgy éreztem, hogy imádom ezt a könyvet és borítékoltam az öt csillagot, azonban úgy érzem, hogy az a zsenialitás és érzelmi építkezés, amivel felépült ez a könyv, a végére egy picit megfogyatkozott és elsietetté vált. A borító lélegzetelállítóan szép és a fejezek fejléce is nagyon tetszett, a szereplőket pedig imádtam. Az elején úgy éreztem, hogy egy picit túl sokan vannak, és alig tudtam megjegyezni ki kicsoda, de valószínűleg ez az én hibám, hiszen nem olvastam az előzményeket, mert azt hittem, teljesen standalone a kötet. Ennek ellenére is nagyon tetszett és viszonylag gyorsan sikerült felvenni a fonalat.

A történet két idővonalon és két szemszögből íródott. A múltban megismerhetjük Felicity-t és Knox-ot akik egy véletlen folytán egymásba ütköznek az erdőben. A lány és a fiú szomszédok, mégsem találkozhattak korábban, mert a két család ellenséges viszonyban áll egymással. Felicity szülei a gazdag, rideg sznobok, akik egy hatalmas házban élnek, míg Knox négy öccsével, felkoppintott húgával és annak kisbabájával, alkoholista apjával és végkimerülésig dolgozó anyukájával él együtt egy kicsike házban, szegényen, mint a templom egere. Miután a következő napon Felicity segít kihúzni a bajból a fiút, kialakul közöttük egy kötelék, ami miatt minden nap találkoznak az erdőben és egész délutánokat átbeszélgetnek. Felicity mindig is fekete báránynak érezte magát a családjában, ahogy Knox is, így több bennünk a közös, mint ahogy először gondolhatták.

Szép lassan szerelembe esnek egymással, viszont szinte Rómeó és Júliába illő módon titkolniuk kell a szerelmüket a családjuk előtt. Sok évet kellene várniuk, amíg nyilvánosan is együtt lehetnek, hiszen Felicity még csak 16 éves, Knox pedig 18, de a tervük az, hogy miután Felicity elmegy egyetemre, és megszerzi a gyermekpszichológusi diplomát, összeházasodnak. Sajnos az álmaik egy pillanat alatt elillannak, amikor Knox-ot egy végzetes éjszaka után végleg elszakítják a lánytól, és börtönbe küldik. A fiú és lány hát év múlva találkoznak ismét, de már egyikük sem az a gondatlan, vidám fiatal, akik egykoron az erdőben álmodoztak a jövőjükről. Mindketten, de főleg Knox olyan fájdalmakat éltek át, amelyek örök sebeket hagytak a lelkükön.

Knox múltja fájdalmas, nyers és nagyon szívszorító. Majd megszakadt a szívem, hogy látnom kellett, hogy megtörte a két fiatalt az a hat év külön töltött idő. Mikor elváltak egymástól, két szerelmes fiatal voltak, akik előtt egy egész jövő állt, néhány évvel később már csak a múlt árnyékai és főleg Knox egy összetört lélek. Nagyon tetszett, hogy Felicity nem adja fel és addig küzd Knox démonaival, amíg le nem bontja a falat, amit a fiú maga köré húzott.

Összességében nagyon-nagyon tetszett az írónő stílusa, nagyon magával ragadó. Mindképpen tervben van a többi kötet elolvasása is, de főleg Pick fogott meg a mellékszereplők közül, így az ő könyvére vagyok a leginkább kíváncsi.

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My review in English

It was a really beautiful, engaging story. I felt from the first page that this will be a five star book and I loved it so much, but I am a little disappointed with the ending, because I think it was not on the same level like the brilliant story building of the first part of the book. It felt a little rushed, but I liked it anyway. The cover of the book is breathtaking and I loved the banners of the chapters, with the tree metaphor which showed up repeatedly in the book. I also really loved the characters, although in the beginning I felt there are so much of them and it was a little difficult to keep in mind who is who. But this was absolutely my fault because this was my first book of this series and I thought it is completely standalone, but it turned out that these characters have an own book. But soon enough I could pick up the thread and I could completely enjoy this book.

The story is split into two parallel timelines, one in the present and one in the past, and it follows two separate points of views all throughout the book. In the past we can learn about Felicity and Knox, and the relationship which builds between them. They are neighbors but they don’t know each other at all, because their families hate each other and they keep their distance. Felicity has a really wealthy but cold and snob family, who live in a huge mansion. Knox lives poorly in a small house with his four brothers, his knocked up sister and her baby, his alcoholic father and her overworked mother. After the two of them run into each other (literally) in the woods and Felicity helps for Knox to get out from a troubled situation, they both feel connected in some way. After that day, they meet in the woods every day and talk all afternoon long, sharing everything with each other. Felicity always felt like a misfit in her family and Knox felt the same way so they have more in common like they though before.

They slowly fall in love with each other, but like Romeo and Juliet, they have to hide their relationship because of their families. They should wait so many years until they can be with each other openly, because Felicity is only 16 years old, and Knox is only 18. But they have a plan that after Felicity gets her college degree at child psychology they will get married. But unfortunately their dream vanishes in a second, when Knox gets arrested on a night and they get torn apart. After six years they meet again, but neither of them is the same careless, cheerful teenagers who were daydreaming about their future in the woods a long time ago. The both of them, but especially Knox lived through so much pain that left really deep scars in his soul forever.

Knox’s past is really painful, raw and heart-wrenching. It truly broke my heart how he became a shell of himself, and a broken soul after six years of misery. I really loved that Felicity doesn’t give up on him and she helps him fighting with his demons, and she also fights for Knox until he lets her in again.

I really loved this book and the writing style was so stunning. I’m planning to read the other parts of this series, too, but I’m interested especially in Pick’s character, so I can’t wait to read his story.

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My Favorite Quotes From the Book

“Love doesn’t understand time. It doesn’t care if people change. It just grows where it grows.”

“I have no idea why you tried so hard to save me,” I murmured into her hair. “But I’ll be forever grateful you did.”
Smiling at me, she just said, “It’s because you’re worth it.”

„My heart hasn’t changed.I grew up and tried to move on,but right here….”She pummeled her chest with her fist.”This is still the same,and since the moment you ran into me in the woods…it has beaten for you.”

“I think the worth of a person comes more from who you are and less from what you are.”

“He might not have taken anything from my home, but he’d definitely just stolen something from me, something I’d never get back. It was as if he’d sucked out everything dismal and distressing in my life and left me glowing with nothing but a giddy radiance.”

“You have no idea how much I adore hearing that. I never thought I’d hear you say it to me again.”
“Well, get used to hearing it every day, because I plan on saying it to you at least that often.”
Snuggling against my chest, she pressed her mouth to my neck. “It might take a lot of days for me to get used to it.”
“Then I guess I’ll have to say it for years.”

She glowed happily. “Works for me.”
“Me too.”

4.5 -Worth It- Stars

4,5 stars

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About the Author

Linda is a contemporary Linda Kageromance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn’t already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com

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