- File Size: 3428 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151904769X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Linda Kage; 1 edition (November 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0CT4A3
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julianna finds herself at the wedding of her one-time crush, Brandt. She doesn’t even know why she showed up. She feels completely out of place. As she begins to leave, Brandt’s younger, infuriating, and sexy younger brother, Colton, shows up at her table. He makes her blood boil. She doesn’t know whether to slap him or kiss him. As she spends more time arguing with him, she realizes she has forgotten how uncomfortable she feels. She even finds herself laughing and enjoying herself. Colton is all wrong for her…he’s several years younger than her. She is more settled in her life and has goals. Colton is not. Somehow those reasons don’t matter when she’s with him.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this couple. They are complete opposites but somehow complete and balance one another. Colton is a free spirit, and Julianna is more serious. I loved the banter and chemistry between the two of them. As I read more, I realized Colton wasn’t just the good-time, cocky guy he shows others. He really is quite intelligent and is sly as a fox! I loved that I discovered just how complex both of the characters really were with each chapter I read.
There is so much more that goes on within the pages of this book that I’m not touching on…one major issue is their relationship and how OTHERS perceive it (the age difference and the interracial romance), but I want others to read it for themselves. I laughed, I got angry, and I got teary-eyed at times, both happiness and some sadness, and I love a book that makes me emotional!
I love a romance that has a deeper meaning, and this one did! It was a book of hope and understanding. It reiterated what I already knew…as Julianna’s dad said, “We’re all just people. We love. We hope. We fear. We hurt. The packaging on the outside is just that, pretty packaging to decorate the world and make it a beautiful, colorful, assorted place. It’s the gift inside that counts.” What better message is there than that? This is my first book I’ve read by Linda Kage, and I can’t wait to go back and read more of this series! Thank you, Linda Kage, for giving us a book that not only entertains us but gives us hope too!
***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
If you are following this series, you all know about Colton, the younger Gamble brother, and Julianna, the new sassy bartender. If not, be ready for a crazy ride through this taboo story.
Colton is a young man cocky, carefree, suave. Julianna seems to hate his smartass comments but she sees something in him. She gives back all she has got and she is secretly excited with his flirty ways and his loud personality. When she attends his brother’s wedding and her crush, she feels lonely until Colton makes her forget everything.
Colton admires the sexy girl but he doesn’t think he stands a chance with Julianna. She always refuses him and she seems to have not gotten over his brother… until the night of the wedding where all the rules change.
What starts as fun and one time thing changes to a meaningful relationship. Colton is not the devil boy he seems to be. He is perceptive, caring, attentive, sensitive. He hides a little boy with a gold heart and he makes Julianna the center of his universe. Julianna on the other hand wants always to have the control. She appears perfect to the outside hiding her insecurities.
Although at first it was hard connecting with this couple, as the story progressed and they got closer, I liked it more. Colton matures through the relationship without losing his humor and Julianna stops being so hard on herself and letting others’ opinion matter. He is more than he seems. He is so loving towards her and he is the perfect boyfriend. Julianna is a girl collected and smart and I admired that she didn’t stop fighting.
As for the taboo aspect of this story, I liked that it was more external. The couple was united against those who didn’t like them together, but not once their differences became a division to them. There were stronger together.
Overall, it was a fun book that showed love was more important than color and age and that heart is stronger than the mind.