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review 2015-07-01 18:54
Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage
Price of a Kiss - Linda Kage

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After six months of my New Adult Project, I'm halfway through the year. Halfway through this project. Initially, I had some hopes the genre would somehow improve in my eyes at this point. Sadly - yes, I'm honestly sad to say this - it hasn't. In many way, it's been getting worse. Therefore, it's rare for me to have hopes for a book before picking it up, but there are a few. Price of a Kiss was one of those few I had hopes for. People, who like me, are critical of the New Adult genre enjoyed this, claimed it was better than the rest. So my hopes? High. High indeed. Unfortunately, this one didn't pull through.

The main reason: Reese, the heroine. I have no idea what the author thought writing this heroine. Was she supposed to be flawed? Was Reese supposed to be unlikable? I don't think so. Here's the thing: Reese is without a doubt, on my top ten of worst heroines ever (yes, that includes Anastasia and Bella, although Reese might be above both of those two). There were two things that bothered me about Reese. First, her personality, and second, how her past was handled. We'll begin with the first. She's shallow to the extreme. For example: she's babysitting a girl (Sarah) diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When Sarah has a seizure, this is what's important to Reese:

I wiped [the drool] away, figuring no girl would want to be caught drooling, especially if the paramedics who might need to come save her were as sexy as hell.


Remember that the girl in question is twelve. I believe the possibility of sexy paramedics is the least of her worries while having a seizure.

Not to mention she slutshames every woman she sees, which is as hypocritical as it gest, considering the plot. You see, the story is about Reese and Mason. Now, he happens to be a prostitute to help out with money at home (due to a mother who has no control on money). So, he's a gigolo. (We're never allowed to forget it, because the word gigolo alone is used almost 60 times.) So, Reese shames every woman she sees, calling them sluts and whores and whatnot. Although, Mason is honorable for what he does. See the double standards? Yup. (And I'm not going to discuss Mason's profession or the people that buy those services, because then I'll never finish this review.)

The second thing about Reese isn't necessarily her persona, but rather how she's portrayed. Here's her backstory: her ex, Jeremy, stalked her and tried to kill her. Now she's moved miles away to hide from him as the charges against him was dropped. So. That's her story. Except... she's not acting in a believable way.

But seriously, no one had tried to kill me here, so I guess I couldn’t whine and complain too much.


Sounds like a victim of attempted murder? No. Didn't think so.

Then there's this:

All hotties deserved a second chance, right?


Does that include her pscyo-ex? Or wasn't he hot enough? This is trivializing, and dare I say, quite degrading as well. Maybe I've read too many NA stories where the hero's hotness is an actual excuse for his violent behaviors, but I'm not cool with that either way. Anyway, this in addition to this:

And secondly: Mason didn’t give off one control-freak vibe, not the way Jeremy had exhaled them like carbon dioxide.
He was most certainly not the girlfriend-beating type.


First of all, she doesn't know first thing about Mason when she says this. This, too, is just offensive. Sure, there is some people that are statistically more likely to be abusive, but there are far too many different people who do it for it to be a type. Trivializing a real issue, that's what Price of a Kiss does.

So, I couldn't stand Reese. But Mason, I did like him. Well, before the last 30% and he turned into the cheesiest cheese-ball in the world. But Mason was so adorable with his sister (Sarah, the girl diagnosed with CP). He has some morals and does what he truly believes is the best. Overall, he was definitely one of the better heroes in NA.

For the plot... well, there is one. A weak one, I'd say. Then again, many NA stories have none, so this one was decent. Actually, if Reese hadn't been such an awful heroine, this story would've been really good. Such a waste, really.

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review 2015-05-12 16:56
Be My Hero by Linda Kage
Be My Hero - Linda Kage

This was a great story! Loved Pick and Tink! Super sweet. It had a very homey/family feel to it, which I absolutely loved. Eva did in fact redeem herself, at least in my eyes she did. I was waiting to read this book until I had time to read it straight through. It was definitely worth the wait. Super excited to read With Every Heartbeat now! 

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review 2015-03-31 22:17
Price of a Kiss
Price of a Kiss - Linda Kage

This is my first NA book in about a year, after growing disenchanted with the genre, and I have to admit I loved it!

 

I think it's my recent obsession with escort/sex-worker stories with tons of romance in them.

It was a perfect mood to be in when I read this story of Mason and Reese. She was quirky and within the first chapter had won me over with her thoughts of Mason. Mason sounded hot and grew on me quickly the more I read of him. He also broke mine and Reese's heart several times in the story.

 

He more or less despised himself for what he was doing and it was that that hurt to read.

 

There were some powerful scenes between these two and when they finally, FINALLY!, got together I was so happy for them.

 

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

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review 2014-09-03 00:00
Price of a Kiss
Price of a Kiss - Linda Kage Here is another book that I just couldn't force myself to like. Just got stuck with it and I was forced to jump a lot of pages just to get to the end and see how it finished. At first it wasn't that bad, then it just got so lame... the whole gigolo thing just didn't do for me... seen it and seen it again and again on big screen. I don't want to be harsh, but even the plot was lame, the haressment, we can't fall in love, not good enough for you and bla bla bla... this book was just a lot of bla for me. The only reason I didn't give it one star is cuz I wanted to be generous. It's just soooo hard to find a good young adult with a good plot and well developed characters. Well probably it also depends on my actual mood and age, probably if I had read it years ago... I would have liked it, or maybe not.
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text 2014-08-28 16:00
Profess: Professor Heroines of Romance
Just One Taste - Louisa Edwards
Grace Under Pressure - Melissa Schroeder
Wolf at the Door - Christine Warren
Dark Desires After Dusk - Kresley Cole
Nobody's Baby But Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Homeport - Nora Roberts
Backstage Pass - Olivia Cunning
The Last Viking - Sandra Hill
The Rookie - Julie Miller
To Professor, with Love - Linda Kage

So far in the Back To School Romance Celebration, we have had

 

Back to School: Great College Student Heroes

Roomie: Falling in Love with Your Roomate

Tweed: Professors Heroes

Dissertation: Gradutate Students in Romance

Dorm: College Student Heroines

 

Let's see the those Professor Heroine, some are badass and some are absentminded but all are more than a match for their heroes.

 

1. Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards

 

Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy is dreading his final-semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on advice—on aphrodisiacs

Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations make her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry together—and it’s delicious

 

2. To Professor, with Love by Linda Kage 

 

unior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex. 

On this campus, I’m worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I’m still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in. 

These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal. 

Problem is Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor. 

If I start anything with a teacher and we’re caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family’s and especially Dr. Kavanagh’s. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be, because I can only resist so much. 

 

3. The Rookie  by Julie Miller

 

Suddenly something was more important to rookie officer Josh Taylor than busting a campus drug ring and making detective. Because when Josh's undercover investigation strangely intersected with his older and pregnant professor, Rachel Livesay, sparks of danger--and passion--ignited.

 

Rachel had no one to turn to until Josh vowed to protect her from the sperm donor who threatened to snatch her newborn child from her arms. But Josh was her "student," not a knight in shining armor--and falling for him could be deadly for them both!

 

4. The Last Viking  by Sandra Hill 

 

He wore nothing but a leather tunic, spoke in an ancient tongue . . . and he was standing in Professor Meredith Foster's living room.

 

The medieval historian told herself he was part of a practical joke, but with his wide gold belt, callused hands, and the rabbit roasting in her fireplace, the brawny stranger seemed so . . . authentic.

 

Suddenly Meredith was mesmerized by his bronzed, muscular form, and her body surrendered to the fantasy that Geirolf Ericsson really was a Viking from a thousand years ago, sent only to pleasure her. But as she tried to teach him to eat spaghetti and use a computer, she realized he knew an awful lot about the tenth century—and so little about this one. And as he helped her fulfill her grandfather's dream of re-creating a Viking ship, he awakened her to dreams of her own. Until she wondered if the hand of fate had thrust her into the loving arms of . . . The Last Viking

 

 

5. Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning 

 

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius...

 

She's the one to call the tune...

 

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

 

6.  Homeport by Nora Roberts

 

nife held against her throat.

The unseen assailant stole her bags, slashed her tires . . . and disappeared. Shaken and bruised, Miranda was nonetheless determined to put the assault quickly out of her mind. Then comes a distraction in the form of a summons to Italy to verify the authenticity of a valuable Renaissance bronze of a Medici courtesan known as "The Dark Lady."

 

However, instead of cementing Miranda's position as the leading expert in her field, the job unexpectedly nearly destroys it when her professional judgment is called into question. Emotionally estranged from her mother, her brother immersed in his own troubles-and a bottle-Miranda, desperate to restore her reputation, has no one to turn to . . . except Ryan Boldari, a seductive art thief whose own agenda forces them into a reluctant and uneasy alliance.

 

7. Dark Desires After Dusk  by Kresley Cole 

 

Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past. 

Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon's wicked touch. 

 

8. Shadow and Silk by Elizabeth Lowell 

 

Sometimes you have to risk your life to save it.

That was the choice facing Danielle Warren late one night on the streets of Lhasa. With a dead man in front of her, a living one shooting at her—and the hand of a stranger held out to her in the darkness. 

When Dani grabs Shane’s hand, he lifts her into a world of intrigue, danger, and love that she had never known before.

Shane Crowe was prepared for everything but his response to Dani’s honesty. And her sensuality. Shaped in war, honed in battle, searching for peace in Lhasa’s ancient monastery, he is again thrust into the line of fire.

Together Shane and Dani search for a fragile silk relic that has become the prize in an international tug of war. But to find it, they have to stay alive long enough to learn to trust themselves, each other, and love.

 

 

9. Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren 

 

ullivan Quinn didn't travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he's ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission--to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman's delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest…she is his mate.


Anthropologist Cassidy Poe is a world-renowned authority on social interaction, but the overpowering desire she feels around Quinn defies every ounce of her expertise. Working by his side to uncover The Others' enemies poses risks she never expected--to her own safety, to those she loves, and to her heart, as every encounter with Quinn proves more blissfully erotic than the last…

 

10. Grace Under Pressure by Melissa Schroeder

 

Small town college professor Grace Michaels’ normally boring life has become more than a sane woman can handle. First, her ex-finance shows up in town, then her parents park their RV in front of her house. It makes it kind of difficult to seduce her sexy new neighbor, Sheriff Ren Morello. Of course, having her office and home burglarized isn’t great either, but it does put her up close and personal with Ren. 

Ren wants nothing to do with Grace. So what if he can’t seem to stop thinking about her? She is a woman who would demand commitment and after his nasty divorce from his cheating ex-wife, Ren wants nothing to do with marriage. All he wants is hard fast sex. The problem is, the only woman he can picture it with is Grace. 

When the threats to Grace turn almost deadly, Ren finds himself in her company more often than not, and keeping his hands off her becomes impossible. But as the danger grows closer, the attraction grows deeper, and Grace must choose between protecting her heart or her life. 

 

 

My very favorite  Professor Heroines are in When He Was Bad by  Shelly Laurenston and Nobody's Baby But Mine  by Susan Elizabeth Phillips  but I thought it would be fun to list some lesser know scholar heroines for this list. 

 

To vote for the best of best of Professor Heroines, go to my Goodreads list: Profess: Professor Heroines of Romance 

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