Book Review-Price Of A Kiss by Linda Kage

Book Review-Price Of A Kiss by Linda KagePrice of a Kiss by Linda Kage
Also in this series: A Perfect Ten, To Professor, with Love, Be My Hero, With Every Heartbeat
Series: Forbidden Men #1
Published by Linda Kage on August 14th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 379
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
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*new adult romance***explicit scenes and language**
I don't care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean-
Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.
It's no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he's just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate...except for one teeny tiny glitch.
He's a gigolo.
Boy, do I know how to pick them.


Reese Randall, is on the run from an ex boyfriend who tried to kill her, and she still bears a scar on her neck from that fateful night. Now Reese had to change her name, go to a different college, and doesn’t exactly have the best experience when it comes to men. then one day, she spies a man she holds her interest, a man who takes her breath away, but he is also a man she can’t touch, Mason Lowe, go to college by day, and works as a gigolo by night. Not exactly the best circumstances. At first she believes he doesn’t like her at all, but she knows they have a connection. Then she starts working for his mom to watch his sister, who is disabled, and thus begins a friendship that can never be anything else. Reese knows what he does, for his family, until he can graduate and leave this life and build something better for himself and his family. But he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Reece knows she can’t afford Mason, he is way too expensive for her, and he offers no freebies, but without realizing it Reese and Mason, start falling hard for each other, and soon Mason will have to make a decision, a choice between the woman he loves or supporting his family…

The Hero 

Mason, loves his family, and his mother and young sister are everything to him. When he was eighteen, their landlady blackmailed him, and now he has no choice but to be a gigilo, so he can support his family, and with his sisters medical bills, they need the extra income. Mason despises what he is forced to do, but he has no choice, and that is all women see…they just see a man to be used as a sex toy, not a human being with a mind and feelings and thoughts of his own…until Reese enters his life, and shows him that he is worthy of love. Mason was delectable, I adored his character, and quite frankly my heart ached for him, you see in the beginning of the story, how he begins his sexual career, where he was once innocent and knew nothing, you start to see how he hates himself for what he has had to do, but you also see his fortitude and iron will to do what has to be done no matter the cost to himself. I admired that so much about Mason.

The Heroine 

Reece has had the worst luck in boyfriends. She thought the one she had was good, but then he became abusive, and almost killed her when she wanted out, and until he is put in jail, she is on the run from him. She can’t risk him finding her, or he will kill her for sure. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for a man she can never have ever. A man who has his hands tied, is put in a situation that would be near impossible for him to escape. But despite the circumstances, she sees something more that just what he does in the evenings, she sees a man in need of love and affection. I adored Reece, she is always fighting for Mason, even knowing it could be a losing battle. She always sees him as more than what everyone else sees him as, and she never loses faith in him. I loved her will to fight for the man she loves, and she is like a mother bear protecting her cub when it comes to Mason. And when she interacts with his sister…oh my heart melts, she is so good with Sara, and I just couldn’t get enough of this character. One of my favorite heroines I have read in a long while.

Plot and Story Line 

Price Of A Kiss is the first in this amazing series that I just can’t get enough of. After being introduced to this author, and reading Ten’s story, which is the fifth book, I knew I had to read this whole series. And I think I am starting to love this genre, or at least this authors talent. If you have yet to read Linda Kage….get this book NOW!!! It’s only a few dollars at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon..and you won’t regret it. I stayed up all night read ing this book, I just couldn’t put it down…I just had to read it before I  had to go into work, and what a ride of a romance that this turned out to be. It a story you might need your tissues though, it definitely put me through the emotional wringer quite a bit, and I definitely didn’t see that coming. I expected it to be a light and easy-going love story…but nope…it was way more than that. I did have quite a ball of fun with this one though, and I just adored seeing this pair come together and figure out what was most important. This is also the first time I have read a story where the hero was a gigolo….now that was something new and I liked it. I loved the way you see these characters connect in such an emotional way first before anything physical happens. We see they bond as friends first, but at the same time you see the chemistry they have together, and not just sexual chemistry, you see how they fit just right, even from the beginning you see that spark. We also see the turmoil and how hard it must be for the hero to do something he hates himself for doing but doesn’t feel like he has a choice, I loved his dedication to his sister….and the whole reading Harry Potter to her…I just wanted to cry in those little moments you see with her, or seeing how he treats Reese in those moments they are alone and they forget what he does and just focus on each other. They were quite a few beautiful moments in this story that makes your heart melt and makes you want to cheer for them to find their HEA. The way this story unravels, and the ending…is magnificent….I adored every chapter…every page and every sentence. A must read for any romance lover that loves to see a couple fight for love!!


“If you love someone enough, you can make them invincible. Like your feelings for them are so strong they work as a magical shield, protecting them from all harm and pain.”


“Every woman treats me that way, Reese. I’m not a person to them. I’m just…a good time or something vile to be avoided at all costs. And then you came along and you…you hugged me. You are the first person who sees me, Mason, not sex for sale.”


I didn’t care. The spider was still alive and that was not cool.

“What am I supposed to kill it with?” he demanded, looking harassed. My hysteria rising to titanic proportions, I shrieked,

“With your big freaking foot, you idiot. You have what, like, a size twenty shoe. Smash that thing.”

“I wear a size twelve.” He scowled


“You’re the warm sun that shines when everything else is dark,”

The cover

I love the pose we have here, with the bright colors, and its so sexy and steamy…but also has the poignant feeling to it…like time almost stops.

Overall View 

Price of a Kiss is a beautifully written love story that will tug at those heartstrings, tear at your emotions, and an impossible to set down read that will enthrall you from beginning to end. UNFORGETTABLE!

About Linda Kage

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, daughter, and our nine cuckoo clocks. My life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part my world, and I'm so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.

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