I’m not a squealer, but SQUEEE!!! I love Linda Kage’s forbidden men series. I’ve read them all and I was hoping for Brandt and Sarah to get their own story. They were so young in the previous books, but I just knew they would be together.
Brandt and Sarah have been best friends since 13 years old. Their friendship is fiercely strong and both have been in love with one another since the start. But as usual, neither is aware of the feelings the other has and both are too scared to make a move. Fast forward to age 22 and Sarah tries to start dating. She wants to experience life and Brandt can’t handle watching his girl move on. Can Brandt and Sarah successfully cross that line to lovers? Oh, they certainly do =).
While this is a standalone, I highly recommend reading the previous books because the story just comes together more when you have everyone’s history. Plus, the other books are excellent!!
I was all over the place with this story. I laughed, cried, and swooned. This was such a touching story and something about it just touched home for me. I’m not a crier, but my eyes definitely got a little wet at times. The story starts at age 13 when Sarah and Brandt meet. Sarah suffers from cerebral palsy and consequently suffers from being bullied. She’s basically invisible to everyone except her family and Brandt. People make fun of her for her disabilities and she is so very insecure. In an ironic way, she is insecure, but very strong. She has her moments of weakness and insecurities, but she is loved and I think her family’s support helps her find strength to keep fighting so she can push barriers, overcome obstacles, and adapt to her situation. She is absolutely an inspiring character! I find Sarah the ultimate heroine. While most of us don’t suffer the same physical limitations, I think many of us have felt the internal struggle of needing to belong and be accepted. I know I completely related to her feelings. Once upon a time when was younger, I dreamed of all the same things Sarah wanted… to experience life and just to be loved and accepted. She may not be perfect, but she is by far one of the best heroines I’ve read. I loved Sarah.
Oh then there is Brandt. OMG…his past kills me and it kills me to see him suffer for so long. I love how he lets Sarah be his life support. “She was my sounding board, my voice of reason, my everything.” She heals him and he loves her so fiercely. It’s a powerful, all consuming love. His love is so DAMN SWEET! I love how he sees her inside and out and loves her so completely. He doesn’t see the disability, but the girl underneath. Isn’t that what we all want? His past is a very sensitive subject for me and I usually hate reading about it, but Linda did a very good job doing it in a tactful manner that made reading it bearable.
I am grateful Linda has written Brandt and Sarah’s story. It is an extremely touching and heartwarming story. I’m so glad Brandt and Sarah found each other. They complete and heal one another. It’s so beautiful. And I love that Linda tells the story of someone like Sarah, so human. I’m grateful I get to read her struggles and in doing so, I find strength in her strength.
“This right here-every single piece of you-is very precious cargo to me. If anyone mistreated it, I’d lose my shit. You’re not just my best friend, you’re my sanity. You’re my priceless, Sarah.”
Oh…Swoon. This is a MUST read!! Happy reading! =)