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With Every Heartbeat
(Forbidden Men #4)
by Linda Kage
New Adult Romance
Publish date: March 2, 2015
About With Every Heartbeat
*New Adult Romance*
*Explicit Scenes and Language*
I used to think everything was black and white, truth or lie, easy or hard, that if I could just escape my strict, overbearing, abusive father, my life would be perfect. But since I’ve found a reason to risk his wrath and leave, to help a friend in need, I’ve come to realize everything I thought I knew is wrong.
Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn’t even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and love...love is the most painful thing of all.
Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me.
*Don't worry! The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*
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First thing I would like to say about Linda Kage's With Every Heartbeat is I LOVE the cover. It's says so much about Zoey and Quinn’s (Ham) characters. Quinn and Zoey have lived a quite shy life, but are so deeply committed when it comes to a romantic relationship. They are both introverts, and both have had an abusive childhood. Both were home-schooled until they started their high school years. And because of Zoey’s overprotective father, she hasn't been around boys much, or allowed to date. Quinn is self-conscious. So yeah, college life holds a new environment for Zoey and Quinn. Quinn has had time to adjust to the college, since he's a junior and on the football team. But he too has never had a girlfriend until he started college. And the girl that just so happens to be Quinn's girlfriend and introduces Quinn to his first in everything is Zoey's best friend, Cora. I just want to say, no, this story is not about cheating. It's about being naive to who you thought you trusted and discovering the hard truth about who you thought your friends are and those that are supposed to love you.
For Zoey and Quinn who are introverts, leave it to college life to strip them of their naive blinders and welcome them into the wild side of life. With some hard, ugly truths about family, lies, and deceit.
The last part of this book was like witnessing a tennis match (Yeah, you know the kind, where the players don't miss hitting the ball and your head keeps going back and forth). Linda Kage blew me away with Zoey and Quinn. I kept saying, Oh, that's what the big secret is…and then BAM, BAM, and then BAM, BAM, BAM!! Linda Kage put me through a whirlwind hurricane with the ending and I loved every intense minute of it. Amazingly well done, Linda Kage!!!
I don't believe I have ever read shy characters from Linda Kage, but she did a beautiful job with Zoey and Quinn's characters. They touched my heart so deeply.
I love Zoey and Quinn's story, but I gotta tell you I'm looking forward to the next book in the Forbidden Men series. And yes, it's going to be with Ten and Caroline. Ten is a little bit of a bad boy but mostly he's a player with no mouth filter. Ten already had me doubling over with laugher, and Caroline is definitely the girl that can tongue tie Ten's smart ass mouth, and the boy who likes to play.
I highly recommend With Every Heartbeat with Zoey and Quinn. And the whole Forbidden Men series as a must, must read.
5 Hearts of Love for Quinn & Zoey
As I swept inside the front doors of the library, I started grinning. Even the possibility of getting to see him had my blood pounding with excitement. I didn’t have to search; I went straight to our spot. But as I turned down the aisle of books that led there, I slowed to a stop. He wasn’t there.
My shoulders slumped. But then a breath later, two arms slid around my waist, making me squeak in surprise. I was pulled back against a hard chest I’d recognize anywhere.
“You came.” His voice was filled with wonder before he spun me around.
His smile created a buzz that echoed through my entire body. I grinned back and touched his dimple; my lips hurt from stretching them so far. His own smile widened. And then he was pulling me up to his level and kissing me.
“God, Zoey. I can’t resist you in a pair of jeans or even shorts. But a skirt—” He shook his head even as his palms caught my bare thighs and smoothed their way up the outsides, right under my skirt. “You want to kill me, don’t you?”
About Linda Kage
Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part her world, and she’s so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.
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