Monday, March 2, 2015

With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) by Linda Kage Review

With Every Heartbeat
Forbidden Men #4
By: Linda Kage

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 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.

-Zoey Blakeland

*Don't worry! The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*

I rated With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage FIVE LEAVES!!! 

If you have not read any of the books in the Forbidden Men series, you should stop what you are doing and start from the first book in this series. Basically, call in sick for the next three days to read this amazing series. Please take note, while each book in this series is a standalone about a different couple, the series is more enjoyable if you read these books in order.  The connection between all the characters builds form the first book.  Linda Kage's writing hooked me from the first book and I have fallen in love with every character in this series. Every character is beautifully flawed.  Quinn Hamilton made me swoon and I was amazed by Zoey Blakeland.
Every Heartbeat is Quinn and Zoey's story. Zoey has escaped from her father was physically and mentally abusing her. She got away and choose to start her life over with her best friend, Cora, and to go to college. 

Cora happens to be very sick and she needs Zoey's help.  When Zoey finds out that Cora is needing a kidney she volunteers and to finally escape from her father. Nobody knows Cora is sick and it is up to Zoey to keep it to herself. Zoey moves in with Cora where she meets Quinn. Quinn is officially my new book boyfriend.  He had me swooning after every word he said in this story. But when Zoey first lands eyes on Cora's boyfriend, Quinn, all feelings are about to explode.  Quinn and Zoey have instant attraction, and they both feel it.  They are both well aware that nothing can cross the line because Quinn is deeply devoted to Cora and Zoey would never betray her best friend. Quinn had a horrible upbringing that no child needs to go through. However, with Zoey in his life he feels like he can cope with it all and will help Zoey heal too.  
This story needs to be read to fully understand why Cora is a horrible person, in my opinion. Beware: you will want to reach through this book and grab her by the throat! When secrets are told everything is going to change between Zoey, Cora, and Quinn.  The story is about love and what some characters have to go through to make the right choice: to always follow his/her heart.
Linda Kage:  outstanding job of creating a world in which I would love to be apart.  This book is just a reminder of how she can make her readers so engrossed in a book. There are so many scenes in this book that really made me feel, pulled my at my heart and made me cry.  I recommenced this book and every book in this series to everyone! Now, call in sick and enjoy this series!

Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, toddler daughter, and their nine cuckoo clocks. She works a day job in the acquisitions department of a university library and feels her life has been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part her world, and she's thrilled to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.


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