With Every Heartbeat Synopsis:
*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.*
With Every Heartbeat is the fourth book in the Forbidden Men series by Linda Kage. This book follows Quinn, boyfriend to Cora, and Zoey, roommate to Cora, and their interaction with each other. I will admit, I had to double (or maybe triple) check the blurb on Goodreads to assure myself that there was no naughty hanky-panky. I don’t like cheaters. Period. But, Linda stayed true to her word, so no worries.
Zoey Blakeland has escaped her horrible home and has enrolled in college, with the added intention of helping her best friend, Cora. On her first night, she looks for Cora at a party and meets Cora’s boyfriend, Quinn Hamilton. And dang, is he cute. Zoey struggles throughout the book with her shame and embarrassment regarding her growing feelings for Quinn. Now, I don’t care if she came off as a “Mary Sue” to some people, because I for one LOVE Zoey. I wish I could be that thoughtful and considerate of other people’s feelings. Now, I do hate that she gets pushed around and abused by the people that are supposed to care about her, but she does make genuine friends that are looking out for her as best they can.
Quinn Hamilton is kind of new at this relationship thing, but not in a man-whore kind of way. He is the sweetest, most loyal, kindest, just-wanna-hug-him guy. No wonder Zoey crushes hard. Cora is his first, well, everything, and he thinks he is completely in love with her. He doesn’t understand his awareness of Zoey, and is further confused and annoyed by his friends insinuations. Everyone, EVERYONE, sees how good they are together.
Well, I’m not a spoiler, so there are only a few things I can really put in this review:
Flowers are freaking HOT. Seriously, I will never look at them the same way again.
Good guys do not always finish last.
Some people just suck by nature. You can’t do anything about it, so cut them off.
Biology could have been more fun in college.
Secrets are bad, but sometimes good things come from them. Try not to have any, but if one is found, look for the silver lining.
Flowers deserve a second mention. Phew.
I love Ten. I just do. He is mine.
I will say, I was having a hard time with this book at first. I did not want it to go how I saw it going. I couldn’t see how I would like the book, but having read one of Linda’s books before, I pressed on. Well, guess what. I was wrong. Like, the whole time. I kept guessing, and Linda kept saying, “Nope. Try again.” If you are a fan of surprises and plot twists, this is your book. I had hopes and desires for thing to happen, and while I got what I wanted, it was in no way how I expected it. I was glued to the book. It’s isn’t suspenseful, but definitely surprising.
Now, while the intimate scenes are great, they do not make up much of the book. If you are looking for that, well, you won’t really get it. But, honestly, they wouldn’t make sense here; it would take away from the innocence and naivety of the characters. So for a heat factor out of ten, I would give it a six. But as for cups, a 5.
Linda Kage Bio:
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.