With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage: Review

With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage: ReviewWith Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage
on March 2nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 408

*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.

-Zoey Blakeland

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

Stacia says…

I have loved every book in the Forbidden Men series and I really enjoy Linda Kage’s writing. She knows how to weave an amazing story with main characters and secondary characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with.

From the previous books in the series, we know Quinn as an inexperienced virgin who starts dating the first girl to show him some attention, Cora (also known as Cora the Whora). Quinn is loyal, sweet, shy, and just all-around an amazing man. I think this is the main reason that he doesn’t see Cora for who she really is; which is an evil, manipulative person.

“With every beat of my heart, I am yours…”

Zoey, Cora’s best friend from high school, escapes her abusive father and moves to be near Cora to help her out with a HUGE secret that she is keeping from everyone. Poor Zoey is pretty much a door-mat at first and she has a hard time not developing feelings for her best friend’s boyfriend, Quinn. I had a hard time not screaming at my kindle when it came to Zoey; she needed a huge wakeup call when it came to Cora and the person she thought she was.

”I had a major crush on my best friend’s boyfriend. For some reason- probably complete denial – I hadn’t understood before why my body reacted every time he was around … or even whenever his name was mentioned.” 

Thankfully, with the help of her new friends, Zoey finally came into her own and I am so glad that both Quinn and Zoey got their HEA! I do think that the drama could have been dialed back a bit… it seems like there are a drama over-load and anything that could go wrong, did go wrong in this book.
I think one of my favorite parts of this book was getting Ten’s POV (one of Quinn’s best friends and also one of the guys who works at Forbidden). He is definitely my favorite and I am excited for his book, which I believe is next. I have no doubt it will be amazing!


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.