Monday, March 9, 2015

Blog tour: With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage +$25 gift card giveaway!

Christy's review!

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“Sometimes, it’s the little things we do that mean the most to others.”

I have been highly anticipating Quinn’s book since I met him in Pick’s story. I was not excited that Cora (the whore we love to hate) would be such a big part, but I loved Quinn so I was willing to go there. After reading this book, I still loved Quinn. I loved Zoey. I loved Ten the most (well, besides my Pick who will always and forever be the best character in this series). And I hated Cora. Hated her with a fiery passion. I thought she might do SOMETHING redeemable. Nope.

But back to Quinn- his book is the forth in Linda Kage’s Forbidden Men series. These books are fantastic. The characters are wonderful and lovable (with the exception of Cora) and the writing is great. This had a little more angst and stressful moments than some of the other books, but it was still a great read.

Zoey and Cora are best friends. In fact, Cora is Zoey’s only friend. So when Cora needs her, Zoey is there. Zoey grew up with a very strict father who was abusive. Because of her home life, she has a lot in common with her best friend’s boyfriend, Quinn. Quinn didn’t have the easiest childhood either. Besides having things in common, Quinn and Zoey are instantly attracted to one another. 

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Zoey and Quinn are both loyal to a fault. So their attraction never leads to anything except both of them wanting what they know they can’t have. Watching them both fight their feelings for each other was difficult. You could tell they were just too perfect for each other, but neither could do much about it. It was sweet, their friendship.
Zoey might just know more about me than any other living person on the planet. She was my confidante and a friend.

They really developed a bond with one another. But Cora was still there. As selfish and evil as she could be, Quinn isn’t a cheater and Zoey still cared for her friend. I rooted for these two to be together. You knew they just belonged with one another.

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Obviously something big happens that shows Cora’s true colors… but the events leading up to that. Ugh. I can’t even go there.  Some parts of this story I just feel so mixed about. I loved loved loved certain aspects… but let me tell you. There were a few parts I was so infuriated with decisions these characters made I almost threw my kindle across the room. I cried some angry tears and I shouty caps texted my bestie in the middle of the night. It was that kind of book. SO if you can’t handle the feels, the angst and the drama, this may not be for you. By the end, I can safely say that I AM happy I finished it. I’m glad I read it and I loved the way it turned out.

Even though my boy Quinn was one of the main culprits of my kindle throwing madness, I still really did love this boy. I loved how he always *tried* to do what he thought was right. His heart is in the right place and he’s a very sweet, good person. Zoey was a heroine who has a heart of gold. What she did at the end… I’m not sure if I could have done that. I applaud her being able to be that big of a person.

I loved the bond Quinn and Zoey shared. Watching them get to know one another, become friends and open up to each other. It was great. They really did have this pull towards one another that they couldn’t deny

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As much as this book STRESSED ME OUT… I did enjoy it. It definitely held my attention and kept me intrigued. And as a reader who loves to feel when she reads, I felt. Not all of those feelings were good, but I boy did I feel them. Even though this book was heavy at times, it still had those lighter feel good moments. I love the characters, the friends that feel like family and the end made me so happy and left me with a huge smile on my face.

Maybe the best part of this book was the set up of Ten and Caroline’s story. Ten stole the show in this book. Every time he showed up with his fun, loud and crazy self I couldn’t help but to feel better about everything else going on. Bring on Ten’s book. I can’t wait!!!

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 Exclusive Excerpt:

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 With Every Heartbeat:

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*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 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.*

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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