Review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy, #2) by Marie Rutkoski


Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review 

5 stars!

This was much better than the first book. That’s saying something because I loved the first one! This book was just so much more enticing. There was a lot more happening and the story was just so much more. 

I felt closer to the characters. They were somehow more real to me. I felt like I knew them better because the author really made me see how they thought, what they felt, and who they really are.

The romance really was not the main focus of the book, but I could still feel it. I felt that a lot of the decisions and actions the characters did were for love. 

Kestrel had to make such hard decisions to save people. These decisions may have made her look ruthless, but those decisions were made to save more people. 
Kestrel is incredibly intelligent and compassionate as well, but that does not mean she doesn’t have flaws. There were some decisions she made that I did not really agree with even though it was kind of necessary.
She was able to outwit so many people and I loved reading about how she was able to accomplish it. 

What did I not like about this book? Well it’s not a matter of what, but who. Jess. I hate her oh my gosh couldn’t she have just died from being poisoned?! 
Okay I get that the Herrani killed Valorians and Jess is angry about that boo hoo; but she has to remember that the Valorians took their land and enslaved them so she has no right to be angry when it happens to her people, her friends, and herself! Serves them right. What a hypocrite! She’s also very angry with Kestrel for not marrying her brother and becoming her sister. Well sorry Jess if Kestrel’s not falling all over herself to become your brother’s bride and your sister. I mean look how you treated her. 

The ending. It was cruel. 

Wishing for the third book to come faster. 


Review: Sea of Stars (Kricket #2) by Amy A. Bartol


Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars. 


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I loved it. 

This book picks up where Under Different Stars left off. Kricket and Trey are finally free to be together, for about a night. The next day everything goes to shit. 

The Alameeda declares war against everyone. I loved how the book was so action packed. There was never a dull moment. Kricket, this girl had it hard. EVERYONE wanted to capture her and use her. She was kind of like the ring that everyone wanted to get a hold of on Lord of the Rings. 

Kyon was like the energizer bunny on crack. This dude just doesn’t stop! He gets Kricket, Kricket escapes, he captures her again, she escapes again. KYON IS ONE PATIENT DUDE. 

I know I’m not supposed to like him since he’s the bad guy, but I kinda do like him. Don’t get me wrong, I love Trey, but I like Kyon too. Sue me. 

The new character, Giffen, is one of those people who want to capture Kricket. Yeah I’m not really feeling this guy. I kind of wanted him to die, but hey some of you may like him. Who am I to judge when I like Kyon. 

We finally get to meet Charisma. Charisma was supposed to be Trey’s consort, but he broke it off with her because he never felt anything other than friendship for Charisma, and it was mutual. I’m glad Charisma did not turn out to be this raging bitch. I’m tired of reading about how the ex is always mean and extremely unlikable.  

I loved seeing Kricket and Trey together. Trey was very swoon worthy and I really felt how much he loved Kricket. 

That ending though. It wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but I still feel like I might die a little inside while waiting for the next book. 


Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1) by Melinda Salisbury


Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?


4 stars!

I was really excited to start this book, because the synopsis had me hooked, and that cover is just so beautiful! 

This story had many twists that I appreciated. Sometimes I had to stop reading to take all of it in, then delve right back in the book to read what happened again. 

Twylla is “blessed” by the gods with the power to kill with a touch.

I’m not really sure how that’s a blessing, but I’ll roll with it. She brings hope to the people of Lormere, because she is believed to be the daughter of the gods, and has been given such a powerful gift. 

I found Twylla’s situation to be really pitiful. She was lonely and she was forced to do things that she did not want to do. Twylla was not a strong character at first and she did the queen’s bidding; but she was by no means stupid, she was just naive. 

Twylla is engaged to the prince, but she might as well not be for the prince pays little to no attention to her existence. Then the prince returns from a two year journey and suddenly Twylla is someone who he wants, someone who gives him hope. 

Twylla is only allowed out of her room with two guards, so when one of her guards got sick, she got a new guard. 

That’s when things started to get really exciting. Leif, her new guard, was a breath of fresh air for her. Now is there a love triangle? Not really. Twylla only really cared about one guy. 

The queen was bat-shit crazy. She really was. It worked though, because it made the story even more compelling for me. 

This book was intense and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I would gladly read the second book! 


Review: Verum (The Nocte Trilogy #2) by Courtney Cole


The truth shall set you free.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.


5 stars!


I was completely stunned by the end of the book. I was not expecting that AT ALL. With Nocte I was left reeling with what I’ve discovered. It left me clamoring for Verum because the secrets did not end there yet. There was a lot more to discover. 

Now that I’m finally done reading Verum, I have no idea what’s real and what’s not real anymore. So this book starts off with Calla finally asking Dare the question, but of course it’s never that easy. 

Calla and dare travel to Whitley to rest and heal. 

Dare also told her that the answers are in Whitley. Her grandmother lives there and Calla discovers that she’s actually insanely rich. That’s about all Calla discovers about herself. She sees things and people that she’s not even sure are real. Now we all know that Finn was the crazy one and not Calla, but I was starting to doubt that.

The writing was incredible! While reading I thought I was going crazy along with Calla. I had no clue what was about to happen next and the writing just made me feel everything Calla was feeling. When she felt like someone was watching her, I felt like someone was watching me. It was not exactly a pleasant experience, because being the smart cookie that I am, I started reading Verum before going to bed. 

Calla knows that she must discover what the secret was before…well before something happens. She wasn’t sure what was about to happen, but she knew it wasn’t good. 

“Time is your enemy, Calla.” 

She wasn’t sure who to trust or what to do with herself. Everything was unfamiliar and confusing. 

The last chapter killed me. 

Verum answered some questions, but I’m not even sure if those answers are really correct. I’m second guessing everything, because this book was the biggest mindfuck I have ever read. I need Lux. I just need to put my mind at ease. I have to know what’s really going on and what really happened. 


Books in my January Wrap-Up video.

These are all the books I read in January.


One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous. 

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.


Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.


Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself? 

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home. 

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go. 

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own. 

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

Liz Atwater’s happily ever after was torn from her the instant her husband, Jack, was murdered. She is forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life and raise her three young sons alone.

Reynolds Carter’s picture perfect Hollywood life ended the moment the paparazzi got hold of his girlfriend’s cheating scandal. As he watches his life unfold in the tabloids, he comes to a crossroads in his career and his purpose.

When Reynolds takes on the challenge of a new project, his world collides with that of Liz. Neither of them expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love.

But life is never simple.

Faced with complications from family, friends, and colleagues, Liz and Reynolds are left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together.

Can they get past the pain, fear, and guilt and risk their hearts to love again?

Not every love story is just a happy ending. Some completely change your life. 

To take back life, one must first face death…

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals…his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge…bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals…her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ bosses of New York’s Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. 

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafia boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancé, Alik Durov, is no better; the Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside…then one night changes everything. 

While working for her church—the only reprieve in her constant surveillance—Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget…for both their sakes. 

But when weeks later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes. 

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man…this man they call Raze.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, WILL RELEASE SIMULTANEOUSLY. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Finding Eden is the continuation, and conclusion, to Becoming Calder.

When the world as you know it has ended, when all that you love has been washed away, where do you find strength? 

When the new world you’ve stepped into is as isolating as the last, when your heart is broken, and your future is unclear, where do you find hope? 

Finding Eden is a story of strength, discovery, forgiveness, and undying love. It is about believing in your destiny and following the path that leads to peace.

THIS IS THE SECOND PART, AND CONCLUSION, IN A TWO-PARTSIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS (BECOMING CALDER SHOULD BE READ FIRST). New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

*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.*

Sweet Hope Cover Reveal

Here’s the cover that Tillie Cole fans have been patiently waiting for, the cover to the fourth and final book in the Sweet Home series, Sweet Hope. So without further ado, here it is…the cover for Ally’s story…

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TITLE: Sweet Hope SERIES: Sweet Home #4 AUTHOR: Tillie Cole AGE GROUP: New adult GENRE: Contemporary romance RELEASE DATE: 29th March 2015


From the USA Today Bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Hope. My name is Ally Prince and I’ve always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have. When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of ‘just’ being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely. But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed… And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely. I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world… of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance… I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all. It just never seemed like I would get it. For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change. I needed a new beginning. I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn’t expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall for him… heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love… My real life fairytale come true. But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul… I just didn’t know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same. New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

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Tillie Cole Author Pic Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.
She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.


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Copyright © 2015 RACHEL VAN DYKEN

Ember: A small piece of burning coal. Origin: Old English, Germanic. Example: All it takes is a one tiny piece of ember to start a flame, one small flame to burst forth into a fire. One spark, and a man’s world may implode from the inside out.



“Do it,” my father spat. “Or I will.”
I looked at the girl at my feet and back at my father. “No.”
He lifted his hand above my head; I knew what was coming, knew it would hurt like hell but had no way to fight back — he’d already starved me of my food for the past three days for arguing, for trying to save the girl and her cousin.
His fist hit my temple so hard that I fell to the ground with a cry. The click of his boots against the cement gave me the only warning I’d have as he reared back and kicked me in the ribs; over and over again he kicked. The girl screamed, but I stayed silent. Screaming didn’t help; nothing did.
I waited until he was done — I prayed that he would kill me this time. I prayed so hard that I was convinced God was finally going to hear me and take me away from my hell. Anything was better than living. Anything.
“You worthless—” Another kick to the head. “—piece of shit!” A kick to my gut. “You will never be boss, not if you cry every time you must do the hard thing!” Finally, blessed darkness enveloped my line of vision.
I woke up from the nightmare screaming, not even realizing that I was safe, in my own bed. With a curse I checked the clock.
Three a.m.
Well, at least I’d only had one nightmare — that I’d remembered. I’d been living with Sergio for the past week; his house was so big that I’d basically taken the east wing, and he’d taken the West, said he’d hated living alone anyway. I wasn’t stupid; I knew the guy wasn’t exactly a big fan, but it worked. I needed to stay in the States while I figured shit out.
And I wasn’t ready to leave. Not when I needed to learn all I could from Nixon. Not when I had responsibility.
And not when I had those black folders freaking burning a hole in my mind.
Luca hadn’t just left me an empire; he’d left me secrets. I wasn’t sure what was worse, knowing everything there was to know about those I was supposed to be protecting or knowing that at any minute one of them could turn on us.
“Hey!” Bee barged into my room.
“Damn it!” I pulled the blankets over my naked body, my heart picking up speed at her tousled hair and bedroom eyes. Tex’s sister, Tex’s sister.My body wasn’t accepting that — physically it wasn’t accepting any information other than she was beautiful.
And it was dark.
I looked away, scowling.
“I heard screaming.” Bee took a step forward, her perfume floating off her body like an aphrodisiac or drug, making me calm, making me want something I had no business wanting.
“Yeah, well…” I gave her a cold glance. “…clearly I’m fine, so you should go. Actually, why are you here? You know you live with Tex, right?”
She shrugged and sat on my bed. I clenched my fists around the blankets to keep from reaching out to her. It was getting harder and harder to ignore her warmth — when I lived in a constant state of near-death cold.
“He’s with Mo, and they need privacy. I’m not stupid. So I asked Sergio if I could move in for a while.”
“You did what?” I asked in a deadly tone, one I was sure would probably give her nightmares later.
She grinned. “I’m your new roomie!” Bee bounced on the bed and sent me a shy look from beneath her dark lashes. “Admit it, you miss our slumber parties.”

Forget the nightmare — I was looking at it.



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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

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


*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.*


5 stars!

ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

I was so happy when I received this book! I really liked Quinn in the previous books so I just knew I would love him. And I did. 
I finally got to read about a shy, sweet, innocent, and just straight up nice guy. He was just so nice! The things he did for Cora (I hate this bitch and we WILL talk about her) and Zoey were just….

So Zoey just escaped from her abusive father and goes to ESU for college. She also went there so she could help her best friend Cora. Cora’s sick and she needs Zoey. Well not exactly Zoey just one of her kidneys. So Zoey being the ultimate best friend and super nice and loyal person volunteers to give Cora one of her kidneys. She also just really wanted to escape her asshole of a father so it was a win win situation for her. She saves her best friend and she finally becomes free of her father. 

Zoey and Quinn are PERFECT for each other. Now I hate cheating. I despise it, but with Quinn and Zoey I just wanted them to be together. I was desperate for it! There were many times in the book when I just wanted to scream at them. 

But no they would have never done anything while Quinn was still with Cora the Whora. They were just too nice for that. It would be impossible for them to hurt other people willingly. That’s why they’re so perfect for each other. 

Now onto Cora. I did not approve of Ten calling Cora a whore in Be My Hero because I hate it when it’s okay when guys do it but when girls do it they’re a whore. Gender equality. But I now wholeheartedly agree with him. I hated this bitch oh my goodness! Up till the end of the book I wanted to climb inside my kindle and murder her! 

When Quinn and Zoey finally got together I wanted to cry with happiness

I was not bored or wanting to skip pages until they got together, because the storyline was well developed and I loved the anticipation of them getting together. It just added to the sweetness factor. 

I loved how characters from the previous books were part of Quinn and Zoey’s story. They were all funny and they had each other’s backs. 

Ten was a big part of this book. He may be annoying and he might always say the wrong stuff, but he is a true friend. I cannot wait for his book!