Before Lynae, my heart was just sitting lifeless in my chest. I wasn’t living. I’ve hidden away the shame and the regret for so long, that I never thought anyone could break through. She did that, and so much more.
I need Lynae more than I need air to breathe. She is everything to me. The night Lynae walked into my life, I knew that I would never be the same. My heart started to feel again.
Now that I’ve pushed her away, the walls that I had built stand to destroy us. I have to get her back. I can’t live without her.
She is the one thing in this world that can make my heart beat.
Make My Heart Beat is the sequel to In a Heartbeat and picks up where Ms. King left us dangling over the edge of the cliff. This time around, we get more of the story from Connor’s point of view as he has to learn to reconcile his guilt from his past to move forward in his future with Lynae, assuming she will let him after his egregious missteps.
Connor is definitely fighting an uphill battle as he attempts to put right what he set ablaze so spectacularly in book one. Not only does have to fix his relationship with Lynae, he also has to fix his relationship with his bandmates (who feel bad that they believed him and contributed to the fall-out), Lynae’s friends (who want to castrate and kill him, in that order), and Lynae’s father (who Connor assumes knows how to kill him and get away with it as he’s a cop). Even though his friends, Lynae’s father, and Gabbi (one of Lynae’s friends) tell him that he needs to come clean to Lynae about why he behaved the way he did and let her know his secret, he does his to avoid doing so and spends a good part of the book unable to figure out why she won’t forgive him when she says she still loves him. At times, I found myself shaking my head as he continued to shut her out, doing to her the very thing she did to him and then being surprised when she wouldn’t take him back. Fortunately, Connor finally got his act together and he and Lynae must figure out how to move forward as a family. Of course, this presents a whole of new problems that must be dealt with.
I enjoyed Make My Heart Beat as much as I enjoyed In a Heartbeat. Ms. King has created a great cast of characters and I loved getting to know Connor’s bandmates even better. I appreciated getting Connor’s POV during flashback scenes and felt it enriched the experience of the two books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
My mind is swirling with memories of last night. She came. She actually came here to see me. She let me hold her, touch her, kiss her, claim her. Lynae’s sweet scent assaults my senses. I need to feel her against my body. I reach out to find her, but my hand only lands on cold empty sheets. My eyes pop open, completely awake now.
“Lynae?” I call out.
I sit up in my bed. My empty bed. Looking around the room, I don’t see her, and her pants that I know were tossed on the floor next to mine are gone. Sunlight is filtering in through the blinds. I glance at the clock, noticing it’s after nine in the morning. Maybe she’s in the kitchen. I know how she likes her coffee first thing in the morning. Please, dear God, let her be in the fucking kitchen.
I toss my legs over the side of the bed and grab my shorts off the floor. Standing up, I stretch my arms over my head and make my way out into the living room. I don’t even have to look around to know she’s not here. I can’t feel her presence. I can always sense her. Instead of finding the one thing in this world that makes my life worth living, I find the one thing that I want to pummel into the ground, sitting on my couch.
“What the fuck are you doing here?” I growl.
Seth stands up. He looks like absolute shit, like he’s been sitting there all fucking night. “Listen, dude, I’m really sorry about everything.” Seth is holding is hands up. “But I need to ask you something.”
Lynae must have gotten up, seen asshat sitting here and left. She was obviously pissed at him yesterday, since she apparently ran away from him crying, according to Wade. This gives me even more reason to want to kick Seth’s ass the hell out of my apartment, garage and life. “I don’t have time for this shit. Get out.”
Liz King is a wife, nurse and romance book blogger. In A Heartbeat is her debut novel. She lives in South Carolina with her family. Reading is a passion of hers, and writing is always something she wanted to do. Liz is addicted to gummy bears and coffee, even though her family and friends don’t think she needs caffeine to add to her already energetic personality. She’s obsessed with the 1980’s and loves to sing even though she can’t carry a tune. Liz loves college football and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains with her husband.