Friday, November 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Learning to Live by R.D. Cole

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Being alive and living are not always the same.
Trudy Love is used to being on her own and has rarely been shown affection. Between growing up in foster care and her abusive boyfriend she has no idea what life can be. At 19 she goes through something no one should ever experience and is left alone once again. Six months later she moves to Mobile, Alabama where she meets someone whose eyes bring back memories of the one person she misses everyday. Too late she finds herself caught in a storm of emotions that are unwanted, but she's determined to fight them off.
Jaxon Coleman has a good life, and for him to attend one of the finest Med schools in the country and follow in his dad's foot steps is a dream come true. However, dreams can change in life and when he meets Trudy he knows his will never be the same. Jax knows she has secrets she is unwilling to share, but he's never given up on something he wants and he wants Tru.</ em>
Can Trudy stop resisting her feelings and welcome the chance to live a different life than she pictured or will her defiance and haunted past eventually take her out of Jax's reach?
After tragedy living is not easy, but with the right person it can be learned.

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4.5 star review by Jen Skewes

Learning to Live is one of those books that completely sucks you in with the prologue.  It is one of those books where you heart completely breaks for the main character right from the start and you know that it is going to be one heck of an emotional journey.  And it certainly was emotional, heart breaking and beautiful all in one.

Trudy Love has had a horrible life growing up.  She spent her life going from foster home to foster home.  She finally found someone who loved her for her and not just for the monthly check only to lose her.  when she turned eighteen she was no longer apart of the system and was completely on her own.  She started dating Brad whom she trusted.  But she soon found that brad wasn't who she thought she was. Brad turned out to be an abusive drug addict. He treats her like no woman should ever be treated and it will completely break you heart to see what she goes through.  Tru had plans to move on and leave Brad until that one tragic night when the abuse is taken to another level, leaving Trudy completely broken and shattered.  But in time Trudy moves on.  She is determined to live her life, to go to college and make something of herself. She wants to learn to live again, and Jaxon Coleman is just the person to teach her.

Jaxon Coleman (sigh).  Jaxon is sweet, caring, sexy, a family man, and just amazing and perfect.  His family has money but that never affected Jaxon as a person or how he treated people.  When he first meets Trudy he knows that there is a connection between them.  He knows that he wants to get to know her better, and not just for one night either.  He wants Trudy Love for more than one night and has every intention of getting her.  He just has to figure out how to get in touch with her.  Well lucky for him Tru and his sister Jazz are friends, giving him the perfect opportunity to see Tru again.  

Trudy can't deny her attraction for Jaxon.  I mean any woman can see how sexy he is.  But Tru has been through so much hurt and pain throughout her life, the last thing that she wants right now is a boyfriend, or someone to depend on.  Right now this time in her life is about her.  Jaxon knows that Tru is hiding some deep secrets from her past.  He sees the hurt and knows that he needs to be careful when it comes to her.  Right now he is willing to take her any way he can get her, even if it is just as friends.  Jaxon and Trudy cannot deny the connection, the bond and the chemistry between the two of them.  But Tru has these walls up to protect herself and as much as she knows she can trust Jaxon she is not sure that she is able to open up to him.  But Jaxon is not willing to give up.  He knows what he wants and when he wants something he usually gets it.  And he wants Tru Love forever!  Will she be able to open up to him, let him into her heart?  Will she learn to live again?

"I leave the coffee shop with a smile on my face and a skip in my step.  I don't care if I look like an idiot because I have hope that by this time next year I will have my Tru Love."  

Learning to Live is a very emotional read at times.  But there is also some really sweet scenes that will melt your heart.  Jaxon knew how broken Trudy was and never rushed her.  He was always so patient, and caring and loving with her.  You knew how much he truly cared for her.  But there is also a side to Jax that is very sexy!  There is honestly not one thing that I would change about this man.

"Tru, look at me,  You were beautiful before I knew all this, but you're the strongest and mot beautiful woman I've ever met.  I'm in awe of how you've overcome the shit life has thrown at you."

"I'd buy her anything in this world as long as she continues to smile like that."

I loved Trudy and admired her strength.  She was dealt one crappy hand and but she dealt with it with such amazing strength.  She went through so much hurt and pain and it completely broke my heart to see her treated that way her ex treated her.  But through all the tragedy, and the pain that she experienced she always made it through.  She held her head high and was determined to fight through it.  She was such a strong an amazing female character.  I love her relationship with Jazz.  Her and Jazz quickly became best friends, something that Tru never had before.  And she treasured her friendship with Tru so much.  I just adored the two of them.

"To wake up and live this life I was given.  to learn to always get up even though people try to keep me down.  And I plan on doing it with Jax no matter what happens in the future."

Learning to Live is an emotional, heart breaking, wonderful and amazing story of strength, love passion, trust and simply learning to live life again.  This book will make you laugh, cry and will definitely cause some swooning.  I loved watching Tru and Jaxon's friendship blossom into something more.  And the chemistry between the two of them was undeniable and hot.  I loved how sweet and tender he was with Tru.  He knew from the moment he met her that she was his forever, he just needed to make her see that he was hers.  He found his Tru Love and had no intention of letting her go.  I was rooting for these two amazing characters to find their HEA from the very beginning.  They certainly had their ups and downs and there were people who tried to keep them apart.  But Jax kept fighting and never gave up.  I honestly did not want their journey to end.  But it did and let me tell you that the ending will completely leave you wanting more and wishing Jazz's story was out NOW.  I fr one cannot wait for Jazz's story and am hoping to see a lot more of Jax and Tru.  Amazing story and a must read!

"I picture those legs wrapped around my waist in nothing but those shoes as I pound into her and swallow loudly.  Dammit, I need some ice chips for my dick."

I loved this line!  And Jaxon is one sexy man! :)

Book Trailer


I finally pull my gaze away and remember that I never thanked him for what he did. Geez, he must think I am a real bitch. “Um...” I hesitate. “About what you did today...I never said thank you.” 

I pause and glance back up in his dark coffee colored eyes. “Thank you,” I say in a whisper.

“You’re welcome,” he whispers back, and I feel like I’m drowning in the deep brown pools.

All the noise and chaos around me is forgotten as we have another moment like the one from earlier. I feel the flutter in my stomach return and my breathing begins to alter. What is going on?

“Here you go, Tru.” A red cup is pushed into my hands, and I grab hold right before it spills and I make a complete fool out of myself. After taking a small sip, I remember why I don’t drink beer. My face twists into a grimace, and Jaxon gives me a cocky grin. There’s no reason to complain because I like his smile. Relief washes over me since I don’t need to feel guilty for liking it either.

About the Author

7134270My name is Robin and I live in Grand Bay, Alabama. I grew up an army brat and traveled a lot until we finally settled down along the Gulf Coast when I was 4. My husband is 9 years younger so I guess that makes me a COUGAR.
I have a little girl who is 9 and is blind as well as autistic. My life is not boring with them two in it. Believe me. I have always loved creating and I would constantly draw on my walls. I love painting and reading. Writing is something I wanted to do but didn't think I could, until I woke up at three a.m. a few months back and started writing. Life has a way of throwing rocks at you and putting cracks in your soul. Either you can duck and cover or you can make something beautiful from the cracks.
After that, the story took over. Even though some pieces of my life experience are within it, it is Tru and Jax’s story now. I have truly fell in love with this story and hope you all do too.
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  1. i heard about the giveaway from three chicks and there books blog hi thanks so much for the giveaway denise smith


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