Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review Tour: The Learning Series by RD Cole

We are excited to share with you today the first TWO books in the Learning Series by R.D. Cole ~ Learning to Live (#1) & Learning to Heal (#2). Both books have been receiving great ratings and reviews. Don't miss out on reading them now before the third book Learning to Forgive releases in June. Make sure to check out these books, add them to your Goodreads and enter the GIVEAWAY below for $20 Amazon Gift Card, a special necklace and a set of Signed Paperbacks!

Book #1 - Learning to Live $.99

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.
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.
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 #2 - Learning to Heal

"If Fools rush in, then most people in love are idiots. And I'm the biggest one of all."
Meet Jasmine Coleman. She's the girl that's outgoing, beautiful, and full of self-assurance- a confidence that’s forced to cover the scars she hides. When rushing into love becomes a heartbreaking mistake the last piece of it disappears. Now she is left uncertain, weak, and full of self-loathing. But her strength is needed now more than before.
Mason Reed is the quiet computer geek that's always the friend and never the boyfriend. Putting his social life on hold to help his single mother has left him shy when it comes to the opposite sex. And Meeting Jazz is no different. However being in love makes you do crazy things and his crazy has major consequences. Especially when the truth is revealed to others who are determined to rip them apart.
Rash Decisions have major consequences. Some good. Some bad. All Life Changing.
"The Truth doesn't always set you free. Sometimes it breaks you apart and leaves you in pieces."
4.5 star review by Jen Skewes

Learning to Heal is book 2 in The Learning Series.  And like everyone else I could not wait to get my hands on this book.  At the end of Learning to Live we were left staring at our e-readers with our mouths hanging open because of the cliffhanger we were left with.

Learning to Heal takes place exactly where we left off.  At Thanksgiving dinner with Jazz telling her family that she is pregnant.  Remember the movie For Keeps with Molly Ringwald where she blurts out at dinner "I'm pregnant please pass the turnips."  But in Molly Ringwald's case she had a boyfriend who was sitting next to her during that announcement for support.  Well,  as far as everyone knows Jazz doesn't have a boyfriend.  And she doesn't have anyone by her side to support her.  Jazz had been secretly seeing her professor who it turns out is a complete ass.  We see exactly how much of an ass he really is in the prologue of the book and my heart just broke for her.  She was in love and truly believed that he loved her back.  But in the end what they had meant more to her than it ever had to Ollie.

When the initial shock wears off at dinner the next question is of course; who is the father?  And that's when sweet, loving Mason comes in.  He announces to her family that it is him.  And that is where you have to wonder why someone like Mason would step in and tell everyone that he is the father.  Mason has enough on his plate, giving up a social life to help take care of his sister who is autistic and help his mother pay the bills.  But the truth of it all is that Mason is in love with Jazz and sometimes love makes you do crazy things, like want to help your best friend raise her baby, that isn't even yours.

Jazz is completely shocked of course but at some point agrees to go along with it.  Mason has always been a good friend to her and while she may not understand why he would help her she finds herself giving in to his crazy plan.  Mason loves Jazz and knows that she only sees him as a friend.  But right now he will take what he can get in hopes that in time she will grow to love him and they can have a future together.  Jazz has always seen Mason as nothing more than a friend but lately she starts to see him in a different way.  She's starting to see him as sexy which completely shocks her.  Mason is the quiet, shy computer geek and Jazz is this outgoing, confident woman, at least on the outside.  But the more time they spend together the more she realizes jus how much she needs Mason and starts falling for him.

Jazz and Mason were so cute together.  And I just loved Mason.  He was so sweet, kind, loving and completely selfless.  He is just an amazing person.  He just wanted to be there for Jazz, to help her through it all, to love her the way she deserves to be loved.  I think they were both damaged in their own way and together they helped each other to heal.  Jazz starts falling for Mason and starts to see a life with him.  But not everything is easy for these two.  Insecurities, misunderstandings, and people from their past threaten their relationship.  Will their love be able to survive it all?

"So I'll be her shoulder.  I'll be her warmth.  And I hope one day I can be her hero."

R.D. Cole did another amazing job with this book.  I love her writing.  I love the twists and turns that she throws in that you just didn't see coming.  There are those moments where you find your self on the edge of your seat just needing to know what happens next.  Those OH MY GOD moments where you can't believe what just happened.  I did not want to put this book down. I wanted to know what would happened when the truth was revealed, would they get their happily ever after.  I was completely rooting for Jazz and Mason.

This book had it all; drama, angst, a fews twists and turns, a sweet friend to love romance.  I loved that we still got to see Jax and Tru and how protective he is when it comes to his little sister.  This book is written in both Jazz and Mason's POV which is always a plus for me when we get see hear both sides.  Through all their ups and downs, Jazz and Mason's story will leave you with a smile.  And then you get to the very end and once again Ms. Cole leaves us wanting more and at the same time she sets the stage for the next book in this series.  Who is it going to be?  Not telling, you just have to read it for yourself and find out.  I for one cannot wait!

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Book #3 - Learning to Forgive - Coming June 2014

“I’ve learned a lot this past year, but there are two things I’ll never forget: one, People aren’t what they seem, and two, I fucking hate liars.” –Blaire
Blaire Morgan was a quiet, grief stricken girl when she left Mobile, Alabama, a year ago after her brother’s unexpected death. She returns a year later with fresh wounds from another betrayal, and she’s not the same person. A woman letting her tortured past rule her life, her “take no shit” attitude is catching the attention of everyone that crosses her path, including the bad boy front man of Lyrical Obsessions—the new band that plays at Jay Jay’s. When she learns he has something she wants, she plans on doing whatever it takes to get it.
What is a demon? An evil spirit possessing a person, acting as a tormentor in Hell?
Lyric “The Demon” Devereux is that tormentor and Hell is any place he sees fit, either in the fighting ring or on the streets. He killed his first person at seventeen years old, and that list has grown over the years—as well as his list of enemies—but his biggest enemy is himself and he doesn’t know how to win that battle.
When Blaire comes into town like wildfire and turns heads, Lyric’s temper emerges—uninvited and unexpected. His plan to stay at a distance for her safety, and his sanity, changes when she continuously shows up with her defiance and seductive pull. He now has no choice but to face his past that could possibly destroy the both of them.
Tempers will detonate. Lust will consume. Truth will destroy. But will love forgive?

R.D. Cole is a lively person with a determination to make it in life. Once her mind gets set on an idea she pursues it with passion. As long as she has God and her family she feels she can conquer everyday. Besides reading and writing she loves to sing, dance, and go mudding on her Souped-up Can Am. Her hubby is 9 years younger but he seems more mature than her at times and they level one another out. She has a beautiful daughter named Bethani who is a miracle and a fighter. She’s the only known living survivor of Matthew Woods Syndrome and when no one thought she’d live R.D. said “yes she will.” R.D. takes nothing for granted when it comes to life. “Everything can be ripped from your fingers before they can grasp it. So if you want something in life, do it. Go for it.”
That same mindset has helped R.D. write small pieces of her life mixed in to fictional settings and characters that will capture your heart.
“Read on. Dream on. Write on.” –R.D. Cole
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