18 August 2014

Learning to Forgive by R.D. Cole - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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Title: Learning To Forgive(Learning, #3)
Author: R.D. Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2014

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This isn't your Typical Everyday fairytale.
This story isn't sweet or sugary.
It's Raw and Dark
It's Rough and Dangerous
And It's Definitely not for kids under 17 years of age.

So turn back now if you're not ready for Lyric and Blaire's story. Because shit just got Real.

“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?

Learning to Forgive tells the story of Blaire and Lyric. This is not your ordinary fairytale. There is no perfect prince-charming, and no damsel in distress. Instead, we are introduced to Blaire – a quiet, grief-stricken girl who have left Mobile, Alabama after the death of her brother. A year later, she returned, completely a different person. Gone was the quiet person, after another fresh betrayal, she came back, stronger and fiercer. She won’t let another person hurt her once again. Her walls are up. Her new attitude caught the attention of the front man of Lyrical Obsessions. 

Lyric “The Demon” Deveraux is not your ordinary bad guy. His roots are evil. He has more on his life that he leads on. He killed first when he was seventeen, and the list has grown over the years – as well as his list of enemies.

The moment they met, sparks and tempers flew. Blaire conquered him the moment she came into town. At first, he wanted to keep his distance to keep her safe, not just from him, but from his enemies as well. But Blaire wouldn’t do what he asked. She continued to defy him, and he had no choice but to keep her safe, face both of their past that could possibly endanger the both of them.

Blaire – she’s stronger than she lets on. She had a not-so-good childhood, she had lost her mother and suffered some things little girl shouldn’t have experienced. Perhaps the final strike was when she had lost her brother. Your heart would break for her, and everything she had been through. You have this eager wish that she’d have her happy ending soon, but I guess she needed to work hard for it more, and suffer a little bit.

As for Lyric – this guy is an enigma. He can be a real bad boy when he wants to be, but he can be really sweet. I knew he has some secrets up on his sleeves, and I had been dying to find out what it was. I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong. There was more to his past and to his secrets than what I have originally thought.

He tried to fight off his emotions to keep her safe, but to no avail. He was completely drawn to her. but when their past collided, and danger lurked in, he knew he needed to break her heart to keep her safe.

They were the couple you’d be dying to see happy, because both of them, despite the circumstances of their past, really deserve happiness. But first, they have to deal with their past, and try to wrestle their present to have a great future ahead of them.

The book will consume you. I have done nothing today but lie in bed and finish this book. I wanted to know what will happen, and how will it happen. Their HEA is a must that I didn’t stop reading until finally I’m sure both of them will experience it. But the ride, the adventure, all those pulse-stopping scenes makes the ending so worth it.

•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•

I walk in, but leave the door open. My eyes stay on her as I approach. I see fear at first, but she pushes it away and replaces it with that stubborn trait I’m learning she has. She crosses her arms and looks up when I’m close, refusing to move. “Last night, you asked me for something. Remember?”

“To go to hell?”

I smirk because this game we play is a fucking thrill for me. “Oh, honey. I’ve already been to hell.” I stand in front of her an inch away expecting her to cower, but she doesn’t. Should I make this soft and gentle like before or should I make it punishing for possibly being a part of Polesky’s team? I roll my neck and let it pop in several places before I swiftly grab her by the waist and pull her tight body to me. Her breath hitches and she freezes, but not in fear. In anticipation. It’s written all over her face.

My other hand grabs her by the nape of her neck, and I feel the softness of her bright, red hair between my fingers. “You asked for this.” Then I lower my lips to hers. I want it to be punishing, to show her how much of an asshole I am, but I can’t. I have a deep feeling she needs the exact opposite.

Nipping her bottom lip, I taste her cherry lip-gloss while I massage the tension in her neck. She exhales softly and tentatively opens her mouth. My tongue dives into the moist warmth between her lips, and I savor every fucking millisecond I’m there. I don’t know when or if I’ll be able to kiss her again. Timidly her tongue starts to move against mine before her hands reach up to grab my shoulders. I feel her nails bite into my skin through the fabric of my t-shirt, but it feels fucking amazing. After this, I stop moving and let her take control. Let her feel me like I said she would last night. Let her savor every touch, every feeling I arouse in her. But in all honesty, I’m feeling her. I know without a doubt that this kiss is one I’ll never forget.

The hand on her waist slowly traces up her ribs, over her exposed collarbone, and across her erratic pulse. When both hands are cupping her cheeks, I once again take over the kiss that is on its way to becoming feverish. She moans, and a growl forms in my chest. She swallows it just as her hands grab at the nape of my neck to hold me close.

Feeling my dick become stone hard against her stomach, I pull away. We stand there, breathing hard enough to fan one another’s face, while my hands remain cupping her flushed cheeks. Then I let go of her, turn around, and walk out the front door knowing, without a doubt, I’m in deep shit.

Learning Series

Learning To Live(Learning, #1)
Learning To Heal(Learning, #2)
Learning To Forgive(Learning, #3)

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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