06 April 2014

The Learning Series by R.D. Cole - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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.
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"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."
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She was one day too late.

It has always been the case. If she only found the strength to go out the door – she would have saved herself and the only person that mattered to her. But no. She gave it one more day. Little did she know that delaying her plans would cost her dearly.

Trudy Love had been through hell, and experienced a deep sense of loss that nothing or no one could ever replace. She had jumped from one foster home to another, and ended up with an abusive boyfriend who likes to get high. At 19, she had experienced how painful life can be.

After six months, she decided to get on with her life and finally moved somewhere else: Mobile, Alabama. Eager to start anew, and not to draw attention from anyone, but on the first day of school, she had already got attention from a lot of people, and a person whose eyes reminds her much of the one person she longed for daily. She tries to fight the attraction and the emotion off, she was here to heal, to forget, to start – having a relationship was not in her priorities.

Jaxon Coleman is filthy rich, but down to earth. He might afford anything and everything, but he only wants one thing – and this one can’t be bought and he was having a hard time catching her as well. All he wanted to do was to finish med school and follow his father’s footsteps, until he bump into Trudy. One look at her and he knew this person is broken and has a lot of secrets to share, but he was determined to have her, and he would have her. He would have his Tru Love.

They were perfectly fine until her past came back to haunt her.

They were too different, yet meant to be together. While Jax had experienced a perfect life, Trudy experienced the opposite – but it didn’t matter to him. This is why I love his character the most  - despite his wealth, he is very humble, down-to-earth and a giving person. He protects what is his and it didn’t hurt that this guy is intelligent and hot. He is quite a catch. I also understand why Trudy tried to fight off her feelings – but I was glad that she decided to share that secret part of herself to Jax before involving herself with him.

Did I tell you I adore her tattoo as well? It was so beautiful and meaningful. Some of the pages of the book were marked by it.

The story wasn’t dragged (thank goodness), the characters were just interesting (not just the lead characters): I adore Jazz, and more so David. They have the perfect family, different but perfect. R.D. Cole had written a story so compelling it was so hard to put down. The journey that Trudy and Jax had taken wasn’t perfect – but the whole ride was worth it.

My first R.D. Cole novel and I was hooked. Spent a day in bed lying around and finishing the two in one day – considering how the first book end, good thing I have the second book and I just have to read it immediately. It ended with a very surprising twist that had my jaws dropping. 

I just want you to know that whatever happens in life helps us make who we’re meant to be and leads us to people we’re meant to meet.

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


The first time shy, geeky Mason was smitten with a photo of Jazz – I just knew she was IT for him. Jazz was the life of the party, the girl everyone wants to have friends with, she was outgoing, pretty and filled with self-confidence, even I was drawn to this girl the first time she was introduced in book 1. How much more Mason?

But behind this full of life exterior is a girl who’s self-esteem has struck low. The guy whom she thought loved her, was a stupid mistake who only wanted one thing for her. Now, she’s reaping the consequences alone. Until Mason came to save her.

Mason is a quiet, shy computer geek who loves his family and knows how to make awesome fake IDs. He wasn’t really the boyfriend material, he’s more of a friend. His social life is almost non-existence since he was helping his single mother with her sister. Who doesn’t love a smart, responsible guy?!

I think Mason’s strongest moment is when he stood up in that table and claimed the responsibility. I was so cheering for him then. I can’t believe he had it in him. I knew Jax would flip out and would probably give him a shiner, but he doesn’t care. He wanted this girl, and this was his opportunity to show her how much she meant to him.

He was her best friend, besides Trudy who was now busy with Jax. She can tell him about anything, but when she viewed him differently and she starts to squirm around him, blaming all her libido spike to pregnancy hormones, Jazz knew decisions, and relationship shifts will have to be made.

But old flames starts to spread havocs in their lives, and some secrets are just too big to be kept – will their love be strong enough to surpass this?

Opposite attracts, these two are the perfect for each other. They complement and complete one another. What is more perfect is that both of them started out as friends. They knew each other, before they did each other. Mason didn’t question her about things she wasn’t ready to answer, and for that she was thankful. He accepted her as a whole, scars and all, and he made her feel beautiful – I know it was only a matter of time till she fall for him.

The old gang is still there, if you think David is crazy, wait till you meet Ryan and Cory. And Lyric (the guy in book 3) is also introduced. Mason and Jazz surely owed him a lot after what he did for him. He really can do anything, but he still can give me chills (creepy and exciting kind). I can’t wait for his story! Unexpected friendships were formed – I thought it was far-fetched and she wouldn’t understand, but she did and she didn’t blame Jazz for what happened.

If you think you enjoyed the first book in the series, wait till you read this Jazz’s Story. This story tells us that true love can be patient, forgiving, will accept you for all your imperfections and doesn’t expect anything in return. Jazz and Mason shared a love so true it surpassed a lot of bumps in the road before they had their HEA. I simply loved it, and will gladly recommend this book, and series to friends!

I guess love is the ultimate super power because I’d take on the world just to make her happy. 

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

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. ColeSupport Indie Authors
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★Learning Series Reading Order &Purchase Link★
Learning to Live (Learning #1: Trudy & Jax) - Amazon  |  B&N
Learning to Live (Learning #2: Jazz & Mason) -  Amazon  |  B&N
Learning to Forgive (Learning #3: Blaire & Lyric) - Coming in June! Add to Goodreads

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