Friday, October 25, 2013

Learning To Live by R.D. Cole Blog Tour + Giveaway

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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.
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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My Review 

This book grabbed me from the prologue and kept my interest the entire was through. During the prologue, Trudy is pregnant and living with her abusive, controlling boyfriend. This part of the book was definitely hard to read. Seeing the abuse from the one being abused was heart wrenching. Add to that, she was 8 months pregnant at the time, making it worse. Her boyfriend was a drug addict that got violent when he got high and was scary as hell. Trudy has decided she's going to get out, she just needs time for her plan to be put into place. Unfortunately for her, things don't go according to plan.

Lucky for me, the first chapter takes place 6 months after the worst night of her life. During those skipped months, she decides she will never allow herself to be a victim again and takes steps needed to make sure it doesn't happen again. She's enrolled in college and is committed to making a new life for herself.

On her first day, she meets Jax. Although she tries to fight it, she's drawn to him. He realizes Trudy has built walls and is very patient, breaking them down little at a time.

I really liked the alternating POV. I think it helped me connect with the characters and helped me see just how committed they were to each other.

There was one thing I didn't like about this book. It ended. I just wasn't ready for it to end, I wanted to read more about Tru and Jax. Somewhere along the way, I heard there is going to be another book focusing on Jazz, Tru's roommate and Jax's sister. All I can say is I certainly hope so. It's a book I'll be looking forward to.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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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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