Saturday, July 5, 2014

Learning To Love Again by Cynthia P. O'Neill Blog Tour with 5-star review

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Author: Cynthia P. O'Neill
Published: June 8, 2014
Genre: Romance



**This book is intended for mature audiences, age 18+, due to strong sexual content and language.**
Control can be a wonderful feeling, especially when you’re an alpha like Garrett Waters. But how do you control a beast from the past intent on destroying everything you hold dear? He’d already lost his parents and aunt, but now threats against him, his fiancĂ©, Laurel Hart, and their unborn child pushes him into hiding to try and protect all he cares for. Can he outsmart Walt Peterson and regain control or will he lose everything he’s come to trust and love, including his own life?

Laurel Hart’s life has been upended, with one traumatic event after another, but she’s survived thanks to her family and Garrett. She’s learned to trust in Garrett’s love for her; letting go of her past, and his, has opened her up to the idea of learning to love again. Will her trust and affection be short lived with Chase Peterson hot on her trail, determined to make her his, or will justice prevail and allow them to finally live in peace and have their happily ever after?

It will be a heart pounding race to the finish for both Garrett and Laurel, with surprises around every corner.



Excerpt
 Learning to Love Again
Learning Series #3

I could feel my body shivering over the thoughts roaming around in my mind and soon felt the comfort of an extra blanket being pulled over me and the warmth of a warm body surrounding me. I jumped at the contact of an arm wrapping around my waist.

“No need for alarm, darling, it’s just me,” Garrett whispered softly into my ear as he placed a gentle kiss along the side of my neck.

I opened my eyes slowly and turned towards him, letting my head fall against his shoulder and snuggling deeper into his form, breathing in his intoxicating vanilla musk fragrance. He cradled me closer as one of his hands ran soft strokes up and down my spine.

I rubbed my nose against his until his lips found mine. His tongue traced the outer edges of my mouth, nipping me on the corner with his teeth, causing me to open right before he plunged in. I could feel his manhood harden against my thigh as his hands began to feel upwards towards my breasts, squeezing them firmly.

I felt lost in the moment until he pulled back.

“Laurel, we need to stop.”

But why? My heart shattered. The fear of rejection coursed through me, wondering if I’d hurt him to the point he didn’t want me anymore. I quickly turned on my side and scooted away from him, but not before he pulled me back against his full length. He kissed the side of my neck and nuzzled into it, breathing in my scent.

“It’s not that I don’t want you. You have no idea how badly I want to tie you to this bed so I know you won’t run from me again, and take you with everything that I have.” He turned me so I could see his face. “I need you, but we’re on approach for the airport and will be landing in ten minutes. That’s not enough time to do everything I crave. We’ll have to wait until we get back to the penthouse and let everyone see that you’re okay first.”

I realized what he was saying and started to get up and collect my shoes so I could return to my seat for landing. I was reaching for the door when I felt him press up against me and whisper, “Just wait until everyone leaves tonight, because then you’re mine!” he growled as he bit gently into my earlobe and thrust his manhood against my bottom. He always did know how to take my breath away.


MY REVIEW

First thing you need to know is that this book is not a stand alone. You need to read the other two books in the series before you begin this one in order to enjoy it fully.

This book is more intense than the other two. It kept me from being able to put it down until I was completely finished. There are so many things that happen that I just didn't expect.

I spent the entire time reading trying to either 1) figure out what Chase was going to do next, 2) trying to put the pieces of Garrett's past together, and 3) hoping that everything would finally work out for Laurel and Garrett.

Laurel frustrated me more in this book. I can't imagine being in her shoes, she's pregnant and knows that her ex is after not only her, but Garrett as well. She makes some pretty stupid mistakes in my book. Putting herself in danger more than she should have. Then again, that added to the intensity of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series from beginning to end. I would highly recommend it to anyone. 



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Author Bio 

CPO AUTHOR PICCynthia P. O’Neill grew up in Clewiston, Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college. There, she married her friend, love, and soul mate and still resides with their amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little boy.
In her books, Cynthia draws on her background in healthcare and business, along with her husband’s engineering knowledge.

Cynthia currently writes on all levels of Romance. The Remembrance Series encompasses Young Adult, with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. The Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of New Adult, Contemporary and verging on Erotica, with a hint of suspense.

She tries to make her writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for her books, but her imagination takes them to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist.

To learn more about the author, please visit Cynthia’s website at: www.cynthiaponeill.com
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085956.Cynthia_P_O_Neill

Other books in this series:
Learning to Trust (Learning Series) Book 1
Publication Date: November 17, 2013

learning to trust book 1
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***Due to strong sexual content and language, this book is suitable for mature audiences only. Ages 18+***

When Garrett Andrews finds something that catches his eye, he goes after it, letting nothing stand in the way of what he wants to possess. The first woman to arouse his heart could be the one person who helps him to finally open up and feel again.

Laurel Hart was a swimming champion until a frightful event and unknown health issues derailed her career. With a recent degree from MIT in Bio-Medical Engineering and an offer to join one of the leading innovators of medical equipment in the world, she plans on making a new life for herself; letting nightmares from her past stay in the past, or so she thinks.

Neither of them wants to date, but she finds herself drawn to him and Garrett uses every excuse to be near her. Laurel’s afraid to let anyone get close, but finds solace in his arms. Garrett is finally able to be himself around someone. Together, they discover a connection that manages to soothe both their souls and starts opening them up to new possibilities.

Once Garrett finds out about Laurel’s past, all rules in regards to "relationships" are changed, because one false move could drive her away. He attempts to calm her nightmares and gain her trust so he can show her who he really is and the relationship he desires from her.

Will they be able to overcome the damage their hearts have encountered? Can they find happiness? Can they trust their minds or will life throw each of them another curveball? Only time will tell if they can learn to trust.



MY REVIEW 
Learning To Trust

I read this book shortly after Learning to Let Go came out,but I never got around to writing the review. I have no idea why, the story has stuck with me since then. It's story I just can't get out of my head. 

I honestly struggled with the relationship between Laurel and Garrett. He's a headhunter for a leading medical equipment company. Of course, she gets the job offer of her dreams, but I found myself questioning if she would have gotten it without his attraction to her. Ten to find out his secret... that made me question the job more. But time and time again, Laurel proved herself so eventually, I came to respect her more. 

Laurel's history with dating has made it hard for her to trust someone, however, she felt this strange pull towards Garrett when she first saw him. She tried to keep him at arm's length because of her past, but he made that difficult to do. He was so patient with her, so sweet and caring. I fell in love with him from the beginning.

And then there was the cliffhanger ending. I was glad I had the second book available when I was done with this one. The suspense would have killed me. 



Learning to Let Go (Learning Series) Book 2
Publication Date: February 5, 2014
learning to let go book 2
Synopsis:
**Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is intended for mature audiences only, ages 18+**
Garrett Andrews has controlled every aspect of his life for as long as he can remember. Whatever he wanted, he took, especially when it came to Laurel Hart. She was the first person to make his heart skip a beat and capture his soul, allowing part of his control to slip, which uncovered his lie and destroyed her trust in him.

Laurel now lays battered and broken thanks to Chase Peterson, a stalker from her college days, who won’t accept no for an answer. Garrett is determined to win her back, obsessing over her care in an attempt to heal both her body and her mind. He will go to any lengths to earn back her trust and teach her to let go of the past, but can he follow his own advice and let down his own walls?

They struggle to overcome their issues and soon Chase is after her again, fixated on staking his “claim” with a startling revelation that links both the past and present. Can they find happiness with each other or is there too much to overcome? Only time will tell if they can learn to let go.


MY REVIEW 
Learning To Let Go

I have decided that I don't like this author. At. All. (OK, not really, I love her books) Doesn't she realize that I need to sleep, go to work, feed my children...? I just couldn't put this book down once I started it. I will definitely be reading it again this week, something I rarely do. but it is just so good. First thing to know is that it is part of a series and you MUST read the first one, Learning to Trust, before you read this one. This book picks up exactly where the first one left off. Lucky for me, Kindle delivers books quickly. If you haven't read it, go get it NOW! It's amazing.

I really liked Lauren in the first book, but I loved Garrett. He was so sensitive and caring. He has huge issues, I know, and we get a better understanding of some of those in this book. He has a lot to overcome, but for Lauren, he's willing to try to work through his issues. He'll do anything for Lauren (oh, to find a man that devoted, SWOON). Since this book is in dual POV, I was able to understand him better and love him even more.

Both of them have to learn to let go of their past in order to have a future together. This book isn't a cliff hanger like the first one (thankfully since I have to wait for it to come out), but I am still looking forward to reading it. There are still some unanswered questions and loose ends that need tied up.


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