Title: Learning To Forgive(Learning, #3)
Author: R.D. Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2014
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?
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.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 4 “On the Edge of Your Seat” Stars ~~
Holy Moly!!! Talk about a book that grabs you right from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. This book was filled with action, suspense, mystery and romance. There were so many twists and turns and ups and downs, that there is NO way you can predict what is going to happen in this story. Learning to Forgive is the third book in The Learning Series by R.D. Cole. This book was so different from the first two. This book was edgier, grittier, and overall heart stopping. I knew this was going to be different but I couldn’t have expected this!!! As with the other books, I thought the writing was phenomenal. The pace and flow was effortless. It wasn’t rushed and there were no spots that I thought the story dragged. One thing I will say is that I really don’t think this book can be read as a standalone. Each of these books are about a new couple but Book 1 and Book 3 are so intertwined with the characters, that I truly believe that you need to read at least Learning to Live (Book 1) before reading this one. I am not going to talk about the storyline because I don’t want to give anything away.
This book is about Blaire and Lyric. We meet Blaire in book 1 and learn about some of her backstory in that book, and that is why I think reading Book 1 before this one is essential. R.D. Cole does a great job filling in the spaces, but I truly feel that had I not read book 1 first I would’ve been somewhat confused or lost. (Just my personal opinion). I really liked Blaire in the first book, but I will say that I wanted to smack her a few times in this book. She was holding a grudge for so long for things that she knew nothing about. I was glad to see that as the story unfolds she is willing to open her heart again and let back in the people who really loved her. She truly grew into a better person by the end. As for Lyric….we met him in book 2, towards the end. We don’t get to know much about him until this book. I have to say I am in love with Lyric. He is the ultimate “bad boy” and he sent tingles down my spine multiple times 😉 I loved that we got to see the man he is on the inside and what his heart was made of. I just don’t have the right words to explain how GREAT he really is. I think everyone needs to experience Lyric!!!!
I would definitely recommend this series/book to everyone. These books have a little bit of everything for everyone. They are really sweet love stories, but there is enough drama and angst to keep you turning the page to see how it all turns out.
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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