Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Review: "Learning to Heal" by R.D. Cole

Learning to Heal
(The Learning Series #2)


"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."

4 Stars!

~~If you haven’t read Learning to Love, please do NOT read this review!!~~

Having read Learning to Love with Tru and Jax and falling in love with their story, I also fell in love with Jazz. She is a spunky one that is full of life…always happy and always there for Tru. We find out in the very end of Learning to Live that Jazz drops the bomb on her family that she is pregnant, so in Learning to Heal, we get to carry on from the moment we left off. She doesn’t tell her family about the father. She kind of leaves that out of the discussion, until she is cornered. I fell in love with Mason at that very moment…Mason is Jax’s quiet techie frat brother, in case you forgot. He has manliness, he has love, he has integrity. He is a true gentleman and is very noble. Gosh…he’s just the epitome of a GOOD man.

With Mason stepping in to help Jazz with everything that is going on in her life, we start to see the deep feelings he has for her. He fell in love with Jazz when he first saw her picture when he was making the fake ID’s for her and Tru, but she never knew. He never acted on them; he never said anything to anyone. He was the quiet one….always shy and quiet; she was the bouncy, popular and fun one.

“Every time I feel her soft skin under my fingertips I get hot and have to pull away before I make a fool out of myself. I’m not like David or Jax when it comes to girls. Sure, I’m not a virgin, but I’m no smooth talking playboy either.” ~Mason

As Mason and Jazz start spending more time with each other, Jazz starts to realize that she has some feelings for Mason, but Jazz fights her feelings for him….but when she FINALLY admits it, sparks fly!!! I loved their love for each other….their feelings were so pure, and they just grew into something amazing.

“Say it again.” His voice is close and the shift of the mattress causes me to open my eyes.
“Say what?” He’s above me again and the feel of his bare chest against my sweat covered one is glorious. Returning his smile, I run my finger over his full lips and watch as he sucks it into his mouth.
“My name. Say my name again.”
He’s so easy to please. “Mason, “I whisper. “Mason. Please make love to me.”

Jazz has such a tough exterior, but she is just as much a softie at heart, deep down. The way that Mason makes her feel, like a real person and not one to be coddled, says a lot to her. She feels beautiful and loved when she is around him. I loved seeing the softer, more vulnerable side to Jazz while reading this story.

There is some serious drama that unfolds as the father of her child rears his ugly head….and some crazy stuff goes down. We see the protectiveness of Mason and the fear from Jazz, but also the crazy world of “friends that know people”. It was written with a lot of emotion that you really feel. The awesome sense of family, and the bond that this one has, is very well written in this story.

This was a dual POV book between Mason and Jazz. Jax and Tru are a part of this story, not a lot…but it was nice to catch up a little with them during the story. We meet some new friends of Jax and Mason, which leads us to a small cliffhanger, but not one that would anger you. I am very excited to read Lyric’s story in Learning to Forgive, coming summer 2014. The way this book ended seriously made me smile….it was epic.

4 stars for this book on true love…. <3


Very honest comment made during the story that EVERY man should understand: Jeremiah is talking to Mason and says to him, “I also want you to know that a father isn’t someone who helps produce a child. It’s the person who loves that child and raises them as his own. Believe me, I know firsthand.”

I will leave you with that.

***A copy of "Learning to Heal" was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!!***


Learning Series

Learning to Live
(The Learning Series #1)

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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About the Author:
R.D. Cole

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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