LEARNING TO FORGIVE
Author: R.D. Cole
Series: The Learning Series, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
That synopsis tells you a lot….but only after looking back on it, do I truly heed that knowledge/warning; however you want to look at it. I would like to state that I feel this had more action/suspense than romance at first, but it made up for it in the long run. This is the third book in the series, and while you could actually read this as a standalone, I would recommend starting from the very beginning to get a grasp on all that happened and how the other stories work in. But again, you honestly could read this as a standalone.
First things first….I will put this out there: Lyric Is Mine.
This story takes on Blaire’s life as she tries to move on after Benji’s death. She has had a very hard time moving on and is bound and determined to do so. How she does it, and what causes some extra work to meet that determination, is a very long road to self-discovery. The prologue was very heartbreaking, but an amazing introduction to all that we will learn.
You were my protector and knight, the reason I kept going when I wanted to give up.
Now, I stand above the wet ground, watching as the brown box lowers deeper in the earth while you rest in there…..cold, alone, not breathing.
Except…I’m the one who can’t breathe without you.
That alone sets the stage for the overwhelming grief that we get to digest as we read the book. It is so sad to be inside Blaire’s mind and see her gut wrenching pain that she has to overcome. But she is so strong…no matter how scared she is. Deep inside, there is a strong woman fighting to be set free.
Lyric is a musician…..with a “side job” of some epic proportions. He is very clipped in his body language and conversations, very quiet when not engaged, but he always has his eyes open and his ears to the ground. His mysteriousness adds to his character. One thing I can say and one thing I do suggest is this: pay attention to all the little descriptions and details RD gives you through the book. Regardless of how minute they appear, they work their way back into the story. I started seeing more and more “oh yeah” moments as I went along and got deeper into the story. That was awesome. One thing I love is NOT figuring out the outcome or some pieces to the story. I loved how it finally unfolded in that aspect.
Lyric is HOT. Now….I can try to use every adjective in the book to describe how sexy swoony hot this guy is, but that really wouldn’t be HIS style. He isn’t about show and tell. He is about the little things. The little things that he does for Blaire that make us truly see the deeper side to him.
A feeling I’ve never felt before sets under my skin and warmth and heat build. There’s only one word I can call this feeling, and it’s a word I never thought to feel or experience. Peace. ~Lyric
He fights his need to be with her…yes, his need. He desperately wants her, but she doesn’t fit into his lifestyle. Watching this war within himself really made me want to shake him, but the deeper the story got and the more intricate the story became, the more I understood what he was doing and how he was handling it.
It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life. The more I have of her, the more I hunger for her. ~Lyric
As she gets under his skin, he starts to feel this deep emotional connection that even HE can’t explain. His body language with her made me seriously hot. He has this alpha temper, but this amazing and sensual ‘lover’ persona.
Because, Red. When I do kiss you again, and it will happen, I want you to remember every fucking detail. Every caress of my tongue as it slides in. every scrape of my teeth on that sexy, plump bottom lip of yours. And everything you feel inside as I do it.
Because after that, I want to be all you fucking think about. Understand? ~Lyric
The first scene with the two of them actually getting downright steamy was so…so...erotic isn’t the right word, but so sensual and so passionate on such a deep level. It was so powerful and moving. I will never look at the piano again without thinking sexy, steamy dirty thoughts…..I just won’t be able to. But this also made me see the deep connection he has with her and it made me squirm. He truly fell hard for her and I could *feel* it.
I loved watching Blaire realize throughout the book what her true strengths were as she went through all the pain and heartache that she did. And it didn’t only include her brother. Her growth was very evident in this book. Lyric was a badass and was hard headed, but a true protector IN.EVERY.SENSE.OF.THE.WORD. And his badassery has a soft sensual side to it….you may need a panty change. I know that I swallowed up every moment they had together. They were so steamy together…their ‘addiction’ to each other was very palpable and I loved it. All of it.
He tells me he loves me with his mouth. Not only with words, but the kisses he places on every inch of my body, the thrust of him inside of me, and with his hands running across my skin. He loves me…. ~Blaire
He truly softened her heart and opened her up emotionally….she was SO closed off and so negative in the beginning. She hated happy people….and to see this gradual turnaround and growth was a beautiful thing to witness. Lyric is ALL man. True gentleman with a dirty side. Yummy.
“Opening yourself to someone is harder than closing off the entire world. The question I ask myself is, are they worth the struggle?” ~Blaire
I rate this book 4 solid and steamy stars. RD Cole did a great job bringing some action and suspense into her series and I am always brought to my knees at the end of one of her books…..because I want the next book. Now. Yesterday.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 every day. 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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