Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blog Tour: "A Learning Series" by Cynthia P. O'Neill

Author: Cynthia P. O'Neill
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Series: Learning Series, Book #1
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 the nightmares from her past, stay in the past, or so she thinks. 

Once Garrett finds out about Laurel’s past, all rules in regards to "relationships" are changed, because one false move could drive her away for good… 

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? Or will life throw each of them another curveball? 

Only time will tell if they can learn to trust.

Series: Learning Series, Book #2
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 their too much to overcome? 

Only time will tell if they can…learn to let go…

Series: Learning Series, Book #3
Control can be a wonderful feeling, especially when you’re an alpha like Garrett Andrews 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’s a heart pounding race to the finish for both Garrett and Laurel, with surprises around every corner.

~ 4 Stars 

A Learning Series by Cynthia P. O’Neill includes three books: Learning to Trust, Learning to Let Go, and Learning to Love Again. Since I read them all at once (one right after the other), I will review all three books as a whole. This will be a series review.

“I don’t know what it is about you, but I’ve never found someone that entices me as much as you. You excite both my mind and my body.”

Laurel was about to graduate from MIT and she wanted nothing more than to find a job and move far away. She wanted to escape the nightmare that haunted her, the awful memory of what had happened. She wanted to move forward and forget Chase.

One fateful morning, as she was working on her final project, a very mysterious man, Garrett Andrews, saw Laurel. Besides being impressed by her incredible project, he was even more captivated by her. And that’s when fate stepped in and everything changed for Laurel. She got offered a job in Florida where she ended up moving with her cousin and best friend, Grace.

Garrett couldn’t seem to stay away from Laurel, so he decided to act on his feelings and pursue her. It wasn’t much of a chase, mind you, since Laurel had been completely smitten with him, but she still had her fears and hesitations because of her past. She had trouble trusting people, especially men, but decided to put that behind her and give their relationship a go.

“Do you trust me?”

Things between Garrett and Laurel got HOT…fast. Garrett was very much an alpha male in and outside the bedroom. He was very protective of Laurel especially after finding out about her past. They developed feelings for each other rather quickly and while that usually isn’t a problem for me, I found myself lacking a connection to them in this book. However, that didn’t stop me from reading. Towards the end of Learning to Trust, we got thrown a curve ball which I kind of saw coming, but not completely. Suffice it to say, it increased my interest in the general storyline. I absolutely love it when romance books have suspense in them.

“He feels responsible for what happened.”

Book two, Learning to Let Go, picked up exactly where book one ended. Here, we got taken through a journey of recovery, in more ways than one. We also got to see more about Garrett’s past and his inner demons that drove him on a daily basis. There was more suspense in this book which was a major plus for me. I had a hard time getting into this series, but during book two, I got hooked. The mystery and secrets kept me reading and wanting to see what would happen.

Garrett and Laurel’s relationship got tested more than once and in many ways they both grew individually and as a couple. They faced several of their fears which in the end only made them stronger. Learning to Let Go ended in a great place, but in one you just knew there was more to their story.

“When you find your forever, there’s no reason to continue looking.”

In Learning to Love Again we got even more secrets and surprises revealed along the way. It was actually a great conclusion to Garett and Laurel’s story, one that kept my interest intact. They both had gone through so much that it was like a breath of fresh air seeing everything come full circle.  

I recommend this series to any reader that loves a steamy and sexy romance with a plot full of drama and suspense. I am rating A Learning Series 4 stars because while I had a hard time getting into it, I ended up enjoying it. This, to me, is a series that got better by the book.

“I’d finally learned to love again and I owed it all to my forever love, Laurel.”


~ Cynthia P. O'Neill ~

I grew up in a small town in South Florida called Clewiston and moved to Central Florida to attend college. I married my friend, love, and soul mate and still reside in the area with our amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little doggie boy.

In my books, I draw on my background in healthcare, business, and science, along with my husband's engineering and wireless technology knowledge.
I currently write on all levels of Romance. The Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of Contemporary and verging on Erotica, with a hint of Suspense. The Remembrance Series encompasses Young Adult, with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. A new contemporary romance series is underway, called Need. It will be different than the others, because each book will focus on a new couple, while all of the characters will still have a large presence throughout the series.

I try to make my writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for my books, but I'm only limited by imagination taking ideas to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist.

On a more personal note...I love to cook and create in the kitchen and on the bbq grill. I sometimes lose myself in a song at the piano. I often sing with my son while we are driving or making dinner together. I enjoy crafts (flower arranging, making wreaths, painting pottery, needle point and drawing in pencil and charcoals). My music tastes are eclectic at best, ranging from classical piano to hard rock/heavy metal. It all depends on the song, group, and if it has a good beat or is a soulful ballad.

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