Review: Learning To Live by R.D Cole

Posted 10/30/2013 by Juliana in Book, Review, Tour /// 0 Comments ///

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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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Mari’s Review

I have to start off by saying I was a little overexcited to get the chance to read this ARC for one simple reason…the Author lives across the bay from me 🙂 I know others don’t get it but she does ;).  Another reason is I graduated from the same college that the main character in the story attends so it hit a little close to me.  Imagine if the novel had sucked how disappointed I would have been?  Luckily, that wasn’t a problem.

Trudy, literally breaks me in the beginning of the novel her story is so sad.  Living in foster care, being kicked out at age 18 before graduating high school, moving in with her boyfriend and getting pregnant. Yeah, all that and she is still a senior in high school plus her boyfriend, Brad, is an ass.  In more ways than one.  The things she goes through in the Prologue alone are enough drama for a lifetime.

Six months later, Trudy is now living in Mobile, Alabama. She will be attending the University of South Alabama (Go JAGS!)  and trying to improve her life.  This is our first glimpse of what has happened to her in the last 6 months and how it has changed her outlook on life.  Her first day on campus she literally runs into Jaxson or Jax but she refuses to give him the time of day.   Trudy makes it to her dorm room and we meet Jasmine,  her feisty bathroom mate.  Jasmine wins over Trudy and being friends with her comes  naturally.  Jazz and Tru decide to go out one night and Tru ends up getting the surprise of a lifetime. Guess who is Jazz’s brother? Oh yeah…you guessed it people….hottie Jax. Jax couldn’t be happier about this turn of events…Tru not so much.

Jax can’t get Tru off his mind and it becomes almost an obsession for him. Needing some help to win her over he goes to his little sister.  Tru doesn’t stand a chance with Jazz on her brothers side…we all know this.  Tru is a dancer and after being caught dancing gets a walk on spot on the school dance team, she finds a job and her life is full yet she can’t get Jax off her mind. Tru goes home with Jazz and Jax on a break. After meeting the rest of the family, she is taken in by all of them. Jax is sweet and patient with Tru which leads to him eventully winning her over. They become an official couple and Tru finally opens up about all that has happened to her.  Um…the first time Jax and Tru have sex is hot as hell.  I made notes and highlights all through the scene 🙂

Tru’s past catches up with her threatening to ruin her new happiness but justice prevails.  Jax declares how much Tru means to him and even though everything has happened so fast for them, Tru is willing to take the “leap of faith” Jax is asking of her.  Of course the book ends with Tru and Jax happy and Jazz making a surprise announcement at the dinner table….THE END

Pretty sure we might get Jazz’s story or I might drown Ms. Cole in the Bay between us 😉 okay not really because I’m pretty sure you can walk all the way across without it over going over your knees but that just details. THe point being…I need Jazz’s book or they may be

I absolutely loved the beauty of this story, even with the tragic things that happen to Tru….her story is beautiful and HEA is well derseved.




Bonus Scene

Hotel Room (Jax POV)

Seeing her tears kills me, but she claims she’s happy and gives me the most glorious smile. She is so beautiful that my heart is constantly tripping in my chest when she’s near me. I say a silent prayer of thanks and feel my blood start to heat up. How did I get so lucky to meet her? This tantalizing woman who is compassionate, funny, and so talented. And is mine. She makes me so fucking happy and I just want to continue to make her smile. Needing to touch her soft skin to reassure myself she’s real I walk over and stand against her back. Her warmth seeps through my clothes sets me on fire. Wrapping my arms around her tiny waist I nuzzle her neck and inhale her intoxicating smell. I already feel myself start to strain against my slacks. . “I’m glad because I’ve vowed to always make you happy the rest of your life.”

I feel her shaky breath against my chest and know she has something on her mind. I know this is different for her so I wait until she’s ready. After a few seconds she speaks. “I love you, Jax. I want you to know that. It’s not easy for me to say, but I do. What you saw tonight with Benji, I think it was his way of letting go of the idea of him and me together.”

My ears and heart will never get tired of hearing her say those words. Knowing how difficult it is for her with her past full of disappointments, I squeeze her tighter never wanting to let go. “I love you too, Tru. I never thought I could feel so fucking much so soon, but I knew when I saw you that first day you were meant for me. So if there’s anything you need or want, please just ask. I want to make you happy and provide for you.” Turning her to face me I kiss her nose and can’t help but smack her firm ass trying to lighten the mood. “Now, I think we both need a bath.”

Leaving her to gather her things, I go and start the water in the large Jacuzzi tub. I see the candles and roses are all in place like I requested and can’t wait to see her reaction. Glancing over my shoulder I see her bending over searching her bag. Instantly hard, I decide just to forget clothes for the night and walk over to my girl. She squeals as I throw her over my shoulder before I feel her pinch my ass while giggling. I love that sound. “You think that’s funny? How’s this feel?” I smack her ass again but harder this time and hear the resounding echo in the tile bathroom. Placing her on her feet I back away and see her flushed cheeks and gorgeous smile again. Some of her hair has come loose and falls around her face. The laughter quickly leaves my body. I. Need. Her. Now.

Before I can walk her way to take what my body so desperately craves, I watch in amazement as her whole demeanor changes. Her eyes become heated and her shoulders straighten. Then she walks with pure sex appeal over to stand in front of the full length mirror that’s against the wall before she starts to undress. Holy Shit! My girl is about to dance for me.

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About the Author

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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