Review – Paradise Found by Sarah O’Rourke

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I am always utterly charmed almost every time I read by book by the writing duo known as Sarah O’Rourke, and Paradise Found is no exception.  Samantha, our hero, is charming and graceful and beautiful and has ventured her way to Paradise in search of a wayward friend gone missing.  I really liked Samantha, but her reasons for breaking up with our hero many years before simply tore my heart right outta my chest.  I hurt so much for this woman!!!  Now, normally the super-model behavior I would anticipate with this type of character would be a huge turn-off for me but she was written so well that it was more comical and snobbish and mean.  I genuinely really enjoyed her.  Now her hero, Ben, he is wonderful! Samantha has wandered into the town in which he has relocated and built a new life for himself after Samantha destroyed him.   I adored Ben so much that I will even overlook his horrible potty mouth and boorish behavior when Samantha dumped him years ago in light of the fact he made up for it in huge ways.  Ben was sexy and romantic and so alpha in his behavior, I half expected him to club her over the head to win her compliance.  Now that Ben has been made aware of why Samantha broke up with him, he is will to do anything he has to show her that they belong together and his life is complete without her.  These two have a rocky reunion when they come face-to-face for the first time in 4 years but don’t worry, the good citizens of Paradise help them out in all sorts of funny and charming ways.  The plot was fun and fresh and the secondary characters from previous series brought the right amount of laughter to a very emotional reunion.  The sex scenes were erotic but heavy with emotion (and lots of dirty-talking, which is a huge plus).  I loved every second of their reunion and it was quite clear that there is no one else in the world more perfect for each other than Samantha and Ben.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series.  Seriously, I want to live in Paradise. 4.5 stars!

 

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Samantha “The Body” Dixon had once been a famous runway model who’d walked every catwalk from Paris to Milan and back again. When her career abruptly comes to a screeching halt, this leggy blonde sets out to prove she’s got a whole lot more to offer than just a pretty face and killer rack – especially when fate lands her back on her former fiancé’s radar.

Benjamin Atkins might have once been the most in demand photographer in the fashion industry, but times have changed, and he’d learned the hard way to value substance over style. Now, he’s built a new life doing what he loves in the beautiful town of Paradise, Tennessee. That is, until the woman he could never forget struts back into his life.

When these two ex-lovers reconnect after a bitter break-up, can they overcome their heartbreak and find a way back to their own personal paradise found?

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Ben shrugged negligently. “Can’t help it. It’s a really great ass. Always has been,” he complimented her easily as he eyed her body appreciatively.

It ought to be, Sami thought wryly as her body heated under the weight of his stare. She’d certainly worked hard enough to maintain it over the years. For all the good it had done her, she thought bitterly. Even after all the dieting and exercising, she’d still lost her modeling contract to a younger, shinier version of herself. Of course, that wasn’t Ben’s fault and being a bitch to him now wouldn’t get her job back. “Thanks,” she muttered, “It’s not quite as perky as it once was, but I try to keep it in shape.

“Trust me, babe, your ass is as gorgeous as it ever was,” Ben assured her with a playful wink.

God, was she imagining things or was he actually flirting with her? Mentally giving herself a sound slap on the back of her head, Sami knew she couldn’t let her thoughts wander in that direction. She needed to cut this painfully familiar banter off now. “That doesn’t answer my other question, Ben . Why are you following me?” she questioned impatiently as she stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and turned to face him.

“I’m following you because I think you and I have some things to discuss,” he answered evenly. “In fact, we’re long overdue on having a chat, don’t you? It’s time we hash some things out between us.”

Automatically shaking her head, Sami backed up a step, wholly unprepared to go down that road with Ben. “Uh, I don’t think that’s a good idea, Ben. I think we said everything we had to say to each other three years ago, didn’t we?” she asked before turning and resuming her walk down the street.

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Instalove! Fire Chief Aiden James often fell in lust, but not in love. That was — until the beautiful new librarian Carolina Mayfair showed up in his small town. The sparks flew and set them both aflame for one magical night, and the resulting inferno changed both of their lives forever.

Caro Mayfair was passionate, committed, and not looking for love at all. She just wanted to use her newly-minted college degree at the small library in the mountain town of Paradise. Little did she know that she was about to meet the man that would set her world on fire!

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Aiden had known the second he laid his eyes on that spectacular hourglass figure of hers that he wanted her. Of course he had. A man would have to be dead not to want to spend time between those gorgeous thighs, worshiping at those fantastic breasts while he fucked into what he’d bet was the tightest pussy in creation. Yes, his cock had screamed ‘MINE!’ the moment his gaze settled on her fine little body. But the second she’d turned and he’d seen her exquisite face for the first time… yeah, he’d been done. He’d known that woman would hold him – heart, mind, body, and soul.

There’d been no question at all.

He was claiming sweet Carolina for his own.

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This book was erotic and FUN!  I loved both our hero, Aiden, and our heroine, Carolina.  Aiden is swoony and completely alpha male…not to mention HOT!!!  Carolina is smart and sassy and is new to Paradise, hoping for a whole new life (whew…bet she did’t see this new life coming from a mile away lol).  Well, Paradise never fails to roll out the welcome mats and Aiden stumbles upon Carolina before she can hit town limits.  Fireworks immediately go off for these two and what an amazing display it is to see.  Carolina is the perfect match for Aiden and he is what she has been searching for his entire life.  But can one simple misunderstanding derail these two love-birds?  All bets are off when love is on the line.  I loved the push and pull between the two of them, and I fell in lust with Aiden…how can you not.  He is completely over-the-moon for his girl from the moment he lays eyes on her!!!  The book was a quick read but chock full of the witty banter you can expect from the writing duo of Sarah O’Rourke.  There is plenty of emotionally charged, erotic sex, something Ms. O’Rourke excels at!   Claimed does feature insta-love and is fresh and fast-paced. There is even a little surprise twist thrown in the mix, which made this book even more enjoyable for me to read.  We see previous characters from the Paradise Series in this book, too!   I love visiting the town of Paradise and I can’t wait until these ladies bring us back for more.  Overall, this book was short but very enjoyable read and I highly recommend it to those who like to read novella’s, insta-love, and erotic romance with some humor sprinkled in.  4.5 stars!

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Blog Tour – Man of Honor by Sarah O’Rourke

Title: Man of Honor
Series: Passion in Paradise
Author: Sarah O’Rourke
Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy
Published: July 25, 2016
Sheriff Zeke Monroe loves one woman…Honor McKinnon. He is willing to stake his entire future on protecting her…no matter what the cost. 

Honor McKinnon knows she is broken. Her body and soul had been shattered by a violent attack years ago, and no one…not her sisters or anyone else in the tiny town of Paradise, especially the Sheriff…can change that. Rather than dealing with her wounds, she chooses to protect herself from any further damage, even if that means that she avoids the one chance at love. But Zeke is determined to break down Honor’s walls…and to find the persons responsible for hurting her and make them suffer. 

He’s already killed for her once…and is willing to do it again if it means she’ll know safety and happiness. 
What happens when Zeke refuses to allow Honor to ignore her past? Will Zeke’s love be passionate enough to break down her barriers? And can Zeke save Honor when her life is in danger once again? 

Join Sarah O’Rourke in this epic culmination of the Men of the McKinnon Sisters stories…and find out how the Passion in Paradise series is always scorching hot! Standalone, romantica suspense.

 

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“Not necessarily, but I wouldn’t mind,” Zeke replied truthfully.  “Honor, darlin, you’re a gorgeous woman.”
“Not without my clothes,” she mumbled, bending her head to stare at her clenched fists.  “Ugly,” she muttered.  “I’m ugly.”
Tensing, Zeke’s jaw clenched.  “I don’t know why the hell you’re saying that, but there’s not a single ugly thing about you.  Not when you’re naked.  Not when you’re tryin’ to bring yourself to release.  Not ever, Honor Grace.  You do not ever have to be ashamed of your body.”
Honor slowly lifted her mortified gaze to him.  “You’ve never seen me without my clothes, Zeke.  There are scars.  So many scars.  They’re raised and bumpy.  Some are red and raw.  It’s disgusting, Ezekiel.”
“Bullshit.  Every single one of those marks remind me of one thing, Honor.  One,” he growled, holding up a finger between them.  “You lived.  You survived.  When all the odds were stacked against you, you defied modern medicine and every one of those damned doctors predictions, and you lived.  And all those scars will ever do is remind me of how lucky I am to still have you.  Don’t you ever tell me you’re ugly because you’re the most beautiful thing in my world.  You wanna be scared to share your body with me because of what happened to you?  I get that.  I can accept that.  But worrying about some marks on your flesh?  I love you, baby, but that’s insane.”
Honor stared at him a long time, gauging his sincerity.  “It doesn’t feel silly,” she finally grumbled.
“You need to reassess your feelings then because I assure you, it’s one of the silliest concerns you ever had.  Christ, baby, how long have you been agonizing of a worry as pointless as your scars?” he asked, shoving a frustrated hand through his dark hair.  “I could have put these fears to rest ages ago, Honor, if I’d known about it.”
“It’s hard to talk about,” she revealed in a low voice as her head twisted to look at him.
“Yeah?  Is feeling like shit alone better than talking it over together with me?” he returned calmly, reaching up to tenderly tuck her hair behind one ear.  “Baby, you gotta start getting this.  When you hurt, I hurt.  When you suffer, I suffer right along with you.  Don’t make either one of us feel that way needlessly, Kitten.  Just talk to me.  I know you have scars.  You’ve got them on your body, and you’ve got them on your soul.  I’ve sat by your hospital bed too many times to count and watched you while you did your damnedest to heal them both.  Those wounds are not new information to me and they don’t change shit.  I still love you, and I don’t allow those scars to do anything other than remind me to treasure every day I have with you.  Okay?”
Honor’s eyes were soft as they locked with Zeke’s.  “You really do love me a lot, don’t you?” she asked in a small voice.

“So much that I ache with it, Honor.”

 


Sarah O’Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic fiction and erotica to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs!


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Title: Man of Honor
Series: Passion in Paradise
Author: Sarah O’Rourke
Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Sheriff Zeke Monroe loves one woman…Honor McKinnon. He is willing to stake his entire future on protecting her…no matter what the cost. 

Honor McKinnon knows she is broken. Her body and soul had been shattered by a violent attack years ago, and no one…not her sisters or anyone else in the tiny town of Paradise, especially the Sheriff…can change that. Rather than dealing with her wounds, she chooses to protect herself from any further damage, even if that means that she avoids the one chance at love. But Zeke is determined to break down Honor’s walls…and to find the persons responsible for hurting her and make them suffer. 

He’s already killed for her once…and is willing to do it again if it means she’ll know safety and happiness. 
What happens when Zeke refuses to allow Honor to ignore her past? Will Zeke’s love be passionate enough to break down her barriers? And can Zeke save Honor when her life is in danger once again? 

Join Sarah O’Rourke in this epic culmination of the Men of the McKinnon Sisters stories…and find out how the Passion in Paradise series is always scorching hot! Standalone, romantica suspense.

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Man of Honor – Excerpt
“The bottom line – and once again, no pun intended – is I think you might have overstayed your welcome in my home, Ezekiel.  Much like the smell of fish, unwanted guests begin to stink after the third day and you’ve been smelling something fierce for a while now,” she informed him primly, clasping her hands in front of her waist as she stared innocently at him.
“Now, Honor,” Zeke chided, amused.  “What would your mother say right now about that most unwelcoming attitude you have?”
“Holy crap.  He brought Momma into it,” Faith whispered violently to Harmony.
“The fool’s clearly lost his mind,” Harmony returned uneasily.
“Moron,” Aunt Orla cackled.  “Harriet, God rest her soul, woulda cut your ding-a-ling off at the root for streakin’ in her kitchen.”
“True though that may be, Auntie, I think my mother would be impressed that I’ve managed to maintain my sanity for this long.  She raised me to be a good hostess, and heaven knows, I’ve tried.  But you, Ezekiel, could make a preacher cuss on Sunday.  You’ve been nothing but a demanding, domineering pain in my derriere since you took my house hostage.  I swear, you shadow me when I so much as wander toward the bathroom.  And when it’s not you, it’s one of your trained monkeys watching me like some kind of science experiment.  I’ve had enough!  I told you last night that I intended to come back to work and find some kind of normalcy again.  You chose to believe I’d cede to your will.  Your error in judgment doesn’t translate into being either my fault or my problem.”
“No, but willfully draining the air from my tires most certainly is,” Zeke roared.  “What if I’d gotten a call out?”
“The SUV Abel loaned me – but you STILL won’t allow me to drive – is parked in the garage.”  Seeing the look of shock on his face, Honor smiled.  “Forgot about that, didn’t you?”
“Don’t get cocky, Kitten.   I’m in no mood.  You know what this argument is really over just like I do.  You shouldn’t BE here!”
“This is EXACTLY where I need to be,” she growled back, matching his tone as the two combatants faced each other.  “It’s MY business, Zeke.  That back there,” she continued, waving a hand toward the back of the restaurant, “is MY kitchen where I do MY work.  Seriously, if somebody said, ‘Don’t go be a Sheriff today, it’s too dangerous,’ you’d tell them that it’s your job and to check themselves into the nearest mental hospital.  Why do you think I’d feel any less dedicated to my work?”
“At the moment, nobody is gunnin’ for me,” Zeke snapped, rapidly losing his patience with the infuriating woman standing across from him.
“I wouldn’t bet on THAT,” Honor returned purposefully, looking the lawman up and down.
“Is that a threat you’re making to a sworn officer of the law, Miss McKinnon?  Because it sure sounded like one.”
Smiling that gentle sweet smile of hers that never failed to simultaneously melt his heart and harden his dick, Honor shook her head.  “Of course not, Sheriff.  Don’t be silly.  A threat implies that I might not follow through on things.  This is a promise from me to you, Zeke.  So, listen up,” she announced, going from the sugar-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth tone he adored to the I-will-rip-off-your-dick-and-shove-it-where-the-sun-don’t-shine voice that never failed to get his blood pumping.  
“I’m all ears, darlin’,” he replied easily, propping one hand against the counter as he leaned over it toward her.  “I do love it when you make me promises.” Honor made a noise of disgust as she shot him a look that should have frozen his blood to ice, but somehow just managed to make him hotter for her.
“Get out of my café, Sheriff, and take your Redneck Gestapo with you!  And don’t forget Deputy Hightower who’s skulking back there in the corner tryin’ his best to be invisible,” she ordered, pointing at where his uncomfortable subordinate was trying to slump in a back booth.  It was kinda hard to do when a guy was over six feet tall.
“Or what?” Zeke dared her with an insolent grin.
“Otherwise, I’m gonna be forced to bring out the pressure washer and start hosing down all the unwanted pests around this place, and I promise I’ll start with you, Sheriff Monroe.”
He could tell by the set of her jaw that she was serious.  His little Kitten had become a Tigress at some point this morning.  And damn, if that didn’t turn him on, too.
 


Sarah O’Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic fiction and erotica to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs!


Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands…and writing about love in every way possible!




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What Worked For Me:

This book….what a heart-wrenching, gut-churning, totally mind-blowing beginning to a series that I have a feeling is going to be one of my favorite series…OF ALL TIME.  This book is the first book of the four McKinnon Sisters stories but it gives you plenty of backstory to set up for the rest of the books.  It tells the story of Faith.  Kind, sweet and loyal, Faith is left behind in Paradise, trying to pick up the pieces of her life after her soul-mate has broken things off with her while he was away at war.  She has no clue as to the demons he faces or the mental anguish he has suffered while overseas and to spare her this, Cain sends her a letter, ending their engagement.  She is heartbroken and doesn’t understand why but she picks herself up and tries her best to carry on without him.  After his service is up, Cain makes his way home and attempts to bury his demons in a bottle and hide out at the family home…until Faith is injured at work one evening and a proposition is placed before him, one that gives him the chance to right the wrongs he has made and possibly win Faith back.  This girl, she is furious and I absolutely adore how she makes him work for it.  It is very clear they are soul mates, and very much meant to be together but the path to forgiveness is not easy for Cain and he attempts to do whatever it takes to win her back, wooing her one step at a time, until her sister intervenes in a way that had me in laughing so hard my side had stitches.  I loved every second of this couple finding their way back to one another.  There is a lot of laughter and even more tears….but even better, some explosively hot sex.  Like, burn-the-roof-down HOT!!!!  My heart was hurting for both of them as there where quite a bit of feelings involved between them that neither knew how to handle….him feeling so much despair from the war and her hurting for him because of it, yet also angry at him for leaving her behind instead of leaning on her and letting her help him cope and heal. There were so many emotions at play here that I was physically moved to tears wanting her to forgive him and wanting her to make him suffer just a little bit more for breaking her heart, no matter how selfless he was trying to be.  There is a great plot, some action, and whole smorgasbord of secondary characters we are introduced to that makes this book the perfect kick-off to a deliciously erotic love story about hope, forgiveness and never-ending love. 

What Didn’t Work For Me:

This book was perfect for me….it all worked and flowed smoothly and effortlessly!

Would I Recommend This Book:

YES!!!!!

Final Star Rating:

5

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When Dr. Cain Turner’s life was literally blown apart in a small province of Afghanistan, it was only the hope and memories of one woman that propelled him forward. But there were more demons to face.

In the small country hamlet of Paradise, Tennessee…Faith waits. Surrounded by her loving sisters, Faith McKinnon had faced her own demons, having thought that the love of her life had deserted her.

But fate…and a few meddling McKinnon sisters…conspired to bring the two star-crossed lovers together again.

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Hard As Stone

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What Worked For Me:

WOW!  Just….simply put….WOW!  There are not enough adequate words to describe how completely my mind was blown reading Hard As Stone!  Sarah O’Rourke ratchets things up a notch in book 2 of this series…and by things I mean EVERYTHING…..the suspense, the drama, the laughter, the tears and the deeply sexual and highly erotic relationship between the next McKinnon Sister and her deliciously hunky hero!!!!  Harmony McKinnon is our heroine in this book and I adore her.  She has not had it easy but she is holding strong and living life while raising her daughter, the product of an abusive relationship during her rebellious youth.  She is the epitome of responsibility and maturity now, especially for the sake of her daughter, and the guilt she feels about her past and the effect it had on the lives of her sisters and her parents.   Enter Jake, our yummy and drool-worthy hero, who comes into the picture under less than honest circumstances but soon discovers that his reasons for being in Paradise mean nothing in the face of what he is feeling for Harmony and her daughter.  In them he has found love and a chance at a family and even vengeance pales in comparison to what he desperately wants from them.  Their relationship, and the feelings they invoke in one another….goodness gracious!  It is sheer beauty!  It is like watching a gorgeous sunset…so pale and soft to start and then it explodes in all these bright and wondrous colors….it simply takes your breath away.  That is how I describe the relationship between Jake and Harmony. I loved every second of the journey between them.  I cheered for them when they found their way, and I also fought with them when Harmony found out Jake’s real reason for being in Paradise and it looked like hope of a future for them may be lost (yep, I was wanting to get in some knee to the nuts shots here myself).  And Harmony’s daughter, Heaven?  She was adorable!  I loved how the author created a relationship between Jake and Heaven that was completely separate from the relationship between Harmony and Jake.  We get to see the McKinnon Family in action even more than in book one and the things they have been through will blow your mind, most especially the youngest sibling, Honor.  It has forged a very strong bond between them and we get to see how that bond is tested and holds true time and again while reading this book.  There is a very evil villain at work here, probably one of the worst I have ever read and plenty of surprises that keep you sitting on the edge of your seat from one word to the next.  Hard As Stone is the epitome of everything I want in my Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense books.  It has a very engaging characters, an easy to understand but enjoyable plot that keeps you guessing and entertained at all times, highly charged and erotic sex scenes, heart-tugging emotion, gut-clenching laughter, and even allows you to shed some tears.  Very few books can move me the way this book did and I can happily say that the duo of Sarah O’Rourke is becoming a favorite author of mine.  I can’t wait to see what the next book in this series will bring! 

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Once again, a flawless masterpiece.  The entire book worked!

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes!  Most especially to my reading friends who love romantic suspense with erotic sex thrown in!

Final Star Rating:

5

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Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the beautiful town of Paradise is the perfect place to raise a family, have dinner at the local diner…and chase a ruthless killer.

Jacob Stone is an undercover DEA Agent dead-set on getting vengeance for his sister’s death. When his sources tell him that the drug dealer he’s been searching for will soon be setting up a distribution center in the seemingly innocent town of Paradise, he moves in for the kill.

What Jake wasn’t counting on, however, was falling in love with gorgeous Harmony McKinnon – the ex-wife of the man he was determined to eliminate.

Harmony McKinnon never believed she’d find love again….not after the horrors she lived through with her ex-husband. When she meets secretive Jacob Stone and soon falls in love, she never expected that her life would be in danger again…or that the man she’d come to trust would betray her.

Can Jake make Harmony understand his motives? Can Harmony trust him in spite of the past? Will they have their happily ever after?

Not everything is as it seems in the sleepy, little town of Paradise, Tennessee!

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What Worked For Me:

I must admit, I’ve been intrigued over the past few books, as to how this book was going to play out.  You see our heroine, Patience, and our hero, Abel….well, they have a history.  And it isn’t a very good one.   She has been brutal towards him in the last few books.  If words could destroy, yeah, I’m surprised this man didn’t leave town, tail tucked between legs (where his penis is supposed to be, according to Patience).  A lesser man would have.  But, nope, Abel has proved to be a man…a very worthy man at that and is proving time and again that he IS the man to bring this very stubborn and determined McKinnon woman to her knees (um, yeah literally).  After celebrating a family engagement one evening in the family bar and dealing with Patience and her antics….Abel has decided he wants a do-over.  Just one night to make up for the bad experience he gave her years ago. Yep, you read that right.  He screwed the pooch the first time so know he wants to properly fix the problem and make it all better.  Ahhhh, Patience….this girl is anything but her name.  She has got to be one of the most stubborn and mule-headed heroines I have ever read in my entire life.  That is over 30 years of reading books so that is saying something.  She could make a donkey look like a docile lap dog!  She has barely any give and I spent plenty of time wanting to smack the woman silly just to get her to give a little bit of lee-way.  No worries, though!  Abel takes her in hand….ok, I’m not going to spoil the do-over for you.  You simply must read it.  It is full of fireworks.  Not the little sparklers and tiny little bottle rockets either.  Nope!  I’m talking the big boom ones full of bright and bold colors that go on and on and are synchronized to music.  It’s that powerful!  But three months later there is a surprise, one that Patience never planned for in her life and that is where this book gets very real.  I love the journey this author takes us on from here.  From a woman who never wanted kids finding out she is pregnant and the journey that follows after, we get to live each moment with Patience and Abel.  We get to experience their ups and downs as they navigate the path that is parenthood while they find their footing in a relationship that Patience was unsure of to begin with.  Abel begins to understand why Patience is so hesitant to be in a relationship and Patience learns that not everything in life has to end, that sometimes the end of something can be the beginning of something else even more beautiful.  There are moments that are so hilarious that I about died laughing and others so emotional I cursed the author because no book should make you cry so much.  This book has a fast paced plot that naturally flows and keeps you guessing and highly entertained (seriously, they don’t even make TV shows this good anymore).  The secondary characters are just as enjoyable as the main characters without taking the spotlight away from them.  We, of course, have an evil bad person.  Well, there is more than one.  And, while this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that you read the entire series as a whole to get the maximum enjoyment out of it.  Overall, there is so much to this book, and this series, I can’t imagine the time and attention these two authors must devote to create such a well-developed and emotionally-charged storyline.  It is truly a masterpiece.  And while I am on pins and needles waiting to read the final McKinnon Sister Story, the story of Honor (which is going to be the most heartbreaking and poignant love story of the series, I’m sure) I will be devastated to see this series come to an end.  I’ve never met this author (which is a duo of two women) and until two months ago, never even heard of her.  But I can honestly say this series is one of the best series I have ever read.    

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Are you kidding me?  This is perfection!

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes!  From the rooftops of my house to everyone who will listen!

Final Star Rating:

5

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Patience McKinnon has never even tried to live up to her unfortunate name. Her sisters would gladly point out that she’s impetuous, fickle, and stubborn to a fault. History has taught her that she’s the only one, besides those crazy sisters, that has her best interests at heart…and she’s not about to let down her guard and let herself get hurt. She did that once…and that was more than enough. Next time, she’s fairly certain that she’d rather just shoot first and ask questions later, thank you very much!

Enter Abel Turner. The suave town attorney has had Patience McKinnon in his sights for years. Sure, he’s sowed his wild oats along the way, but he always knew he’d come back to the beautiful blonde bartender that fills his dreams and drives him crazy at the same time. After all, he owes her…and he plans to rectify the bad impression he made in the past with a humdinger of a sensual night.

But that one night may just change both of their worlds…forever. Will Patience overcome her insecurities? And will Abel ever convince her to trust him again?

Join the entire town of Paradise and the intrepid McKinnon sisters in this humorous and poignant erotica romance! Standalone.

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Now, would you like to know what the catalyst for me reading this series?  As a blogger, I’m blessed to be able receive ARC’s and participate in events from tour hosts that feature the author.  This is the book that started my Sarah O’Rourke addiction, even though it was NOT the first book in the series it absolutely does not take away from it’s enjoyment!!!  I hope you will love this series as much as I have!  

 

 

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What Worked For Me:

Ok…I received this book in exchange for an honest review but quite honestly, it was the most expensive free book I have ever received.  I LOVED this book so much, I bought every book this author has on Amazon.  Yes, seriously, every book I could.  Tangled Hearts was amazing!  It had so many wonderful things you can’t simply put them all into words.  I laughed, out loud frequently, throughout the entire book.  I cried a few tears too.  Our heroine, Melody, is funny and rambunctious and I enjoyed her, even when she was being extremely stubborn and hard headed.  She is foul-mouthed and had the absolute funniest names I’ve ever heard a man called, EVER!  Callum, our hero, he was probably no better and was, without a doubt Melody’s soulmate.  I could listen to them banter and bicker back and forth for hours and be endlessly entertained.  The sex scenes were smoking hot and sultry (I love a man with a dirty mouth) and scenes featuring secondary characters were delightful and engaging.  The plot was fast paced and not at all what I expected at the end, which was a pleasant surprise considering you can sometimes see the ending before you read it.  I was completely enthralled reading this book and I can’t wait to read both past and future releases from Ms. O’Rourke. 

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Utter perfection!

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes

Final Star Rating:

5 stars

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Sarah O’Rourke is actually two besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.

Between them, they have four children and eighteen years of marriage…one to a super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!

WHERE TO GET IN CONTACT WITH THEM
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Review/Blog Tour – Tangled Hearts by Sarah O’Rourke

 

Review:  Tangled Hearts by Sarah O’Rourke

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What Worked For Me:

Ok…I received this book in exchange for an honest review but quite honestly, it was the most expensive free book I have ever received.  I LOVED this book so much, I bought every book this author has on Amazon.  Yes, seriously, every book I could.  Tangled Hearts was amazing!  It had so many wonderful things you can’t simply put them all into words.  I laughed, out loud frequently, throughout the entire book.  I cried a few tears too.  Our heroine, Melody, is funny and rambunctious and I enjoyed her, even when she was being extremely stubborn and hard headed.  She is foul-mouthed and had the absolute funniest names I’ve ever heard a man called, EVER!  Callum, our hero, he was probably no better and was, without a doubt Melody’s soulmate.  I could listen to them banter and bicker back and forth for hours and be endlessly entertained.  The sex scenes were smoking hot and sultry (I love a man with a dirty mouth) and scenes featuring secondary characters were delightful and engaging.  The plot was fast paced and not at all what I expected at the end, which was a pleasant surprise considering you can sometimes see the ending before you read it.  I was completely enthralled reading this book and I can’t wait to read both past and future releases from Ms. O’Rourke. 

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Utter perfection!

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes

Final Star Rating:

5 stars

 

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Army Strong has a mission….to protect Southern Sassy at all costs.

The directive had been clear: Deeply embed himself in the fair town of Paradise, Tennessee, and keep one Melody Song Reardon from forgiving her fornicating ex-fiancé and keep her safe by any means necessary. Fortunately, Retired First Sergeant Callum Valentine had always been a man that got the job done. Unfortunately, nobody told him that while his ‘job’ might be as pretty as a picture, she could be ornery as a wet cat and had a stubborn streak a mile long. Now, he was battling baristas and dodging would-be assassins in an effort to keep one sultry southern minx safe.

He’d thought the Taliban would be the most dangerous force he ever face. Imagine his surprise when he realized that the radical extremists had nothing on one curvy little woman with a wicked edge to her tongue…. a woman that had somehow tangled herself around his cold heart.

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Melody Song Reardon was done with men. After learning that the man she’d been going to marry was no better than a corporate Casanova in and out of the boardroom and bedroom, she’d decided that love just wasn’t in the cards for her. Which was fine. She was young, smart, and capable… and better yet, she had a dream and a plan: Opening her very own book/yarn store – Hooks & Books. She had the brains. She had the building. And now, she had a freaking bodyguard compliments of her interfering older brother?

She didn’t care how mouthwateringly handsome her so-called savior was; she didn’t need another controlling man in her life telling her what to do. At least, she hadn’t needed one…. until those nerve wracking hang-ups and strange notes took an ominous turn. Now, somebody wants her dead and the only thing standing between her and the Grim Reaper is one seriously gorgeous man named Callum Valentine. Falling in love again in the middle of her own personal apocalypse hadn’t been the plans…then again, the great thing about a plan is that it can change on a dime!

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Excerpt

Cal watched her another minute. “You’re a stubborn little ball of fury, aren’t you?” he asked as he watched her try to attach the tool to the lug nut, wincing as the metal slipped for the second time in a row.

Melody took a deep breath before she slowly turned to face her tormenter. “I was brought up believing that a girl should be able to take care of herself. I forgot that lesson for a little while and almost made a mistake I could never undo with a man I’d rather forget. I’m not ever going to repeat that experience again. So, to answer your question, yes, I’m a stubborn little ball of fury. Now, will you please go on your merry way?”

Cal finally gave into the urge and laughed, earning himself a cold look from the woman currently on her knees. “Careful, Princess. I’m gonna get a complex here because it’s beginning to feel like you don’t like me very much,” he taunted her with a wink. Seeing her press her lips together tightly, he knew she was fighting the urge to scream bloody murder at him. Squatting beside her, he met her fiery gaze. “Cat got your tongue, Pretty Girl?”

“No,” she declared with a shake of her head as she looked from him to his jacked up truck. “Do you mind if I ask you a question?”

“Ask away, darlin’,” he invited silkily with a ready nod. “I’m an open book,” he declared, holding his muscular arms out to his sides. And it was true. The book on him was open; it just happened to be written in code, he thought to himself as he gave himself a mental pat on the back for his own wittiness.

Melody offered him a deceptively sweet smile. “Is it true that men use big trucks to compensate for smaller endowments in, well,… other more intimate areas?” she asked, dropping her voice to a conversational whisper as she gave his crotch a rather pointed look.

Cal guffawed. “Are you asking me if I’ve got a tiny dick, Princess? Because I can tell you with a hundred percent honesty that the size of my cock and the size of my truck are very directly related. They’re both big and bad, but if you don’t believe me, I’d be pleased to give you a private showing.”

Melody’s jaw dropped at his audacity. “You… you just can’t say things like that!” she blustered, blushing furiously as he laughed in her face.

“I just did. Besides, you started it,” he accused, propping his hands on his narrow hips as he leaned forward and stared her down. “Don’t dish it out if you can’t handle having it spoon-fed back to you, Princess.” Damn, Cal privately mused, he hadn’t had this much fun with a woman with her clothes on in years. He couldn’t help wondering how exciting she’d be with her clothes off. He definitely be making it a point to find that out as soon as humanly possible.

“I revert to my earlier statement. You are a pig,” she reiterated with a disgusted shake of her head, her ponytail flying over one shoulder to smack him in the face as she moved.

“Maybe, but you’re just mad that you can’t seem to get one-up on me. Not used to a man that will stand his ground and fight with you?” he asked, fishing for a response from her. He wanted to know just how much she’d reveal about her ex-fiancé in casual conversation. Her brother didn’t think there’d been any kind of physical abuse and based on her reactions to him, he tended to think RJ was right, but he wanted to be sure. Because if he was wrong, she wouldn’t need his protection because he’d simply kill the motherfucker and be done with it.

“My former fiancé didn’t fight. It was too low-class a thing for him to do. He used to call our arguments spirited debates. My ass, they were debates. Freaking moron. A fight is a fight, right?” she asked as she grunted with exertion while she tried to pry one of the lug nuts loose.

“Right,” he agreed with a nod, sighing as her tool slipped again. “Politicians have….what did you call ‘em? Spirited debates? Real men and women fight.”

“See, that’s what I thought, too. But maybe that was the problem,” Melody muttered as she twisted the tire iron sharply, silently cursing the tight bolt. “I always did think Bradley had political ambitions. God knows that it’s what his dear old mommy and daddy wanted for him,” she continued to growl through gritted teeth as she twisted the tire iron violently. “Eureka!” she shouted when the bolt moved a few millimeters. “Did you see that? It moved,” she yelped, as her body made a tiny celebratory shimmy.

Cal chuckled softly at her little dance. “Sounds like this Bradley fella was kinda a douche,” he surmised, carefully watching Melody’s face.

“That is the understatement of the frickin’ year. Heck, maybe the decade, too,” Melody muttered, lifting one hand to take a swipe at her sweaty forehead.

Edging toward her, Cal tried to make a grab for the tool in her hand. “Seriously, babe. Let me do that for you,” he demanded gruffly, afraid she was going to either damage the wheel well or herself with her rough use of the tool.

“I’m about done warnin’ you, Stranger, so I’ll try and be real clear one last time. You try to touch my tire iron again and I’m gonna introduce it to the side of that hard head of yours. Repeatedly,” she informed him grimly while she desperately tried to loosen the second lug nut. “And, for the record, let me just state that I am most certainly NOT your babe,” she huffed, panting with exertion.

He could see her energy waning and shook his head. “You’re completely right, you aren’t my babe,” he agreed, covering Melody’s icy hands with his as she growled fiercely at the tire. “Right now, you’re more of my pain in the ass, woman,” he continued, his hands tightening on hers as he helped her turn the lug nut. “This’d be so much easier if you’d just let me do it,” he stated again, afraid he was going to hurt her hand by squeezing it too hard. “Honest to God, sassy, sweet and stubborn is not the sexy combination I thought it would be on you.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sarah O’Rourke is actually two besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.

Between them, they have four children and eighteen years of marriage…one to a super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!

WHERE TO GET IN CONTACT WITH THEM
Facebook | Amazon | Website | Twitter
Email: sarahorourkebooks@gmail.com