Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Book tour & review - Learning to Move Forward by Cynthia PO'Neill3.5/5stars

Author: Cynthia P. O'Neill
Series: A Learning Series #3.5
Genre: Contemporary | Erotic Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing


Grace Hart was a force to be reckoned with.  She’d fought hard in her life to overcome hurt, rejection, and humiliation and won.  Her only fear was opening her heart to love.  She put up a persona of dominance and kept people at a distance, in order to avoid emotion.  But, secretly she craved someone to take control and move her forward in a life she seemed to be stuck in.

Jonathan Waters never believed in love at first site, even scoffed at his brother Garrett, having fallen in love with his wife Laurel at first glance.  But, when Grace entered his restaurant, he knew he had to make her his, no matter what it took.

Fate would force them together, but could they overcome issues in the past to secure a future together?  They say love can conquer anything, but can it help them Learn to Move Forward?


Excerpt from Learning to Move Forward – A Learning Series Book 3.5

My mind was befuddled from the passionate kiss Jonathan had just laid on me.  It took me a couple of minutes to get my focus back.  “I wanted to speak to you about the restaurant.”

“Okay?  What about it?”  He sat down with a curious smirk on his face.  He knew I didn’t know much about running a restaurant, though I’d helped out a time or two when he had some staff out due to illness.

I straddled his lap, which caused me to gasp, when I felt his stiff rod poking my crotch.  “I was wondering which you enjoy more, working for Garrett or working here?”

His hands came down on my hips and he rocked up into me, causing me to gasp.  “I like both, but lately I seem to enjoy the contract negotiations at Waters Medical Industries.  Why?”

Two could play this game.  I ground down against the bulge in his pants.  “Have you ever thought about keeping the restaurant, but promoting one of your chefs or staff to be a manager, so they’ll have to deal with some of the problems and not bother you as much?”

He leaned forward and plastered my neck with gentle kisses and swipes of his tongue.  “I’ve tossed around the idea, why?”

I rubbed my chest against his, feeling my nipples harden as a result.  “What if you promoted one of them, but maintained creative rights and ownership of the place, plus you gave them a small stake in the restaurant?  It would probably boost moral, make for fewer missed days, since they’d all have a small piece of the pie, so to speak, and have to work more cohesively as a team.”

What he did next happened so quickly, I didn’t have much time to react.  He locked the door, had my pants, and his, off, and had me splayed out across the desk on my back.  “Grace, I want your arms above your head.  Grab hold of the desk, if you can, and don’t let go until I tell you to.”  He reared back and in one quick thrust he’d pushed balls deep into my pussy.

His lips came down hard on mine capturing my gasp.  “I need you quiet, love.  This is a restaurant after all.”

This wasn’t making love, like we’d done earlier this morning.  This was hard, fast, dominant fucking.  He set a pace that had my body whimpering with the need to release.  “No coming until I tell you.”

Damn, him!  I needed to come, now!

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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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Before I go any further with this review I will say that I had a problem with this book that is personal to me and no fault of the author whatsoever.  The heroine had a limb amputated as a teenager, and this is something that really touches a nerve with me at the moment, and once I read the chapter where Grace recalls the amputation I struggled to get it out of my mind.  I want to be totally honest and say that as much as I tried not to let it, this undoubtedly affected by enjoyment of the book and therefore my review.  Totally not the author's fault, just an unfortunate coincidence.

Learning to Move Forward is book #3.5 in the A Learning series, and is the last book of the series.  It centres around Grace and Jonathan, who I believe were supporting characters in the first three books. This book can be read as a standalone, but I think I may have enjoyed the book more and found it easier to connect to the characters if I had read the previous books first.  The events in the other books sound really exciting and action packed, so I may go back and read these books at some stage.

Grace and Jonathan are engaged but in order to move ahead with their relationship they need to overcome issues from their pasts.  Recent events threw them together, but they still need to come to terms with everything that happened to their family.  Grace also has a very traumatic past that is still affecting her life today.  A lot of this book revolves around the couple working through those problems with the help of a therapist and journal entries.  This book is full of emotion and the author conveys this well, especially through the journal entries which are really touching.

There are also some really hot moments in this book, with some really nicely written sex scenes.  The love and chemistry between Grace and Jonathan is obvious, and the reader finds themselves really hoping they can overcome their problems and have a happy life together.  I enjoyed the author's writing style, it seemed really natural and the story flowed well.  I give this book three and a half stars out of five, but I suspect it would have been more if I had read the other books first.

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