Monday, April 20, 2015

✰ Book Review ✰ LEARNING TO MOVE FORWARD by Cynthia P. O'Neill



LEARNING TO MOVE FORWARD
Author: Cynthia P. O'Neill
Series: A Learning Series #3.5
Genre: Contemporary | Erotic Romance
~ SYNOPSIS ~
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?





Learning to Move Forward is installment 3.5 in A Learning Series and focuses on Jonathan and Grace, secondary characters in the first 3 books. While this can be read as a standalone novel, I recommend you read books 1-3 first (Laurel and Garett’s story) since ALL stories are wrapped up in this one.

“Why the need to be completely perfect in a flawed world?”

Grace was far from perfect and that was a battle she had been fighting all her life. Her parents and childhood friends expected nothing but perfection from her. After a tragic car accident, Grace’s life changed forever. Losing her hand proved to be a bigger challenge than she ever imagined. It caused all her insecurities and doubts to re-surface, and ignoring them did her no good. They caused her to have issues with Jonathan, but being the amazing man that he was, he stood by her side and along with Laurel and Garett, convinced her to get help…to seek therapy.


Therapy wasn’t easy for Grace seeing as she had to re-live those dark moments in her life. With the love and support from Jonathan, she faced and overcame her inner demons. Jonathan proved his love for her time and time again and I loved how much he loved her. Her fears of not being good enough were all put to rest, slowly but surely. Jonathan and Grace’s love was one that would last a lifetime. If you are in the mood for a quick-ish romance with a few steamy scenes, then pick this one up! A great addition to A Learning Series!







~ EXCERPT ~
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!

~ A LEARNING SERIES ~
Learning to Trust #1 - http://bit.ly/LearningToTrust
Learning to Let Go #2 - http://bit.ly/LearningToLetGoAmzn
Learning to Love Again #3 - http://bit.ly/LearningToLoveAgain



MEET THE AUTHOR: 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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