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Only If You Dare (Dearly Beloved) [Kindle Edition]

Margo Hoornstra
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All the pleasures and none of the pain, that's what Cynthia Buckingham wants in a relationship these days. A one-night stand with Jonah Colt seems to fit that bill perfectly. Newly divorced, she's too busy planning her daughter's wedding for any serious involvement. Besides, her true passion is helping victims of PTSD reclaim their lives.

Waking up after spending the night with a woman he barely knows, Jonah is stunned to realize sex for the sake of sex isn't enough for him anymore. A veteran of more military battles than he cares to count, he wants to forget it all and focus on peaceful civilian life. Except flashbacks won't allow it.

Falling for Cynthia makes Jonah regret his weakened state, but he'd rather hide the truth than face it. When she sets aside everything she believes in to help him heal, can he accept her help--and her love?

Product Details

  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Last Rose of Summer 1st edition (October 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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An intriguing look at an older couple, both with baggage, who must come to terms with their past, present and future. Good dialogue, pacing and character development made Only If You Dare an entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being Open to Finding Peace April 5, 2014
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Only If You Dare was a great quick read.

Both Cynthia and Jonah have a need for some real healing. Cynthia is newly divorced and Jonah is still dealing with PTSD.

Will these two wonderful people take a chance on one another and allow their friendly relationship bloom into something more? Will they take a chance or allow their fears stand in the way of something that could be very good?

You need to read this book top find out what happens to Cynthia and Jonah.

Give this book some of you attention. The characters are worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only If You Dare January 8, 2014
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Margo Hoornstra's books are very well written and a real page turner, I would recommend her books to anyone. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only If You Dare January 3, 2014
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This book was a very enjoyable read. Margo Hoomstra is an excellent writer. Her characters are real life and are easy to identify with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Book with Likeable Characters December 16, 2013
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This was a good, quick read. I really enjoyed the story line and the characters.

What troubled me were Jonah's angry outbursts even though they were infrequent. Whenever he had one, trying hard to hide his secret, he would leave Cynthia and she would not have a clue what sparked his angry tirade and why he left her. When he found out what her career was, he should have been honest.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fate Sends Love and a Chance to Heal November 28, 2013
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Fate has a funny way of messing with your heart. A chance meeting in the hallway of a courthouse is the start of more than just a one night stand for two people who have sworn off serious relationships for their own reasons. With so many small things in common, Cynthia and Jonah find they both would like a closer relationship, but there is one common thread that may keep them apart, if Jonah refuses to disclose his pain from his combat history. If Jonah can’t accept his PTSD, how can Cynthia, a counselor for PTSD sufferers? Will her “textbook” knowledge and assumptions that she knows how to “fix” these damaged souls prove too much for Jonah to handle? He’s lived it, she hasn’t. Only if You Dare is a short story of learning to open up, trust and share with more than just your heart.

Margo Hoornstra’s novella carries a story of finding love when you least expect it, learning to trust and learning to truly listen to those around you. Although a quick read, without a huge amount of depth, there is a message of love and an eye-opening description of life for those who suffer from the horrors of PTSD, no matter the cause. Well done with few words!

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review as part of a virtual blog tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Winner! October 28, 2013
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A terrific story about two strong individuals overcoming painful pasts to find love. A sexy hero is pitted against a woman determined not to get involved. You aren't sure who'll come out the victor--but you'll cheer them both on until the end.
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More About the Author

My passion is writing stories about everyday people who overcome life's obstacles to find their well deserved happily ever after.

This writing career of mine began in grade school with a short story published in an all school anthology. Once I saw my name in print, I was hooked.

A one time magazine editor, television producer, script writer, speech writer and public relations specialist, I'm finally able to write and share my stories.

On the home front in the upper Midwest, I'm a wife, mother, mother-in-law and, my favorite, grandmother. Pet owner too.

Connecting with readers is the best part of writing. Please do so at and find me on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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