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Learning to Live (The Learning Series Book 1) by [Cole, R]
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"I almost have no words for what I just experienced. It was beautiful, it was amazing and I might have met one of the strongest women in book characters. This book also gave me one of the hottest dance scenes ever."- Lustful Literature 

From the Author

"Sometimes life can throw rocks big enough to leave cracks in your soul. You can either hide them or turn the cracks into something beautiful. Like a story." ~ Author R.D. Cole 
This book is so Personal to me and means so much. It was something I never meant to publish when I started writing it. I was recovering from a head injury and recently had to drop out of Nursing school. Suddenly I had an urge to write my story in a fictional setting. Take my sorrow and grief from years ago and give it a whole new life. I know there are mistakes but that's okay. It was me then... at that time. It was who I was and I'll forever cherish this book.  My Good Friend Mia Sheridan Helped me see that recently and I'll forever cherish this words. Thank you my friend. 
I've grown over the last year in writing. My imagination has too, but I'll not regret one word written in this book just as I don't regret the circumstances in my life that lead me to become the person I am today. 
"Read on. Dream on. Write on."- RD Cole

Product Details

  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491038357
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3ETP2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Oh this was such a great book! The story flowed nicely and I really felt immersed in the lives of Jax and Tru. I was so engrossed that I skipped lunch and didn't get up from reading until I had finished the whole book.

Jaxon is the whole package. Not only does he surf and has a stellar body but he's in school to be a doctor, treats women with respect, is selfless, caring, and so sweet! He knows that he wants Trudy from the very beginning. He welcomes her into his life, family, and friends.

Trudy is a remarkable person. She has had to deal with so much in her life. Yet she is strong, independent, knows how to defend herself, smart, and driven. She has trust issues for obvious reasons but works to better herself.

The supporting secondary characters were excellent too. Jax's whole family were awesome! I really felt like they were actual people with depth and stories of their own.

This was an excellent book full of heartbreak, tragedy, love, friendship, and growing. It was a really great romance with some nice steamy scenes. I give this book a 5 out of 5 and can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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The synopsis of this book intrigued me enough to buy it, even though there were only a few reviews. I didn't end up liking it as much as I'd hoped.

************************MILD SPOILERS***************************

Tru was a good character. She'd been through a lot, the loss of her baby was heartbreaking. I got teary at those parts and thought they were well-written (I loved the tattoo). Her attraction (insta-love) to Jax was a little "too much, too soon" for me. I would have liked to see her on her own a bit more before rushing into such an intense relationship so quickly.

I didn't really like reading Jax's POV, I wish it had just been from Tru's perspective. He claims to feel this instant, deep connection with Tru, but he mostly thinks about having sex with her or calling her "mine" (the caveman thing is not attractive to me). He has an evil ex named Ashton, who he claims is an awful person, but yet he had no problem with dating her and having sex with her for a significant length of time. I mean, if she was that awful, why would he date someone like that? It made no sense. He also has a BFF David, whose sole purpose in life is to act like a douche. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. Why are he and Jax BFF's?

I did like Jax's sister Jazz, aside from her horrible taste in men, and it looks like she'll get her own book next.

There is a really weird part in the second half of the book where Jax makes a point of saying how much he likes guns. This seemed to come out of nowhere and it confused me until I got to the end of the book, where Jax turns into Rambo. That just seemed absurd! A 21 year old college student is not a trained police officer. That got a huge eye roll from me.

The book does sort of end on a cliffhanger, but it's a cliffhanger about Jazz, not Jax and Tru.
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I just bought this book two days ago and it was amazing!

There is so much drama and a major turn pager. It is in alternate POV's of Trudy and Jax. Trudy is a lost soul just hanging on by a thread due to an abusive relationship causing a tragedy in her life. She then ups and leaves her past behind to start freshly new but then she runs into someone whose eyes bring back memories of the one person she misses everyday. She is determined to fight off her emotions but she is caught up in a sea of emotions.

Jaxon Coleman is brought up by a family with 4 foster siblings since his parents couldn't have anymore kids after him. He is attending for his med degree just like his father. However, dreams can change in life especially when he meets this lost soul and he will never be the same. Jax knows she has secrets and he is willing to be patient with her to to find out what they are.

You will meet several background characters like Jazz, David, Benji, Blaire, and Mason. I really enjoyed reading About the Author R.D. Cole to get a little background information from her. She implements some pieces of her life that are within Tru and Jax's story.

I truly fell in love with this story and cannot wait to read Jazz's because she so needs a HEA also!!

Favorite quotes:

Her voice is so grief stricken and angry I squeeze her tighter, desperate to make it better. "I wanted him so bad and I still do. I was going to finally have someone.
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This book was really great. Trudy Love has had a very hard and tragic life. Since she was 6 years old, she has been in the foster system. From age 8 till age 14, she lived with a wonderful woman named Ms. Freeman but sadly she was killed by a drunk driver. She moves in with her boyfriend because she doesn't have much choice to finish high school but he starts abusing her and doing heavy drugs. He puts her in terrible situations and she ends up pregnant. Toward the end of her pregnancy she starts trying to find something that will be better for her and her unborn baby Brian. Brad the crazy boyfriend beats her so bad that Brian is born too small and too soon and passes away after only a day. After all that, she moves from Atlanta to Mobile, Alabama to start college and begin again. At college, she meets Jazz who shares the bathroom in the dorms with her. Jazz has an older brother named Jaxon who from first sight wants Tru. Jaxon Coleman has rich parents - his father is a doctor and his mother is a social worker. After they have Jax, they are unable to have any more children so they adopt others that are stuck in foster care or have bad pasts. His parents might be rich, but they taught their children to be selfless and to help others.

Jax is such a great character. He's so drawn to Tru and wants her so bad. He's just a great and wonderful guy that will do anything for anybody that he loves. Tru is a wonderful character as well. She's trying to learn to see that there is more to her and life than what she has been given. People are worth more than the money or the circumstances they have been given or earned.

The book is definitely worth reading.
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