MY REVIEW **~** Hard As Stone by Sarah O’Rourke

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!

Hard as Stone is the
second book in the Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters Series,
but is a stand-alone novel (165,000 words) that can be easily read without
reading the first book.
“Roll on your side, baby. I want to take this sweet pussy
from behind tonight.”
“But I like feeling you on top of me,” Harmony said, her
cheeks burning with embarrassment at her admission.
“Sweetheart, I love being inside you any way I can get in
there, but if you’re on your side, I can give you my dick and my finger on that slick little love button of yours.  Trust me, darlin’, you’ll love it when I push
that button,” he promised against her lips, nipping her chin with his teeth.
Harmony’s breath caught at the rough edge in his voice and
she wasted no time doing as he bid, sighing when his warm lips dropped a kiss
against the side of her neck to lick her delicious flesh.  She knew the reward that could be found in
Jake’s arms if she took her cues from him, and he didn’t disappoint her when
his hand dropped between her legs and two fingers explored her saturated folds.
“So wet, baby,” he growled his appreciation, swirling his
finger through her slit and over her swollen clit.  “I love that,” he encouraged against her ear
when her legs spread and her hips bucked against his hand.  “Love how soaked and ready you are for
me.  Let’s see if you’re luscious little
body is ready to take my cock yet,” he muttered, twitching his finger against
her nub again as he pierced her with two fingers and pulled a low cry from her
lips.
Harmony moaned as his fingers impaled her, fucking
deep.  “Oh, God, Jake,” she choked,
rocking her hips back into his pelvis as his fingers withdrew only to sink in
again a heartbeat later. 
“Oh, yeah, all this sticky sweet honey says you’re more than
ready for me, Sweetness,” he growled against her neck as he pulled his fingers
from the tight heat of her pussy.  “You
want my cock, darlin’?  You want me to
fill you up and take away the ache?” he asked, his words vibrating against her
skin as one hand curled around her breast and squeezed the firm globe gently.
“Yes,” she whimpered, pushing her head back against his
throat as his fingers stroked through her swollen folds again and teased her
clit.  “Do it, Jake,” she begged,
wriggling her ass against his hardness.
His cock rimmed her entrance, offering her just a taste of heaven, but
never truly delivering on the promise.
He sucked the vulnerable flesh at her neck; she felt his
teeth scrape the shell of her ear.  “Tell
me first, Harmony.  Who do you belong
to?” he asked her, plucking her nipple with his thumb and forefinger before
tugging it gently and sending a white hot pulse of pleasure from her stomach to
her pussy.  “Who does this gorgeous body
belong to?”
“Roll on your side, baby. I want to take this sweet pussy from behind tonight.”
“But I like feeling you on top of me,” Harmony said, her cheeks burning with embarrassment at her admission.
“Sweetheart, I love being inside you any way I can get in there, but if you’re on your side, I can give you my dick and my finger on that slick little love button of yours.  Trust me, darlin’, you’ll love it when I push that button,” he promised against her lips, nipping her chin with his teeth.
Harmony’s breath caught at the rough edge in his voice and she wasted no time doing as he bid, sighing when his warm lips dropped a kiss against the side of her neck to lick her delicious flesh.  She knew the reward that could be found in Jake’s arms if she took her cues from him, and he didn’t disappoint her when his hand dropped between her legs and two fingers explored her saturated folds.
“So wet, baby,” he growled his appreciation, swirling his finger through her slit and over her swollen clit.  “I love that,” he encouraged against her ear when her legs spread and her hips bucked against his hand.  “Love how soaked and ready you are for me.  Let’s see if you’re luscious little body is ready to take my cock yet,” he muttered, twitching his finger against her nub again as he pierced her with two fingers and pulled a low cry from her lips.
Harmony moaned as his fingers impaled her, fucking deep.  “Oh, God, Jake,” she choked, rocking her hips back into his pelvis as his fingers withdrew only to sink in again a heartbeat later.  
“Oh, yeah, all this sticky sweet honey says you’re more than ready for me, Sweetness,” he growled against her neck as he pulled his fingers from the tight heat of her pussy.  “You want my cock, darlin’?  You want me to fill you up and take away the ache?” he asked, his words vibrating against her skin as one hand curled around her breast and squeezed the firm globe gently.
“Yes,” she whimpered, pushing her head back against his throat as his fingers stroked through her swollen folds again and teased her clit.  “Do it, Jake,” she begged, wriggling her ass against his hardness.  His cock rimmed her entrance, offering her just a taste of heaven, but never truly delivering on the promise.    
He sucked the vulnerable flesh at her neck; she felt his teeth scrape the shell of her ear.  “Tell me first, Harmony.  Who do you belong to?” he asked her, plucking her nipple with his thumb and forefinger before tugging it gently and sending a white hot pulse of pleasure from her stomach to her pussy.  “Who does this gorgeous body belong to?”
“You,” she managed in a voice strangled by pleasure.  Plying her nipple with one hand and her clit with the other, she felt like she was one long exposed nerve ending.  “Stop teasing, Jake, and fuck me.”  She panted roughly as she wriggled against his onslaught.
newReview

Jacob “The Widowmaker” and Harmony “The Nice One” 

♥BEAUTIFUL, GUT WRENCHING, AND SATISFYING!♥ 

 I am in awe!  This book was so much more than I ever thought it would be.  It’s packed with so many emotions that I’m pretty sure I was weeping and laughing at the same damn time!  We have rough and tough alpha males facing off.  We’ve got the McKinnon sisters pouncing and bouncing off the walls…. AND then there’s Heaven.  OMG… so sweet, so funny, and so damn adorable that I’m gonna make myself her honorary aunt.  I just love that little lovebug and we are sooo watching Steel Magnolias!

 

Jacob Stone, or Jake as Harmony calls him is a bit of a mystery in the beginning and for good reason, but I seriously doubt his abilities to handle a McKinnon woman!  I mean, what kind of man doesn’t have Nutterbutters!!!  Thank God he had a little bit of assistance from Zeke and Able!  LOL!  “Cookies, lots of cookies!” I wouldn’t mind going a few rounds with “Mistah Jake,” but I’m pretty sure Harmony and her sister soiree would kick my ass right out of Paradise.  Now Harmony, well, this one is hard for me to detail… she comes across as withdrawn and fragile in a way, but you get her riled ever so slightly and she’s spitting nails atcha!  Must be the collective backbone between those four crazy sisters… if one falls, they all fall… and then they pick each other back up.  She’s a first-rate Mother and the greatest sister although she’d tell you otherwise (don’t listen to her) she’s remarkable!

 

This story has one of the best supporting character casts evah!!  Let me start with my fave… Patience… The Spitfire.. The Hellion… Holy hell… she can be my wingman anytime!  She’s the toughest and funniest of all the McKinnon sisters.  She tells it like it is and doesn’t hold back… I mean, how could she?  She has no filter!  ❤ Her!

 

Patience: “I didn’t even think I’d e-ver wanna do him again, but now… ROAR!”

 

 My second fave is Able… probably cause he had to put up with so much shit from Patience! LOL!  After reading the blurb at the end of this book… I’m liking him even more… can’t wait to read more about him and the Hellion!!! 

 

Able: “Pay no attention to the stoned woman.”

 

Now Honor and Faith… they both have a special place in my heart and always will.  They both suffered so much that my heart broke right along with theirs.  One more mention… Aunt Orla, wow, just wow!  So funny and full of wisdom, her nieces would do so much better if they just listened to her… well except for the “little blue pill” advise.  Onto the villian… Tanner… hate that POS and I can’t tell you how much I wanted to throw my Kindle up against the wall on account of him.  He makes this story so suspenseful and gripping that you almost have to love to hate him!  Ooo… ooo, I almost forgot Maggie… she’s another one that’ll make you bellie laugh! 

 

Maggie: “Come see the softer side of snipers!”

 

All in all, the story was very compelling, the dialogue flows very nicely and feels natural.  There was plenty of tension, sexual content, and hilarity leading up to the climax that within these 453 (Kindle version) pages you’ll run through a gamut of emotions, but come out a better person on the other side!  Great job you “Two Crazies!”

5 STARS!!! 

 

 

NEWplaylist[1]
  • Hard as Stone – PlaylistRing of Fire – Johnny CashWhat Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

    Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

    The Thunder Rolls — Garth Brooks

    Who You Are – Jessie J

    This is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line

    Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

    When the Right One Comes Along – Nashville cast

    In My Arms – Plumb

    Don’t Deserve You – Plumb

    The Story – Brandi Carlile

    Blink — Revive

    To Make You Feel My Love – Adele

    Smooth – Santana

    Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

    Wanted – Hunter Hayes

 

 Book One:
MY REVIEW OF CAIN’S SALVATION:
Cain & FaithCOMPLETE AND UTTER TORMENT!This book has been on my radar for so long, but do to other commitments I had to put it down several times… I finally got through it and I loved it! From the depths of hell this story was spawned. I love a good soul retching read and this one delivered in spades! It’s packed with so much angst, hilarity, love, loathing, and some pretty steamy sex scenes to boot. Well, I guess the one I’m thinking of could be classified and cold as hell… but you’ll just have to read it and find out!!! LOL!

Cain is my hero in every way! I loved all that he was and all that he became! I fell in and out and back in love with him more times than I can count. His character felt very relatable and significant. My heart literally broke for him in his darkest hour! I can’t even imagine what he (or any soldier) goes through just to survive out there. That in itself is maddening. I was, I am, and will forever be a huge supporter of our armed forces! Now Faith, how fuckin’ awesome is she? Just about the cutest, funniest, and sexiest leading lady I’ve read in quite some time! My life will never be the same as I lived her anguish with her and came out on the other side a new woman! I shed plenty of tears over this one. My heart was aching, my head was reeling, and my soul has been sold to the highest bidder! I. Love. Faith!

Great supporting character cast and really awesome names by the way! Those sisters of hers are enough to make you bust a gut laughing your ass off! I mean… Patience, Harmony, and Honor.. oh yeah… and one of them has a daughter named Heaven… and get this shit… Cain’s twin brother’s name is Abel… My Jaw was dropping… man if my Mom hadn’t sent me to Lutheran school, I would never have seen the references here! Very cool!

To wrap this up before I get to chatty… this was 153 (Kindle version) pages long and I’m fairly certain if I was left alone with no interruptions I would have finished this in one afternoon. The pacing is ideal, the tale was effortless to read, and the anxiety build up to the climax was superb! Can’t wait to find out who the next book is about!

5 Stars!

Sarah
O’Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who bonded over their passion for
romantic fiction and erotica. Born and raised in the southern United States,
one lives near Louisville, Kentucky, while the other resides in Atlanta,
Georgia.  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.
 
Currently focusing on their Passion in Paradise series, they love to write wildly intense
romantica stories that have multiple characters, but each book focuses on one
specific couple that will ALWAYS have a happy ending…eventually!  The Passion in Paradise series follows the
lives of four sisters, who love and infuriate each other – and the men who love
them!  Each book is a stand-alone and
does NOT require the reader to have read the prior books.

 

 

One thought on “MY REVIEW **~** Hard As Stone by Sarah O’Rourke

  1. Thank you so much for the awesome 5 star review and for taking time to read and post! We love you dearly!! The 2 Crazies that are Sarah O’Rourke

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