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Passion in Paradise Duo:  2-in-1 Box Set of Cain's Salvation and Hard as Stone (Passion in Paradise:  The Men of the McKinnon Sisters) by [O'Rourke, Sarah]
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UPDATED CONTENT WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EPILOGUES!!

In the small, sleepy Southern town of Paradise, not everything is as it seems. Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the tiny country town seems like it would be the perfect spot to raise a family, build a life and enjoy living in what most natives call ‘God’s Country’. What no one seems to realize is that there are secrets hiding in the families of this quaint little community – especially the McKinnon clan.
And everyone knows, in a family, secrets never stay secret for long.
All books in the series are STANDALONE
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Cain’s Salvation (Book One, Passion in Paradise series)
STANDALONE. When Dr. Cain Turner's life was literally blown apart in a small province of Afghanistan, it was only the hope and memories of one woman that propelled him forward. But there were more demons to face.
In the small country hamlet of Paradise, Tennessee...Faith waits. But all she gets is one hastily written break-up letter that shatters her to the core. Surrounded by her loving sisters, Faith McKinnon had faced her own demons, having thought that the love of her life had deserted her. But fate...and a few meddling McKinnon sisters...conspired to bring the two star-crossed lovers together again.
Will Cain ever be able to win Faith again? Will Faith be able to trust Cain after the horrible way he deserted her? Can their love for each other overcome the hurts that each has suffered?
***
Hard as Stone (Book Two, Passion in Paradise series)
STANDALONE. 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 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?

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  • Publisher: Sarah O'Rourke (22 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014T91SO4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Favorite Quotes:

Cain’s Salvation

“Hearing Honor curse was sort of like watching Santa smoke weed. It was just wrong.”

“He’d lost so much weight that not even the beer he drank like it was the fifth food group had made a dent.”

“He guessed she was plotting fifty ways to kill him and make it look like an accident. That’s how this sister worked. She was vengeful. Oh, she was syrupy sweet on the outside, but Patience had a core of pure fire.”

“Because I swear by everything that I hold dear, there’s gonna be either a wedding or a funeral. Since I’m a generous Christian woman, I’ll let you decide which one you want.”

Hard as Stone:

“Have you seen the ass on that man? You could bounce a quarter off him and make yourself fifty cents!”

“Jacob Stone was YUMMY with extra emphasis place on the YUM. Completely freaking edible, her libido sang joyously as her girly parts did a happy little dance beneath her dress.”

“Still spry at 71, her aunt could still do many things, but coordinating an outfit wasn’t among them. Eying the old woman’s orange skirt and purple shirt only reinforced what she already knew. If she wasn’t careful, she was gonna walk out of this room dressed like a clown on crack.”

“That woman could remove a man’s jewels with a butter knife and a can-do attitude.”

My Review:

Cain’s Salvation is an excellent second chance romance that is smokin’ hot, contemporary, and right on point with the current difficulties our returning troops are encountering with PTSD. Both stories are well written, steamy, and poignant. I could not put them down and finished them in a day. Having grown up in a small town, these people seemed familiar and real to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 25 January 2016
By Crystal's Many Reviewers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cain’s Salvation

I have read the strictly erotica books by this author in the past, and so I was a bit curious as to how they would do when it came to a Romance with only bits of erotica in it. I’m glad to say that I was extremely happy and pleasantly surprised at how well they were able to pull of this book.

The story begins with Cain and Faith planning their wedding, and then the twist that leaves Faith confused as to what is going to happen to her next. I believe that the author did a great job with Faith and her dealing with the issues of Cain ending their relationship. The pain that she was feeling was throughout the story was very well written, it felt extremely lifelike.

The inner battle that Cain was feeling was also very well written. As bad as this sounds, I enjoyed watching the torture that he was going through during the course of the book because it made the story that much better.

I can say that the authors were still able to bring their style of smuttiness into the book, because the sex scenes that take place were just well written. They were done with no sense of crudeness whatsoever. They were done with style and elegance, and added to the story just the right amount.

My only complaint with the book would be the large amount of characters that were introduced. When you go into the book, you do know that Faith has plenty of sisters, but it was a bit overwhelming when they were all brought up and their love interests were introduced as well.

Overall though, I did completely enjoy this story and I really can’t wait for the next one in the series to be released!

**Additional review of bonus content**

I really loved the new epilogue that O’Rourke added to this story. I didn’t realize until I had started reading it that to me that helped wrap up the story of Cain and Faith so much. Not only did it give the story the “closure” that I had felt was missing, but we were also able to find out about the wedding first hand. Which, with everything that Cain and Faith had been through, was a great thing to get to read.

I do feel like this added content was a great addition and really made the book that much better!

Hard As Stone

You know how you start reading a book and you know it’s going to be fabulous just because of who the author is? On one hand, I love these authors and I haven’t read a book from them that I haven’t enjoyed. (Key word here is enjoyed). And on the other hand, once I started this book I didn’t want to stop reading it! It even got to the point where when I HAD to stop (I really
had no choice in that matter), I ended up talking my mom’s ear off for the almost 2 hours about how much I loved the book and how she needed to read it. And at that point, I was only about 40% of the way through it.

Don’t get me wrong, while reading this book I had a complete love/hate relationship with Jake. I HATED how he was lying, but I did understand it at the same time. Now Harmony? Oh I loved her right from the start. There was just something about her; sweet, innocent, and just overall amazing. I loved her. I do have to say that my favorite person would have to be Heaven. When you read the story, you will completely understand what I’m talking about.

This book brought for lots of emotions; happiness, anger, joy, sadness, and the desire to kill someone.

You will be kept on the edge of your seat waiting patiently for the pages to turn because once again, this amazing writing duo wrote a great story that was an amazing balance between the smuttiness they are well known for, and the powerful story that unfolds with each page.

**Additional review of bonus content**

The added epilogue of this story was just off the walls amazing! Even though I kinda had a feeling what it was about, it still blew me away with how funny, yet serious at the same time, it was. I’m so glad to find out that Jake is still Jake, and is as headstrong as always. Harmony of course brings the perfect balance to the story.

Overall this epilogue adds more to the story and leaves me hoping that we will get to spend much more time with the families in Paradise.

Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
*Copy provided for review*
4.0 out of 5 stars Stone and Harmony More Please 7 October 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars out of 5

I loved Cain’s Salvation and I could not wait to see Harmony and Jacob’s story. Once I started with this I could not put it down. This series just keeps getting better and better. Hard As Stone was written beautifully and it dealt with real life issues. I did not think any man would top Cain but boy was I wrong. Ms. O’Rourke gave readers a male hero who was off the charts hot. The author brings us characters that you cannot help but love and want to reach into your kindle and hug them. Yes while reading Cain’s Salvation I was a mess but Hard as Stone was an emotional ride that had me biting my nails.

We met Harmony McKinnon in the first book. She is a single mother after divorcing Tanner (DOUCHE CANOE #1). My heart broke for Harmony while she was married to Tanner. She suffered violence that no woman should go through at the hands of the man that swore to protect and cherish her. What I loved most about this character was her love for her daughter. Where her marriage failed, she saw her daughter as a gift. Harmony does not have faith in men at all, and really who could blame her? Her focus is her daughter Heaven. Heaven is just the most adorable little girl.

Jacob stole my heart in the first chapter, yep he did. He is back in Paradise and is working uncover for the DEA. But his real motivation is to seek revenge on the man responsible for his sister’s death. Jacob has been set in his life; he loves his job of 20 years and never saw himself as the settling down type of man. Jacob has never seen the likes of the McKinnon sister’s, and once he sees Harmony and little Heaven, let’s just say he has a new outlook on life.

With the help of Heaven, Harmony lets her walls down and goes on a date with Jacob. What I love about Jacob was he knew Harmony and Heaven were both his. He was determined to make them his and keep them safe. One date does not guarantee smooth sailing for the pair, because you did read the part where I said Jacob was working undercover for the DEA right? Danger and drama threatens this couple’s happiness. OMG!! I was literally a mess. I would go from laughing to ugly crying to swooning to more tears to angry and scared in the blink of any eye. Jacob is a total alpha male, Harmony is his and I swear the man made me wet in the panties. The sex between Jacob and Harmony was so hot and intense. The support and love between the McKinnon sisters was beautiful to see. In a world where you do not see of enough of it I found myself drawn to these sisters. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. You should really click this book, but start with the first one and take a journey with the McKinnon sisters and the men who love them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kick off to the Men of the McKinnon Sisters 28 September 2015
By Theresa Esterline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Cain's Salvation - The Men of the McKinnon Sisters #1 - Stars: 4

I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters were easy to relate to and were described well. There was enough back story provided to get you hooked! Sometimes I laughed out loud, other times my heart was breaking and I even had tears in my eyes. And now a bit about the story...

Cain had loved Faith for as long as he can remember. However their differences had always kept him at bay. When her parents died in a car crash when she was 16 he came back from Medical school to comfort her as a friend. Later he returned to Paradise, Tennessee - their small sleepy town - in time for her to go off to college. When she returned they started dating and were soon engaged. All was going wonderful until he was called up by the National Guard to serve as combat doctor in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 9 months into his tour he can't stand the sand, desert, and death surrounding him. He starts to question his worth and fears he isn't the right man for Faith. Try this story out to see what war can do and how time, faith and love can heal.

Favorite passages:
- One day could feel a thousand hours long when you were surrounded by the violence of war.
- It was time to let her go. He had to release her from their promise of forever. Her freedom was the only gift he had left to offer her now. The man his Faith had loved was dead and the shell left in his place was good enough for no decent woman.
- "I'm just a shadow, honey. A man that doesn't have a soul left to lose."
- "You have scars, Cain. Some of them you can see; some you can't."
- He'd watched her hug, kiss and fondle more men then a whore working shore leave.
- "As long as I've got you by my side, I can face anything the world throws at me."
- “Aw, c’mon, girls! There’s nothing to feel ashamed over. The Good Lord wouldn’t have given men peckers if he didn’t want us to play with ‘em.”
- “It’s love,” Abel declared sadly. “The emotion makes smart men go supremely stupid. It’s sad, really.”

Hard as Stone - The Men of the McKinnon Sisters #2 - Stars: 5

Even better than the first!!

This was a great follow-up to Cain's Salvation, book one in the Passion in Paradise series surrounding the McKinnon sisters. In the first book we met the family and learned about Cain and Faith's rocky relationship. In the second book we move on to Harmony and Heaven as our main characters while learning more and more about the other two McKinnon's - Patience and Honor. The story keeps you hooked. Harmony and Patience are extra sassy and full of surprises. We meet a new hero and villain as well... what story world be any good without all those ;) The men continue to make their mistakes, some that could lead to disaster. And now a bit about the story...

Harmony is a single mom and happy, or so she thought. When Jacob Stone rolled into town her world is turned upside down. Her track record with men is awful and she tries really hard to ignore Jake. Stone is a Harley riding mystery with long hair and tattoos, but the would be bad boy had fallen for Harmony and Heaven, her four year old daughter. What Harmony doesn't know is Jake is DEA and he is there to decide if she is part of the next big drug play or if she is at risk. Before he is even in town a few minutes he knows she is innocent and he MUST protect her and her whole family, but will she forgive him when she finds out? How can he protect her if she pushes him away? Zeke, the local sheriff, figures out what he is up to and while all the men in the McKinnon's life are in the loop the women are left hanging out in the wind. It isn't until Tanner shows up threatening Harmony and all she holds dear that the story breaks free.

The ending was a surprise to me as well, I love when books aren't predictable :). Can't wait for the next one to see the torture Patience puts Abel through...

Favorite passages:
- Either way, it wasn't Zeke's fault that Jacob felt like a whore attending a cotillion when he stood beside the other man.
- "When a man gets lucky enough to take a pretty woman like you out for the evening, then he damn well should show up with flowers, Harmony. If he doesn't, you kick his ass to the curb."
- "Christ, will you calm d- own? I can only handle one hysterical woman at a time," Jacob whispered violently into the phone. [talking to Zeke]
- "Either way, neither of those so-called faults is gonna keep me from claimin' you." "I'm not undiscovered territory, Jacob," Harmony retorted sharply. "I'm a woman. And I'm not looking to be claimed. Not by you or anybody else. Go take you flag and plant it someplace else."
- Sweet Lord, the man was part-octopus.
- "For once, can't you cut me a break and stay where I put you?" Honor raised an eyebrow at the angry man. "I'm sorry. You must have mistaken me for a German Shepard."
- "In that case, Zeke was right. That was a foolish thing to do." Honor frowned at her sister. "And if you tell him I said that, I'll burn your pancakes for a month."
- She was flourishing under his attention, shedding her inhibitions, spreading her wings, and flying higher than she'd ever imagined possible.
- "I can't promise clear skies, darlin'," Jacob admitted quietly. "But I can damn sure be there with the umbrella when that rain falls."
- A sperm donor didn't make a man a daddy, and that bastard wasn't getting anywhere near this precious girl again.
- Jake snorted. “He’s also a horny teenage boy, Harmony, and I wanna make sure that he knows if he chooses to get frisky with my Princess then I’ll be forced to geld him.”
- “You go to jail for protecting my daughter, then I’ll post your bail,” Jake assured him.
- We’ve got a Sheriff , an attorney and a coroner in our family. Together, we can make anything look like an accident. Understood?”
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Favorites Combined 25 September 2015
By Honolulubelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Favorite Quotes:

Cain’s Salvation

“Hearing Honor curse was sort of like watching Santa smoke weed. It was just wrong.”

“He’d lost so much weight that not even the beer he drank like it was the fifth food group had made a dent.”

“He guessed she was plotting fifty ways to kill him and make it look like an accident. That’s how this sister worked. She was vengeful. Oh, she was syrupy sweet on the outside, but Patience had a core of pure fire.”

“Because I swear by everything that I hold dear, there’s gonna be either a wedding or a funeral. Since I’m a generous Christian woman, I’ll let you decide which one you want.”

Hard as Stone:

“Have you seen the ass on that man? You could bounce a quarter off him and make yourself fifty cents!”

“Jacob Stone was YUMMY with extra emphasis place on the YUM. Completely freaking edible, her libido sang joyously as her girly parts did a happy little dance beneath her dress.”

“Still spry at 71, her aunt could still do many things, but coordinating an outfit wasn’t among them. Eying the old woman’s orange skirt and purple shirt only reinforced what she already knew. If she wasn’t careful, she was gonna walk out of this room dressed like a clown on crack.”

“That woman could remove a man’s jewels with a butter knife and a can-do attitude.”

My Review:

Cain’s Salvation is an excellent second chance romance that is smokin’ hot, contemporary, and right on point with the current difficulties our returning troops are encountering with PTSD. Both stories are well written, steamy, and poignant. I could not put them down and finished them in a day. Having grown up in a small town, these people seemed familiar and real to me. And while I could do without having her meddlesome and bossy sisters in my life, I do wish I had an Auntie Orla, she sounds like fun. Hard as Stone continued from Cain’s Salvation and was much the same but even more… more intense, more back stories, more family history, more sex, more passion, more humor, more of everything - and all so very good! Holy hotness! I cannot wait to see what they do with Abel.
5.0 out of 5 stars It starts with Cain and Faith’s love story. And what a story it is 29 September 2015
By Lisa B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Passion In Paradise

Books 1 & 2

Cain’s Salvation

Hard As Stone

Author: Sarah O’Rourke

5 Stars

Cain’s Salvation:

It starts with Cain and Faith’s love story. And what a story it is. Cain is a Doctor in the Army stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. What he deals with over there is what causes him to break up with her before his return home. She promised to wait for him, he promised to give her forever. Will the war come between them or will they find their way back to each other? It doesn’t disappoint, you’ll laugh and cry so have the tissues ready. You will be left wanting more.

Hard as Stone:

Jacob Stone (Jake “The Widowmaker” Stone) worked 22 years for the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). You couldn’t see and do what he did for a living without things weighing heavily on your conscience. He’s after his sister’s killer(s).

Harmony McKinnon, divorced single mom and eldest McKinnon sister. Works at the family restaurant.

It’s love at first sight for Jake when he ends up at the restaurant in Paradise, and Harmony waits on him. He’s new to town and has a story all of his own. Trying to find out more about her. When all hell breaks loose. How will it end?

I will let you find this out for yourself. I can say that this is a great series so far. And I will be getting the next book(s). I love the characters. I think you will too.

***** I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Reviewed for Alpha Book Club by Lisa*****

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