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Tangled Hearts (Passion in Paradise) by [O'Rourke, Sarah]
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The directive had been clear: Deeply embed himself in the fair town of Paradise, Tennessee, and keep one Melody Song Reardon from forgiving her fornicating ex-fiancé and keep her safe by any means necessary.

Fortunately, Retired First Sergeant Callum Valentine had always been a man that got the job done. Unfortunately, nobody told him that while his ‘job’ might be as pretty as a picture, she could be ornery as a wet cat and had a stubborn streak a mile long. Now, he was battling baristas and dodging would-be assassins in an effort to keep one sultry southern minx safe.

He’d thought the Taliban would be the most dangerous force he''d ever face. Imagine his surprise when he realized that the radical extremists had nothing on one curvy little woman with a wicked edge to her tongue…. a woman that had somehow tangled herself around his cold heart.

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Melody Song Reardon was done with men. After learning that the man she’d been planning to marry was no better than a corporate Casanova in and out of the boardroom and bedroom, she’d decided that love just wasn’t in the cards for her.

Which was fine.

She was young, smart, and capable… and better yet, she had a dream and a plan: Opening her very own book/yarn store – Hooks & Books. She had the brains. She had the building. And now, it appeared that she also a freaking bodyguard compliments of her interfering older brother!

She didn’t care how mouthwateringly handsome her so-called savior was; she didn’t need another controlling man in her life telling her what to do. At least, she hadn’t needed one…. until those nerve wracking hang-ups and strange notes took an ominous turn. Now, somebody wants her dead and the only thing standing between her and the Grim Reaper is one seriously gorgeous man named Callum Valentine.

Falling in love again in the middle of her own personal apocalypse hadn’t been the plans…then again, the great thing about a plan is that it can change on a dime!

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530602319
  • Publisher: Sarah O'Rourke Books (Feb. 10 2016)
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  • Language: English
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I have read a lot of books in the past year and i have to say this is one of the best! Heartwarming!! Funny!!!!! But the best part is the Alpha Males and their women that only Sarah O'Rourke could write. I cannot wait for the next one. I would recommend this series to everyone.
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*Tangled Hearts, Book 5 in the Passion in Paradise series by Sarah O’Rourke, is a must read for the series followers. Tangled Hearts is another great story about Paradise, but if you have not been following the Paradise series that is OK you will enjoy this visit.
Melody Reardon, 29, comes home from Knoxville to start over and get away from her fornicating ex-fiancé. Retired First Sergeant Callum Valentine, 42, has promised his friend RJ, Mel’s brother, to watch out for her and keep her safe by any means necessary, except from him.
Mel thought she was done with men but she keeps wondering, “Gad, how could a middle-aged man look that damned good without a shirt on, she wondered. It wasn’t fair. She wasn’t too many years younger than him, and she already had to worry about wrinkles and cellulite. Sergeant Sexy, however, just seemed to get better with age.”
Cal was surprised that, “He’d thought the Taliban would be the most dangerous force he ever face. Imagine his surprise when he realized that the radical extremists had nothing on one curvy little woman with a wicked edge to her tongue…. a woman that had somehow tangled herself around his cold heart.”
Tangled Hearts can be read as a standalone, but I think you would get more out of the story if you read them all. Sarah O’Rourke gives us a suspense romance with funny, sassy main characters who you want to find their soul mate at last. The storytelling is funny, sharp and attention holding, as the other Books in their series have been. You will love the cast of characters that colorfully make up Paradise. I was given this for a fair review. Give Sarah O’Rourke’s Tangled Hearts a try; I know I can’t wait for the next Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters story.

Thanks Sarah O’Rourke & Good Writing
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6cec654) out of 5 stars 77 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61da0b4) out of 5 stars Love Sarah O'Rourke! Feb. 10 2016
By Honolulubelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Favorite Quotes:

“The position in which she'd found her ex-fiance screwing her matron of honor while desecrating her flawless polished antique mahogany dining room table wasn't even listed in the Kama Sutra. She'd checked. Twice.”

“Damn, but this man was positively edible. And let's face it... she'd been on a rather restrictive diet for the last several years.”

“It's not really Brad that I miss; it's being part of a couple, you know. I liked being part of a team of two with somebody. Then, I found out that Brad was adding players to our team without my knowledge.”

“For God's sake, you've been between the legs of more women than my gynecologist has, Brad, and he's been practicing for twenty years!”

“I'm gonna do you a favor and warn you now that crazy breeds in this town faster than roofied rabbits. Don't let the insanity suck you under, too.”

“Jim, Jack, and their immigrant friend Jose Cuervo, speak my language and Jose gets downright chatty after the third shot,”

“See, I'm what happens when God gives with both of His hands.”

“First, I'm not your boyfriend. Boyfriends are for seventeen year olds going to prom. I'm your man. There is a distinct difference.”

My Review:

I make no apologies for my long-standing love affair with Sarah O'Rourke. I adore her ribald humor, raucous and quirky characters, and sassy and brassy style. She has more than mastered the feisty heroine as well as atomically steamy sensual scenes and bawdy talk. Her characters verbally spar like prize fighters and the invectives and profanity fly freely throughout. Her male characters as typically unbearably alpha, and Cal is no exception – I want a Callum Valentine of my own! Add in some mystery and intrigue for our arguing couple to deal with and you have an even more entertaining and engrossing read. And of course, Aunt Orla never fails to incite a near riot. I am ready for a return trip to Paradise anytime Sarah.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61da108) out of 5 stars Dirty Talker in Paradise Feb. 10 2016
By BA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tangled Hearts was my first Sarah O'Rourke book, but it won't be my last. Now I've got to dive in and catch up on all the Paradise hotties I've been missing out on. *fans self*

Melody was going through an early life crisis, finding her fiancé cheating on her with her so-called best friend. It turns out the scum-bucket was doing more than her BFF and doing it for years. Being the strong heroine Melody is, she picked herself up and moved home to Paradise, TN, where she's bound and determined to turn her life around with a new business venture.

Enter Callum Valentine: built, hot, strong (strung) and dirty talkin'. Cal is newly retired from the Army and is doing his buddy a favor by checking in on his little sister, Melody. Like any Army man, Cal takes his responsibility seriously, and in the process, falls fast and hard for Melody.

Melody is continually shocked by our crass, dirty talkin' hero, but oh, the chemistry. Throw in a an ex-fiancé who just won't take no for an answer and his past scum-bucket lovers, and well, let's just say, it's a wild ride in Paradise.

Ms. O'Rourke has a way with dialogue and witty banter that will keep the pages turning. I truly enjoyed it all and can't thank her enough for gifting me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61da540) out of 5 stars Melody and Callum make a hilarious power couple that exudes love, loyalty, and passion. Feb. 12 2016
By Julia Goda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Twenty-nine-year-old Melody Reardon and forty-two-year-old Callum Valentine are the focus of Tangled Hearts.

Moving to Paradise, TN, after leaving her cheating ex-fiancée, Melody moves into the house she and her brother inherited from their grandmother. In a frenzy about opening her bookstore-slash-knitting store, she runs into hot but extremely annoying and rude Callum. Their first encounter leaves her unimpressed—apart from his sexy body Callum has nothing Melody desires. Or so she tells herself. She has vowed to never fall in love again, to never open herself up for heartbreak. But Callum is just as stubborn as Melody—if not more so, he is an alpha after all—and won’t give up until she gives in.

Melody and Callum’s story is one of healing and taking chances in life, of following your dreams and leaving bad influences behind, of starting over, of trust, love, and finding your other half.

I loved Melody’s feistiness and Callum’s determination. Together they make a hilarious power couple that exudes love, loyalty, and passion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61da900) out of 5 stars HOT & HILARIOUS! I LOVED IT!! Feb. 22 2016
By Danielle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
READ AND REVIEWED ON BEHALF OF RED CHEEKS READS.

“I was brought up believing that a girl should be able to take care of herself. I forgot that lesson for a little while and almost made a mistake I could never undo with a man I’d rather forget.”

Thirty-year-old Melody Song Reardon is starting over. After walking in on her ex-fiancé, days before their wedding, having sex with her best friend and their maid of honor, she broke the engagement, left him and headed back home to Paradise, TN. She moved into her granny’s house, and she took an enormous, out-of-character risk by sinking her life savings and the proceeds of her inheritance from her granny’s estate into a start up business. A tiny powerhouse of a woman, she is fiercely determined (and slightly panicking) to make her new store a huge success.

“Get ready, Melody …. I’m coming for you, Princess.”

Callum Valentine, a recently retired twenty-year Army veteran, agreed to do a favor for a friend, one of his soldiers and Melody’s older brother, RJ. He moved to Paradise, and right into “RJ’s half” of Melody’s home to be her shadow and to have her back while she was dealing with her annoying ex-fiancé, Brad, who is just not taking no for an answer. Abandoned as an infant, Cal grew up a ward of the state in various boys’ and foster homes. He’s never had a family, and no woman has ever caught his attention like Melody has. He can see it all with her, he knows that she is meant to be his, and he’s not about to back down from this battle.

“I was put here to be yours, and you were meant to be mine.”

Cal was smitten with Melody the minute RJ showed him her picture. But being in her presence, living with her and getting to know her, those feelings only intensify and further convince him that they’re meant to be, now if he could only get Mel to admit it, too. While he may be confident in his feelings and knows what he wants, Melody is unsure. She’s fresh off a broken engagement to a man that cheated on her repeatedly and flagrantly for the entirety of their five-year relationship. Her self esteem has taken a hit, and she questions her judgement when it comes to men. Not willing to be made the fool again, she’s decided that love isn’t for her, and besides, she needs to focus her energy and attention on opening her store, not a relationship with Cal, or at least that’s what she’s telling herself.

“She’d been keeping secrets from him…”

Brad isn’t going down without a fight, though. He keeps popping up in Melody’s life, and despite her unwavering, crystal clear refusals of his reconciliation attempts, he’s just not getting the message. Meanwhile, Melody is getting hang-up phone calls and someone is leaving creepy notes for her, notes that she’s dismissing as idle threats, and instead of cluing Cal in to these threats, she’s choosing to ignore them. Not exactly a wise decision on her part as it turns out...

“Don’t let my stubbornness and stupidity ruin us now that I’ve finally gotten my head out of my a$$.”

Cal continues his steady and patient pursuit of Melody, he’s just waiting for her to catch up with him and with what he knows she’s also feeling. But stubborn is her middle name, and she’s not giving in that quickly or easily. Before she can measure her words, she hurts Cal, and the kicker is that she totally didn’t mean the garbage she spewed at him. To make matters worse, it’s looking like it isn’t Brad who’s trying to hurt Melody, although he hasn’t given up his attempts to win her back. Is this the straw that breaks the camel’s back? Has Melody’s callous words hurt Cal enough to push him away for good? Will Brad finally give up trying to get her back? And just who, exactly, is behind all these attacks and threats against her?

“For always and ever, babe. That’s just the way it is. It’s the price you pay for tangling your heart with mine.”

I love the ever-talented writing duo, Sarah O’Rourke. The Passion in Paradise series is one of my favorites, and I’ve been Facebook stalking them since I read Cain’s Salvation. This addition to the series, while it doesn’t focus directly on a member of the McKinnon clan, is a great addition. I loved Cal, he was a man who knew what he wanted, set it in his sights and didn’t stop until he savored the victory. Melody is no pushover, though, she’s got back-bone! I loved the back-and-forth banter between these two! This is a steamy, small town romance series with a great dose of southern humor, and I absolutely loved it!

Five hilarious, heated, happily-ever-after smooches for Sarah O’Rourke’s Tangled Hearts from me!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61da8ac) out of 5 stars A real laugh out loud read! Feb. 10 2016
By Confessions of a Serial Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tangled Hearts was a thoroughly enjoyable book from cover to cover.

There was quite a few times while reading that I had some serious laugh out loud moments. Melody and Callum have the perfect banter with each other. Inside the comedic relief you also have an incredible and dramatic love story with a twist of danger adding to this stories body.

Callum Valentine survived the war. Will he survive the whirlwind that is Melody Song Reardon?

This is my confession: If you haven't read the rest of the Passion in Paradise series yet...you will after you read this stand-alone, just like I did.