Book Review: Man of Honor – Passion in Paradise Series by Sarah O’Rourke 2

Title: Man of Honor
Series: Passion in Paradise
Author: Sarah O’Rourke
Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy
Published: July 25, 2016
Sheriff Zeke Monroe loves one woman…Honor McKinnon. He is willing to stake his entire future on protecting her…no matter what the cost. 

Honor McKinnon knows she is broken. Her body and soul had been shattered by a violent attack years ago, and no one…not her sisters or anyone else in the tiny town of Paradise, especially the Sheriff…can change that. Rather than dealing with her wounds, she chooses to protect herself from any further damage, even if that means that she avoids the one chance at love. But Zeke is determined to break down Honor’s walls…and to find the persons responsible for hurting her and make them suffer. 

He’s already killed for her once…and is willing to do it again if it means she’ll know safety and happiness. 
What happens when Zeke refuses to allow Honor to ignore her past? Will Zeke’s love be passionate enough to break down her barriers? And can Zeke save Honor when her life is in danger once again? 

Join Sarah O’Rourke in this epic culmination of the Men of the McKinnon Sisters stories…and find out how the Passion in Paradise series is always scorching hot! Standalone, romantica suspense.

 

“WOW!!! This made me an emotional wreck.” ~MsMe28


“This is a beautiful story of love, loss and moving forward.  I would recommend this book and all books in this series!” ~Sassy Southern Book Blog


“OMG WOW!! I have been hooked on this duo as writers for a while but with this book they absolutely outdid themselves.” ~Book Happiness

Man of Honor – Excerpt
“Not necessarily, but I wouldn’t mind,” Zeke replied truthfully.  “Honor, darlin, you’re a gorgeous woman.”
“Not without my clothes,” she mumbled, bending her head to stare at her clenched fists.  “Ugly,” she muttered.  “I’m ugly.”
Tensing, Zeke’s jaw clenched.  “I don’t know why the hell you’re saying that, but there’s not a single ugly thing about you.  Not when you’re naked.  Not when you’re tryin’ to bring yourself to release.  Not ever, Honor Grace.  You do not ever have to be ashamed of your body.”
Honor slowly lifted her mortified gaze to him.  “You’ve never seen me without my clothes, Zeke.  There are scars.  So many scars.  They’re raised and bumpy.  Some are red and raw.  It’s disgusting, Ezekiel.”
“Bullshit.  Every single one of those marks remind me of one thing, Honor.  One,” he growled, holding up a finger between them.  “You lived.  You survived.  When all the odds were stacked against you, you defied modern medicine and every one of those damned doctors predictions, and you lived.  And all those scars will ever do is remind me of how lucky I am to still have you.  Don’t you ever tell me you’re ugly because you’re the most beautiful thing in my world.  You wanna be scared to share your body with me because of what happened to you?  I get that.  I can accept that.  But worrying about some marks on your flesh?  I love you, baby, but that’s insane.”
Honor stared at him a long time, gauging his sincerity.  “It doesn’t feel silly,” she finally grumbled.
“You need to reassess your feelings then because I assure you, it’s one of the silliest concerns you ever had.  Christ, baby, how long have you been agonizing of a worry as pointless as your scars?” he asked, shoving a frustrated hand through his dark hair.  “I could have put these fears to rest ages ago, Honor, if I’d known about it.”
“It’s hard to talk about,” she revealed in a low voice as her head twisted to look at him.
“Yeah?  Is feeling like shit alone better than talking it over together with me?” he returned calmly, reaching up to tenderly tuck her hair behind one ear.  “Baby, you gotta start getting this.  When you hurt, I hurt.  When you suffer, I suffer right along with you.  Don’t make either one of us feel that way needlessly, Kitten.  Just talk to me.  I know you have scars.  You’ve got them on your body, and you’ve got them on your soul.  I’ve sat by your hospital bed too many times to count and watched you while you did your damnedest to heal them both.  Those wounds are not new information to me and they don’t change shit.  I still love you, and I don’t allow those scars to do anything other than remind me to treasure every day I have with you.  Okay?”
Honor’s eyes were soft as they locked with Zeke’s.  “You really do love me a lot, don’t you?” she asked in a small voice.

“So much that I ache with it, Honor.”

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My Rating:

4 hearts

 

Favorite Quotes:

 

Fear is a mysterious entity, complicated and dynamic in its components.

 

Educate your brother, Zeke, before he accidentally goes and gets himself whacked by Patience and I have to represent my wife in a murder trial. You’ve met my babies. There’s no way I survive raising my kids on my own.

 

You’d think she’d be less huffy what with her gettin’ some lawman lovin’. Tell me, child. What’s the sheriff packin’ in his pants? Are we talkin’ a pocket pistol or a hand cannon?

 

Those asshats ruint my pretty outfit… You boys kill ’em good, ‘kay?

 

Crazy old fool. Good thing he’s carryin’ a lead pipe in his pants or I woulda got shed of him years ago…

 

Just remember, sugar, marriage can be summed up with three rules. First, when there’s a choice to be made, always choose love. Second, remember that forgiveness may be divine, but angry sex is also awesome. And third, and this may be the most important rule… when on your knees, aim to please.

 

Her life was finally good. Like really, really good. She loved and was loved with a bone deep intensity that was obvious to anyone that looked at them.

 

My Review:

 

Man of Honor was a genre-hopping hybrid of adult contemporary and erotic romance, suspense, mystery, women’s fiction, and humor. It was a long and extremely angsty ride. Uptight Honor and her feisty sisters Harmony, Faith, and Patience have proven themselves to be more than a bit frustrating to deal with as they all appear to suffer from the same curse of terminal obstinance with side orders of sass and petulance.   I rather pity the devilishly handsome and buff alpha-males that remain fiercely spellbound by these spirited women. However, I knew going in that Honor’s history was going to be gruesome as well as heart wrenching. Thankfully, there were occasional periods of respite from the tension provided by the volcanically hot sensual scenes and the comic relief provided by Aunt Orla’s humorous observations. Every family should have an Aunt Orla.

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Sarah O’Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic fiction and erotica to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs!


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!

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Man of Honor – Passion in Paradise Series by Sarah O’Rourke

  1. Reply shyunique Aug 8,2016 6:43 am

    I still haven’t read any of her books.

  2. Reply Lulu Aug 8,2016 10:44 am

    Seems like it had A LOT going on, but the author did a great job of balancing it all out!

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