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Hard as Stone

(Passion in Paradise #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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 dist
Published May 31st 2014 (first published May 28th 2014)
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Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it

3.25 RATING- So I know I'm in the minority here, but I really struggled with this one. Now I love a dirty talking alpha hero as much (or more!) than the next girl, but sometimes, it can just be too much. The dirty talk was just too much for me. I just couldn't imagine a man in real life going on and on and on like that. For me, it went from being really sexy to being a bit eye roll worthy. I also thought the book was long and could have used a bit of editing. I really struggled to get through th
Second book in the series and I actually liked this one better than book 1. The H is a 42 year old DEA agent who also happens to be one very hot alpha, bad ass male. Has worked under cover his whole 20 year career and has never been married or in love. He meets the h when he goes to Paradise, TX seeking to find information on the drug dealer who supposedly killed his sister 20 years ago. There are 4 sisters in this series and the books revolve about the men they fall in love with. The h is a str ...more
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
Good God this book was LONG, or maybe it just felt really long, I dunno. I was really slow moving the first half of the book, then it seemed to pick up pace, and I was enjoying it more.

I love all the characters in this series, they come across as such a close family and friends. Jake was a great alpha H, smoking hot, and tatted up. Harmony, was also a great h, strong and feisty. Heaven was a cutie pie, and I loved her relationship with Jake.

Overall I enjoyed it, but think it could have maybe bee
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Swoony, Sweet n Feisty Stars

What can I say besides I am HOOKED on this series and these characters:) Jake Stone.....holy hell, this man was HOT, SEXY, SWEET, BOSSY, and totally a top ALPAH-MALE all the way and boy oh boy did I love every single second of him!!!!!

Jake and harmony were incredible together and add in their slice of "Heaven" and oh my gosh, you have a whole lotta loving going on with those 3!!!!

I cannot wait to dive into Able and patience's story next and don't even get me going
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**re-read, 4 1/2 stars, I read this book and really liked it and I know I wrote a review but some of my books and reviews seem to be disappearing on Goodreads:(. This is the second book I read that review has vanished. But I also was 7 books ahead of my reading goal and I looked 20 minutes later and no joke it said I was only 2 books ahead. I'm not going crazy I promise.

This was a great book filled with not only a great hero and heroine but side charters as well.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I wasn't sure if I was going to stick with this when I first started it, as it seemed to go at a slower pace than the first one but I am so glad I did. Really enjoyed the suspense and flood of alpha males, particularly Jacob who was perfect for Harmony and Heaven. Loved seeing him and Heaven together, he was just wonderful with that little girl.

I can't wait for Abel and Patience's story, I think my Kindle may just explode with those two going at each other.
I can't tell you how disappointed I was with this story after I so looked forward to it.
Second in a series it was on my wish list for a while. I considered bypassing the first book but was able to get books one and two in a bundle for only $2.99. Considering the first book was novella length and this one is pretty long, I thought it was a bargain.

Things that seemed small in the first book, like how bitchy the sisters were to their prospective mates, particularly Patience were amplified in this
Chitra *CJ*
"Hard as Stone" is the story of Jake and Patience.
Jake is an undercover Drug enforcement DEA agent, who decides to come investigate Patience as she was married to Tanner, who is now a drug lord.
My issues with this book
- oh god the length. Way too long.
- If he knew about her past, there was no point making her re-experience those scars- also doing what he did with her considering her trust issues
I still appreciated the banter and bond between the sisters and Olga, as well as Zeke but I couldn't
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Hot As Stone since I first read Cain’s Salvation. I LOVED that book. Surely nothing could top it, right?

I am not sure if Hard As Stone topped it because I really love Cain, BUT, if it didn’t, it is right up there with it. I loved loved loved Hard As Stone. (That is a triple love there you see.)

453 pages read in one day.


I could not put this book down. It was one of those books that had me carrying my iPad around the house with me, to the store, outside while the kid
Miranda Whore
Review for Hard as Stone by Sarah O’Rourke

Hard as Stone. HARD AS STONE. Whew. Let me just tell you, every single book I read by Sarah O’Rourke just gets better and better. I have fallen head over heels in love with how Sarah spins a tale. Her characters are always well developed and spot on to how the type of person would act, react, etc — her alpha men are freakin’ alpha all the dang way. Make you pant, make you shake your kindle in annoyance at the pig-headedness, make you swoon, and drench yo
Beatriz Perez
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Drop what you are doing and read this book!!!!

This is book two in the Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters Series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Once I opened the first page I couldn't put it down (I took a couple of breaks in the two days it took me to read it cause I was on vacation, lol). The book is well written, in true Sarah O'Rourke fashion. The characters, most of which we met in book one are hard not to love, and the new ones as well. This book will take you on a
Cindy ~
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series is about 4 sisters who live in a small town in Paradise, Tennessee. The sisters are extremely close and work together in the family restaurant/bar that their parents owned and they inherited when they died. Each sister has had something traumatic in one form or another happen to them that still haunts them. It takes their faith and the men that are in their lives to help them overcome their tragedies.

Harmony McKinnon is the oldest of the sisters and the only one that has been previo
The second Jacob Stone met Harmony McKinnon, he knew she was his one. Jacob had to tread delicately with Harmony for a few reasons, the biggest the reason he is there. Jacob is an undercover DEA agent and Harmony's ex has ties to the man who led to his sisters death. He has been hunting his trail for years and wont stop until he has his revenge.

Harmony has not dated since she divorced his sadistic ex, everything about Jacob screams bad boy but Harmony finds she is also learning to trust him. Ja
Renee at Book Happiness
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series. When I read the first one I was blown away and I thought NOTHING could top that one but I was WRONG. This was such a good book. I fell in love with Jacob as much as I fell in love with Cain in the first one. This author is fast becoming a must read author for me.....
Susan W
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku, z2015, pov-both
It was well written sexy story with lots of action but I wish the author would have developed their relationship better. It pretty much started out with him saying we are together forever, end of.
Much better than book 1 but dragged a bit in the storytelling. Will be looking for Abel and Patience's book when it comes out.
Book Snob Sue
Mmmm, mmmmm, mmmm, love me some Jake. You all can have the rest of the McKinnon girls men, but Jake is mine. He is one of my favorite characters in this group. You know how some people can just do no matter what they do, that’s my Jake. This man had me when he first got there, his honesty is refreshing, he never holds back what he thinks and never apologizes either. Yeah, he does keep why he’s there from Harmony, but he was trying to protect her and make sure the family was not involv ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard as Stone

When undercover DEA agent Jacob Stone comes into town all his preconceived notions about Harmony goes out the window. She and her sisters are loved by everyone in their hometown. But bad things happen. When her abusive ex husband comes back old memories come to light. Is Jake the right man to help her out? What about the past? Will there be answers to what happened to Honor? This is the second book in this series. And so far I have lived them.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intense family drama

This book was such an intense story. It's filled with lots of drama from an extremely close family, some terrible characters, terrible deeds and some amazingly protective family and friends. That made this one very interesting story that pulled me in and kept my attention until the very last word.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I'm loving this town called Paradise and these four crazy sisters. This was a much longer book than the first one. A lot of past stuff came up that made my heart hurt. I loved Jake and Harmony and Heaven was super cute. I cannot wait to read patience and Abel's story next.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Great great story. The characters are fantastic. I did get a little confused trying to keep track of who everyone was. But great story flow, drama, heartache, crazy drama, and love
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

Loved loved loved this book intrigued suspense excellent read great second book in series can't wait to read more recommend giving the author a try
Angela Deforge
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap!! Hard as Stone is one hot read! This is one of those books I went into expecting more suspense than romance but man was I pleasantly surprised. Sarah O’Rourke has masterfully written a great thrill ride with action, drama and really, really hot sex. I love the all the characters in this book, the sister are priceless and lil miss.Heaven had me in stiches. Let’s just say you will never hear “the farm and the del” again without cracking up. This book will have you from the word go. Sara ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 n
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness! This book had me laughing, crying, hoping, afraid, pissed off, & back to laughing so hard I was crying. It was a great read! The characters are fun & loving. The storyline is intriguing and keeps you wanting more. I wish I could step inside and live in Paradise with the McKinnon family.
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May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hard As Stone (Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters #2) by Sarah O'Rourke

Jacob "The Widowmaker" and Harmony "The Nice One"


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 Heave
What Worked For Me:
WOW! Just….simply put….WOW! There are not enough adequate words to describe how completely my mind was blown reading Hard As Stone! Sarah O’Rourke ratchets things up a notch in book 2 of this series…and by things I mean EVERYTHING, the suspense, the drama, the laughter, the tears and the deeply sexual and highly erotic relationship between the next McKinnon Sister and her deliciously hunky hero!!!! Harmony McKinnon is our heroine in this book and I adore her. She has not had i
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy moly!

I do not know where to even begin. This series has me so hooked and emotionally invested in all the characters. I love all of them and Jake Stone is at the top of my love list.
Lustful Literature
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

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 kin
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Passion in Paradise (8 books)
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