Friday, August 12, 2016

Man of Honor (Passion in Paradise #4) by Sarah O'Rourke *~*~*~*~* Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Review

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 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 (Passion in Paradise #4) by Sarah O'Rourke
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars:  5

Finally!! The paradise story we've been waiting for!!

If you haven't met the Paradise, Tennessee clan you'll want to, though I advise starting at the beginning with Cain's Salvation. This is the fourth full length novel and I believe there are a few novellas in the middle somewhere too. Back to this story, we all know Zeke has claimed Honor as his own for the last six years, but in this story will she turn him away for good or reciprocate his feelings? And now a bit about the story...

Honor still has two of the five men who brutally attacked her out there. One seems to be back, causing cut brake lines and other mischief. Zeke has declared her life in harm and put her in his protective custody. Though she worries what the town will think with him living there and them not being married, he could care less. And if the way she clings to him after her nightly terrors or the passionate kisses he's been getting are anything to go buy, it would seem she doesn't care either. But when he stages an intervention she feels he's has crossed the line and kicks him out, opting for the newest town additional, a former drug lord, to live with her, on the couch of course. Is it so long Sheriff or will her come around??

Favorite passages:
- “I don’t want a roommate,” she grumbled a minute later as she lowered her head and stared at him with a wrinkled nose. “Me either; I want a wife, but we’re all being forced to make compromises for the cause,” Zeke shared lightly, chuckling aloud when Honor shot him a look that promised a grim death if he used the word ‘wife’ again.
- “An asshat?”“If the sombrero fits, amigo,” Diego murmured as he directed an evil grin toward the other man.
- But I wanna try to be normal for you.” ... “Stop right there, Kitten. There’s something I need you to understand and that’s that normal is just a cycle on the dishwasher that doesn’t even get the plates clean half the time.”
- Prince Charming is only interested in finding happily-ever-after with his fair and untouched princess. First, Ezekiel isn't that superficial; if you asked him, he'd tell you that prince fella was a pansy. And second, he knows good and well that I don't believe in fairy tales."
- “The unknown usually is both scary and intimidating. It doesn’t mean it isn’t worth exploring.
- I may never forgive you for convincing my husband to join your breastmilk brigade. I love my kids, but seriously, I miss my tequila,”
- “Okay, I’ll tell her, but if doves start flying out of her ass, I’m blamin’ you, wedding day or not,” her outspoken sister replied.

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.”


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!



  1. Thank you so much for sharing and for your wonderful review <3 <3

    1. My pleasure!! I love these stories and can't wait for the next... Hoping it will be Ice's