Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#Review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen


(True North #2)

by Sarina Bowen


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About The Book:

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

About The Series:

Bittersweet (True North 1)
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Steadfast (True North 2)
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Keepsake (True North 3)
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Praise for the True North Series:

“Utterly fantastic. Well-written romance that runs the full gamut of emotions. Oh, and did I mention steamy? This series has it all. ”
— Red Hot & Blue Reads

“I’m crazy about this series. In love with Jude and Sophie, the Shipley’s, just the whole family dynamic. EVERYTHING IS WOW.”
— Angie's Dreamy Reads

“A world that pulled me in and had me wishing I could read all day!”
— Shh Mom’s Reading

“5-stars, Top Pick! This story will break your heart and stitch it back together again.”
— Harlequin Junkie

“Another fantastic book by Sarina Bowen! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
— The Book Hookup

"Smart, funny and super sexy, Bittersweet is full of the kind of writing that makes Sarina Bowen one of my favorite author crushes."
—Author Sarah Mayberry

My Review:

Steadfast (True North, #2)Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen is the second book in her new True North series. Where book one, Bittersweet, basically was a heartwarming tale of a past encounter reappearing and two people reconnecting, Steadfast is a much more angst filled trip to the dark side. Well, it's not THAT dark, but the author holds back nothing when dealing with the addiction issues that Jude is still dealing with (and will be dealing with for the rest of his life) and with the accident that caused his imprisonment a couple of years ago not just hanging over his head but being shoved in his face now that he is back in his hometown it's all he can do to stay clean. Now let's add in the ex-girlfriend. The sister of the man he killed in the accident those years ago. The sheriff's daughter. Sophie can't believe he's back and while most people would stay away, this is Jude and she just can't. He was always the love of her life and that hasn't changed, unfortunately, despite the tragic events of that night.

What an emotional read. I mean, hello wringer, put me through, I need the feels all squished about and woken up and stuff. I absolutely loved the way this book dealt with Jude's issues, the twist that was a small ray of sunshine in the dark he was becoming consumed by, and the whole second-chance feel of it. LOVED IT!!! 

About The Author:

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

COMING IN 2016: Two New Series!

Stay tuned for a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North, and hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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