Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen [REVIEW]

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.

5 Redemption and Second Chances stars
I’ve recently started to read Sarina Bowen’s reads. Almost every book I’ve read from her has been an instant hit for me, including this series. Steadfast is a standalone and is part of the True North series. This is Jude’s story!

I will admit and say I wasn’t overly excited for Jude’s story. Remember, he’s the one that came on the farm and he just got out of prison.  I’m not a fan of drug addicts but to my surprise, I REALLY REALLY REALLY liked how Sarina Bowen wrote Jude’s story.

Steadfast is a book about changing the way people think of you and doing what’s best for yourself. It’s about pursuing love and letting the negativity go. It’s a super sweet, romantic book and I love second chances romances.

Sophie and Jude were high school lovers. Jude was the bad boy and Sophie was the daughter of the town sheriff. Jude became a drug addict and even though Sophie wasn’t aware of it, everything went out of control one night which landed Jude in prison for three years. 

The story will break your heart! When Jude gets out, he tries everything he can to stay on the straight and narrow path. He is coming back home from working on the farm and now he needs to build up money to eventually get out of the town that hates him so much. He works at his father’s shop and that’s all he does.

I really loved Jude’s story. I loved how strong he was and I LOVE reading about his inner struggle and believe me, he had tons of it. I didn’t think I would like reading about a struggling addict, but I found it really eye opening and addictive to read. Everyone hates Jude because of what he did and you can’t help but feel for the guy.

Sophie doesn’t know what to make of Jude being back. She stays out of his way but there are so many residual feelings. I really liked Sophie. I found her so strong and so smart. I wanted to squeeze her because she is an awesome Heroine. The chemistry between Jude and Sophie is crazy wild, can you imagine the tension?

So much more goes on in this book and it becomes kind of a mystery book, which I also love. Sarina went in a completely different written direction with this one and it paid off in my opinion. It was written well, the characters were super developed and I felt an emotional attachment to the story.

An ARC was provided



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Steadfast #2 AMAZON
Keepsake #3 AMAZON

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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.

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