Tru Blue by Melissa Foster
Published by World Literary Press on November 9th 2016
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TRU BLUE is a USA Today Bestseller
Imagine falling in love with a man, then finding out he was a killer...TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women's fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.
He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover...
There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family--Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people's lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman's dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he'll be faced with his toughest decision yet.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I am going to have to fess up, the image of a guy cradling a baby on the cover is adorable! That coupled with the synopsis certainly caught my attention. What’s not to love about a story with a gorgeous guy who has a heart of gold and just happens to have a cute couple of kids in his care! The way they come into Truman’s life is tragic, but this is where the darkness ended for me. It was sad, but the positive environment they now found themselves in, while not perfect, met all their basic needs. When Gemma runs into Truman with the children at the shops, it was a good fate for them and the children.
Gemma is from a privileged background she found stifling. Determined to make it on her own, she sets up her own business geared around kids having fun. Her colleague, Crystal sparked my interest, and I am hoping she gets to feature in a future book. Together they add a lot of cheer to the story and bounce situations off each other when the need arises.
Truman has a dark past, but he comes across as a good guy and spends the majority of his time thinking of others. Gemma strikes the jackpot with Truman in more ways than one. Not only are they great together, but he has what she wants, and she knows what he needs. Together they make a good team, slipping into each other’s lives with ease.
True Blue is a saying that has found itself in Aussie vernacular, and there’s a well-known folk song by the same title. This story is not a retelling of the folk song, but there is a resemblance in the pace. It was easy and warmed your heart with its familiarity. There were dark elements to the story, but they remained secondary to Truman and Gemma’s relationship.
The first half of the book was delightful. For a lover of suspense and dark reads, it blew me away that a book that was akin to finding a good parenting magazine when you first discover you’re pregnant could captivate me as much as it did. Then reality hit, and it was the mundane aspects of life that filtered through. As a parent, I related to the joys and the day to day life that was playing out. Readers who enjoy contemporary romance and prefer to avoid angst will enjoy this story. Not expecting a sweet story, I found myself needing to push through a lot after the halfway mark.
At 80% though, the story picks up and once again my focus returns. There were sections of the book where situations went into a lot of depth, and yet other issues could have been fleshed out more. The third person narrative gave way to repetition, confirming a character’s stance but not anything new.
While I had frustrations with some aspects of the story, I adored the time spent with the little ones. It was when the story moved away from them for me it began to lose its appeal. A couple of the characters have left me curious enough to consider continuing with the series. While not the kind of book I anticipated, I am sure a lot of readers will appreciate the gentle nature of the story while not being overwhelmed by the dark catalyst that sparked Truman into meeting the children who brought such joy and chaos into his life.
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