Monday, July 11, 2016

Steadfast (True North, #2) by Sarina Bowen

Steadfast (True North, #2)

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.

I was intrigued by Jude in book 1 and am so happy to have had his story told. His journey was definitely a tough one.

This book is sweet and sad. It's a second chance romance with a mysterious feel to it. I was trying to put the pieces together myself!!

Jude struggled to get back to a normal life after prison. Add to that rehab and moving back to the town where it all went wrong didn't make for an easy task.

I enjoyed the connection these two had. Despite the incredible obstacles and pain they went through, their love never waned. 

Jude's life and story is so very different than Griff's, and I greatly enjoyed the inclusion of all the characters from book 1 and how everyone's lives just intertwine with each other's. 

Amazon US / UK

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