Nov 8, 2016

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

PLEASE ALLOW ME to introduce you to baby Lincoln (cover), my little star in New York Times and USA Today award-winning author Melissa Foster's new contemporary romance Tru Blue. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win one of two e-books of River of Love (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor 3).

 

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

 

  SUMMARY  

***Contains mature elements that may not be suitable for YA readers.***

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.

Publication Date is November 9th 2016: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

Genres: Adult, Romance

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 3 out of 5

WITH A UNIQUELY endearing and emotional voice that instantly pulled me in, Melissa Foster’s Tru Blue is a tender and bittersweet contemporary romance that entwines the heart of a man who stands to lose everything and a woman with everything to give.

Truman Gritt, or Tru, is hard, seductive, and selfless. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for his family—even going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. By contrast, Gemma Wright has been raised on the other side of the law. She’s annoyingly invasive, yet also disarming—even charming—and completely giving.

Truman and Gemma’s instant attraction becomes more interesting when Ms. Foster introduces conflict-driven moments involving drug addiction, loneliness and abandonment, infertility, and unexpected parenthood that tests their bond. However, I felt that the dilemmas were resolved fairly quickly and even a little too easily. Though, fans of romance will enjoy the alacrity in which Ms. Foster takes readers to the “honeymoon” phase of Truman and Gemma’s relation filled with easy bantering and sensual late night trysts.

The vortex that centered around Truman and Gemma’s courtship reached out and folded in the secondary characters in a very delightful way. Particularly, I enjoyed Gemma’s best friend, Crystal. She was unapologetically confident and ruthlessly sassy. Crystal added a much welcomed humor. Truman’s baby brother Lincoln (cover) and sister Kennedy were quite adorable, as well, and will tug at the heartstrings of many readers. I thought the supporting characters provided a strong character witness for Truman and Gemma, making them more relatable and certainly more likable.

Tru Blue is a raw and heart-expanding story that also highlights the startling realities of serious issues. Yet, there is always the lingering euphoria of hope, happiness, and romance that percolated through. It’s the literary version of comfort food.

{Thank you to the author or publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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  GIVEAWAY  

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