Series: True #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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While most novelists would consider jetting off to Hollywood for a TV interview rather exciting, small-town Montana writer Kate Mosely finds it all a bit exhausting. After losing her husband in a car accident where she was behind the wheel, Kate has finally found her bearings in the world again, rebuilding a simple but stable life. And even if that means a lot of lonely nights watching old movies and quiet days writing obituaries for her hometown newspaper, Kate’s not sure she’s ready for her life to change—again.
Until she shares the stage—and a whole heap of carnal gazes—with rock star Trevor “Trax” Jenkins. Despite his intimidating on-stage bravado, underneath it Kate discovers a man with a Rilke poem tattooed on his arm, an appreciation for cronuts, and a snarky wit that matches her own.
As she and Trevor explore their heated chemistry, the scarred parts of Kate’s heart begin to heal, making room for a love so passionate it makes her want long-forgotten things equal parts naughty, heart-swelling, and joyful. But when a searing exposé in a trashy gossip magazine sends Kate running, will it threaten their chances at forever?
What a fantastic story written by a new author Liora Blake! “True North” was certainly a refreshing rocker romance for me.
In almost all of the rocker books that I’ve read so far the guys are a combination of either out of control, egotistical, sex depraved and/or immature men. That isn’t so with the hero of this book. Trevor “Trax” Jenkins sowed his wild oats early on in his career and therefore he seemed more of this serious and humble type.
That would spell “boring” for some readers but for me I found these traits were just as attractive. It definitely made for a better fit for our heroine – Kate Mosely. She was a country girl through and through but she was so much more beyond that. She was also sexy, sassy and intelligent and at first I thought she would not have a single thing in common with Trevor but the author remarkably proved me 100% wrong.
Beyond the fame and this outrageous amount of chemistry, they possessed this soul deeper connection. She made it to where you believed that they were meant to meet at that specific time and place. I thought the way that the author was able to relate the two character based on their respective personal tragedies was fantastic.
What I also found notable was how the couple took their time into getting to know each other. Although Trevor was completely enamored with her right from the beginning he had enough patience and control to let things flow naturally. I appreciated that there was an actual courtship. All of that just made me even more giddy and gooey on the inside. The romance was undeniably smoldering and passionate which was way more than expected from a debut.
I do have to admit that the pace was a little slow at the start but after contemplating about it more I came to realize that this was necessary to accomplish this terrific character development. I am not just talking about the primary characters here but also the supporting characters. That being said, I am looking forward to reading more about the other couples (particularly Lacey) in the upcoming books.
Overall, I thought “True North” was an impressive debut for this very promising new series. I would definitely recommend this book for those that enjoy a slower and more developed romance or a rockstar romance in general.