True North

Liora Blake
True North
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Pocket Star
Release Date
April 2015
Book 1 of True Series
Contemporary Romance

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?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jul 17, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
TRUE NORTH has an absolute to-die-for hero that you don't want to miss reading about.

Writer Kate Mosely met rock singer Trevor Jenkins, or Trax as he is known by his fans, in one of the promotional shows she was on for her book, and she cannot believe that he would be interested in her. Yet, Trevor shows this and even tells her almost every time. Would she let her past be a hindrance to a possible future with him?

I can understand why women (in the book) would love Trevor, and it's not because he's a rock star or that he's wealthy. It's because he doesn't stint on his emotions! What I love about TRUE NORTH is how Trevor lays himself wide open. From the start, he's made it obvious that he's sooooooooooo into Katie. Actions aside, he declares he likes her, and he was also the first to tell her he loves her. On National TV no less. While the book is written in Kate's first person point of view, we can see very clearly how much Trevor digs her. I love love Trevor and I can't help but root for him, even if who he wants is Kate Mosely, who I think doesn't deserve him. (LOL) In fact, I don't know what he sees in her. He chases after her, she rebuffs him; he gives and gives and gives and is grateful for whatever crumbs she gives him in return. *shakes head* I really don't see it. Perhaps he likes her "unattainability"?

And, you know how, at the end of the story, there has to be a grand gesture from the hero (usually) to win over the heroine? Or, if he's hurt the heroine, he has to do much grovelling to get into her good graces? Well, in this case, it's Kate who has to do the gesture, and I think she falls short. I would've loved more grovel from her, please.

Kate, as I've mentioned above, is the one who's reserved. Having experienced tragedy in her life, her actions are understandable, but many times, I had to stifle the urge to knock her up the head for hurting Trevor due to her reluctance. Still, her voice is engaging, and she has these witty observations and comments that sometimes make me laugh out loud. Speaking of witty, I seriously love her back-and-forth banter with Trevor, and it's noteworthy, especially the ones at the start of the book.

The sex scenes are hot and plentiful, and there was one that was raw, super hot and raunchy--the one after Kate attended one of Trax's concerts. Okay, I've no problem with many graphic sex scenes. It's just, I would've loved it if the later scenes had portrayed more intimacy and connection than just how hot and desperate they always seem to be for each other, since they know more about each other by that time.

The 4 stars is mainly for Trevor. Read this, and fall in love with him. How can you not fall for a guy who said amazing things like this? (The "anon" and "doth" part is due to Kate's request.)

"Anon, woman! What do I have to do, hire a skywriter? Anon! Trevor doth like Kate! Trevor doth want to see her gorgeous little face again!"

Oh, and the cover rocks! Seriously, those abs...those arms... yum!

Looking for a great book to take to the beach? Look no further! The best thing is, the second book, True Devotion, which tells Simon and Devon's (Trevor's sister) story is also now available, where you can see further glimpses of Trevor in his life with Kate after their story ends here.
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