Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Spitfire Lacey Mosely feels stuck in a life she didnÔÇÖt necessarily want. But will she find a happy ending with the man who broke her heart?
Liora Blake concludes her witty and poignant True series with this spirited romance.
What do you do when the one boy you were never quite able to forget lands on your doorstep?
Lacey Mosely feels stuck: in her rural town of Crowell, Montana, at her job as manager of The Beauty Barn, and in her lackluster love life. Enter Jake Holt, one-time misfit and LaceyÔÇÖs secret high school love. Ten years later, Jake is a private pilot whose travels take him all over the world, and once he shows up in LaceyÔÇÖs life againÔÇöat the most unexpected timeÔÇöhe canÔÇÖt seem to stay away. Now itÔÇÖs up to Lacey to decide if sheÔÇÖs ready to let go of the pastÔÇªand take a leap of faith for love.
I am completely smitten! Liora Blake is a new author to me, and receiving the opportunity to review True Divide was a lucky windfall.┬á Reading the last in series FIRST is not ideal, but I read the synopsis and figured IÔÇÖd give it a go. And IÔÇÖm so very glad I did. True Divide is one of those smartly sweet contemporary romances where the characters are so wonderfully written thatÔÇÖs it easy to fall into the story and latch on.
True Divide explores life in a small town in Crowley Montana. Our heroine Lacey has been coasting along, running the town ÔÇ£Beauty ParlorÔÇØ ( as itÔÇÖs named) and living an existence that she calls ÔÇ£…safe and stiflingÔÇªÔÇØ Things get exciting for her when her very secret high school ÔÇÿboyfriendÔÇØ lands back in town and the draw they feel toward each other is unstoppable.┬á┬á What we get to watch is just how the two start weaving themselves in a togetherness they never knew.
Liora Blake seems to have a knack for creating genuine characters who have crazy reasoning skills, who may or may not be able to cook, and with whom I share the┬á same attraction with animal cracker cookies (unfrosted for me).┬á The story is from Laceys point of view and I was immediately endeared to her. I bonded with her silliness and in fact learned some new terms; ÔÇ£mope-tasicallyÔÇØ and ÔÇ£lumbersexual deliciousÔÇØ. But my favorite thing about Lacey is her magical thinking and her Mantra: ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs simple: nothing bad can happen to you as long as youÔÇÖre wearing a cute outfitÔÇØ. SheÔÇÖs got a lot of nothing going on, then bam, sheÔÇÖs got the boy turned boy back in her life and everything goes off course..
I was enamored with Jake immediately and that feeling just kept growing. He was pretty damn perfect (well, until he wasnÔÇÖt).┬á But while he was, I found him to be funny, sweet, and sexy and I loved his┬ápassion life. Lacey and Jake are such contrasting characters who fit together so well. Jake and Lacey donÔÇÖt really know what they are, what they have, but why label it? I was good with that. But, relationships being what they are, life-event changes impact the natural direction that seem to be on and without a charted path, with a map ( especially for these two), things┬áeasily┬áget┬ámucked up.┬á They really have led completely different lives so it goes reason there will be some drama. Blake gets us through this by ensuring that Lacey and Jake share in the blame. I like that I didnÔÇÖt have to chose one over the other (although I was strongly leaning towards JakeÔÇÖs side).
Finally, the secondary characters really stand out and drive the storyline.┬á First thereÔÇÖs LaceyÔÇÖs ex named Dusty (idiot), Ruth Ann (shrewd motherly figure to Lacey) and finally Kate and Trevor, (sister and brother-in-law respectively).. What I learn about┬á Kate and Trevor in this book led me to purchase books 1 and 2 in the series ÔÇ£Truth NorthÔÇØ and ÔÇ£True DevotionÔÇØ that tells you that you can read each of these as stand-alones. It also tells you Liora Blake’s story-telling is solid. I have no doubt I will love these stories as well.
I highly recommend True Divide – its a great romance, the type that made me feel every range in emotion with characters that are easy to adore.┬á The storyline flows so well you’re likely to find youÔÇÖre going through it quicker than you might want. I was happy to spend time with Lacey and Jake and you will be too.
~Review by Cyndi