Published by World Literary Press on November 9th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Ovaries Decimated! Gosh, I have never said that about a book before. Sure I’ve had mad love for some characters, but Truman Gritt is the embodiment of the type of man that made me feel the warm fuzzies in a manner I haven’t experienced in a long time (sorry husband o’ mine). Initially I was attracted to the cover of the book, and for good reason because it portrays Tru exactly as I see him. So, what does he do to elevate himself to this level of adoration?
For starters, Tru is an honorable man that has sacrificed years of his life, his freedom, ┬áfor his family. It’s a wonder he feels so compelled to step in and help once again. But this “last time” will change everything about his life in the most beautiful way. Melissa Foster created a spectacular story line with characters that completely captivated me. From the moment Tru meets his new siblings he’s got a new life plan.
The story kicks into gear as Tru sets out to protect his toddler sister Kennedy and baby brother Lincoln. Through this process, getting them fed and clothed, he meets his god-send in Gemma Wright. Gemma has her own unique type of family dysfunction so they have this in common. Both are damaged but they are also two very hopeful people. Gemma is a wonderfully sympathetic character, but make no mistake, she’s strong willed and such a great match for Tru. She connects with him on a cellular┬álevel, almost like fate brought them together. The physical chemistry is very sensual and so easily felt by the reader. The lengths that they will go to for each other, from pretty much the start are really inspiring. There is some drama and it completely makes sense with the story line. I always appreciate when it’s not manufactured or driven by two people not communicating. In fact, it’s Tru’s desire to be honest with Gemma that causes hesitation on her part.
The characters that surround Tru and Gemma are simply wonderful. The Whiskey family and Gemma’s best friend Crystal provide humor and much needed support as Tru and Gemma are faced with both of their families trying to muck things up for them. If “Tooman’s” gallant nature wasn’t enough to melt me, Foster gives us the SWEETEST little girl in Kennedy. Every scene she is in made me smile and warmed me up, inside out. While the story is derived from a sad situation, this isn’t an angsty, gut churning read. It’s truly a story about love and hope and forgiveness because that’s just what Tru brings. Foster does a fabulous job closing out the story and now I’m anxious for the release of Wild Whiskey Nights. I detected some serious sparks be between Bear and Crystal. 5++ stars, #MustRead recommendation and 2016 favorite.
~Review by Cyndi
“Several emotional topics — such as drug addiction, abandonment, infertility and unexpectedly becoming a parent — are easily woven together without making the story feel crowded or overdone. Foster writes exceptional characters that keep readers thinking long after the book is finished… The dynamic members of the Whiskey family are the foundation that holds the group together and they are exactly the reason we’re taught not to judge. Let’s hope we hear more from all of them!” -RT Book Reviews
“Sexy and Heartbreaking….I simply adored this beautifully written romance.” -Tasty Book PR
“Ms. Foster, went for the gut with Truman and Gemma. Tru Blue is more than a romance, it is a story of love, a story of hope and a story of courage. 10 + stars.” -Night Owl Reviews
“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner
“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” -NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak