Review: Tru Blue

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Tru Blue
Tru Blue by Melissa Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gushy, sexy, hearts and flowers story.

“The heart doesn’t care about bloodlines or birth parents. It just seems to know how to love in the same way our lungs know how to breathe.”

What would you do if you fell in love with the perfect man and then found out he’s not so perfect after all? Good girl Gemma Wright was born with a silver spoon but she’ll probably never have her own fairytale. Even knowing she can’t have kids of her own hasn’t stopped her from wanting her own knight in shining armor who’ll love and protect her and his family. But when she meets the perfect man for her, can she look past his tattoos, hard edges and conviction?

“Beneath all that rough armor was the kindest, gentlest, most loyal man she could ever imagine.”

Truman Gritt would damn himself in order to protect his family. As a matter a fact, that’s exactly what he did when he falsely confessed he killed a man thinking it was the best way to safeguard his younger brother. But after being released from prison, his brother still needs help and so do his infant siblings his crack head mother left to fend for themselves. When he meets the stunning and pushy princess boutique owner, can he trust her to let her into his heart and unstable life?

“This man. This incredible man should be too damaged to know how to love. Too broken to want to embrace life. And yet here he stood, her pillar of strength, revealing all his weaknesses and fears, baring his tormented soul.”

I think this is the first time this year I’ll be able to say “this is my first book by author” Melissa Foster. Ever since 2016 started I’ve been up to my eyeballs in reviews. Granted, they’ve all been by authors I know so they’ve all been great. I can’t complain. But it’s nice to be able to say that I’ve found myself a new author I want to follow. Melissa Foster writes a lovely heart rendering story about hope and love.

“He’d known tragedy, desperation, and destitution. He was a survivor, a savior to his siblings and mother. He should be crumbling, but his painful past had etched composure and dignity into his handsome face.”

Skillfully and movingly written, Tru Blue makes Truman’s pain and distress for his family palpable as he continues to sacrifice himself after a six year stint in jail and now lovingly and without a doubt takes charge of his two tiny siblings even when he has no clue about fatherhood. But with the help of the gorgeous and nosy Gemma he’s not only balancing work and parenting but also a love life he hadn’t expected or thought he ever deserved.

Truman is not just lover and a fighter, he’s a felon and father who was determined to do the right thing by everyone in his life and Gemma is perfect for him, she’s goodness personified, brightening his life and helping him guide his way. The plot is good and kept me engaged throughout and who wouldn’t fall for a gorgeous bad boy adoringly carrying around a baby and a toddler?

Love, of course, is a prime factor. Love not just for family and friends but for that which truly matters, the things that only the heart can see, like trust, loyalty, humility, respect and protectiveness. All the things both hero and heroine have in spades.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I liked the fact that several issues like abandonment and addiction where broached but it didn’t feel like they overwhelmed the story. As I mentioned before, this is my first Melissa Foster book but I have a feeling we got cameos by characters from past books and glimpses of characters of book to come. Which is something I definitely look forward to.

Tru Blue is an absolutely swoony standalone contemporary romance by Melissa Foster. Written from both points of view without unnecessary angst or over the top drama and a very happy ending.

4.5 Tru Blue stars

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Tasty Book Tours. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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