Tour Info for TRU BLUE by Melissa Foster

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He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover…

 

TRU BLUE
A Sexy Standalone Romance
Melissa Foster
Releasing Nov 9th, 2016

 

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.



Tru Blue
Tru Blue by Melissa FosterMy 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

Excerpt

Chapter One

TRUMAN GRITT LOCKED the door to Whiskey Automotive and stepped into the stormy September night. Sheets of rain blurred his vision, instantly drenching his jeans and T-shirt. A slow smile crept across his face as he tipped his chin up, soaking in the shower of freedom. He made his way around the dark building and climbed the wooden stairs to the deck outside his apartment. He could have used the interior door, but after being behind bars for six long years, Truman took advantage of the small pleasures he’d missed out on, like determining his own schedule, deciding when to eat and drink, and standing in the fucking rain if he wanted to. He leaned on the rough wooden railing, ignoring the splinters of wood piercing his tattooed forearms, squinted against the wetness, and scanned the cars in the junkyard they used for parts—and he used to rid himself of frustrations. He rested his leather boot on the metal box where he kept his painting supplies. Truman didn’t have much—his old extended-cab truck, which his friend Bear Whiskey had held on to for him while he was in prison, this apartment, and a solid job, both of which were compliments of the Whiskey family. The only family he had anymore.

Emotions he didn’t want to deal with burned in his gut, causing his chest to constrict. He turned to go inside, hoping to outrun thoughts of his own fucked-up family, whom he’d tried—and failed—to save. His cell phone rang with his brother’s ringtone, “A Beautiful Lie” by 30 Seconds to Mars.

“Fuck,” he muttered, debating letting the call go to voicemail, but six months of silence from his brother was a long time. Rain pelleted his back as he pressed his palm to the door to steady himself. The ringing stopped, and he blew out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d trapped inside. The phone rang again, and he froze.

He’d just freed himself from the dredges of hell that he’d been thrown into in an effort to save his brother. He didn’t need to get wrapped up in whatever mess the drug-addicted fool had gotten himself into. The call went to voicemail, and Truman eyed the metal box containing his painting supplies. Breathing like he’d been in a fight, he wished he could paint the frustration out of his head. When the phone rang for the third time in as many minutes, the third time since he was released from prison six months ago, he reluctantly answered.

“Quincy.” He hated the way his brother’s name came out sounding like the enemy. Quincy had been just a kid when Truman went to prison. Heavy breathing filled the airwaves. The hairs on Truman’s forearms and neck stood on end. He knew fear when he heard it. He could practically taste it as he ground his teeth together.

“I need you,” his brother’s tortured voice implored.

Need me? Truman had hunted down his brother after he was released from prison, and when he’d finally found him, Quincy was so high on crack he was nearly incoherent—but it didn’t take much for fuck off to come through loud and clear. What Quincy needed was rehab, but Truman knew from his tone that wasn’t the point of the call.

Before he could respond, his brother croaked out, “It’s Mom. She’s really bad.”

Fuck. He hadn’t had a mother since she turned her back on him more than six years ago, and he wasn’t about to throw away the stability he’d finally found for the woman who’d sent him to prison and never looked back.

He scrubbed a hand down his rain-soaked face. “Take her to the hospital.”

“No cops. No hospitals. Please, man.”

A painful, high-pitched wail sounded through the phone.

“What have you done?” Truman growled, the pit of his stomach plummeting as memories of another dark night years earlier came rushing in. He paced the deck as thunder rumbled overhead like a warning. “Where are you?”

Quincy rattled off the address of a seedy area about thirty minutes outside of Peaceful Harbor, and then the line went dead.

Truman’s thumb hovered over the cell phone screen. Three little numbers—9-1-1— would extricate him from whatever mess Quincy and their mother had gotten into. Images of his mother spewing lies that would send him away and of Quincy, a frightened boy of thirteen, looking devastated and childlike despite his near six-foot stature, assailed him.

Push the buttons.

Push the fucking buttons.

He remembered Quincy’s wide blue eyes screaming silent apologies as Truman’s sentence was revealed. It was those pleading eyes he saw now, fucked up or not, that had him trudging through the rain to his truck and driving over the bridge, leaving Peaceful Harbor and his safe, stable world behind.

 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA
Today
 bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and
heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the
last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach
reads, and always family oriented. 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Tour Info for TRU BLUE by Melissa Foster

    redreviewsit said:
    November 16, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I’m currently reading this one and is also my first Foster read ever. Now I have to go read her backlist.

    Thank you for taking the time to review TRU BLUE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

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    Melissa Foster said:
    November 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    OMG, I loved your review and all the pictures, they were just precious!!! Thank you for joining the tour–you’ve made my night! XOXO

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