True North (True #1) by Liora Blake

Posted April 7, 2015 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

True North (True #1) by Liora BlakeTrue North by Liora Blake
Also by this author: True Devotion, True Divide, First Step Forward (Grand Valley, #1), Second Chance Season, Ready for Wild
Series: True #1
Published by Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster on April 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 334
Format: eARC

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What happens when a bad-boy celebrity rocker meets a small-town bestselling novelist? Find out in this first book in the sizzling new True series by Liora Blake!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?

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Review by Karen

You can imagine that as a book blogger I read a lot. I average a book a day, mostly I read to review, but others are just books that spark my interest. I can pretty much pick the wheat from the chaff.   I will give you a little insight into the genre of contemporary romance, some authors are good, some authors are mediocre, and some are outstanding. Some authors start out outstanding and because of either pressure or maybe the only had one book in them they end up being mediocre. I sometimes blame their lack of foresight, as they bang out their other books, thinking that they can bang out books like an assembly line not something that is truly meant to be art.   What a lot of books are becoming is assembly line produced products meant to keep their “reader/fans” happy. What ends up is a poorly written book, that has rehashed plots and characters. Then an author like Liora Blake makes her debut entry into literature with True North, and her competition should set up and take notice. Mediocre writing in competition to Blake’s book will make those assembly line novels seem pedestrian in comparison.   Those undistinguished books that are cluttering up the romance genre need to take notice; as a new romance writer is on the scene and who shockingly writes an entire book, not just hot sex scenes. (It should be noted this reviewer does like a hot sex scene, but she does need more than sex to keep her engine puttering along.)

Liora Blake’s True North, is a tale of rock star Trevor ‘Trax’ Jenkins and novelist ‘Kate Mosely worlds colliding.   Yes, the plot isn’t new; but what makes this book fresh, witty, and charming is that the way the material is handled is brilliant. Neither of the main characters are virgins. They are both pushing thirty. OMG, that is so freaking OLD. (It should be noted that this reviewer is forty nine so, thirty seems like young folk to her) Lately in the book world if the characters can buy beer legally no one wants to read it. Or god forbid the people have had lives before they meet.   Blake’s characters talk and act like adults and it was written in such a way that the book had me grinning throughout, as I mentioned before, the book is witty. I have read rom-coms that don’t have as many good lines in them as this book. The humor is genuine and never over the top or contrite, the dialogue and Kate’s inner monologue does not try to be funny, it actually is funny.   The romance is heartwarming and genuine, as both of the characters are likable people, and I was drawn to their romance from the start.  I think this is a book that honestly you have to have lived life to enjoy it.  If you haven’t truly lived life you may not get the book.

This book truly needs to be put on your to be read list, as those of you who read my reviews know I don’t give five stars out like beads at Mardi Gras, so know these five stars are well deserved.


About Liora Blake

Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado. Although her path to here was paved with a million detours, plenty of pitfalls, and many a crisis of faith, she thinks it’s a pretty amazing place to be. She writes because it’s what she’s always wanted to do, she writes novels because she likes to tell the whole story, and she writes romance because a happily ever after is the best kind of story to tell.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

Liora is represented by Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency.

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