Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ARC Review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

(True North #2)
by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

4.5 'redeeming' stars

Before I started on Steadfast, I thought this is going to be one hell of an angsty read and I'm scared. From what I knew of Jude's background fromBittersweet, he was a junkie and he indirectly gotten his girlfriend's brother killed. It sounds like some heavy baggage and drama looming in the horizon. So I was quite surprised that although Steadfast is a much heavier and serious read compare to Bittersweet, it isn't fill with angst.

What will happen when the ex-convict is back in town and reunite with his first love? 

Sophie, is the daughter of the local police chief and her family is wrecked after her brother passed away. Her father blaming Sophie for dating the wrong guy is making matter worse. But no matter how much her life sucks, she didn't blame Jude for her misfortune. She is angry at him, simply because he cut her off from his life after he was incarnated.

I like Sophie from the get go. She seems so forgiving, kind and compassionate, even to the man who everyone painted as the bad guy. She is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, understand his situation and being supportive of his road to recovery. Despite his father obvious hatred, she doesn't have it in her to shun the man she once loved and still do.


Jude is an admirable hero. Even though he is an ex-junkie, who will be forever be label as an ex-con and a recovering addict, he never once attempt to shift any blame. He totally owned up to his mistake, which make him such an admirable person and he is ready to make amend. Though sometimes he did throw a pity party on his unworthiness for Sophie.


At first, I find it hard to understand why isn't Sophie hating Jude's guts.Hello, he guy killed your brother. It just seems strange to me. But once I get the little flashback on their time together before everything that happened, I finally understand. They have this special bond between them that had me swooning with the way young Jude treated his girl. Is no wonder his girl want him back, he totally deserve it.

I don't want to give away the juicy part of the story, which is the main plot that surround both Jude and Sophie in their way for their HEA. Let's just say there is a good twist in the horizon filled with suspense and I love the way Sarina plotted it. Is pure genius.


A special mentioned to the Shipley's clan. I just missed them so much, especially Griffin. I'm glad Jude has a bunch of supporting friends who are there for him when he needed them most. I can't wait for Zach's story and not knowing who will be his special lady/man is making me even more intrigued.