True North #7
By Sarina Bowen
Release Date: January 28th, 2020
An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.
Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.
But I know better than to confess.
Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.
Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.
But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.
I am a devout lover of book series and Sarina Bowen’s True North series is my type of kryptonite. I just love book series that involve a whole bunch of different interconnected characters. And the Shipley family is one such story that grabs you and keeps you entertained throughout the different stories.
Readers of the True North series have been introduced to younger brother Dylan Shipley several times throughout the series. Heartland is Dylan’s story. Mix in characters who’s origins stem from Sarina’s Goodbye Paradise story, and you have a thrilling new story.
Dylan is now an adult and off at college, away from the Shipley farm. Well, not entirely away seeing that he’s within driving distance and able to come running when his help is needed. He’s also the (unknowingly) crush of his friend and neighbor Chastity. Chastity is the “cousin” of the family living on the farm next door to the Shipleys – a recent transplant who escaped from the polygamist cult she had been raised in back in Wyoming. Chastity is quickly learning the ways of the world – broadening her horizons now that she’s living amongst real people and experiencing life out from under the tight constraints of the cult she was brought up in.
This story has several interconnecting stories laced within it. You have the Shipley family dynamic – how Dylan and his older brother Griff work and communicate with one another. There is Dylan’s guilt and resentment he is still dealing with since the death of his father years before. And then there is Chastity and her adapting to a new lifestyle while still struggling with the guilt she is feeling due to facing her desires and how they conflict with the message of the cult and the brainwashing she was subjected to while growing up.
There is also a romance story line. It wouldn’t be a Sarina novel if there wasn’t a love story intermingled within. And this one is hot and steamy. This can be read as a standalone…but there is just so much extra if you happen to read the other books in the series.