Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

Steadfast by Sarina BowenSteadfast By/Door Sarina Bowen
Serie: True North, #2
Uitgever/Publisher Rennie Road Books Op/On July 10th 2016
ISBN: 1942444184
Genres: Romance
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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.

Waarschuwing: dit boek bevat seks, drugs/alcohol of geweld.
Warning: this book contains sex, drugs/alcohol or violence

My review of Steadfast:

Whatever you call it, there was an ache inside me that I longed to soothe. And I moved through each day a little lost, trying to fill an empty spot in my soul. But it never went away. Five months out of rehab, I still felt it all the time. It showed up when I was stressed or bored. It showed up when I was tired or underfed. Sometimes it showed up even when everything was going well. It was never, ever going to stop. There was no cure. You just lived with it. The end.

Writing style:

I’ve said it before: I love Sarina. She is one of my examples. Visual, full of show and with great characters. Smooth and humorous, yet serious. This is the writing style that I love.

But it takes courage to want things, and to pursue them. Staying numb means you can never be disappointed.

What do I think of Steadfast?

I was already in love with the mysterious Jude in Bittersweet. And now? Now I am hopelessly lost. That kid has had a lot of bad luck in his life and I want to make it better for him. For real.

Fortunately there is Sophie. And luckily she sees Jude for who he really is.

Man, I’m so jealous of Sophie. I really want to trade. * puts Jude in her fictional bed with all my fictional men. Slut that I am. *

It was so beautiful. Many serious problems, but beautifully worked out. If you love Colleen Hoover, you will love this too!

At rehab they always said: “Move a muscle, change a thought.” So that’s what I did

Conclusion

I loved it. I want more!

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