Review – Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

November 9, 2016 Review 2

Review – Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

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.

Title: Tru Blue
Author: Melissa Foster
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Chased by Love, Crushing on Love, Tempting Tristan
Published by Smashwords
Source: Author
Published: November 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 300
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review
Melissa Foster

I have to believe people like Truman Gritt really exists.  It’s incredibly heartwarming to think someone can go through hell and not be broken by it.  Tru is such a good guy despite about the worse childhood imaginable.  Gemma Wright’s wealthy upbringing seems the complete opposite on the surface but a deeper look proves that privilege isn’t enough. Her lack of parental love and attention was horrible too.  Neither has enjoyed the unconditional love all kids deserve so how can they possibly find their happily ever after?

The story of their meeting is touching, humorous and unique.  Very cleverly written.

To make Tru’s life even worse, he took the fall for his brother and spent years in prison.  A horrible experience to live through and a sure showstopper to ever having a relationship with a woman of Gemma’s stature.  Gemma does initially find it difficult to accept Tru’s past until she reflects on all his admirable qualities and realizes he’s a better man than most who don’t have a criminal record. This book is a good reminder to not judge someone based on their tattoos or their past.

Despite their adversities, Tru and Gemma have such a capacity to love each other and Tru’s two innocent siblings.   My heart sighed “ah” every time he kissed Lincoln’s head or lifted Kennedy in his arms. He’s so patient, openly caring and devoted to his little brother and sister. Gemma quickly becomes attached to Tru and the kids and the four become an almost instant family.  All of which works perfectly in this book.

The heat between Gemma and Tru is off the charts and the sex is amazing maybe because from the beginning it’s more than just physical attraction between these two.  Tru, Gemma, their friends, even Tru’s drug addicted brother are all wonderfully crafted, likeable characters.  I cared about them all.

Foster delivers a well-written, sexy story with the right mix of funny, titillating and touching.

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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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Truman Gritt



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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.

Peaceful Harbor

2 Responses to “Review – Tru Blue by Melissa Foster”

  1. Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

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