Monday, July 18, 2016

Spotlight #review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen


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.

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 As much as I liked Bittersweet, the first book of this series, I was completely taken aback by the rawness and the beauty that is Steadfast.
When we first met Jude in Bittersweet we knew a bit of his background, what we we never imagined was  the extent of the emotions he was holding back, the regret, the loss he suffered. Sarina wrote a character that in the eyes of most is a complete screwed up, a man who paid a high price for a crime he committed while under the influence of drugs. The absolute honesty in which the author approached his disease and his fight to stay clean is one of the things that impressed me the most about this story. It felt so real, so painful, I felt like I was there fighting with Jude every second of every day.
His desire for the drugs that destroyed his life was there, but he wanted to show himself and the world that he was a fighter, that he was going to make it through the hurdle without feeding his body with the poison that had brought so much torment into his life.
Enter Sophie, Jude's ex, who haven't spoken to him in a few years. There's a world of hurt between them, but the love they have for each other is pure, intense, everlasting.
Little by little we see Jude start to walk on the right path, and despite a set back, he's a fighter, he shows the world how strong he really is body and soul. And through it all Sophie is there, encouraging him to be a better man not only for himself but also for her and their future. Aside from having the Shipley family helping Jude, there are also other characters that add such depth to this story.
This is truly one of the most beautiful books I've read this year, from the storyline to the well crafted characters, Sarina Bowen takes the reader on a heartfelt journey of loss, real struggles to survive the horrible disease that is addiction, forgiveness, and hope.
A MUST read without a doubt!

About the Author

 Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

COMING IN 2016: Two New Series!

Stay tuned for a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North, and hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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