Release Day Review & Giveaway: Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

Posted November 9, 2016 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, Giveaway, New Release / 1 Comment

Release Day Review & Giveaway: Tru Blue by Melissa FosterTitle: Tru Blue
Author: Melissa Foster
Published by World Literary Press
Release Date November 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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Imagine falling in love with a man, then finding out he was a killer...

Tru Blue is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women’s fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Todaybestselling, award-winning author 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.

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Title: Tru Blue

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Author: Melissa Foster

Release Day: November 9, 2016

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What Others Are Saying

“Several emotional topics — such as drug addiction, abandonment, infertility and unexpectedly becoming a parent — are easily woven together without making the story feel crowded or overdone. Foster writes exceptional characters that keep readers thinking long after the book is finished… The dynamic members of the Whiskey family are the foundation that holds the group together and they are exactly the reason we’re taught not to judge. Let’s hope we hear more from all of them!”

RT Book Reviews

“Sexy and Heartbreaking… I simply adored this beautifully written romance.”

Tasty Book PR

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!”

New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!”

New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!”

NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

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Excerpt

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 f**king 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 f**ked-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.

“F**k,” 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 f**k 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.”

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My Review

This story was so unbelievably gorgeous. Chocked full of first love, acceptance, forgiveness, steam and heartbreak, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Drawn in from the cover, I stuck around because of the phenomenal words and characters. I can’t remember the last time I was so easily and so quickly entranced with fictional people. From Truman and Gemma, to Quincy, Kennedy and Lincoln, to Crystal, Dixie, Bear and Bones, I just couldn’t get enough. I also loved how this story was the perfect segue way into an upcoming series, one which I am now waiting for with baited breath.

There was no easing into this book; from the beginning we were thrown into the deep end. Picture this: ex-con recently released from prison for a crime he legitimately didn’t commit suddenly becomes guardian to his infant brother and toddler sister. Both have been severely neglected and without any provisions to take care of them, he heads off to the store. Enter our heroine. Stumbling cluelessly through the baby aisles, Gemma comes across Truman and the kids and it’s love at first site. Well, maybe not love, but definitely the potential to it. There was an instant attraction between these two that wouldn’t allow me to look away even for a second. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling the road with them as they fell into a relationship and learned how to heal the kid’s hearts, as well as each other’s. The journey was captivating, enthralling, heart stopping, and full of just the right amount of steam.

I loved that once they came together, there was an unbreakable level of trust between them that never faltered. It was refreshing to read a story where the characters were completely honest with each other from the start. This was my first Melissa Foster book and I now find myself trying to carve out time to delve into all her other titles. With just this book she’s gained a fan for life!

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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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