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.
What a great read! I really have enjoyed every Sarina Bowen book that I have read so far so I was pretty eager to read this book. This is the seventh book in the True North series and like the other books in the series, it reads as a stand-alone story. I didn’t want to put this book down once I started reading because I was so invested in Dylan and Chastity’s story. I really enjoyed the time that I spent with this incredible story.
Chastity has a very interesting past. I am always looking for something different so I really liked how unique her story was. She grew up inside a religious cult where the women were not treated very well. She didn’t go to school and only escaped in her late teens. She is a freshman in college even though she is twenty-one and she needs some extra help in some areas to keep up. She gets weekly help from her friend and neighbor, Dylan, who she might have a giant crush on.
Dylan spends his weeks at school, juggling classes, a girlfriend, and some fun, but he spends his weekends back at the Shipley farm helping out and taking care of the animals, including his pair of goats. He has a hard time seeing Chastity as anything but innocent but he is very protective of her and likes spending time around her. When they decide to try to make some money making caramels out of goat milk, he is dedicated to the endeavor.
I loved Chastity and Dylan. They were both great characters and once they got together, I thought that they made a great pair. They did feel younger to me than characters in the other books in this series and I guess they were. Dylan is twenty and while Chastity is twenty-one she felt younger because of her limited experiences. A lot of the book is set at college where there were some pretty interesting characters that I grew to appreciate over the course of the story. I thought that Dylan and Chastity had great chemistry and it was fun to watch the progression of their relationship.
I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a great romance with great characters, a believable romance, and a few pretty touching scenes. This is a series that you do not want to miss!
I received a digital review copy of this book from the author/publicist.
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About the Author
Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller’s list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.
Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.
Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.