Review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

True North Series – Book 2
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.

5 stars for Steadfast!

Sarina Bowen has done it again! Steadfast was amazing. I was curious about Jude since we were introduced to him in Bittersweet and I’m so happy that we got a book all about him. Jude’s story didn’t let me down. We all know Jude has a drug addiction. He struggles with this serious addiction throughout the story. Even though this could be a tough topic to write about, Sarina does it well. Jude doesn't simply get over his addiction. He struggles with it every day throughout the story. I fell in love with Jude. He was everything I wanted him to be. Sophie was an amazing heroine. Sophie and Jude fit together perfectly even after all the struggle of their past that kept them apart. 

Steadfast was emotional. The story felt so real and I could easily connect to the characters and where the story was taking us. My heart broke for Jude while he was struggling with his addiction and being back in the town he never wanted to return to. Jude’s love for Sophie was undeniable. You could feel it fly off the pages. Sophie’s love for Jude was there, she supported him through his addiction and wanted to help him as much as she possibly could. They were perfect together and I loved them as a couple. The story will take you on a journey of emotions but it’s worth it. 

Steadfast is in my opinion one of Sarina Bowen’s best novels. It has become one of my favourite books. I loved it so much. I’m still thinking about the characters weeks later. This was such a beautiful second chance romance story. I would highly recommend.

*ARC kindly received from the author in exchange for an honest review*




If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago. 

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.



True North Series- Book 3
Release Date: October 2016

Author Bio:
Sarina Bowen
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
The Year We Fell Down, Book #1 in The Ivy Years series, began breaking hearts in March 2014. Book #2, The Year We Hid Away, is brand new.
For Harlequin-E, Sarina writes the Gravity series. Coming in From the Cold features an angsty downhill ski racer and one of the most unique plot conflicts in contemporary romance today.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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